11/18, Some Like It Hot

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 CINE/CLUB Randall Museum 199 Museum Way
SF 6:30 Refreshments 7pm film

Student Film: Alexandra Adams’ TECHNICOLOR KISS
Short Film: Carlos Cauron’s ME LA DEBES

Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959, USA)
In one of the best comedies ever to come from Hollywood, two struggling musicians find themselves on the run from the mob after witnessing a hit. With their options running out, they hide themselves in plain sight by putting on dresses and wigs and joining an all girl band. Things warm up when Marilyn Monroe starts to get close to one of the pair. This film is anything but a drag! (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves…)

We thought it was time for you to have a break from all the difficult, mind-expanding films and enjoy a thoroughly frivolous one. The actors have so much fun in this film, it’s a joy to watch them. The writing is quick and clever, and has lines people have been quoting for 50 years now. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis outdo any other comic performers of their generation. The film brought a new feeling of openness about cross-dressing to the general public, and is probably the campiest you’ll see.

Billy Wilder fled Nazi Germany and found his real following in Hollywood, where he directed a number of acclaimed films throughout the 40’s and 50’s. DOUBLE INDEMNITY, THE LOST WEEKEND and SUNSET BOULEVARD are his classic dramas, and SOME LIKE IT HOT was one of the late comedies, which includes THE APARTMENT. Wilder had a long career and died at 95. Much of the latter part of his life was spent collecting modern art. His collection was one of the largest and most inclusive in Hollywood.

11/4, The Conformist

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 CINE/CLUB Randall Museum 199 Museum Way
SF 6:30 Refreshments 7pm film

Short film & Student film: TBA

Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST (1970, Italy)

One of a kind. This is the tale of a spineless Italian aristocrat, who, during the reign of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, is sent to Paris while on his honeymoon to assassinate his dissident ex-professor. Visually astounding, richly poetic with powerful set pieces, all the pieces you need to create a great film you won’t soon forget. The impact of this film on other directors has been enormous. Come and find out why.

PARENTAL WARNING: Some nudity and mild suggested sex scenes.


The Conformist is rather like a film encyclopedia of all the visual advances that have been made in film since the beginning: the moving camera, the dolly, the orchestration of scenes, the brilliant use of light and dark, arresting montage, the expressionist settings, the ingenious use of visual concepts bring the story brilliantly to life. There is never a moment without unusual visual ideas working to the max, and the chilling story of a brilliant student who joins the fascist undercover and is sent to kill his college mentor in Paris is strenuous indeed. When he falls in love with the wife of the victim, the film becomes operatic in its scope. It is an aesthetic masterpiece, but also doubles as a political film, etching a portrait of a fascist from the inside out. You won’t easily shake its power and beauty.

Bertolucci is an important Italian director that has produced a number of influential films. He received his training working with Pasolini (Mama Roma) and with his first films quickly gained a sturdy reputation. His 1972 film Last Tango In Paris brought him a lot of attention when Bertolucci was given a suspended prison sentence by an Italian court for obscenity, and his 1987 film The Last Emperor was celebrated throughout the world. It is, however, with The Conformist that he entered the pantheon of important directors.

Wednesday 10/19


Second, if you are interested in LGBTQ issues, and would like a volunteer or paid position with outLoud Radio, apply to be a podcast producer for the outLoud LGBTQ youth podcast today (applications due Friday, November 11). Mykel and Sophia are available for questioning at school, too. (Just make sure to ask nicely!)

Third, just a little reminder, our fiction unit begins tomorrow. For the first time this year, CWI and CWII will part, go their separate ways. CWII will be taught by Maia, while CWI remains with Heather. Can’t wait!

Last but not least, this might be a bit last minute, but if you are interested in hearing Verdi’s Requiem at the SF Symphony tomorrow night, please email Ronald Chase for tickets. Students and parents are welcome. Meet at the Davis Symphony Hall at 6:45 PM tomorrow evening.

Verdi’s REQUIEM is one of the monumental blocks in 19th century music, a huge score for 4 soloists, chorus and orchestra. James Conlon (who conducted brilliantly the Shostakovich last week) will be the conductor.
Try to drop what you were supposed to do and join us. It’s a tremendous musical experience.
The Requiem is a funeral mass to commemorate the death of a public figure, king or to commemorate a significant public occasion. Verdi’s Requiem got it’s start with a requiem for Rossini (the popular composer), in which a number of composers collaborated, but which was never performed. Verdi had saved his contributions, and when the writer and humanist Alessandro Manzoni died, he decided to finish his requiem.

It is a colossal musical experience–the bowels of the earth open in one movement, angels appear in others, darkness and chaos sweep over many sections. Verdi was famous for his dramatic operas, and that sense of theater and drama extends to the requiem, which will be performed without intermission.

Surreally Yours!

Facebook Event
A benefit for SF Art & Film for Teenagers

SUNDAY OCT 16 6:30-9
At VESUVIO (225 Columbus Avenue)

Surreal films & performances. Live music. Prizes for best costumes! $20 at the door includes food & 1 drink.

We’re expanding the party to Kerouac Alley where our student performers will greet guests in costume! They will be entertained with food, drink and great films, and nonsense performances by other students.

