MIDCENTURY MADNESS 2022

FEBRUARY 20  OCTOBER 23 / ROXIE THEATRE

Presented by Mid-Century Productions

Ten Dark Womenk - The Big Scare

AU REVOIR GABIN, BONJOUR TO MCP MADNESS 2!

Our busy first half of 2022 is now past, with thanks to all who attended GABIN 118 on May 15/16—our seven-film, two-day birthday celebration for the one-and-only Jean Gabin.

But the future is even more intriguing for those who thirst after worthy, impossibly rare mid-century film! Don Malcolm's maniacal brainchild, MIDCENTURY MADNESS, gears up for its second phase beginning June 18 with two highly unusual double bills that delve further into the creative ferment of the 1960s.

Two landmark films from Japan, TEN DARK WOMEN and ZERO FOCUS (with prominent and startling roles for women) kick things off, followed by two early films from idiosyncratic, cranky, controversial director Jean-Pierre Mocky (1929-2019), THE CHASERS and THE BIG SCARE, showing what became a lifelong penchant for the bizarre, offbeat, and stubbornly imponderable. As Don says, "there's a reason we call it MIDCENTURY MADNESS!"

DON MALCOLM ON SUBSTACK
• The Youthful Panache of Jean-Pierre Mocky

• A Double Snapshot of Women in 1960s Japan

Links to the Roxie Theatre site and tickets will be posted here as they become available. Watch for additional updates on Facebook, Twitter and email blasts. SIgn up for the Midcentury Productions mailing list, and you'll be the first to receive word when tickets become available, as well as more detailed info on the shows.

Take a look at the full schedule below, which extends all the way to October. And yes, there will be a FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT festival again in Novemb er—more on that soon! Come join us at the Roxie Theatre for the unique programming that can only be described as MIDCENTURY MADNESS!

Rare screening features a double-barreled blast of feminist noir from 1961 Japan —G. ALLEN JOHNSON, SF CHRONICLE

“[His] festivals at the Roxie have been among the most important to play in the Bay Area in the last decade. Malcolm has single-handedly put French noir on the map and, in the process, he has transformed how we see American film noir.”
—MICK LA SALLE, SF CHRONICLE

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

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

ZERO NO SHÔTEN
ZERO FOCUS

(1961) Japan
dir. Yoshitaro Nomura

\\Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SUN, JUN 19
Early Jean-Pierre Mocky

LES DRAGUEURS
THE CHASERS

(1959) France
dir. Jean-Pierre Mocky

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

LA GRANDE FROUSSE
THE BIG SCARE

(1964) France
dir. Jean-Pierre Mocky

Roxie ticket link to Veezi

SAT, JULY 9
Edgy Swedish "auteur" Arne Mattsson

VAXDOCKAN
THE DOLL

(1962) Sweden
dir. Arne Mattsson

MANNEKÄNG I RÖTT
MANNEQUIN IN RED

(1958) Sweden
dir. Arne Mattsson

SUN, JULY 10
Midcentury classics from Norway

DE DØDES TJERN
LAKE OF THE DEAD

(1958) Norway
dir. Kare Bergstrom

NI LIV
NINE LIVES

(1957) Norway
dir. Arne Skouen

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

KANAL
CANAL

(1957) Poland
dir. Andrzej Wajda

KOCÁR DO VÍDNE
CARRIAGE TO VIENNA

(1966) Czechoslovakia
dir. Karel Kachyna

SUN, JULY 31
Don Murray 93

SWEET LOVE, BITTER

(1967) USA
dir. Herbert Danska

BILLY BUDD

(1959) USA/TV
dir. Robert Mulligan

AUGUST-OCTOBER 2022

SAT, AUG 20
Frank Perry

THE SWIMMER

(1968) USA
dir. Frank Perry

LAST SUMMER

(1969) USA
dir. Frank Perry

SUN, AUG 21
Patrick McGoohan

LIFE FOR RUTH

(1962) UK
dir. Basil Dearden

THE QUARE FELLOW

(1962) UK
dir. Arthur Dreifuss

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
The devil and the automatons of subterfuge...

LE MAIN DU DIABLE
CARNIVAL OF SINNERS

(1943) France
dir. Maurice Tourneur

LE JOUEUR D'ECHECS
THE DEVIL IS AN EMPRESS

(1938) France
dir. Jean Dreville

SAT, OCT 22
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

SUN, OCT 23
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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