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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays for 10 weeks. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 2): Michel Serrault plays a real historical figure who specialized in fleecing Jews in hiding from the Nazis during World War II in Doctor Petiot (Christian de Chalonge, France, 1990) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 5): Doctor Petiot 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 (Oct. 4): Dayton, Ohio-based video artist Jud Yalkut screens works both old (1974's Beatnik Heaven, made with Beat painter Turk LeClair) and new (the West Coast premiere of Light Display: Color, a tribute to Bauhaus pioneer Moholy-Nagy and his 1930 Light-Space Modulator kinetic light machine). Also, Vision Cantos (2000) and the world premiere of the DV Sacred Baths 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 5): Daniel Bitton's The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll (2001) follows schizophrenic singer Wesley Willis around Chicago. Also screening at the PFA on Wednesday 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 4-10): Nicely tied to the ongoing exhibit of Lewis Carroll's photos at SFMOMA, Gavin Millar's Dream Child (U.K., 1986) casts Ian Holm as the dotty but good-hearted author of Alice in Wonderland. Jim Henson's "Wonderland" creations look rather sinister, though 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, www.landmarktheatres.com. An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series continues; see www.8tales.com for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 4 & 5): Back before Wes Anderson got all precious, his Bottle Rocket (1996) was an auspicious debut for Anderson and the Wilson brothers, cast here as best pals midnight.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, www.filmarts.org/events for this program. Note the new location for this venerable helpmate for local filmmakers.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY: Anne Makepeace's interesting documentary Coming to Light (1999; 7:30 p.m.), about famed photographer Edward S. Curtis and his photographs of American Indians, screens with the amusing Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson and Costa Botes, New Zealand, 1995; 9:10 p.m.), a biodoc about an imaginary New Zealand film pioneer.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 3-9): Glenn Ford is an outlaw escape artist in custody of rancher Van Heflin in Delmer Daves' excellent western 3:10 to Yuma (1957; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Alfred Hitchcock's comic Cold War drama North by Northwest (1959; 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 5 p.m.), with Cary Grant a puppet of U.S. intelligence pursued by enemy spies.
SATURDAY: A "Bare Witness Film Screening" of two independent short features, H Tour (David Babich, 2000), "a mysterious journey through the subconscious of three people from the 1930s," and Comic Book (Daniel Gamburg, 2002), about a lonely man in a cape. Plus shorts 2 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.
STARTS TUESDAY: An opera-loving thief bootlegs a performance by a technophobic Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1982), screening through Oct. 27 at 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
MAIN POST THEATRE
SATURDAY (Oct. 5): A new outdoor movie event, "Film in the Fog," screens It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955), about a giant octopus that causes problems in San Francisco, in a movie with scenes filmed at this former Army base. The 63-year-old Main Post Theatre, dark since the Army left the Presidio in 1994, will be the backdrop for the event (and will open at 5 p.m. for a tour). Jan Wahl introduces the film, which is preceded by a newsreel and Tex Avery's great cartoon King Size Canary (1947), beginning at 7 p.m.
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