Reps Etc.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.

DAILY: Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love (France/Switzerland, 2001) screens for two weeks. See Ongoing for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: Daniel Bitton's The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll (2001) is about the life of schizophrenic singer Wesley Willis. Also screens at the ATA on Saturday 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of the films of Rob Nilsson commences with Chalk (1996), set in the world of pool hall hustlers 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Rob Nilsson introduces two of the more intense films by John Cassavetes, Shadows (1959; 7 p.m.) and Faces (1968; 9:05 p.m.), both very good.

SATURDAY: A monthlong series of the films of Italian thrillmeister Mario Bava opens with a double bill of Kill, Baby, Kill (1966; 7 p.m.), about a murdered child wreaking vengeance from the grave, and Black Sunday (1960; 8:45 p.m.), with Barbara Steele as a witch and her heir.

SUNDAY: Mathematician Keith Devlin introduces Darren Aronofsky's Pi (1998), the first in a "CineMath" series screening this month 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: A UC Berkeley class on courtroom dramas, "Trials and Film," with lectures by Carol Clover, is open to the public as space permits. Today, Billy Wilder's entertaining contrivance Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 3 p.m.

TUESDAY: "CineMath" -- Mathematician Dave Bayer introduces experimental films with mathematical themes by Anthony McCall, Charles and Ray Eames, and Hollis Frampton 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.

SUNDAY (Oct. 6): An occasional "African Diaspora Cinema" series resumes with a VHS screening of Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991), set in a Gullah community off the South Carolina coast 100 years ago. Audience discussion to follow the screening. $3 3 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: Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love (France/Switzerland, 2001) 7, 9 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2000) 6:30 p.m. Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: The Mill Valley Film Festival opens here today and runs through Oct. 13. See "Zoom Lens" box for coverage.


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: Chris Smith's documentary look at eccentric households, Home Movie (2001) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Roman Coppola's CQ (2002), a film about filmmaking set in Paris circa 1968 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Conrad Rooks' Siddhartha (1972) reimagines the life of the Buddha as drawn from Hermann Hesse's novel 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: Milos Forman's entertaining transcription of the hippie musical Hair (1979), made a decade too late or too early for popular acceptance, but made the best way it could be 7, 9:30 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: Werner Herzog's Invincible (2002). See Opening for review; call for times.


S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and its home base at the S.F. Art Institute.

SUNDAY (Oct. 6): A new season begins for this local institution with Holly Fisher's Kalama Sutta (2002), billed as "a meditation on the political and cultural upheaval in the country of Burma" and its legacies of militarism, genocide, and environmental abuse. Filmmaker in person 8 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000,

MONDAY (Oct. 7): The Bay Area Latino Film Festival offers an advance screening of Julie Taymor's biopic of the painter Frida Kahlo, Frida (2002). Star Salma Hayek participates in an onstage conversation after the film, with reception to follow. $100 7 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.

DAILY: Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love (France/Switzerland, 2001) screens for two weeks. See Ongoing 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.

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