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Next event (Weekly): September 24, 2021 - 12:00am View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • September 4, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 11, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 18, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 25, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • October 2, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • October 9, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • October 16, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • October 23, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • October 30, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • November 6, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • November 13, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • November 20, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • November 27, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • December 4, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • December 11, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • December 18, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
  • January 1, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • January 8, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • January 15, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • January 22, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • January 29, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • February 5, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
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  • February 26, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • March 5, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
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  • March 19, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • March 26, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • April 2, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
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  • April 16, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • April 23, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • April 30, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • May 7, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • May 14, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • May 21, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • May 28, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • June 4, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • June 11, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • June 18, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • June 25, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • July 2, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • July 9, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • July 16, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • July 23, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • July 30, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • August 6, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • August 13, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • August 20, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • August 27, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 3, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 10, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 17, 2021 - 12:00am (ended)
  • September 24, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • October 1, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • October 8, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • October 15, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • October 22, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • October 29, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • November 5, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • November 12, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • November 19, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • November 26, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • December 3, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • December 10, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • December 17, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • December 24, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • December 31, 2021 - 12:00am 
  • January 7, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • January 14, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • January 21, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • January 28, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • February 4, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • February 11, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • February 18, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • February 25, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • March 4, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • March 11, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • March 18, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • March 25, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • April 1, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • April 8, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • April 15, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • April 22, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • April 29, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • May 6, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • May 13, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • May 20, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • May 27, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • June 3, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • June 10, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • June 17, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • June 24, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • July 1, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • July 8, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • July 15, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • July 22, 2022 - 12:00am 
  • July 29, 2022 - 12:00am 

"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.

 

August 2021
Excellent Writing and Acting

Stalag 17

1953 / 120 min. / NR
This is a World War II prisoner of war comedy drama, in which American airmen/POWs
try to sniff out a mole in their midst. William Holden plays the chief suspect. Principally comedic, ace performances by all do not disappoint. Holden received the Best Actor Academy Award for his role.  Directed by the great Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot, The Apartment).

 

Go Tell It on the Mountain

1984 / 106 min. / NR
Based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, this teleplay follows a Southern Black family’s adaptation to life in postwar Harlem. Paul Winfield plays the rigid family patriarch, with Ruby Dee, Alfre Woodard and CCH Pounder in supporting roles.

 

Love with the Proper Stranger

1963 / 102 min. / NR
Macy’s salesclerk Angie Rossini (Natalie Wood) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with musician Rocky Papasano (Steve McQueen). She enlists his help in seeking an abortion. Wood and McQueen, who have personal and romantic chemistry, deliver authentic emotion, which makes the film a pleasure to experience. Top-notch black and white cinematography nails the seamy side of New York.

 

Hud

1963 / 112 min. / NR
In this revisionist Western, self-centered antihero Hud Bannon (Paul Newman) is perpetually at odds with his aging father (Melvyn Douglas), who lives by a code of honor. That holds true when hoof and mouth disease threatens the family’s herd, leading to a reckoning. Excellent in supporting roles are Patricia Neal as the family housekeeper and Brandon de Wilde as Hud’s nephew. Neal won the Best Actress Oscar for her role, and Douglas won for Best Supporting Actor.

 

September 2021

Good Movie with a Literary Connection

Miss Potter

2006 / 93 min. / PG
Here we find the late 19th century’s Beatrix Potter, a spirited, unmarried London woman with talent for drawing and a rich imagination. Her pictures animate themselves when she’s alone. Despite misogynistic attitudes of the time, Potter manages to publish The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the best-selling book of all time, to be followed by many others. Renée Zellweger (2x voted Best Actress) is perfect as BP.

Farewell My Lovely

1975 / 95 min. / R
Recently released convict Moose Malloy hires LA detective Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) to find his missing ex-girlfriend, Velma, a prostitute. Marlowe gets lots of bad tips but finally finds the mystery’s solution in an unexpected place.  Roger Ebert gave the film his highest 4 star rating for its mood, music and ambience being so “evocative” of author Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe. That’s spot-on.

Odd Couple

1968 / 106 min. / G
Newly separated from his wife, Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon) can’t seem to do away with himself, so he joins his weekly poker game at the home of Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Oscar sympathetically asks Felix to move in with him. Problem is, Oscar’s a slob and Felix is an obsessive-compulsive neatnik. Screenplay written by Neil Simon based on his own play.

Catch-22

1979 / 122 min. / R
During World War II, a weary US Air Force Bomber outfit routinely has its required number of missions raised just as they are about to reach it. Then there’s Catch-22, which concerns whether you are sane or insane —  black comedy anyone? Based on Joseph Heller’s novel, screenplay by Buck Henry. Peopled by more than 10 big name actors.  Mike Nichols directs.

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