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.
SATURDAY (Nov. 9): The Eighth Day 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.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 7 & 8): Sleeping Giant Productions' In the Dark questions California energy policy. $5 and up, sliding scale 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 9): Other Cinema offers a "Projected Gesture" showcase with movie projectors "played" in live-action performances of Melinda Stone's hand-cranked Poop or Berries?, the Overdub Club's dueling 16mm projector piece Night Soil, a 20-minute set of 3-D StereoScopophilia, and more 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 934-8134 and www.otherminds.org for the Other Minds Film Festival, here Friday through Sunday. Other Minds fest $9, other screenings priced 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Alex Gibney, Eugene Jerecki, 2002; 2:50, 7 p.m.) is billed with Patricio Guzman's The Pinochet Case (2001; 12:30, 4:40, 9 p.m.), which reviews the Chilean general's 1998 arrest for crimes against humanity. Separate $8 admission for each film; special $12 combined admission for both. See Ongoing for review of Kissinger.
FRIDAY: "Eyes & Ears," the 2002 Other Minds Film Festival, offers three days of movies devoted to music and sound design. Tonight, Phase Two -- The Big Note (Frank Scheffer, Netherlands, 2002), a video documentary in progress on Frank Zappa. Repeats Sunday 7 p.m. DJ Spooky's live performance piece Rebirth of a Nation, an hourlong version of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation digitized and recomposed. Repeats Saturday 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Other Minds -- Two shorts with contributions by Terry Riley and Pandit Pran Nath screen with the fascinating documentary Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Martin, 1995) 11 a.m. In Absentia (2000), an as-ever disturbing Brothers Quay animation to music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, screens with Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), a musical melodrama with Björk 3 p.m. Frank Zappa's Baby Snakes (1979) 7 p.m. Rebirth of a Nation 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Other Minds -- Michael Meert's docudrama George Antheil: Bad Boy of Music (Germany, 2000) and Michael McIntyre's West Coast Story (1986), a documentary featuring Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and others 11 a.m. A documentary on pianist/composer Percy Grainger, The Noble Savage (Barrie Gavin, U.K., 1986), screens with an Australian drama about him, Passion (Peter Duncan, 1999) 2:30 p.m. Phase Two -- The Big Note 7:15 p.m. Baby Snakes 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: The Arab Film Festival concludes with a round-table discussion on Arab cinema, $10 7 p.m. Elia Suleiman's highly praised comedy-fantasy about an ongoing tragedy, Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002), $10 8:45 p.m. Closing Night Party, $10 10:15 p.m. A package for all three is available for $25. For more information and advance sales, visit www.aff.org or call 564-1100.
DELANCEY STREET THEATER
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), (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.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 6): A "Women and Film" program, "¡Vivan las Directoras!," offers a panel discussion with visiting female directors from San Ramon to Brazil 6 p.m. Violet Perfume (Mexico, 2001), with director Maryse Sistach in person 8:30 p.m. $9 each, both programs $15.
FRIDAY (Nov. 8): An "Open Screening" for new Bay Area shorts, with free popcorn and soda, and $2 beer. Filmmakers should contact email@example.com before show time with any special requirements. First come, first screened, with doors open at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 9): The San Francisco Bike Coalition sponsors a bicycle tour of short-film installations around the city, beginning here and traveling to the Brava Theater Center, Lost Weekend Video, the Mission Cultural Center, and other venues. Wheels up at 2 p.m.
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: 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.
OPENS FRIDAY: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Eugene Jerecki, 2002) and Heaven (Tom Tykwer, 2002) ; see Ongoing for reviews. I'm Going Home and Rivers and Tides continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Violet Perfume, with director Maryse Sistach in person 6:30 p.m. Brave New Land, with director Lucía Murat in person 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Great Day in Havana 1:30 p.m. A House With a View of the Sea 4 p.m. Taxi for Three, with director Orlando Lubbert in person 6:15 p.m. The Escape 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- "Youth in Video" free 11 a.m. The Invisible Children $5 1 p.m. Loco Fever 3 p.m. Herod's Law, with actor Damián Alcazar in person 5:15 p.m. Anita Takes a Chance 8:20 p.m.
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.
DAILY: Chris Marker's three-hour history of the successes and failures of the left, worldwide, in the 1960s and 1970s, A Grin Without a Cat (France, 1978/1993), gets its San Francisco premiere Wed 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs & Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2, 5:30, 9 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Nov. 6 & 7): I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001); 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: Preston Sturges' pitch-black musical comedy Unfaithfully Yours (1948; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the Marx Brothers' deconstruction of high culture, A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935; 5:45, 9:25 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: James Stewart sees the spirit of democracy in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939; 3:15, 7:30 p.m.), and a giant invisible bunny rabbit in Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950; 5:35, 9:50 p.m.), two very different roles that show his great range as an actor.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
DAILY (closed Mondays): Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.
FRIDAY (Nov. 8): "On Film Not Video," a series devoted to artists who haven't gone over to digital, screens Terry Zwigoff's Louie Bluie (1985), a documentary about 76-year-old musician Howard Armstrong. $6 8-11 p.m.
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