WEDNESDAY: Two by John Carpenter, the influential slasher film Halloween (1978; 7:30 p.m.) and his spectacular The Thing (1982; 9:20 p.m.), the latter perhaps Carpenter's best work, the fullest expression of a uniquely libertarian nihilism. Separate admission for each film.
STARTS THURSDAY: Call for program.
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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): Alfred Hitchcock's tale of romantic obsession, Vertigo (1958), screens through Nov. 17 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER
2868 Mission (between 24th and 25th streets), (866) 468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets; www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival continues its annual event here and at other venues around the Bay Area this week. All screenings here on video. $5.
SATURDAY (Nov. 9): "Human Rights in Latin America: Memories and Testimonies" 2 p.m. Flamenco in the Streets of New York, with live flamenco performance 4 p.m. "Heroes & Myths: El Vez & Zapata" 5:45 p.m. Great Day in Havana 6:30 p.m. Too Much Love 8:40 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: I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 8-14): Ventura Pons' Food of Love (Spain, 2002). 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: Obsessed record collectors live for their Vinyl (Alan Zweig, Canada, 2000) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival offers a year's worth of ethnographic movies, beginning with You Will Never See Verapaz (An van. Dienderen and Didier Volckaert, Belgium, 2002), about the descendants of Belgian colonialists in Guatemala, and Cynthia Madansky's Polish-American journey Past Perfect (2002) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Margaret Mead Festival -- Duka's Dilemma (Jean Lydall, Kaira Strecker, 2001), about an Ethiopian tribeswoman whose husband is taking a second wife 7 p.m. A Kalahari Family, Part 5: Death by Myth (John Marshall, U.S./Namibia, 1951-2002) 8:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: A series of Austrian Ulrich Seidl's documentaries continues with Losses to Be Expected (1992; 7 p.m.), about two towns two miles apart on either side of the Czech-Austrian border; and Animal Love (1995; 9:20 p.m.), about Austrians creepily obsessed with their pets.
SUNDAY: A "Family Classics" screening of Christopher Reeve as Superman (Richard Donner, 1978), an early example of the manufactured blockbuster not too far from today's Spider-Man or Attack of the Clones popcorn films. (But at least the effects aren't digital.) 2 p.m. Perhaps Sergei Eisenstein's most exciting silent film, the little-seen The General Line (U.S.S.R., 1929), in a restored archival print, pre-censorship by the Stalin regime 5:30 p.m. Peasant women suffer in a "protofeminist" melodrama, Peasant Women of Ryazan (Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Ivan Pravpv, U.S.S.R., 1927) 7:40 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Living Color," a program of new experimental color shorts, including Leighton Pierce's Pink Socks 7:30 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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 7): The late, great Marie Windsor stars as the boss of a band of "ass-kickin' cowgals who take over a dusty town and hang up a sign that says 'no dudes allowed!'" in the cult western Outlaw Women (Sam Newfield, 1952). Pink Think author Lyn Peril in person. $6 9:15 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. for regular programs; (866) 468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information, for the Latino Film Festival, screening here Thursday through Sunday. Regular programs $8.50, Latino Film Festival shows $9 save as noted. 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: I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Merci pour le chocolat (Claude Chabrol, France, 2000) 7 p.m. Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002) 9 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: I'm Going Home 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30 p.m. The Last Kiss 8:30 p.m. The Latino Film Festival opens its run at the Rafael with Honey for Oshún, with director Humberto Solás in person, and a "Directors' Night" Party at Dominican University of California to follow. $45 6:30 p.m. Goodbye, Dear Love 9:40 p.m.
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