A Crack in the World: Cinema of Chaos and Transcendence
Dir. Elem Klimov
Will stay with me forever; it is a masterpiece not only of filmmaking, but of humanity itself. - Sean Penn

Author J. G. Ballard declared Come and See the greatest war film ever made, and indeed it’s a savage and lyrical fever dream of death, rage, and terror. During World War II, a boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unprepared Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject horror and surviving unnerving situations, he loses his innocence and then, slowly, his mind. (1985, 142 min, 35mm)

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A Crack in the World: Cinema of Chaos and Transcendence

What happens when civilization falls apart? YBCA’s Film/Video curator Joel Shepard has put together eleven cinematic visions of what might happen when society breaks down. In films that span the last century, we survey the unraveling of the individual, to that of families and small groups, and finally the total collapse of the entire world. Pay close attention, however: far from wallowing in despair, this series is intended as a compassionate overview of the fragility of human existence, and the innate ability of the human spirit to cope even in the most dire and terrifying of circumstances.


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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by:
The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Lead Image: Courtesy Kino Lorber