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  • September 4, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
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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.

 

 

April 2021  Super Cinema Suggests
A Basket of Classics

 

Ball of Fire

1941 / 111 min. / Approved
A screwball comedy with Gary Cooper as a slang-studying grammarian trying to collect the lingo of “Sugarpuss” O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck), a nightclub performer and mobster’s moll.


The Best Years of Our Lives

1946 / 170 min. / Approved
This William Wyler epic drama follows the lives of 3 American soldiers returning from World War II—the pains of family adjustment and job reentry. It was the most watched film since Gone With the Wind in the US and the UK and won 7 Academy Awards.

 

High Noon

1952 / 95 min. / PG
With his Quaker bride (Grace Kelly), a town Marshall (Gary Cooper) is about to retire, but an outlaw who bears the town and the Marshall a grudge is set to return at noon.

 

Sabrina        

1954 / 113 min. / Passed
A delightful Billy Wilder comedy / drama / romance in which a chauffeurs daughter (Audrey Hepburn) returns from school in France transformed to a charming sophisticate, soon to be romanced by one of her father’s rich employers (William Holden), then the other. (Humphrey Bogart).


Guys and Dolls

1955 / 150 min. / NR
In this offbeat classic musical,, two-bit crook Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra)) challenges high-stakes gambler Skye Masterson (Marlon Brando) to seduce a sister from the anti-gambling Save a Soul Mission (Jean Simmons). Brando sings and dances—not very well—but hey.

Chan is Missing

1982 / 77 mins.

Acclaimed filmmaker Wayne Wang's first feature film CHAN IS MISSING follows the adventures of two cabbies on their search through San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with $4,000 of their money. Their quest to figure out what happened to Chan and their missing cash leads them on a humorous journey that illuminates the pitfalls of Chinese-Americans trying to assimilate into contemporary American society.

Winner of Best Experimental/Independent Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Selected for preservation by the National Film Preservation Board, USA.

"A whimsical treasure of a film that gives us a real feeling for the people of San Francisco's Chinatown." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

Vincent Who?

2009 / 41 mins.

In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin's killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.

Among its significant outcomes, the movement led to the historic broadening of federal civil rights protection to include all people in America regardless of immigrant status or ethnicity.

Vincent Who? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment in WWII, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racial profiling.

Ultimately, Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since the case and how far they have yet to go.

For in spite of Vincent Chin's monumental significance in both the Asian American experience and the civil rights history of America, the vast majority of people today (including most Asian Americans) have little or no knowledge of him.

By sparking interest in Vincent Chin with this film, we hope to contribute toward the day when "Vincent Chin" becomes a familiar name not only among Asian Americans, but all Americans. We believe that the Vincent Chin case and the resulting Asian American civil rights movement should assume an important place in this country's history.

Gook

2017 / 95 mins.

Eli (Justin Chon) and Daniel (David So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father's shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Simone Baker).

As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the infamous L.A. Riots break out.

Winner of the Best of Next! Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

"[Director Justin] Chon's tale is ... praiseworthy, from its beautiful cinematography (by Ante Cheng in her feature debut) to its take on infamous events from a fresh perspective." - Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

"Chon captures, with sharply memorable dialogue, both the essence of his particular characters but also the broad drift of generations." - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice.

Race: The Power of An Illusion: Part 1 (of 3) The Difference Between Us

2003 / 58 mins.

The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

 

May 2021
Super Cinema Suggests
Films That Warm the Heart

Nowhere in Africa

2001 / 141 min. / R
As Hitler begins to deport Jews, a German Jewish family moves to Kenya to take up farming. The five year old daughter unflinchingly loves Africa and its people. For her parents, it’s more complicated. Winner of 2002’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

 

Nobody’s Fool

1994 / 110 min. / R
Set in an upstate New York village, this comedy drama boasts an ensemble cast (Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Melanie Griffith, Bruce Willis), whose characters doggedly squabble and woo. Tandy’s last film.

 

Mad Hot Ballroom

2005 / 105 min. / PG
Occasioned by New York City schools’ ballroom dancing program for fifth graders, this documentary follows kids from classroom to outside social scenes, and finally to an all-city competition at which they perform tango, rumba, foxtrot, swing and merengue. Charming and heartwarming.

 

Borstal Boy

2000 / 91 min. / NR
In 1941, Irish teenager and IRA operative (also future author) Brendan Behan lands in an English reformatory, where his perspective evolves. He finds he has a lot in common with working class English boys.

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