Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

USA, 1944, 70 min

Shown in 2001


Robert Siodmak
George Waggner
W. Scott Darling, Gene Lewis, Richard Brooks
W. Howard Green, George Robinson
Charles Maynard
Edward Ward
Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Lon Chaney Jr.


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Screened in conjunction with Kenneth Anger receiving the Persistence of Vision Award in 2001. Kenneth Anger in person.
Cobra Woman

Director Robert Siodmak and screenwriter Richard Brooks collaborated on this escapist tale that unfolds like a Tom Swift adventure story on acid. Starring Jon Hall (Ramar of the Jungle on early ’50s TV) as the fearless explorer, Ramu; Sabu (yes, the elephant boy) as his faithful companion Kado; Lon Chaney Jr. as Hava, the saronged priest in a pointy green hat; Koko the chimpanzee; and the Queen of Technicolor, Maria Montez in the dual role of Tollea, the sweet-natured island girl and Naja, her evil twin who rules Cobra Island. The naive exoticism was box-office magic in 1944, and the film lives on as the very definition of a cult classic. Ramu is about to marry Tollea when she is kidnapped and taken to Cobra Island, not realizing that she is the long-lost twin of high priestess Naja, and the true heiress to the throne. When the “fire mountain” erupts, the evil Naja demands more human sacrifices. In the film’s crowning moment, Naja does the Cobra Dance (she’s got more moves than Lil’ Kim), her subjects make the Sign of the Cobra and Naja terminates her pronouncements with, “I have spoken.” Joseph Campbell will explain it all for you. This beautiful new print from Universal will be introduced by Kenneth Anger, recipient of the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award.

—Miguel Pendás