Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14): A monthlong tribute to Eric Rohmer continues with the director's own tribute to A Good Marriage (France, 1982) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 17): A Good Marriage 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.
FRIDAY (Aug. 16): Two Israeli anti-war films "to end the Occupation" include It Is No Dream (Benny Brunner and Joseph Rochlitz, 2002) and The Right to a Home and a Homeland (Amir Tekel, 2002). $5-10 sliding scale 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 designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: D.A. Pennebaker's long-unseen concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973), with David Bowie in glam mode; see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 16-22): Doomed, romantic gangster Jean Gabin takes refuge in the casbah of Algiers in Julian Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937), screening in a new print; see Opening for review 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): Run and gun with La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, France, 1990), screening through Aug. 25 at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14): A street gang turns political group in the documentary Black and Gold, about the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation of New York 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 15): Mark Osborne's Dropping Out, about a cheerful would-be suicide 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 16): Religion as revealed truth is the subject of Roger Majkowski's family drama Passing Stones 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: Benoit Jacquot's Sade (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program and 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: Rhythm and blues musician Louis Jordan is spotlit in the collegiate comedy-musical Beware (Bud Pollard, 1946), screening with the early jazz films Black and Tan (Dudley Murphy, 1929), with Duke Ellington, and Jammin' the Blues (Gjon Mili, 1944), with Lester Young 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program of "ephemeral" films curated by archivist Rick Prelinger screens some unusual educational movies, including Safety: Harm Hides at Home (Roger Landoue, 1976), with Guardiana the Safety Woman, and Boredom at Work: The Search for Zest (1963) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: France's working-class hero Jean Gabin co-stars with the legendary Josephine Baker in Zouzou (Marc Allégret, 1937; 7 p.m.) and is the paterfamilias of the music hall in Jean Renoir's highly colorful and entertaining French Cancan (1954; 8:45 p.m.), in more or less the role Jim Broadbent played in Moulin Rouge. But quite differently played!
SUNDAY: A farm is taken hostage by a Nazi hit squad in the desperate days after the war in Frantisek Vlácil's Shadows of a Hot Summer (Czechoslovakia, 1978) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Anne-Marie Miéville's We're All Still Here (France/Switzerland, 1997) features a dialogue from Plato, a monologue from Hannah Arendt, and Jean-Luc Godard in a major role. It screens with her short Mary's Book (1984), which accompanied all screenings of Godard's controversial The Book of Mary back in the 1980s 7:30 p.m.
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: Karmen Geï 7 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Sex and Lucia 9 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress Wed 9:15 p.m.; Thurs 8:45 p.m.
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