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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. $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 (Feb. 6): A family reunion goes awry in Les Marmottes (Elie Chouraqui, 1997). "Misunderstandings and comical situations will succeed one another at a furious pace." I'm sure it's fun, but spare us an all-star American remake! 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. 8): A program urging viewers to "Travel Through Time With Your VCR" offers "re-edits of popular memories," including Jason Kocol's Otnemem, which is evidently a reworking of Christopher Nolan's Memento. Kocol spelled backward is Locok 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Canadian South Asian filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz satirizes the status of Muslims in North America with her films BBQ Muslims and Death Threat, the latter about a would-be Rushdie who invents a fatwa against herself for publicity. Filmmaker in person 2 p.m. The ATA's Other Cinema opens its spring 2002 season with "That's Scentertainment!" featuring David Yonge's Smell-O-Vision Experience, edited found footage accompanied by the scent of flowers, burgers, and aerosol from behind the screen. Plus novelty music clips and live performances 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Feb. 11): West Philadelphia's touring Lost Film Festival offers "controversial pranks and politically charged lunacy" with a program of such films as Crowd Bites Wolf, documenting the recent demonstrations in Prague, Gigi From 9-5, and more. For info see www.lostfilmfest.com 7:30 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 - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies (Germany, 1996-2000); see Ongoing for review 8 p.m.; also Wed 1:15, 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Bruce Weber's Chop Suey (2001) plays through Feb. 21. See Opening for review 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 8): The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival plays here this weekend. Today, "Strange Tales" (shorts) 2:45 p.m. "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) 5 p.m. It's All About You 7:15 p.m. Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Love on the Run 12:30 p.m. Listen With Pain 2:45 p.m. Two Days Till Tomorrow 5 p.m. Todd Hughes' The New Women, a "mostly successful" (says our Gary Morris) remake of Clare Booth Luce's play 7:15 p.m. Dan Mintz's "overlong but intense exercise in druggy paranoia" Cookers 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 10): "Chock Full of Notes" (shorts) 12:30 p.m. Living in Missouri 2:45 p.m. The Journeyman5 p.m. you don't know what i got 7 p.m. 97 Brooks 9 p.m.
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: 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.); and Svetlana Village (Gunnar Madsen, 2001; 9 p.m.).
FRIDAY: The fifth Arab Film Festival, postponed from last September, screens at this venue for three days, beginning this evening with Martin Meissonnier's Invisible War (France, 2000) 7 p.m. Thirst (Saad Chraibi, Morocco, 2000) 9:30 p.m. For more festival info, see www.aff.org.
SATURDAY: Arab Film Festival - Derrida's Elsewhere (Safaa Fathy, Egypt, 1999), a documentary about the French philosopher's address of his Algerian childhood 1:15 p.m. Khiam (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lebanon, 2001) 3 p.m. Ben Barka: The Moroccan Equation (Simone Bitton, France, 2001) 5:15 p.m. From Palestine, Waiting for Salah Al Din and Light at the End of the Tunnel 7:30 p.m. The Tornado (Samir Habchi, Lebanon, 1992) 9:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: Arab Film Festival - The Poet of Cane (Mohamed Tawfiq, Denmark, 2000) 2:15 p.m. Looking Awry (Sobhi Zobaidi, Palestine, 2001) 4:30 p.m. And After... (Mohamed Ismail, Morocco, 2001) 6 p.m. A program of Moroccan shorts 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12 & 13): Exploitation maestro Ray Dennis Steckler appears in person with his Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966; 7:15 p.m.), a "Batman" spoof, and his homage to the Bowery Boys pictures, The Lemon Groves Kids Meet the Monsters (1966; 9:30 p.m.). Hosted by Will "The Thrill" Viharo.
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.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. A free series of Italian comedies continues.
MONDAY (Feb. 11): Massimo Troisi and Roberto Benigni are sent back in time to 1492 in Non ci resta che piangere (Troisi and Benigni, 1984), screening without subtitles. Alas, Roberto escaped and returned to haunt us today 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.
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. 8): "Lemmonade," a tribute series devoted to the films of the late Jack Lemmon, continues with Lemmon's Oscar-winning performance as a businessman under pressure, Save the Tiger (1972). Terrance Gelenter introduces the film, with discussion to follow 6:30 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 F.W. Murnau's (camera) moving tale of a hotel doorman in extremis, The Last Laugh (Germany, 1924) 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 his popular "Comedies and Proverbs," A Summer's Tale (France, 1996; 7:15 p.m.), with a boy entangled with three women; and A Tale of Springtime(1989; 9:30 p.m.), involving Plato's ring of invisibility.
