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. 28): Three love stories dovetail in Rendezvous in Paris (Eric Rohmer, France, 1996) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 31): Rendezvous in Paris 2 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: A new, restored version of Fritz Lang's visionary science-fiction classic Metropolis (Germany, 1926); see Ongoing for more 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: A 70mm print of Ron Fricke's global immersion in exotic scenery and people, Baraka (1992), screens through Sept. 12 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed & Fri-Mon 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Mickey Lemle's popular Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001; 7:30 p.m.), tracing the recovery from a stroke of the self-made spiritual leader, 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.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed for the Labor Day holiday.
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.
DAILY: How do you solve a problem like Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2000)? How do you hold a CGI pixie in your hand? The sweetheart of Paris screens here through Sept. 15 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema " in its 40-seat theater. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 28): A young woman falls for a teenage rebel in Dani Minnick's Falling Like This, praised for its "truth" by Cameron Crowe 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 29): The female prisoners of Louisiana are the subject of Laleh Khadivi's documentary 900 Women 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 30): Jessica Villines' Plaster Caster profiles legendary "band aid" Cynthia Plaster Caster. Cameron Crowe stayed silent about this one! 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Sept. 2): Jeff Economy and Darren Hacker's tribute band tribute An Incredible Simulation 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 3): Mark Neale's William Gibson -- No Maps for These Territories follows the literary cyberpunk on a journey through California 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 30-Sept. 5): Benoît Jacquot's version of the opera Tosca (France, 2001). 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: In place of the scheduled Blue Sunshine this venue is offering On Her Bed of Roses (aka Psychedelic Sexualis), a 1966 Albert Zugsmith exploitation melodrama from the producer of Touch of Evil 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Two collaborations by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, a 49-minute video 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (France, 1995), plus a video essay on "the status of the fine arts at the end of the Twentieth Century," The Old Place (1999) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A weekend tribute to the late Billy Wilder offers the evergreen Some Like It Hot (1959; 7 p.m.) and the never popular save to hipsters everywhere Kiss Me, Stupid (1964; 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Billy Wilder's deservedly acclaimed The Apartment (1960; 7 p.m.), a bittersweet moral tale, plays with the sulfurous Cold War comedy One, Two, Three (1961; 9:25 p.m.).
SUNDAY: A series of Italian filmmaker Elio Petri's political fables commences with The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971; 5:30 p.m.), with Gian Maria Volonté as a "model worker," and The Lady Killer of Rome (1961; 7:45 p.m.), with Marcello Mastroianni as a playboy murder suspect.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Counterfeit Films," a program of digital videos by Brett Simon, includes 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.
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.
STARTS WEDNESDAY: The Bank (Robert Connolly, Australia, 2001); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rivers and Tides 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Secret Ballot (Babak Payami, Iran, 2001) 9 p.m.; also Thurs 6:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: A series celebrating 25 years of the Mill Valley Film Festival continues with the late Djibril Diop Mambety's Hyenas (Senegal, 1992), a dryly witty adaption of Friedrich Durrenmatt's play about a fabulously wealthy woman returning home after many years and offering a fortune to the townspeople if they'll kill her long-ago seducer. Mambety makes the play an occasion to at once satirize the IMF and create an authentically involving drama 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The new print of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1926); see Ongoing for review. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: A MVFF 25th-anniversary screening of Peter Jackson's excellent Heavenly Creatures (New Zealand, 1994), an early occasion for the Lord of the Rings director to successfully mix fantasy and realism in this dark psychological drama told with high, giddy spirits 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.
WEDNESDAY: I wonder who's Kissing Jessica Stein (Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2002) now?, as the old song puts it 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: Just in time for the baseball strike, the Red Vic celebrates the sport with a program of short films, "Hey Batter Batter," which includes such diamonds as Mickey's Nine (1927), Betty Boop in I Heard (1932), and the Abbott & Costello routine "Who's on first?" 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: If you want to be free, be free -- Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude (1972). It's locally made, too 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Sept. 3 & 4): A program of Sept. 11-themed short films, "Underground Zero," assembled by Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Separate admission for each film now screening. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
DAILY: The Bank (Robert Connolly, Australia, 2001); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 30-Sept. 5): The restored Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1926); see Ongoing for more. Call for times.
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 Harold Lloyd comedies, the rousing New York City-set Speedy (Ted Wilde, 1928; 7:30 p.m.), and the rather contrived but still amusing domestic comedy Hot Water (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1924; 9:15 p.m.). Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Cary Grant stars opposite Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donen's still-gripping mystery thriller Charade (1963; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.), screening with a World War II comedy co-starring Leslie Caron, Father Goose (Ralph Nelson, 1964; 5:20, 9:35 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: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India, screens through Oct. 13 at noon.