Pacific Film Archive

Anxious art

Striking 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' at the PFA -- with a strange Jerry Garcia(!) twist

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FILM Poland had not been a major hub of film production in the early decades of the medium, and its industry stabilized without getting very interesting in the years after World War II, when a Soviet-backed Stalinist regime founded state-controlled Film Polski. This shotgun wedding of art and bureaucracy wasn't ideally conducive to creative expression, however. By the mid-1950s younger filmmakers, many graduates from the recently founded National Film School in Lodz, agitated for more independence — which, surprisingly, they won.Read more »

Freedom of expression

A PFA series pays tribute to Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec

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Mann up

PFA lures Anthony Mann's crime noirs out of the shadows

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Death and life

Archetypal tales and vibrant cinematic voices reign at the African Film Festival

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Eternal return

Three evenings of Gregory Markopoulos' visionary early films at the Pacific Film Archive

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