SATURDAY: A woman seeks a lost love in Rohmer's A Tale of Winter (1992; 7 p.m.), screening with an episodic riff on the tale of the country and city mice, Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987; 9 p.m.).
SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening, "Cartoon Creatures" offers seven animated movies from around the world. $4 1 p.m. The fourth annual Berkeley High School Bay Area Film & Video Festival offers student works at 3 p.m. A series of rarely screened works from Swedish filmmaker Mauritz Stiller continues with Gunnar Hede's Saga (Sweden, 1922; 5:30 p.m.), about a man determined to drive reindeer to market, and Stiller's single Hollywood success, Hotel Imperial(1927; 7:30 p.m.), a melodrama with Pola Negri.
MONDAY: A UCB class on the musical screens Ernst Lubitsch's winking early musical The Love Parade(1929) 3 p.m. A UCB class on "Cinema and the Sex Act" screens Jack Hill's Foxy Brown (1974), with Pam Grier 7 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Avenue), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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.
SUNDAY (Feb. 10): The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival screens here for a day. See www.sfindie.com for more information on these programs, which are $8 each - Party 7 3 p.m. South West 9 6 p.m. Toyoda Toshiaki's Blue Spring (Japan, 2001), about "over-the-top Japanese schoolboys assaulting each other" (Gary Morris) 9 p.m.
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: Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There? (Taiwan/France, 2001) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar(Iran, 2001) 7, 9 p.m. The Endurance (George Butler, 2000) 6:30 p.m. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: What Time Is It There?, Kandahar, and The Endurance continue. See Ongoing for reviews; call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies(Germany, 1996-2000); see Ongoing for review 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: James Marsh's Wisconsin Death Trip(2000). See Ongoing for review; 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: Kevin Epps' locally filmed Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001), screening as a benefit for the Hunters Point Youth Park Foundation and the Helping Hands Foundation. Filmmaker in person at evening screenings. $8 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Strangers meet for sex; and the result is Intimacy (Patrice Chereau, France/U.K., 2001) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Rachel Liebling's High Lonesome (1992) is a documentary history of bluegrass music 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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: The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival continues with Party 7 12:30 p.m. Cartoonist Bill Plympton's Mutant Aliens 2:45 p.m. Penelope Spheeris' latest rock doc, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'N Roll 5 p.m. To Protect and Serve7:15 p.m. "Love Sex Desire" (shorts, including one by actress Sarah Polley) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: IndieFest - Mary/Mary 5 p.m. "The Global Village" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Blue Spring 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 8-14): Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There?(Taiwan/France, 2001); see Ongoing for review 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40 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: Preston Sturges co-scripted Thirty Day Princess (Marion Gering, 1934; 7:30 p.m.), with Sylvia Sidney in two roles, as a princess visiting America and her actress double. Paramount's all-star Alice in Wonderland(Norman Z. McLeod, 1933; 6:05, 8:55 p.m.) features Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle, W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, and many more. It's a real curio, but lots of fun.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Grant plays a womanizing plastic surgeon who woos his re-creation, Genevieve Tobin, away from hubby Everett Everest Horton, and lives to regret it in the comedy Kiss and Make Up (Harlan Thompson, 1934; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:45 p.m.). Lowell Sherman's Born to Be Bad(1934; 6:10, 8:55 p.m.) was one of the more notorious, and one of the last, pre-Code films, directly dealing with illegitimacy, adultery, and blackmail; it was heavily recut by Paramount before release and is still only an hour long. Loretta Young is guilty of all of the above, and Grant her intended target.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 6): The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival continues here with The New Women12:30 p.m. The Journeyman 12:45 p.m. Bad Trip 5 p.m. Love on the Run 7:15 p.m. Unspeakable 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 7): IndieFest - It's All About You2:45 p.m. "Strange Tales" (shorts) 5 p.m. you don't know what i got 7:15 p.m. Cookers9:30 p.m. Closing Night Party follows.
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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 7): The S.F. Cinematheque offers a program of new films from the Canyon Cinema collective. Visit www.sfcinematheque.org for details. $7 7:30 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: Daily (Tuesday through Sunday) screenings of Eurotika!, a nine-part documentary series on low-budget Eurotrash cinema of the 1960s and '70s, begin Feb. 9 and repeat through April 21. On Saturday, Spanish horror and directors Max Pecas (I Am a Nymphomaniac) and Mike Reeves (The Conqueror Worm); on Tuesday, Jean Rollin, Jess Franco, and Italian horror. No screening this Sunday. Free with gallery admission noon, 2, 4 p.m.
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