WEDNESDAY: Language is the theme of Jacqueline Goss' video works, which include So to Speak (2000) - with actors portraying Helen Keller and Genie "the wild child" - and Slapstickers(1999), a spoof of Dian Fossey and her gorilla. Plus new works. Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The final entries in Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" cycle, the witty Claire's Knee(France, 1970; 7:30 p.m.) and Chloe in the Afternoon (France, 1972; 9:30 p.m.), which includes cameos from all the previous casts of the series.
SATURDAY: A series of rarities from Swedish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller commences with a 19-minute fragment from his The Ballet Prima Donna (1916) and a reconstructed feature with a gay subtext, The Wings (1916), both at 7 p.m. One of Stiller's best-known works, a comedy about filmmaking, Thomas Graal's Best Film (1917) follows at 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival program of shorts from all over the world on the theme of youth in exile from their homelands includes Ghetto Princess(Carhrinne Asmussen, Denmark, 2000), about a Turkish girl in Denmark. English subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. Also for children, Rick Stevenson's The Dinosaur Hunter (Canada, 2000) places kids between two dueling paleontologists, one of whom is Christopher Plummer 3 p.m. Mauritz Stiller's social comedy Love and Journalism (1916) screens with a farce about a headwaiter, Alexander the Great (1916) at 5:30 p.m. Stiller's Thomas Graal's Best Child(1918) is a sequel to last evening's romantic comedy, with the same star, Victor Sjostrom 7:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Avenue), Oakland, (510) 465-6400. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar (Iran, 2001) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Endurance (George Butler, 2000) 6:30 p.m. The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen, 2001) 9:15 p.m. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: One of Hallström's less celebrated credits is his second feature, ABBA: The Movie (Sweden, 1977), which follows the supergroup through Australia, performing "Dancing Queen" 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Tahmineh Milani's The Hidden Half (Iran, 2001) makes its Bay Area debut. See Opening for review. Kandahar, Mulholland Drive, and The Man Who Wasn't There continue. Call for times.
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.
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.
THURSDAY: The S.F.-based dance troupe the Devil-Ettes pays tribute to 1960s Go-Go music, with film feature TBA 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tony Gatlif's Vengo (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review 2:30, 5, 7:10, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 18-24): Stephanie Black's Life and Debt (2001). See Opening for review 2:30, 5, 7:10, 9:20 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.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A complete series of films featuring Cary Grant begins with his feature debut, in the supporting role of Thelma Todd's husband in the sophisticated comedy This Is the Night (Frank Tuttle, 1932; 7:30 p.m.). His role's smaller in Sinners in the Sun (Alexander Hall, 1932; 6:10, 9 p.m.), a drama starring Carole Lombard.
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