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2128 Center (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM. In addition to its regular programming, this theater is offering a 10-week midnight movie series starting this week. $6.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video now screen as part of a "Cine-Bistro" twice weekly, complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members on Wednesdays; $25 general, $20 members on Saturdays.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 30): Marcel Pagnol's Le Schpountz (1936), a comedy about filmmaking with Fernandel 7 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): The 2002 San Francisco Black Independent Film Festival screens at this venue for three nights. Tonight, the half-hour documentary Fillmore is followed by the "martial arts urban fiction/fantasy" Birth of the Hip-Hop Dynasty 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2): S.F. Black Independent Film Festival - The shorts Roll and The Wedding precede a feature, Ricco, billed as "Mystery/Suspense about police brutality and corruption" 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 3): S.F. Black Independent Film Festival - Three documentaries, Life Itself (disabled artists), Patience and Shuffle the Cards (James Baldwin), Alfonia (a funk composer/performer) 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. 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: A "Wide Wide Screen" series concludes with two Panavision noirs of the 1970s, both taking full advantage of the desert sunscapes of Southern California - Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973; 7 p.m.) and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974; 9:15 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Opening Night of the fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival offers three programs, a "Short Film Sampler Platter" at 5 p.m., the post-apocalyptic Ever Since the World Ended (Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle, 2001; 7 p.m.), and Party 7(Katsuhito Ishii, Japan, 2000; 9:15 p.m.). 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for more information. Also see Night & Day, Page 33, for additional coverage. All programs $8.
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 & THURSDAY: Jean-Pierre Melville's excellent gangster noir Bob le Flambeur (France, 1955; 7:15 p.m.), about an attempted robbery of a casino in the gray light of Paris, screens in a new print with The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest Schoedsack and Irving Pichel, 1932; 9:10 p.m.), about a literal manhunt on a desert island.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 1-7): A triple bill of documentaries, Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest (Coleman Romalis, Canada, 2000; 7:15 p.m.); Helen Nearing: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying(Polly Bennell and Andrea Sarris, 2000; 8 p.m.); Svetlana Village (Gunnar Madsen, 2001; 9 p.m.).
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.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: To many, the greatest musical of all, Singin' in the Rain (Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) screens through Feb. 17. Just what does Moses suppose? 6, 8, 10 p.m.; midnight show on weekends.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. A free series of Italian comedies continues.
MONDAY (Feb. 4): Wispy Maurizio Nichetti turns into a cartoon in Volere volare (Nichetti and Guido Manuli, 1991) 6:30 p.m.
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: The animated Metropolis (Rintaro, Japan, 2001). See Ongoing for review 5, 7:25, 9:50 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a spring/summer "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): "Lemmonade," a tribute series devoted to the films of the late Jack Lemmon, opens with Some Like It Hot (1959), the evergreen Billy Wilder comedy in drag. Terrance Gelenter introduces the film, with discussion to follow 6:30 p.m.
741 Valencia (at 18th Street), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for information on the fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival, screening here for three nights. Also see Night & Day, Page 33, for additional coverage. $8.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): IndieFest - you don't know what I got 5 p.m. The Journeyman 7:15 p.m. Bad Trip 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2): IndieFest - "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) noon. Love on the Run 2:15 p.m. 97 Brooks 4:30 p.m. Living in Missouri 7 p.m. It's All About You 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 3): IndieFest - "Chock Full of Notes" (shorts) noon. Two Days Till Tomorrow 2:15 p.m. "Strange Tales" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. FinalCut.com 7 p.m. Unspeakable 9:15 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: Scholar Russell Merritt's film history course, open to the public, offers "The Nickelodeon," a variety show with live performers - and of course early movies - re-creating the filmgoing experience of 95 years ago 3 p.m. A program of "New Arab Video" 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: An Eric Rohmer series continues with two of the Aesop of cinema's most popular "Comedies and Proverbs," Full Moon in Paris (France, 1984; 7:30 p.m.) and The Aviator's Wife (1983; 9:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: More Rohmer, more comedy, more proverbs - Summer (1986; 7 p.m.) and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987; 9 p.m.).
SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of A Witch in the Family (Harald Hamrell, Sweden, 2000), about a girl who wishes her brother would disappear. English subtitles read aloud 3 p.m. A series of rarely screened works from Swedish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller continues with Erotikon (1920; 5:30 p.m.), a famed sex comedy about a wife juggling two lovers, and Johan (1921; 7:30 p.m.), about the struggles of a man recovering from a devastating accident.
