MIDCENTURY MADNESS 2022

FEBRUARY 20  OCTOBER 23 / ROXIE THEATRE

Presented by Mid-Century Productions

The Swimmer + The Quare Fellow

MID-MAD TURNS UP THE HEAT IN AUGUST!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for August 20-21 screenings in MIDCENTURY MADNESS, moving firmly into the world of Anglo-American cruelty with its four-film weekend lineup featuring two controversial, confounding figures who made waves in the late 1960s.

On Saturday the 20th, we present the prescient cinema of Frank Perry, who captured the psychological fractures of the privileged in two incendiary films, THE SWIMMER (1968) and LAST SUMMER (1969). The underbelly of upper-class America that has only gotten uglier over the years is put fully on display by Perry in these two simmering exposés. Two contrasting paragons of physical beauty—Burt Lancaster and Barbara Hershey—lead us into our all-American heart of darkness.

On Sunday the 21st, we rescue from oblivion several key works in Patrick McGoohan's early career (prior to his meteoric rise-and-fall as a TV icon). McGoohan threw away superstardom with the baffling social allegory of THE PRISONER, but a closer look at his career reveals that he was always in search of hard-hitting social commentary. Two of his early 60s films, LIFE FOR RUTH and THE QUARE FELLOW (both 1962), capture this side of his work and present compelling cinema with multi-dimensional examinations of human frailty. McGoohan's "thousand mile stare" that was so iconic in DANGER MAN/SECRET AGENT begins here, in films where his characters' growth stems from the social conflict they witness.

DON MALCOLM ON SUBSTACK

• Revisiting an "Unsung Hero" — Excavating Shards from the Overactive, Underseen Career of Don Murray

MIDCENTURY MADNESS will end its '22 run with its September screenings, which have been changed to permit several French noirs previously scheduled in the series to appear in our upcoming FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT '22 (French noir) series in November. Note (in our schedule below) the three films that will appear as part of that lineup—LA MAIN DU DIABLE/CARNIVAL OF SINNERS, LA CHATTE/THE FACE OF THE CATand LUCKY JO. The full lineup for FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT '22 will appear in this space in mid-September.

Also note that we have a new, exciting finale for MIDCENTURY MADNESS that will play on Sunday, September 25. We conclude our 2022 programming with a double feature honoring the great Mexican actor Arturo de Cordova, a major star on the post-WWII "Latin circuit" (Mexico, Spain, Argentina). If you've seen films at NOIR CITY featuring him (IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, TWILIGHT), you'll already know of his towering talent. We're thrilled to present two ultra-rare thrillers starring de Cordova, LOS PECES ROJOS/RED FISH (Spain, 1955) and EL HOMBRE SIN ROSTRO/THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE (Mexico, 1950) that will end our MID/MAD '22 series with a bang!

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MIDCENTURY MADNESS '22

FEBRUARY-APRIL 2022

SUN, FEB 20
Simenon

MONSIEUR LA SOURIS
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

(1942) France
dir. Georges Lacombe

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

TEMPTATION HARBOUR

(1947) UK
dir. Lance Comfort

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SAT, MAR 12
Embrace "vehicular noir"

PLUNDER ROAD

(1957) USA
dir. Hubert Cornfield

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

H-8...

(1958) Yugoslavia
dir. Nikola Tanhofer

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SUN, MARCH 13
Rare, superb German noir!

EPILOG

(1950) West Germany
dir. Helmut Kautner

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

VIELE KAMAN VORBEI
MANY PASSED BY

(1956) West Germany
dir. Peter Pawas

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SAT, APRIL 2
Jacqueline Audry

Olivia

OLIVIA

(1951) France
dir. Jacqueline Audry

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

Hitch-hike

LES PETITS MATINS
HITCH-HIKE

(1962) France
dir. Jacqueline Audry

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SUN, APR 3
Incendiary "race movies"

