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FRIDAY (May 31): A "Hollywood Private Eyes" series continues with Robert Altman's revisionist take on Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye (1973), with Elliot Gould as a mumbling Marlowe in one of Altman's best films 6:30 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: A series of the video work of Russia's Alexander Sokurov begins with his observations of A Humble Life (1997), documenting an old woman in the mountains who prays and sews 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of restored prints of films by the radical documentarian Joris Ivens opens with The Spanish Earth (1937), a pro-Loyalist picture narrated by Ernest Hemingway, and The 400 Million (1939), about Chinese resistance to the Japanese occupation 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Alexander Sokurov's theatrical feature Days of the Eclipse (U.S.S.R., 1988), a science-fiction allegory of Stalinism, screens with his short videos Evening Sacrifice (U.S.S.R., 1984/1987), a record of "Victory Day" celebrations, and Simple Elegy (U.S.S.R., 1990), a portrait of Lithuania's president during a Soviet blockade 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Louis Feuillade's melodramatic serial Parisette (France, 1922) screens over two days. It's about a nobleman, a nun, and a mysterious double. Each evening's viewing lasts over three hours. Episodes 1-6 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: Louis Feuillade's Parisette, Episodes 7-12 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Early experimental shorts by Joris Ivens include the visual symphonies The Bridge (Netherlands, 1928) and Rain (Netherlands, 1929), and a record of a miners' strike in Belgium, Borinage (1934) 7:30 p.m.


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.

FRIDAY (May 31): Alfred Hitchcock's dizzying Vertigo (1942) stars James Stewart as a detective in over his head and hanging by his thumbs 8 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

THURSDAY (May 30): The Brain Wash Movie Festival screens a benefit for its annual July "Bike-In" with a program of "innovative, oddball and obscure film." See for more info. $8 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (June 1): Short films by local kids screen in the Digital Underground Storytelling for Youth Film Festival. $3 3 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2002), with filmmaker in person 7 p.m. Ismail Merchant's The Mystic Masseur (India, 2001) 9 p.m. In July (Faith Akin, Germany, 2000) 9:10 p.m. Enigma (Michael Apted, U.K., 2002) 6:45, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Mystic Masseur 6:30, 9 p.m. In July 9:10 p.m. Enigma 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Italian for Beginners (Lone Scherfig, Denmark, 2000) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Domèsticas (Fernando Meirelles, Nando Olival, Brazil, 2000) and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India, 2001). See Opening for reviews. Call for times and other titles.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980), still disowned by Stephen King 2, 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The history of hip hop DJs is charted in Scratch (Doug Pray, Bonner Bellow, 2001) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: The classes struggle in Robert Altman's comedic Gosford Park (U.K., 2001) 7:30, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:40 p.m.

TUESDAY: The 42nd annual San Francisco State Film Finals (2001) offer a representative sample of student movies -- some excellent 7, 9 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The life of musician Nick Drake as depicted in A Skin Too Few (Jeroen Berkvens, 2000) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 31-June 6): Jill Sharpe's documentary Culture Jam (Canada, 2001); see The House of Tudor on Page 93 for more 7, 10:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 3:30 p.m. A Skin Too Few 5:30, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: Eric Rohmer's The Lady and the Duke (France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 31-June 6): Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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 Cary Grant retrospective continues.

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