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 (Aug. 21): A monthlong tribute to Eric Rohmer continues with the last of his "Comedies and Proverbs" series, Boyfriends and Girlfriends (France, 1987) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 24): Boyfriends and Girlfriends 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.
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: Jean Gabin in Julian Duvivier's romantic melodrama Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937), screening in a new print. See Ongoing for review 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): A new, restored, version of Fritz Lang's visionary science-fiction classic Metropolis (Germany, 1927); see Opening for more 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. The scheduled demolition of this Berkeley landmark has been pushed back, and there will be a fall season for this innovatively programmed art house.
STARTS THURSDAY: Mickey Lemle's popular Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001; 7:30 p.m.), tracing the self-made spiritual leader's recovery from a stroke, screens with Gustavo Mosquera's Moebius (Argentina, 1996; 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 5:40 p.m.), about the mysterious disappearance of a subway car. Program continues through Sept. 1.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Run and gun with La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, France, 1990), at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
STARTS TUESDAY: Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2000), through Sept. 15 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
THURSDAY (Aug. 22): A performance artist tries to save America in Existo 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 23): Feminists try pornography in Ladyporn 8 p.m.
MINNA STREET GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
TUESDAY (Aug. 27): The "All Women Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 15 short films and videos by North American female directors including Oaklander Amy Hicks' Hatching Beauty, and from San Francisco, Tiffany Shlain's Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and J.D. Beltran's Telephone Stories 8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 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 program of "ephemeral" films curated by archivist Rick Prelinger screens some unusual educational movies, including Negro Colleges in Wartime (1944) and The Home Economics Story (1951) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jean-Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen (France, 1984) reworks Bizet's tale of a cigarette girl to include Godard himself as her has-been filmmaker uncle. Scripted by Anne-Marie Miéville 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Doomed, romantic gangster Jean Gabin takes refuge in the Casbah of Algiers in Julian Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937; 7 p.m.), screening with Jean Renoir's consistently underrated adaption of Gorky's The Lower Depths (1936; 8:50 p.m.)
SUNDAY: Frantisek Vlácil's Shadow of a Fern (Czechoslovakia, 1985), an adaption of Czech folklore about an ominous wood 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville at home, discussing the issues of our day, in their Soft and Hard (France, 1985), followed by Miéville's Reaching an Understanding (France/Switzerland, 2000), a four-way dialogue featuring Godard bursting into tears 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), 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.
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