Alfred Hitchcock's first American film (and his only ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winner) is a masterpiece of gothic thrills, haunting atmosphere, and gripping suspense. Mystery and romance mingle in typical Hitchcockian form when a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find the memory of the first wife has quite a grip on the servants - and her husband. Starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (1940, 130 min, 35mm) More details »
On the occasion of two new publications of her poetry, NYC filmmaker/poet Stephanie Gray visits the Bay Area (fresh from an Anthology Film Archives retrospective) with city symphonic Super-8 films completed from 1999 to 2014. Whether looking beneath the surface of queer icons through hand-processed emulsive layers or prying open the everydayness of the city, the work of Stephanie Gray challenges “what you thought you knew/what you knew you thought.” More details »
In one of the most enduring horror classics, Boris Karloff stars as the screen's most misunderstood monster who now longs for a mate of his own. Dr. Frankenstein thus creates an ill-fated bride for him, embodied in an indelible performance by Elsa Lanchester. Directed by James Whale and featuring a haunting musical score by Franz Waxman, The Bride of Frankenstein is a brilliant and bizarre example of gothic horror (1935, 75 min, 35mm). Preceded by Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, a delightful homage to Frankenstein featuring a bull terrier named Sparky. (1984, 30 min) More details »
Tim Burton’s cult classic stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. (1990, 115 min, 35mm) More details »
Weary travelers find shelter in a mysterious Welsh manor in this super-weird pre-code gothic thriller. A group of disoriented tourists find themselves in the unwelcoming company of the psychotic Femm family, whose members include a religious fanatic and a scripture-quoting homicidal pyromaniac, watched over by their androgynous, 102-year-old father. Relieving the story's overwhelming strangeness are superb performances by Charles Laughton and a young Gloria Stuart. Preserved by the Library of Congress with funding provided by The Film Foundation. (1932, 72 min, 35mm) More details »
Deborah Kerr stars in this unnerving ghost story, based on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, a classic gothic psychological drama about innocence possessed by evil. Shortly after coming to live with two orphans in their dark, eerie mansion, the new governess (Kerr) mistakes their strange behavior for preciousness. But she soon comes to believe that the charming, beautiful children are possessed by evil, malicious spirits - the souls of their deceased previous governess and estate manager. (1961, 100 min, 35mm) More details »
Wall Writers tells the story of graffiti in its innocence, focusing on the legendary writers of 1967 - 1972.
Narrated by John Waters, it tells the story of a time when "underprivileged" city kids refused to keep lurking in the shadows, when the streets were so wild that fame and infamy became indistinct, when art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art. The film uncovers the origins of wall writing in New York City and Philadelphia and features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with graffiti legends such as TAKI 183, CORNBREAD, KOOL KLEPTO KIDD, PHIL T GREEK, GREG 69, and many others. (2015, 90 min, digital) More details »
Haunted by demons past and present, artist Johan (Max von Sydow) fights a losing battle to retain his sanity and maintain his artistic prowess. His wife Alma (Liv Ullmann), desperate to help him, finds herself starting to share his hallucinations. But as Johan's mind continues to unravel, Alma is forced to choose between her love and her life. (1968, 99 min, 35mm) More details »
At 6:30 PM we’ll dine together and hear from special guests Gina Basso and Megan Brian discussing feminism and the gothic. Then at 7:30 PM YOUers attend the screening of The Company of Wolves, a film of nightmares from Little Red Riding Hood by Neil Jordan.
