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"Super Cinema Suggests" is a weekly recommendation of movies available thru Kanopy, a fantastic and free library database available to all with a valid Berkeley Public LIbrary card.  It consists of thousands of independent, international, classic and documentary films.  This series will continue while we are in lockdown, and you are unable to come to the library to enjoy "Super Cinema" proper - a weekly film series normally held at Central on Fridays at 3:00pm.

Here’s how to get started:
1. Go to cityofberkeley.kanopystreaming.com and create an account by clicking on the Sign Up button.
2. Go to your email account to verify your email address.
3. Add your library card number.
4. Start watching videos! You have 10 film play credits available per calendar month.

 

 

 

 

 May 2022
Asian American History Month

The Joy Luck Club (Hoopla)

1993 / 139 min. / R
Four Chinese-born mothers and their four American-born daughters inhabit this Wayne (Chan Is Missing) Wang film set in San Francisco. The mothers have formed a mahjong club that also serves as a forum for telling their own personal stories, many of which concern brutal conditions for Chinese women in China. The mothers and daughters experience a sometimes dramatic clash of cultures. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Amy Tan. Actors include Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, and Tamlyn Tomita.

 

The Seven Samurai (subtitled)

1954 / 207 min. / NR
The story begins when farmers overhear bandits plotting to steal the farmers’ crops. The farmers send for ronin—unattached samurai—to  protect them from the robbers, and seven fighters show up in the village, each with his own blind spots, while their clever leader plays both sides against the middle. This set-up has loads of narrative potential, and it makes The Seven Samurai one of the most imitated films of all time. It is one of director Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Actors include Toshiro Mifune, Takasha Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, and Minoru Chiaki.

 

Poetry (subtitled)

2010 / 139 min. / TV-PG
When 66 year old Yang Mi-ja (Yoon Jeong-hee) is out studying flowers and plants she sees a girl floating in the river. Mi-ja’s  doctor thinks taking a class will improve her memory. She wants to take a poetry class. Later Mi-ja hears that a girl in her grandson’s class has drowned—but grandson Jong-yook (Lee David) insists he doesn’t know the girl.  Before long Mi-ja has a reason and a way to express herself.  A film by Korean director Lee Chang-dong.

 

Lunana: A Yak in a Classroom  (subtitled)

2019 / 110 min. / NR
Ugyen (Sherab Dorji) is a college  student whose government, Bhutan, has paid for his education in exchange for his agreement to be a teacher to children for 5 years. At the end of a six day uphill trek, he reaches his 5th year assignment in the mountain village of Lunana, where the lack of running water, plumbing and electricity make him want to go home Then he meets the children. And receives the gift of a venerable old yak. Other actors include: Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung and and Pen Zam.

 

Eat Drink Man Woman  (subtitled, Hoopla)  

1994 / 124 min. / NR
(View on Hoopla)
Taiwanese Master Chef Zhu (Lung Sihung) and his 3 adult daughters live together in Zhu’s home. Janet Maslin of the New York Times says the film is “wonderfully seductive, and  nicely knowing about all of its characters’ appetites…[it is] an uncomplicatedly pleasant experience.” The daughters are played by Wang Yu-wen, Wu Chien-Lien and Yang Kuei-Mei. Versatile Ang Lee, a native of Taiwan, directs.

 

June 2022
LGBTQ Pride

Ammonite

2020 / 120 min. / R
Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) receives virtually no recognition from male scientists of her time though she collects exquisite fossils of sea creatures called ammonites along the English Channel where she lives. One of the male scientists brings his wife (Saoirse Ronan) to stay at Anning’s sea coast home as therapy for the wife’s depression. This is the story of the love affair that develops between Anning and Charlotte Murchison, the wife.

 

Paragraph 175    

2000 / 81 min. / NR
During World War II the German Reich detained 100,000 German citizens suspected of being homosexuals. Some were imprisoned, some sent to concentration camps. This documentary contains interviews of 5 of the 4,000 people who survived the persecution. The title refers to the 1871 German law that criminalized sodomy. Directed by Rob “Word Is Out” Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

 

Aimee and Jaguar            

1999 / 125 min. / NR
In a WWII drama, Jaguar (played by Maria Schrader) is the alias for a Jewish member of the German Resistance. Jaguar works under cover as a journalist for a Nazi newspaper, but risks her safety by falling in love with Lilly, a disaffected German officer’s wife (Juliane Kohler). Based on a true story. Suspenseful.



Chris & Don: A Love Story     

2007 / 90 min. / NR
British American author Christopher Isherwood wrote Berlin Stories, from which much of the musical Cabaret was drawn. In 1952, at 48, Isherwood met Don Bachardy, then 18, on the beach at Santa Monica. They remained partners until Isherwood’s death in 1986. The film features interviews with Bachardy, who became a sought-after portrait painter, and Isherwood friends, including W.H. Auden.

 

Super Cinema July 2022
Love, Laughter & Tears


Oranges and Sunshine

2010 / 105 min. / R
The true story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a Nottingham (UK) social worker and children’s protection officer. She receives and follows up on a letter saying the UK has been forcibly removing poor children from their families and sending them to Australia and Canada to receive the benefits of “oranges and sunshine.” Instead the children are required to do hard labor or are put into institutions where priests physically and sexually abuse them.

 

The Great Buster: A Celebration

2018 / 102 min. / NR
This documentary is the last film completed by Peter (“Last Picture Show”) Bogdanovich—cinema director, cinema journalist, cinema critic, cinema historian, cinema author, scriptwriter and actor. Bogdanovich’s historical work elucidated the contributions of greats such as Hitchcock, John Ford and Orson Welles. Here he serves up the legacy of silent film comedian Buster Keaton, an endlessly inventive silent film writer and actor. Bogdanovich narrates.

 

Woman In Gold

2015/ 109 min. / PG-13
Based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish refugee living in LA, who sues the Austrian government for a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. A young lawyer named Randol Schoenberg (Tim Ryan) joins her fight to recover “Portrait of Elena Bloch-Bauer I,” a Gustav Klimt painting of Altmann’s aunt. The legal struggle’s many parts take almost a decade to resolve. It’s a gripping legal and historical drama.

 

Loving Vincent

2017 / 94 min. / PG-13
Described as an “experimental animated biographical drama film” by Wikipedia, this is something new under the sun. The subject is Vincent Van Gogh’s last months and his death, which a Van Gogh friend suspects might not have been a suicide. It’s a mystery. What sets the film apart, though, is the way it is animated. Each of its 65,000 frames is an oil painting (more or less in the style of Van Gogh), created by 125 classically trained painters. It is visually stunning.

 

My Week with Marilyn

2011 / 99 min. / R
It’s 1956. Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) arrives in England to film “The Prince and the Showgirl,” for Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) just as recent Oxford grad Colin Clark ((Eddie Redmayne) begs Olivier for a job on the film. Because Monroe is unpredictable, Olivier assigns Colin to see that Monroe shows up on set. It’s a troubled shoot. Monroe’s husband leaves her, Olivier and Monroe fight, and Monroe takes a few days of comfort with Colin—a surprisingly sweet interlude. Back in the 21st century, most critics liked “My Week with Marilyn.” Williams received a Best Actress nomination for her nuanced performance.

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