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.
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.
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: 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.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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, 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.
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, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $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.
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, www.roxie.com. $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.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $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.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org.
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, 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.
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, 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 THROUGH FRIDAY: Barbara Stanwyck runs rampant through both Preston Sturges' devastating sendup of Puritan naiveté, as incarnated by Henry Fonda, in The Lady Eve (1941; 7:30 p.m.) and as the scheming and manipulative Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933; 6:10, 9:05 p.m.), perhaps the rawest film of all pre-Production Code Hollywood.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ronald Colman stars as a seeker of eternal truth in Lost Horizon (Frank Capra, 1937; 3, 7:30 p.m.) and as an amnesiac in Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942; 5:10, 9:40 p.m.). Given that the Gnostics hold that we once knew eternal truth but have forgotten it, these may in fact be the same movie.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 3): The San Francisco Cinematheque opens its fall season here with a program of films by local director Anita Chang, including the premiere of An elegy to our small selves, billed as "a linking of the human and animal, in part a response to 9/11." Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 4): The complete works of underground filmmaker Lech Kowalski screen over two weeks here, beginning tonight with D.O.A. (1980), a record of the U.S. Sex Pistols tour of 1978, followed by Gringo (aka Story of a Junkie, 1984), about a man's search for dope on the Lower East Side. $6 7, 9 p.m.
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