Fall Into Upcoming Rafael Programs!
ALEX COX PRESENTS – Nov. 14 & 15
English filmmaker Alex Cox, legendary director of the independent hits Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, will visit the Rafael to present two programs: a screening of his latest, Tombstone Rashomon, and the recent archival restoration of Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie.
COLDPLAY: A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS – Nov. 14
One of the world’s biggest bands share their story, in their own words, for the first time. Charting Coldplay’s incredible journey from humble origins to stadium-filling superstardom, it is the definitive Coldplay film.
’68 ENCORE SCREENING WITH STEVEN KOVACS – Nov. 25
2018 marks the 50thanniversary of one of our country’s most iconic years, and Bay Area filmmaker Steven Kovacs will present a special 35mm screening of his dramatic feature film set in that turbulent era.
TEEN WELLNESS SERIES: I AM MARIS – Nov. 27
After a childhood of mounting anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, Maris is hospitalized to confront her illnesses. Struggling to cope once released, she finds solace in the healing powers of therapy, art, and yoga, becoming an instructor at just 16 and using her blog to promote self-acceptance. Panel discussion will follow the film.
THE KING AND I – Nov. 29 & Dec. 4
Recorded live this year at London’s Palladium, the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic musical bursts afresh on the big screen. Reprising her Tony-winning performance, Kelli O’Hara stars as Anna, alongside Tony-nominee Ken Watanabe as the King.
MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA presents SPEEDY – Dec. 2
We’re excited to welcome back the talented musicians of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra to accompany the classic Harold Lloyd comedy Speedy. In his final silent movie (and one of his best), extensively filmed in New York City, Lloyd plays Speedy, a Yankees fan who comes to the aid of his girlfriend’s (Ann Christy) grandfather, the owner and operator of the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar. With a notable appearance by Babe Ruth as himself, this terrific comedy features the acrobatics and chase scenes that helped make Lloyd one of the best comedy performers in the movies.
THE ROYAL BALLET presents MAYERLING – Dec. 2
Based on a tragic historical love story, Mayerling is itself a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. The glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court contrasts with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its dramatic climax.
WELCOME TO THE MEN’S GROUP – Dec. 6
Filmmaker Joseph Culp will present and discuss a special screening of his provocative comedy-drama that takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride through the bumpy terrain of the male psyche. Culp co-stars with Timothy Bottoms, Stephen Tobolowsky and Mackenzie Astin as part of an all-male support group that meets one Sunday a month, when members refrain from beer and football to discuss personal issues. Panel discussion to follow film.
THE ROYAL OPERA presents DIE WALKÜRE – Dec. 9
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second of the four operas in Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle, an epic of gods, monsters and humanity on a superhuman scale. Antonio Pappano, music director of The Royal Opera, conducts Keith Warner’s production. The opera features some of the most glorious music ever written, including the sparkling “Magic Fire Music” and, of course, “The Ride of the Valkyries.”
DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR – Dec. 16 & 20
In 1967, The Beatles embarked on an ambitious project, writing and directing a one-hour film, Magical Mystery Tour. The music written for the film is some of The Beatles’ psychedelic best. In Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, Scott Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and other selections from Magical Mystery Tour.
One of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet, this seasonal treat matches Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets creates some of the most familiar ballet moments, such as the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the “Waltz of the Flowers.”