“The Company of Wolves is a dream about werewolves and little girls, and deep, dark forests. It is not a children's film or an exploitation film; it is a disturbing and stylish attempt to collect some of the nightmares that lie beneath the surface of Little Red Riding Hood... The movie has an uncanny, hypnotic force; we always know what is happening, but we rarely know why, or how it connects with anything else, or how we can escape from it, or why it seems to correspond so deeply with our guilts and fears. That is, of course, almost a definition of a nightmare.” – Roger Ebert (1984, 95 min, 35mm) More details »
Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page star in this tense drama of repression, perversion, and betrayal, with a deeply Southern gothic sensibility. During the Civil War a wounded Union soldier is sheltered by the headmistress and students of a girls' academy in the South. As his health returns his desire increases, but can he trust these enemy women not to turn him in? He tries to con his way into their hearts but soon realizes they can't be trusted...with his love or with his life. (1971, 109 min, 35mm) More details »
At a secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured face—at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical. Overflowing with Gothic references, it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. (1960, 90 min, 35mm)
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Analogy/ Dora: Tramontane is a meditation on perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience while suggesting the amorphous nature of memory. The work is based on an oral history Jones conducted with 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker and survivor of World War II. Dora's inspirational story unfolds in multiple levels of transformation. More detail »
YBCA Co-Commission with Peak Performances, Montclair State University, New Jersey; additional commissioning support provided by: Dancers’ Workshop
We’re thrilled to present the SF theatrical premiere of the new film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee). He was an artist-in-residence at YBCA in 2004, and has gone on to become one of the world’s great filmmakers. In his new film, a group of soldiers are stricken with a mysterious sleeping sickness. Some believe that, as they sleep, they are waging war on behalf of long-dead, nameless kings. There may also be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and a mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic where they’re being treated. Cemetery of Splendor is an extraordinary, highly intense work of visual and sonic poetry. In a receptive viewer, it can create a unique state of lucid dreaming and serenity. On another level, it is also a solemn condemnation of the monarchic culture and military government which have oppressed the Thai people for decades. (2015, 122 min, digital) More details »
The 2016 season features the premiere of Brenda Way’s Walk Back the Cat, including live music in a commissioned score by Paul Dresher & visuals by RJ Muna; KT Nelson’s Solo for the exceptional Private Freeman; a reprise of Nelson’s explosive 2015 hit, Dead Reckoning; and Kimi Okada’s humorous look at cross cultural differences in I Look Vacantly at the Pacific…Though Regret. Finally, an unprecedented commission from NY choreographer Kate Weare who brings her fiery movement to the ODC dancers with Giant.
Program A – Walk Back the Cat, Solo, I Look Vacantly at the Pacific…Though Regret
Program B – Dead Reckoning, Giant
For Gala info and tickets, visit odcdance.org/gala.
Photo: RJ Muna
David Lynch’s remarkable film (made after Eraserhead) is based on the true story of “Elephant Man” John Merrick, who suffered from multiple severe deformities. Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak by a surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), Merrick (played by John Hurt) is given the chance to live his last years with comfort, respect, and dignity. Lynch takes much inspiration from the gothic horror cinema of the silent era to invoke the gritty, stark landscape of Victorian England. (1980, 124 min, 35mm) 35mm print courtesy of Lowell Peterson, ASC
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Investigating the death of his friend Jonathan Harker—apparently the victim of a bloodsucking vampire—Doctor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) discovers a diary incriminating Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). But even as Van Helsing realizes the horrifying truth, Dracula stalks Harker's fiancée, trapping her tortured soul in the terrifying force of his hypnotic power, and only Van Helsing may be strong enough to save her. Director Terence Fisher pulls out all the stops, creating a powerfully intense gothic atmosphere, menacing eroticism and plenty of wild shocks. (1958, 82 min, 35mm) More details »
In 17th Century Moldavia, the evil Princess Asa is condemned to death for witchcraft and vampirism. Two hundred years later, two doctors en route to a medical convention discover her crypt and accidentally set her resurrection in motion. This dark fairy tale, full of shadowy tombs, secret passages, and ominous castles, is directed by the Italian maestro of gothic horror, Mario Bava. We are presenting the rarely screened uncut European version (English dubbed, in the Italian tradition). (1960, 87 min, 35mm) More details »
This unique blend of horror, gothic romance and the western is Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) first solo feature film. Did we mention it’s a totally kick-ass hillbilly vampire movie too? Lance Henriksen leads a morbid clan of undead punks as they roam the Earth in search of blood. When a humble young farm boy falls in love with one of the vampires, he’s unwittingly thrust into this makeshift family, joining them on their violent, endless quest. (1987, 99 min, 35mm) More details »
Grisha Coleman’s echo::system—The Desert is a 70-minute journey through space and time. Coleman’s performance installation immerses audiences and performers in a fully synthetic environment comprised of audio and visual media, digital movement analysis, robotics and live performance. Between performances, visitors may explore the performance environment independently as an art installation.
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YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Thursday's performance features vocalist/audio artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award winner Pamela Z. More detail »
YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Friday's performances feature cellist/composer Theresa Wong and found object/instrument makers Edward Schocker & Thingamagigs Performance Group. More detail »
YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Saturday's performance features composer Luciano Chessa. More detail »
A new body of music composed by Oakland-based singer, musician, and cultural activist Meklit. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Brooklyn and based for a decade in San Francisco, Meklit weaves together traditional songs, poetry, and a female chorus to trace Ethiopian Jazz from eastern Africa to the Fillmore in San Francisco. More detail »