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THURSDAY: A "Thrillville" screening of 711 Ocean Drive (Joseph M. Newman, 1950), featuring Edmond O'Brien and Hoover Dam 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Otto Preminger's absorbing crime melodrama Anatomy of a Murder (1959), with Jimmy Stewart as a country lawyer defending dubious client Ben Gazzara, with excellent work from Lee Remick as Gazzara's free-spirited wife Fri 6 p.m.; Sat & Sun 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 23-25): Asthmatic killer Ross Martin threatens Lee Remick in Blake Edwards' Experiment in Terror (1962), in and around such San Francisco landmarks as North Beach and Candlestick Park Mon 9:15 p.m.; Tues & Wed 6:30 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, $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: Ayurveda: The Art of Being (Pan Nalin, U.K., 2001) 6:30 p.m. The Bank (Robert Connolly, Australia, 2001) 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2000) 9 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Charles Burnett's To Sleep With Anger (1990), with Danny Glover as a mysterious visitor to a South Central L.A. family, screens as a series celebrating 25 years of the Mill Valley Film Festival continues 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for other films and times.

SUNDAY: A MVFF 25th-anniversary screening of Les Blank's amusing documentaries Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980) and the aromatic Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Sleeping Giant Productions' In the Dark (2002), an hourlong video documentary about the California power crisis, pollution, price manipulation, and other concerns. Also features live speakers 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Jimi Hendrix's performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, the subject of at least two other rockumentaries, including Murray Lerner's previous film Message to Love, is revisited in Lerner's Blue Wild Angel (2001), which promises several new performances 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

STARTS WEDNESDAY: Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac (2002). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

STARTS SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Weekly screenings of Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002), billed as "The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq," will run on weekends at noon beginning Sept. 21.


Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove), Civic Center, 557-4400.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 18): The San Francisco Writers Grotto offers "Grotto Nights V," a program of readings and performance that also includes a new short film by J.D. Beltran and Po Bronson, Lev Yilmaz's animated film Tales of Mere Existence, and a music video by Björk (hopefully the cool MGM-style dance number, and not that creepy android one). Free 5:45 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: Sam Jones' Wilco rockumentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 20-26): Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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 THROUGH FRIDAY: The most beloved of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935; 7:30 p.m.), and the slickest, Swing Time (George Stevens, 1937; 5:35, 9:20 p.m.).

SATURDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (Sept. 21-27): Preston Sturges' witty, politically acute comedy The Great McGinty (1940; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m.) screens with Gregory LaCava's boardinghouse comedy Stage Door (1937; 5:50, 9:05 p.m.).


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $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.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 18): Film Arts Foundation's "True Stories" series of new documentaries screens Lorenzo DeStefano's video Los Zafiros: Music From the Edge of Time, about the popular group that's mixed doo-wop, calypso, bossa nova, and African rhythms for four decades. $7. Reception with filmmaker in person at 6:30 p.m.; film at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 20): A monthlong series of the films of Italian thrillmeister Mario Bava continues with a double bill of Kill, Baby, Kill (1966), about a murdered child wreaking vengeance from the grave, and Knives of the Avenger (1965), a Viking adventure. $6 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Sept. 21): The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963) is chased across Italy; Rashomon gets retold as a sex farce in Four Times That Night (1972). $6 7 p.m.

TUESDAY (Sept. 24): The Arab Film Festival screens the third installment of Egyptian director Youssef Chahine's autobiographical trilogy about a filmmaker's life and fantasies, Alexandria Again and Forever (1989). Shown on DVD. $7 7:30 p.m.

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