San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) kicks off the New Year with four new film and video screenings, each of them airing on the first Tuesday of each month.
The first two films aired on January 3rd, is in conjunction of the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic, which is set to end on January 16th. Both films, Haldane of the Secret Service (1923) (the story of an agent pursuing a gang of counterfeiters), and The Grim Game (1919) (a tale of a famously unplanned mid-air collision of two planes), both have Houdini starring as Houdini himself.
Next is a 1979 film that will air on February 7th. It is titled The Frisco Kid, and it stars Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. The movie is about a rabbi from Poland, who has to cross the Wild West, in order to reach San Francisco, only to meet up with a bank robber.
Finally, airing on March 6th, is the documentary A Home on the Range. This film tells the story of Jews, who fled the hardships of Eastern Europe, and travels to Northern California to become chicken ranchers.
All four films are part of the CJM’s Free First Tuesdays program, except for the ones airing in January, which is free with museum admission.