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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Jan. 17): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" for videos of all genres. $3; free for artistes. For more info or advance reservations, e-mail Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 18): Eddie Lama, a construction worker, explains how his encounter with a kitten converted him into an animal activist and vegetarian in The Witness. Eddie hasn't met my cat - no vegetarian she 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 19): Gerard Ungerman's Hidden Wars of Desert Storm offers interviews with Norman Schwarzkopf, Ramsey Clark, Scott Ritter, and others to present an anti-Iraq embargo view in its history of the Gulf War and its aftermath. For more info see http://hiddenwars.org 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace - recently refurbished, with new seats installed - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The annual Berlin & Beyond German-language film festival concludes today with Utopia Blues (Stefan Haupt, Switzerland, 2001) 1:30 p.m. The State I Am In (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2000) 4 p.m. Director Xavier Koller in person with the Closing Night film, with party to follow, Gripsholm (Germany, 2000) 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Castro begins its annual "Wide Wide Screen" series of CinemaScope and other ultra-wide formats. Nicholas Ray's two mid-1950s masterpieces of family melodrama, Rebel Without a Cause(1955; 7 p.m.) and Bigger Than Life (1956; 9:10 p.m.), gain much of their power from Ray's kinetic smearing of bright colors - like James Dean's red jacket in Rebel and a field of yellow cabs in Life - across that wide wide screen. Check out this outstanding double bill and be convinced.
FRIDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Robert Altman, Ray's heir as a genre-bender in the 1970s, also used the wide Panavision format to great effect in his melancholy western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971; 7 p.m.) and his dream film of wandering souls in the American Southwest, 3 Women (1977; 9:20 p.m.). Given their thematic similarities, one wonders if David Lynch ever saw 3 Women before dreaming up Mulholland Drive.
SATURDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Robert Altman's country music satire Nashville (1975), uncannily prescient about American politics in the quarter-century since its making 1, 4:15, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - A pair of John Sturges' adventure epics, both featuring an angry young Steve McQueen: The Great Escape (1963; 12:30, 6:10 p.m.) and The Magnificent Seven (1960; 3:40, 9:20 p.m.).
TUESDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - A gangster melodrama, Party Girl (1958; 7 p.m.), is one of Nicholas Ray's weaker efforts but is beloved by buffs for its audacious color schemes. It screens with Daniel Mann's melo Butterfield 8 (1960; 9 p.m.), with Elizabeth Taylor.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY: The antics of petty thug Jean-Paul Belmondo propel Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (France, 1959; 7:15 p.m.), while Kirk Douglas' machinations keep a miner in the dark in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival, 1951; 9 p.m.).
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 17-23): Capt. Irving Johnson's Around Cape Horn (filmed 1929, narrated 1980; 7:15 p.m.) is a filmed record of a dangerous trip narrated and edited many years later. It screens with the popular recent feature The Endurance (George Butler, 2000; 7:55 p.m.; also Sun 9:25 p.m.), about a doomed Antarctic voyage.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: The original Ocean's Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960) screens through Jan. 27. Sinatra and his pals can't be any smugger than George Clooney and ensemble in the recent remake 6, 8:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. show on weekends.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Marc Foster's Everything Put Together (1999); see Ongoing for review 5, 7:20, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 18-24): Stephanie Black's Life and Debt (2001). See Opening for review 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:40 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Grant has another small role in Dorothy Arzner's alcoholism melodrama Merrily We Go to Hell (1932; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:30 p.m.), which top-lines Fredric March and Sylvia Sidney. His role's much bigger as a rival to Gary Cooper and jealous husband Charles Laughton for the affections of Tallulah Bankhead in the submarine melodrama The Devil and the Deep (Marion Gering, 1932; 6, 9 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 18): A series of the works of Senegalese master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene offers Xala (1974), a comedy about an impotent businessman. $6 8 p.m.
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