WEDNESDAY: Bread and Tulips (Silvio Soldini, Italy, 2000) 6:30 p.m. Paul Cox's Innocence (Australia, 2000) 6:45 p.m. A program of "Girls' Own Stories," shorts by women filmmakers 7 p.m. La B?che (Daniele Thompson, France, 2000) 8:40 p.m. Enlightenment Guaranteed (Doris Dorrie, Germany, 2000) 8:50 p.m. The Endurance (George Butler, 2000) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Girls' Own Stories" 7 p.m. Enlightenment Guaranteed 8:50 p.m. The Endurance 9:30 p.m.
OPENS FRIDAY: Charles Laughton's scary, faux-naif thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955) screens in a new print. Call for times. Patrick Stettner's The Business of Strangers (2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and for other screenings.
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1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Roy Andersson's exercise in deadpan surrealism, Songs From the Second Floor (Sweden, 2000) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: Ken Russell's amped-up version of the Who's rock opera Tommy (1975) features an all-star cast and several quarts of baked beans 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: Russ Meyer's bad-taste epic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
SATURDAY: A purple Prince rules his world in Albert Magnoli's cult musical Purple Rain (1984) 2, 4:25, 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 16-19): Francesco Toboada's documentary portrait of the survivors of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (Mexico, 2001) Sun 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Wed 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Joe Mantegna's directorial debut, Lakeboat (2001). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area.
SUNDAY (Dec. 16): At the S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones) - This institution closes its 40th-year retrospective with an "Open Screening" of film loops: single loops of 16mm film screened for five minutes each, first come, first screened. Filmmakers are invited to bring their loops at 6 p.m., with the screenings at 7:30 p.m. SHATTUCK 4 3
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater gives over one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: La B?che (Daniele Thompson, France, 2000); see Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 6:55, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 14-20): Viet Helmer's Tuvalu (Germany, 1999); see Opening for review 1, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:25 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff. A series of British detective mysteries and spy thrillers continues.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: David Lean's chaste yet passionate love story Brief Encounter (U.K., 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:35 p.m.) screens with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson in The Woman in Green (Roy William Neill, 1945; 6:10, 9:10 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
21 Grand Ave., Oakland, (510) 444-7263; email@example.com. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 15 & 16): The second annual T-10 Video Festival features independent and experimental videos of 10 minutes or less. Works by S.F. artist Dale Hoyt screen on Saturday, including his latest love story of a boy and his cat, Transgenic Hairshirt. On Sunday East Bay filmmaker Samara Haperin's works, including her Tumbleweed Town, are on offer Sat 9 p.m.; Sun 8 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission).
THURSDAY (Dec. 13): Resin screens twice, in a benefit for Families to Amend California's Three Strikes Law. Info and advance tix are available at (323) 464-1271 or at www.resin-themovie.com.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: "Directors of the Board," video screenings of short films about skateboarding, plays thrice daily through Jan. 27. Free with YBCA admission noon, 2:05, 4:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 13): The S.F. Cinematheque screens a program of works by Kerry Laitala, a local filmmaker who specializes in working with raw film stock to "evoke a glowing world." Films to be screened include the haunting Retrospectroscope, The Escapades of Madame X, and her new films Conquered, Hallowed, and Black Bile. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 14): A series devoted to some of Elizabeth Taylor's more eccentric productions continues with a double feature of Ash Wednesday (Larry Peerce, 1973; 7:30 p.m.), with Taylor an unhappy housewife contemplating surgery to appeal to husband Henry Fonda; and X, Y and Zee (Brian G. Hutton, 1972; 9:15 p.m.), with Taylor revenging husband Michael Caine's adultery by seducing his mistress, Susannah York. $6.
SATURDAY (Dec. 15): Jimmy McDonough, author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan, hosts a screening of two of exploitation director Milligan's films, Torture Dungeon (1970) and Vapors (1965). It says here, "For Milligan-sadist, misogynist, maniac-exploitation was reality." $6 8 p.m.
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