Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 31): A Catherine Deneuve series continues with what the Alliance's Web site is calling "Beauty of the Day," which we can assume is Luis Buñuel's landmark Belle de Jour (France, 1967) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 3): Belle de Jour 2 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a summer "Midnight Mass" on Saturdays. $8.
SATURDAY (Aug. 3): Kids hunt pirate treasure in one of Steven Spielberg's more annoying, loud, and heavy-handed productions from his years as the King Midas of Candyland, The Goonies (1983). The kids include Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, and future hobbit Sean Astin. A live "Treasure Hunt" accompanies the festivities -- hunt for the reason screenwriter Chris Columbus established himself this early as the wrong person to direct Harry Potter midnight.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 621-0556 for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $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: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues with From Bombay to Tel Aviv 11:30 a.m. A free matinee screening of Weintraub's Syncopators 2 p.m. A Home on the Range and Song of a Cowboy 4:45 p.m. Que Vive 7 p.m. Unfair Competition 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Jewish Film Festival's Closing Night picture is Anna's Summer (Jeanine Meerapfel, Germany, 2000), with party to follow. $15 8 p.m.
EL RIO OUTDOOR CINEMA
El Rio Bar & Patio, 3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.microcinema.com for this program. $7. This once-a-month summertime alternative film and video series offers movies projected on a screen hung between a lemon and a fig tree in the back yard of this venerable neighborhood bar.
TUESDAY (Aug. 6): A three-month series of movies drawn from San Francisco's new Microcinema program "Independent Exposure" begins with a "Night Life Edition" of 17 short films, videos, and digital works from around the globe 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 2): A free "Open Screening" of "a spontaneous mix of independent works by local film and video makers" 7 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Claire Denis' acclaimed version of Melville's Billy Budd, set in the French Foreign Legion, Beau Travail (France, 1999; 9:50 p.m.; also Sun 5:45 p.m.) screens with John Huston's The Misfits (1960; 7:30 p.m.), set in the deserts of Nevada, with a lost legion of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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: Don't reveal the sensational secret of The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, U.K., 1992)! It's his sled! 8:30, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
STARTS TUESDAY: Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita (France, 1990) screens through Aug. 25 at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
TUESDAY (Aug. 6): A policewoman hallucinates when she sees particular works of art in Dario Argento's horror film The Stendahl Syndrome (1996). I thought Stendahl wrote books, actually 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 31): Sonny JL Aronson's documentary of an unusual slice of NYC nightlife, Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke 8 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. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nijinsky (Paul Cox, Australia, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Anne-Sophie Birot's Girls Can't Swim (France, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 feminist decides to infiltrate the cheerleading squad in Jack Hill's The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The films of Czech director Frantisek Vlácil, unknown in the West but highly praised at home for his amalgam of Bergman, Kurosawa, and Eisenstein, get a rare screening in a series commencing with the reputed masterpiece Markéta Lazarová (1966), a medieval epic 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: France's working-class hero Jean Gabin is honored with a screening of Marcel Carné's fatalistic masterpiece Le Jour se lève (Daybreak, 1939; 7 p.m.) and its predecessor, Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows, 1938; 8:50 p.m.), with ultra-rich dialogue by poet Jacques Prévert.
SUNDAY: Frantisek Vlácil's almost wordless feature debut, White Dove (Czechoslovakia, 1966), tracks said bird across Europe 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Three generations of women are oppressed by men in Anne-Marie Miéville's My Dear Subject (France/Switzerland, 1988), plus her short How Can I Love (a man when I know he don't want me) (1983) 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 1): "Trash film legend" Poor White Trash (aka Bayou, Harold Daniels, 1957/1961) with Peter Graves and Timothy Carey. Werepad impresario Jacques Boyreau in person with his new book Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters. $6 9:15 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, 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: Siddhartha 6:45 p.m. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) 8:45 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Rivers and Tides 7, 9 p.m. Hollywood classicist William Wyler's Lillian Hellman adaption The Little Foxes (1941), with great deep-focus cinematography by Gregg Toland, filmed the same year Toland shot Citizen Kane 7 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Rivers and Tides, with director Thomas Riedelsheimer in person at the first screening tonight; $10 admission for that program 7, 9:15 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY: William Wyler's legal drama Counsellor-at-Law (1933), with John Barrymore, all stops out 7 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Aug. 1-7): A new surfing documentary from the makers of Year of the Drag-In and Whipped!!!, 100 Ft. Wednesday (Curt Myers and Eric W. Nelson, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m., Wed 2 p.m.
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.
DAILY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000) has attracted quite a following and is continuing indefinitely. See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A double bill of two of Harold Lloyd's best comedies, the hilarious The Freshman (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1925; 7:30 p.m.) and the poignant, funny, and handsomely photographed The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde, 1927; 8:55 p.m.), with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. What could be better?
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A double bill of two of Cary Grant's lesser vehicles from 1957, Stanley Kramer's period piece The Pride and the Passion (7:30 p.m.) and Stanley Donen's comedy Kiss Them for Me (5:35, 9:50 p.m.). It's hard to conjure up Frank Sinatra or Jayne Mansfield as suitable co-stars for Mr. Class, but there they are, sharing the same frame, in the Kramer and the Donen, respectively.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Grant is billed with Tony Curtis, who imitated him so well in Some Like It Hot that same year, in Blake Edwards' service comedy Operation Petticoat (1959; 3:15, 7:30 p.m.), and with Robert Mitchum in Stanley Donen's English drawing room comedy The Grass Is Greener (1960; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.).
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: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India noon.
MONDAY (Aug. 5): HBO sponsors theatrical screenings of its attention-getting "Frame by Frame" documentary film series over the next week, with many directors in person. See www.hbo.com/framebyframe or call (888) 684-0365 for more. Tonight, In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (2002), compiled from the work of 118 video and still photographers, many of them amateurs 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 6): "Frame by Frame" -- 60-year_old Benedictine nun Sister Helen runs a home for indigent, addiction-recovering men. Filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa in person 6 p.m. Two gay men in their late 40s travel to Saigon to adopt a child in He's Having a Baby, with filmmakers Georg and Abby Hartmann attending 8 p.m. Melissa Regan's delightful No Dumb Questions, about children's reactions to their Uncle Bill's sex change 9 p.m.
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