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Big Screen Berkeley: Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Fill your brain with enough ephemera, and eventually you’ll lose track of some of it. Consider the case of Where the Sidewalk Ends, an Otto Preminger noir cum police procedural screening at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 22nd as part of Pacific Film Archive’s ongoing series, “Dark Past: Film Noir by German Emigrés.”

Though I’d seen Where the Sidewalk Ends in the past, my addled brain had long since conflated it with Fritz Lang’s 1956 crime drama While the City Sleeps — perhaps in part because both films are headlined by Dana Andrews. Of course, Lang was an Austrian, technically disqualifying his work from this series. Then again, Preminger was born in the Ukraine: perhaps PFA should have called this series “Film Noir by Citizens of the Former Habsburg Empire.” Maybe next time. … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: prickly Preminger’s in town

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Pacific Film Archive’s ongoing salute to Otto Preminger continues this week with a selection of the director’s best features from the 1950s and 1960s. On Friday December 11, at 8:20pm, the Archive offers a screening of Otto’s taboo-breaking 1953 comedy-drama The Moon is Blue, long infamous for being the first Hollywood film in which the word ‘virgin’ is uttered.

The prickly Preminger managed to get the film released without the Production Code’s Seal of Approval, thus assuring that his … Continue reading »

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