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Film Series

Modern Cinema: Sparks on Celluloid

Haynes + Vachon

October 12–29, 2017
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon have been working together since Poison, her first feature as producer and his first as director. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 as well as a Teddy, the official queer award of the Berlin Film Festival. Dennis Lim has cited the film in The New York Times as “the inciting spark” for what came to be known as the New Queer Cinema. Vachon and Haynes’s partnership has continued and flourished through theatrical and television features as well as music videos and documentary work, including their latest, Wonderstruck, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Explore the full range of their fruitful collaboration and the gems that inspired this landmark team.

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is an ongoing film series exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema’s past and present.

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Support is provided by Nion T. McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund. This season of Modern Cinema is generously supported by James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen.

Events in this Series

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Poison

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6 p.m.
A man screaming
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Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
A man and a woman embracing on a bed
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Performance

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6 p.m.
Mick Jagger in the bath
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Velvet Goldmine

Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Man singing into a microphone
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Safe

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
a woman standing and crying in between two other women
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Two or Three Things I Know About Her

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
A woman in a blue t-shirt smoking
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Shorts by Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 6 p.m.
A man spanking a woman
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 p.m.
The women lounging on a bed
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Oliver!

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1 p.m.
A little boy walking towards the camera with an empty bowl
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The Hours and Times

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Scene of two men in suits, in black and white
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Parting Glances

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Actor Steve Buscemi in sunglasses
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Sweetie

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
two women's faces up close
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Mildred Pierce

Friday, October 20, 2017, 11 a.m.
A woman and her daughter embrace
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Friday, October 20, 2017, 6 p.m.
Three people sitting at a coffee shop
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Far from Heaven

Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Four women from the 50s chatting in front of the house
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I’m Not There

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8 p.m.
A woman dressed as Bob Dylan
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Cabaret

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2 p.m.
A female cabaret dancer on a chair
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Boys Don’t Cry

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 5 p.m.
Two teens sitting and chatting
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All that Heaven Allows

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1 p.m.
A man and a woman embracing
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Wonderstruck

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
A young girl listening next to a door
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Heavenly Creatures

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 7 p.m.
Still of two women lying in the grass
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All the President’s Men

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 p.m.
Two men looking at a typewriter
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Alice’s Restaurant

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9 p.m.
A man with a knife and fork, sitting at a table
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The Wrong Man

Friday, October 27, 2017, 6 p.m.
A man and a woman with fingers pointing at them
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Strangers on a Train

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Two men sitting at a table
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2001: A Space Odyssey

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
A close up of a male astronaut's face
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Carol

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5 p.m.
One woman crying while another consoles her
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Lola

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8 p.m.
Woman in a sparkly dress
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The Go-Between

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2 p.m.
A man and woman in period clothing
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The Night of the Hunter

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5 p.m.
A man with hat with LOVE and HATE tattoed on his knuckles