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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Movies That Inspired Movies

5 Movies That Inspired Movies

"I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years," George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fog and Shadows

Fog and Shadows

The first warning sign of San Francisco's utter noirness is how ruthlessly, perhaps desperately, this place pretends never to have black moods. The second is its being the longtime residence of Film Noir Foundation impresario Eddie Muller, whose 12th…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kurosawa's Lower Depths

Kurosawa's Lower Depths

The name Akira Kurosawa means one thing to most people: samurai films. So it's no surprise that the various local celebrations of the director's centenary this year have tended to trumpet (perhaps inevitably) his iconic efforts in that genre. Yet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Family Plots

Family Plots

In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films — dismissed as “too Japanese” by some critics,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Stuff of the Warrior

The Stuff of the Warrior

Usually, when we encounter the samurai in works of art, we are watching something by Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, or George Lucas (just scratch Star Wars a bit), and consequently there is a lot of clanging blades and screaming bloody…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listing

Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Castro Theatre. "Legendary Composer: Miklós Rózsa": A film festival celebrating one of Hollywood's greatest film composers, who wrote 110 scores between 1937 and 1981. See site for…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Strife Is Beautiful

Strife Is Beautiful

Samurai have never been strangers to film; in fact, an entire genre has sprung from their legend, with plenty of attendant offshoots, cross-pollinators, and beneficiaries (westerns, slasher films, Star Wars). Lately, the feudal Japanese warriors have enjoyed a particular bounty…
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Film, White Dork Down

White Dork Down

In his career as a Hollywood action figure, Tom Cruise has been dressed in some pretty hip outfits: a macho fighter pilot's sleek leather jacket, a NASCAR driver's logo-speckled fire suit, assorted silken Armani sports jackets, even a black cape…
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Film, Reel World

The Bad Sleep Well

Film buffs seeking a choice for governor beyond Schwarzenegger, porn actress Mary Carey, and Larry Flynt (The People vs. Larry Flynt) might consider Audie Elizabeth Bock. Author of the 1985 college text Japanese Film Directors and a biography of auteur…
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Film, Reel World

California Split

Pat O'Neill, an L.A. avant-garde moviemaker famed for his painstakingly layered and surreal films, will receive the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the S.F. International Film Festival two months hence. A throwback to the pre-MTV era, O'Neill favors…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reel World

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied "Ralph Ellison never allowed Invisible Man to be made into a movie, a play, or an opera, although he got appealing offers from Sidney Lumet and Quincy Jones," relates East Bay filmmaker Avon Kirkland during a recent conversation.…
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Double Feature: SFIFF Week 2

The 43rd San Francisco International Film Festival is, as we noted in last week's coverage, a very mixed bag -- and that's a good thing. The impressive range of nationalities represented by the festival's films continues this week with such…
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Film, A Creative Geography

A Creative Geography

In some ways, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is the stereotypical candidate for the film festival's Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in film directing. He's from a country with "issues" with the U.S., whose movie industry is only beginning to…
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Cinema Paradiso

What's best about film festivals isn't necessarily the movies shown. It's the combined energy of hundreds of people all hoping to see something transporting -- sharing a discovery with their friends or with strangers they've met in line or in…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Japanese Marriage

A Japanese Marriage

When Akira Kurosawa died two years back, filmgoers lost one of the world's great directors and the author of many of Japan's finest exports. Theater programmers scrambled to assemble dedicated retrospectives of his work, which spanned some five decades and…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Your persona is your social facade, the mask you use to represent yourself to the world. For the last couple of years, this front has not been a very accurate reflection of your inner depths. Too…
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