David D’Arcy

David D’Arcy writes about film, art and other topics. He is a correspondent for The Art Newspaper, a critic for Screen International, and a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. He is co-writer and co-producer of Portrait of Wally (2012), a feature documentary about a painting stolen by the Nazis that was found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has been a programmer at the Haifa International Film Festival for ten years.

The Red Turtle is the animated story of a shipwreck that begins the journey of finding one’s place in the world, even if that place is a deserted island. It’s playing at the CCA. David D’Arcy has this review. 

The writer James Baldwin is has been dead for 30 years but his oratory ideas and anger have been brought back to life in I am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. Playing at the CCA Cinematheque. David D’Arcy has this review.

Neruda, The Film

Feb 9, 2017

The film Neruda looks at the life of the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize and the Lenin Prize at a time when Pablo Neruda first became an enemy of the state.  Artists may be on the barricades in this country, but Neruda takes a comic oblique nostalgic look at political opposition. David D’Arcy has this review.

The Salesman, by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, is a tale of family and revenge. It’s nominated for the best foreign language film Academy award, although its director won’t be coming from Iran for the Oscars ceremony. The Salesman is playing at CCA Cinematheque. Our critic, David D’Arcy, says it’s a must-see.

Elle, with Isabelle Huppert, is the first feature by the director Paul Verhoeven after ten years. It’s his first film in French, a disturbing look at a successful woman whose life comes apart after she’s attacked. Huppert is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress  for her role in Elle. Elle is playing at the CCA. David D’Arcy has this review.

Live From Sundance

Jan 24, 2017

David D'Arcy reports live from the 33d Sundance Film Festival that the snow is excellent, and the documentaries are better than the feature films. He covers An Inconvenient Sequel, which aligns with the festival's theme of climate change and environmental action, as well as City of Ghosts; Cries from Syria; Icarus; and Long Strange Trip. D'Arcy's pick for best of the festival so far: Alexandre O. Philippe's 78/52, or everything you wanted to know about Hitchcock's shower scene in Psycho.

David D’Arcy reviews The Founder, a new film about the man who made the Big Mac famous -- but might be more famous for the line, “I’m not in the hamburger business, I’m in the real estate business.”

Review: Burn Country

Jan 12, 2017

An Afghan transplanted to Northern California in a film that is being shown at CCA Cinematheque.

David D'Arcy reports.