Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.

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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video screen as part of a twice-weekly "Cine-Bistro," complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members on Wednesdays; $25 general, $20 members on Saturdays.

WEDNESDAY (May 29): Michel Serrault and Isabelle Huppert are a father-daughter pair of con artists in Claude Chabrol's The Swindle (1992) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (June 1): A Jean-Paul Belmondo series begins with the pre-New Wave Just Another Pretty Face (1958), directed by Marc Allégret and Henri Verneuil, and co-starring Alain Delon and Mylène Demongeot. Anticipating Godard's Pierrot le Fou by seven years, Belmondo plays a character called "Pierrot" 2 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.

THURSDAY (May 30): "Mera Nam Emerging," a program of recent works by Indian-Americans, features a live reading and films by writer/director Kirthi Nath 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 31): Uni-monikered Internet filmmaker Lev offers "Fun With Anxiety and Politics," a screening of his series Tales of Mere Existence and other works. For more Lev, check out www.ingredientx.com 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (June 1): "Messages for the Mess-Age," an evening of live music plus film and video by Mack McFarland, Heidi Diehl, Brian Traylor, and more 8 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8184. $7. This pleasant old house normally runs double-bill programs on its two screens; see Showtimes for details. There's a special program this Thursday.

THURSDAY (May 30): The international animators' society ASIFA presents a "Chuck Jones Tribute" to the late master, with several working animators picking their favorite Jones cartoons 7:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bill Weber and David Weissman's documentary The Cockettes (2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Jean-Pierre Denis' Murderous Maids (France, 2000) screens through June 12. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

DANZHAUS

1275 Connecticut (off Cesar Chavez), (510) 464-4640 and www.verticalpool.com/hysterinfo.html for more information. $8.

THURSDAY & SATURDAY (May 30 & June 1): Antero Alli's Hysteria (2002), with filmmaker in person. See Opening for review 8 p.m.

FILM ARTS FOUNDATION

346 Ninth St. (between Folsom and Harrison), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org/events.

FRIDAY (May 31): A free "Open Screening" offers a "spontaneous mix" from local filmmakers 7 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: Women trap men in Hiroshi Teshigahara's erotic Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964; 7:15 p.m.) and Orson Welles' neurotic The Lady From Shanghai (1948; 9:40 p.m.).

FRIDAY: A preview of Finn Taylor's Cherish (2002) 7:15 p.m. The Best of NOMAD Videofilm Festival screens several works, including Andrea Tapia-Urzua's Loverdosis (2000), Antero Alli's Fears (2001), and Mark Haren's Sleepless Movie (1999). Dial (510) 464-4640 or www.verticalpool.com for more information. $7 separate admission 10 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 1-6): A thriller set in Paris' Algerian community, Abdelkrim Bahloui's Night of Fate (France/Algeria, 1997; 7:15 p.m.), screens with Carl Franklin's underrated adaption of Walter Moseley's L.A. detective tale Devil in a Blue Dress (1995; 9:05 p.m.; also Sun 5:15 p.m.).

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Franco Zeffirelli's film of Verdi's opera La Traviata (Italy, 1982), with tenor Placido Domingo and soprano Teresa Stratas 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

MONDAY: Venue closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: The popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1979) screens through June 23 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA

425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. A free series of recent Italian films screens without subtitles.

TUESDAY (June 4): A series honoring comedian Maurizio Nichetti continues with Ho fatto splash (1980) 6:30 p.m.

LUMIERE

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: 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.

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 (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.

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: 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.

PARAMOUNT

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.

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.

PARKWAY

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.

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 www.brainwashm.com 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.

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: 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.

RED VIC

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: 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.

ROXIE

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.

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.

SHATTUCK

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: 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.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Adolescent Shirley Temple's crush on Cary is the subject of the Sidney Sheldon-scripted The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (Irving Reis, 1947; 7:30 p.m.). Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946; 5:20, 9:35 p.m.) is one of Grant's darkest roles; he's a manipulative FBI agent who places his lover, Ingrid Bergman, in harm and Claude Rains' way.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 31-June 6): Grant's a postwar suburbanite in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H.C. Potter, 1948; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:45 p.m.) and an angel (why not?) dropping in on The Bishop's Wife (Henry Koster, 1947; 5:30, 9:15 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.

DAILY: Isaac Julian's Looking for Langston (1989), a film poem about Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, screens through July 14 at 11 a.m. Daily screenings of three documentaries by artist-in-residence Ellen Bruno on social issues in three Asian countries, Samsara, Satya, and Sacrifice, repeat thrice daily through July 14. Free with gallery admission noon, 2, 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (May 29): The Jewish Film Festival screens Daniel Wachsmann's The Appointed (Israel, 1990), about a rabbi's son turned nightclub magician whose act is joined by the legendary spirit Lilith. $6 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 30): The S.F. Cinematheque screens "the animated landscapes" of experimental filmmaker James Otis, a pioneer of computer animation. Artist in person. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 31): Bill Douglas' highly regarded, autobiographical trilogy about growing up in a Scottish mining village in the 1940s concludes with My Way Home (1977). $6 8 p.m.

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