The Intruder

THE INTRUDER

(1962) USA
dir. Roger Corman

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

Nothing but a Man

NOTHING BUT A MAN

(1964) USA
dir. Michael Roemer

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

POSTPONED
Homage à Françoise Arnoul

LA CHATTE
THE FACE OF THE CAT

(1958) France
dir. Henri Decoin

LUCKY JO

(1964) France
dir. Michel Deville

JUNE-JULY 2022

SAT, JUN 18
Women in early 60s Japan

KUROI JÛNIN NO ONNA
TEN DARK WOMEN

(1960) Japan
dir. Kon Ichikawa

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

ZERO NO SHÔTEN
ZERO FOCUS

(1961) Japan
dir. Yoshitaro Nomura

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SUN, JUN 19
Early Jean-Pierre Mocky

LES DRAGUEURS
THE CHASERS

(1959) France
dir. Jean-Pierre Mocky

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

LA GRANDE FROUSSE
THE BIG SCARE

(1964) France
dir. Jean-Pierre Mocky

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SAT, JULY 9
Edgy Swedish "auteur" Arne Mattsson

MANNEKÄNG I RÖTT
MANNEQUIN IN RED

(1958) Sweden
dir. Arne Mattsson

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

VAXDOCKAN
THE DOLL

(1962) Sweden
dir. Arne Mattsson

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SUN, JULY 10
Midcentury classics from Norway

DE DØDES TJERN
LAKE OF THE DEAD

(1958) Norway
dir. Kare Bergstrom

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

NI LIV
NINE LIVES

(1957) Norway
dir. Arne Skouen

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SAT, JULY 30
Life and death in the end-state of war

KANAL
CANAL

(1957) Poland
dir. Andrzej Wajda

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

KOCÁR DO VÍDNE
CARRIAGE TO VIENNA

(1966) Czechoslovakia
dir. Karel Kachyna

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

SUN, JULY 31
Don Murray 93

SWEET LOVE, BITTER

(1967) USA
dir. Herbert Danska

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

BILLY BUDD

(1959) USA/TV
dir. Robert Mulligan

Tickets and info at the Roxie Theatre site

AUGUST-OCTOBER 2022

SAT, AUG 20
Frank Perry

THE SWIMMER

(1968) USA
dir. Frank Perry

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

LAST SUMMER

(1969) USA
dir. Frank Perry

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SUN, AUG 21
Patrick McGoohan

LIFE FOR RUTH

(1962) UK
dir. Basil Dearden

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

THE QUARE FELLOW

(1962) UK
dir. Arthur Dreifuss

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SAT, SEP 24
Early Elio Petri

L'ASSASSINO
THE LADY KILLER OF ROME

(1961) Italy
dir. Elio Petri

I GIORNI CONTATI
HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

(1962) Italy
dir. Elio Petri

SUN, SEP 25
Arturo de Cordova.

LOS PECES ROJOS
RED FISH

(1955) Spain
dir. José Antonio Nieves Conde

EL HOMBRE SIN ROSTRO
THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE

(1950) Mexico
dir. Juan Bustillo Oro

POSTPONED
Rarities from master American playwrights

THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS

(1960) USA
dir. Delbert Mann

TEN BLOCKS ON THE CAMINO REAL

(1966) USA
dir. Jack Landau

POSTPONED
Robert Hossein's other genre!

LE GOUT DE LA VIOLENCE
THE TASTE OF VIOLENCE

(1961) France
dir. Robert Hossein

UNE CORDE, UN COLT
THE ROPE AND THE COLT

(1969) France
dir. Robert Hossein

*All screenings begin at 12 noon

Roxie Theatre - San FranciscoSan Francisco's Roxie Theatre is located at 3117 16th St. between Valencia & Guerrero, one block from 16th & Mission BART. Box Office: 415.863.1087

MidCentury Productions MIDCENTURY PRODUCTIONS is a "boutique" programming venture designing "mini film festivals, featuring films from cinema's most explosive three decades—the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We program original festivals and work with organizations and individuals to craft singular programming that illuminates the hidden corners of these three decades.

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