SF Art & Film for Teenagers has been making the arts a vital part of young people’s lives since 1993 with free programs: a Friday night Cine/Club, Art Saturdays and free tickets to cultural events throughout the year.

SF Art & Film depends on support from the community and needs your help. Join us!


“Diving Bell and the Butterfly” this Friday

7:00 pm this Friday at the Randall Museum is the French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on a Jean-Dominique Bauby memoir of the same name, directed by Julian Schnabel. It won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the César Awards as well as four Academy Award nominations.

Friday, September 16th at 199 Museum Way

Refreshments at 6:30, Film begins at 7:00.

This is the SECOND TO LAST Art & Film available before this grading period ends, so if you have yet to watch any movies, this and M (9/23) are your last chances! Art&Film requirements are due September 23 – watch your calendars.

“Bladerunner” this Friday

This Friday at the Randall Museum is “Bladerunner,” a classic sci-fi thriller, directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down).

FRIDAY SEPT 9 Cine/Club Randall Museum 199 Museum Way

Refreshments 6:30 FIlm Program starts at 7pm


Student film: POE (group film by the workshop)

Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (1982, USA)

A bold and mesmerizing vision of the future, this film has been one of our most popular, and with good reason. It’s a chilling detective thriller set against one of the most dazzling future cities ever imagined, but its underlying themes about humanity and self-determination are just as strong.

For those who can’t make it to the required two Cine/Clubs, Art Saturdays also count for Art&Film credit. This Saturday, September 10th, Ronald will be taking people to downtown galleries, a picnic in Yerba Buena Gardens, and a movie that you will have to pay for.

Meet at Metreon on the park side facing the waterfall. We’ll be sitting on the wall waiting for you! Students should RSVP for Art Saturdays when possible, so we can plan the picnic. However, don’t let that keep you from showing up if you decide at the last minute.
11:15-12:45 Some of the Downtown galleries. We’ll see the shows at Modernism, Paule Anglim, Haines, Koch and Fraekel for starters.

12:45-Picnic-Yerba Buena Gardens

1:30 FILM to be announced-

The Godfather I & II

Once you’ve signed up for the Art&Film emails with Ronald (whether online or when you go to your first Cine/Club this Friday), you will receive emails the week of the film. For example, this Friday the 26th, Cine/Club will be showing The Godfather I & II. Basic information will be at the top, along with information on the film(s) and director at the bottom.

Links to trailers: The Godfather I, The Godfather II.

FRIDAY AUGUST 26: Cine/Club: Randall MuseumPLEASE NOTE: Due to the length of the film we are starting early. Refreshments at 5:00, film starts promptly at 5:30. You can show up late, but you may miss the first of the film.CARTOON

Coppola’s THE GODFATHER, Parts I & II (1972-74, USA)
We begin with five hours of film that set a new standard for American filmmaking in the 1970’s. A long evening, but one that will keep you glued to the screen. What begins as the chronicle of an Italian Mafia family struggling to hold onto power becomes a social epic about the very American values of success, honor and family loyalty and how they can distort and destroy lives. These films are a cultural touchtone, referenced in academic roundtables and TV satires. Come see what all the fuss is about.

The Godfather films spawned generations of copycats, but this series, rather than glamorize the thrills of mafia life, dig down deep inside the myths and show the great toll that organized crime can have on a family. The story is strong, but what brings these films to life are some of the strongest, most memorable performances many of the great actors of the era: Pacino, De Niro, Brando, Caan, Duval, Diane Keaton, et al.

They also etch periods of American history—the 40’s and 50’s—with great attention to social detail: from clothes and cars to dialogue and social structures. These mobsters take part in the same dysfunctional family outings that everyone else did; the wedding parties, baby’s baptisms, family arguments, funerals, and the materialist gains as they rise to power reflect the preoccupations of the capitalist middle class during that period. Part Two pairs the story of corruption and the tragic toll that hypocrisy and violence bring to the family with flashbacks to the original Godfather’s rise from grocery boy to Mafioso.

Francis Ford Coppola is one the most important American directors of the 70’s—and these two films (along with Apocalypse Now) are considered his masterpieces. He is among the first generation of directors spawned by American film schools at NYU, UCLA and USC (Lucas and Scorcese are others). In the 60’s he began as one of schlock producer Roger Corman’s wonder boys, rising through the ranks to the point where he had enough clout to make these films. His zenith as a filmmaker climaxed with the epic undertaking of the Vietnam War film, Apocalypse Now. Though he continues to produce and direct films to this day, his critical reputation rests with his films of the 1970’s

Cine/Club – Art&Film for Teenagers

For all the new students coming in, Art&Film is a great, free program for teens that we’re required to attend twice per marking period. Hosted by Ronald Chase, it offers screenings of classic, foreign, and art films, along with either a short film or a cartoon before the movie and a group discussion after. Cookies and sparkling water are offered in the lobbies before we enter the theater.

Art&Film is hosted at either the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way) or the Dolby Screening Room (100 Potrero Ave). Arrival at 6:30, film at 7:00, unless otherwise specified.

Subscribe to the Art&Film email for updates on the next CineClub screening and opportunities of free tickets for the SF Symphony, Opera, and many other shows. To subscribe, visit the Art&Film website or simply fill out a card on your next CineClub visit.