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Film, Film Feature No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

All That Jazz Bob Fosse has been somewhat forgotten these days, largely because his preferred form, the musical, was already out of favor by the time this film was originally released in 1979. Hopefully, this new restoration of his equally…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snapshots in Time

Snapshots in Time

Lovers of the lively, the encyclopedic, and the lavish labyrinth of American history can take heart in a kaleidoscopic new survey of the Land of the You-Know-What. A New Literary History of America, edited by writer Greil Marcus and Harvard…
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Culture, Books A killer style: <i> The Moment of Psycho</i>

A killer style: The Moment of Psycho

In The Moment of Psycho, David Thomson sets a dangerous precedent. Not for pointing out that Alfred Hitchcock's shocking little low-budget 1960 movie about an adulterous thief and her cross-dressing killer could be a destabilizing "piece of insurrectionary defiance" in…
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Culture, Books

The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood

By David Thomson Knopf (2004), $27.95 Let's be clear: This book is not a history, per se, any more than Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film is a dictionary. The Whole Equation is a messy and fanciful long-take, one with room…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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Calendar, Night&Day Beyond Berlin

Beyond Berlin

For 10 years, the German government's cultural arm, the Goethe-Institut, has been sponsoring S.F.'s Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films -- pictures from Austria and Switzerland as well as the homeland. Now the festival begins its second decade with…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Movie Snacks

Every Friday night, the Mechanics' Institute Library hosts a classic movie in an intimate salon setting complete with cinéastes and chitchat, but what's especially noteworthy is the high quality of grub served up from the little back bar. No economy-size…
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Film, Reel World

The Searchers

"There's definitely a point at which someone my age says, "Am I serving any purpose by referring people back to the past?'" admits David Thomson, the British-born, S.F.-based film critic and historian. "Isn't it the duty of a new generation…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Private Library

The Mechanics' Institute Library looks the way a library should look. It takes up two floors of the Mechanics' Institute building downtown, each floor tiered with a mezzanine or two of books on every conceivable subject. The setting is hushed,…
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