MONDAY: A UCB class on the musical screens King Vidor's vividly primitive Hallelujah (1929), very dated, still striking 3 p.m. A UCB class on "Cinema and the Sex Act" screens Ken Russell's aggressively staged adaption of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love (U.K., 1969) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Cinematographer Luca Comerio's footage of the world of a century ago was edited by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi into the documentary deconstruction From the Pole to the Equator (Italy, 1986) 7:30 p.m.
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: Hans Petter Moland's Aberdeen (Norway/U.K., 2001) 6:45 p.m. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) 8:30 p.m. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar (Iran, 2001) 7, 8:45 p.m. The Endurance (George Butler, 2000) 6:30 p.m. Tahmineh Milani's The Hidden Half (Iran, 2001) 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There? (Taiwan/France, 2001); see Opening for review. Kandahar, Mulholland Drive, and The Endurance continue. See Ongoing for reviews; 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The collective Whispered Media's Boom: The Sound of Eviction (2001) uses interviews, footage of protests, and amateur films dating back to the 1950s to analyze the New Economy and its impact on San Francisco housing. For more info see www.whisperedmedia.org. Filmmakers in person for evening screenings 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cory McAbee's cult science fiction/musical The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Artists with disabilities from the arts center Creativity Explored are profiled in Life Itself (Todd Herman, Francis Kohler, 2000), screening with movies by Creativity Explored artists. Filmmakers in person for evening shows. See Opening for more 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Seven women journey off the family farm in Patrick Donohew's Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait (2000) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7; IndieFest programs $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Italian Marxist filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo, best known for The Battle of Algiers, debuted with a late neo-realist picture with melodramatic overtones, The Wide Blue Road (1957), screening in a new print. See Ongoing for more 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY: The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival plays here through next Thursday; see Night & Day, Page 33, for more. Tonight, Alcatraz Avenue 5 p.m. South West 9 7:15 p.m. Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth 9:30 p.m. Cookers 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: IndieFest - Margarita Happy Hour noon. "Animation Extravaganza" 2:15 p.m. "Love Sex Desire" (shorts, including one by actress Sarah Polley) 4:30 p.m. Penelope Spheeris' latest rock doc, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'N Roll 7 p.m. The New Women 9:15 p.m. Bio-Cops 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: IndieFest - To Protect and Serve noon. "The Global Village" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Kanadiana 4:30 p.m. Mary/Mary 7 p.m. Bill Plympton's latest, Mutant Aliens 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: IndieFest - Kanadiana 5 p.m. Margarita Happy Hour 7:15 p.m. Listen With Pain 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: IndieFest - South West 9 5 p.m. Alcatraz Avenue 7:15 p.m. "Animation Extravaganza" 9:30 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: The animated Metropolis (Rintaro, Japan, 2001). See Ongoing for review 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com. $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: An anti-war story set amid fighter pilots in World War I, The Eagle and the Hawk (1933; 7:30 p.m.) is credited to Stuart Walker but reputedly largely directed by Mitchell Leisen. Elfin Nancy Carroll is The Woman Accused (Paul Sloane, 1933; 6:05, 8:55 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Squat, fireplug-shaped character actor Ed Brophy co-directed Cary Grant (!) in the first film to topline Grant, Gambling Ship (Brophy and Louis J. Gasnier, 1933; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:25 p.m.). It screens with Mae West's I'm No Angel (Wesley Ruggles, 1933; 5:50, 8:55 p.m.) - she's the auteur, no matter the credited director.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
MONDAY (Feb. 4): The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival plays here through next Thursday; see Night & Day, Page 33, for more. Tonight, Two Days Till Tomorrow 2:45 p.m. Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth 5 p.m. "Chock Full of Notes" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. 97 Brooks 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 5): IndieFest - Listen With Pain 2:45 p.m. Living in Missouri 5 p.m. "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. FinalCut.com 9:30 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): A series of the works of Senegalese master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene continues with two films charting the intersection of Islam, Christianity, colonialism, and tradition - Ceddo(1977; 7 p.m.), about the effect of a king's conversion to Islam in turn-of-the-century Senegal, and Guelwaar (1993; 9:15 p.m.), a comedy tracing the effects of the accidental burial of a Christian in a Muslim cemetery.
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