Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): The Girl on the Bridge 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is the site of the annual New Italian Cinema Events (NICE), with screenings through Nov. 24. Advance tickets $9 save as noted, available online at www.sffs.org, by calling (866) 468-3399, or by faxing a request for an order form to 561-5099. Directors in person for most programs. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): NICE continues with a private eye wondering What Are You Looking For (Marco S. Puccioni, 2001) 7 p.m. A pop singer and a soccer star need redeeming in One Man Up (Paolo Sorrentino, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 21): One Man Up 7 p.m. A boxer seeks The Comeback (Franco Angeli, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): The Comeback 7 p.m. Three chumps swap identities in If I Were You (Giulio Manfredonia, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Victoria Abril and family hide out in a basement that they pretend is Our Tropical Island (Marcello Cesena, 2001) 2 p.m. If I Were You 4:30 p.m. A dozen Roman thirtysomethings demand Let's Have the Truth About Love (Francesco Apolloni, 2001) 7 p.m. Children are smarter than their parents in Not Fair (Antonietta de Lillo, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 24): Let's Have the Truth About Love 2 p.m. Our Tropical Island 4:30 p.m. Sophia Loren and Giancarlo Giannini star in Lina Wertmuller's Francesca and Nunziata (2001) 7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony with party to follow 9:30 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 (Nov. 21): Indymedia's Urban Warrior (Matt Ehling, 2002), about the militarization of our police forces 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Jon Moritsugu's no-budget "dirty soap opera" Scumrock (2002) overlays the world of punk rock and low-budget film 8:30, 10 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 609-0343 for information, www.ticketweb.com for tickets. $20.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Cinefemme presents "Ecofemme," a two-hour presentation of shorts with feminist and ecological concerns from women filmmakers 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 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.
THURSDAY: A special presentation, "Footsteps in the Fog," about Alfred Hitchcock's romance with San Francisco -- with an appearance by Hitchcock's daughter Pat -- precedes a screening of the director's obsessive-compulsive romance Vertigo (1958) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 22-27): A new print of Jean Cocteau's fantasy masterpiece Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946), with Jean Marais as the enchanted lover 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Nov. 20-24): A funny double bill of paranoid presidential tales -- All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976; 7 p.m.) screens with Andrew Fleming's revisionist Dick (1999; 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 5:10 p.m.), a point-by-point parody of the earlier film with two spacey teenagers (Kirstin Dunst and Michelle Williams) revealed as the real architects of the president's (a perfect Dan Hedaya) fall.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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): The Band and some of their friends perform and chat in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1979), screening through Dec. 8 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) continue. It's even better with beer 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 21 & 22): Shades of Sunset Boulevard (or The Player or Mulholland Drive) -- A down-on-his-luck actor attempts blackmail in a "psychological drama of thwarted ambitions on the dark fringe of Hollywood," Ocean Park (David Warfield, 2002) 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 25): Sonny JL Aronson explores the world of Punk Rock / Heavy Metal Karaoke 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 26): A Tuesday series of sequels continues with Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations (required) and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an ongoing "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Ernst Lubitsch's black, brilliant comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942) stars Jack Benny as the impossibly vain actor married to the equally solipsistic Carole Lombard in the context of Nazi-occupied Poland 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Six episodes of the popular Cowboy Bebop series, about a drifter and a cyborg cop team of bounty hunters, are presented in Dolby Digital in Cowboy Bebop -- Best Sessions 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Cowboy Bebop Volumes 1 through 3 plus Best Sessions run continuously from 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 24): Cowboy Bebop Volumes 4 through 6 plus Best Sessions screen noon-8 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 22-28): Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review.
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.
THURSDAY: The annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival of ethnographic movies continues with Railroad of Hope (Ning Ying, China, 2001), following migrant workers in a cross-China journey, and Old Believers (Jana Sevcikova, Czech Republic, 2001), about the survival of some really old-time religious practitioners in rural Romania. Both at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Margaret Mead Festival -- Atiq Rahimi's (A)fghanistan, an Impossible State (2002) documents his homeland's "cursed" state. The "forgiveness process" following a bitter struggle in Papua New Guinea after a long civil war is recorded in Liz Thompson's Breaking Bows and Arrows (Australia, 2001). Both at 7 p.m. Lech Kowalski's The Boot Factory (U.K./Poland, 2000) looks at punk boot-makers in Krakow 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Alexander Medvedkine's Happiness (U.S.S.R., 1934; 7 p.m.), a brilliant and highly stylized comedy about the doings of peasants, screens with Yakov Protaznov's social comedy The Tailor From Torzhok (U.S.S.R., 1925; 9:30 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Sergei Komarov's The Kiss of Mary Pickford (U.S.S.R., 1927; 5:30 p.m.) cleverly weaves in footage of Pickford's and Douglas Fairbanks' visit to the Soviet Union with the doings of eccentric fans. Pickford herself stars in the Elizabethan romance Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (Marshall Neilan, 1924; 7:10 p.m.).
MONDAY: A rare example of a film that actually changed the world -- by saving a life -- Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line (1988), screening as part of a class on trials in film 3 p.m. The chaos of the Civil War's evoked in Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil (1999) 7 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
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. 21): We're promised "Viet Nam vets, racial hatred, sex, violence and bad hair" in an obscure blaxploitation film The Bad Bunch (Greydon Clark, 1973), which stars Clark, future director of Satan's Cheerleaders and Lambada, the Forbidden Dance, as a white vet who visits the home of a dead Army buddy. $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. $8.50 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: Alias Betty (Claude Miller, France, 2001) 8:15 p.m. Naqoyqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany, 2002) 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 6:30 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other features.
FRIDAY: "An Evening With Les Blank" offers a selection of the documentary filmmaker's best work in new prints, including God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968) and The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins (1969). Blank in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Blank's famous hymn to "the stinking rose," Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) screens with Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1979) 2 p.m.
SUNDAY: Blues singer Mance Lipscomb is honored in Les Blank's A Well Spent Life (1971), screening with the Mardi Gras film Always for Pleasure (1978) 2 p.m. Blank's Burden of Dreams (1982) documents Werner Herzog chewing the scenery instead of his shoes over production difficulties on Fitzcarraldo 8 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.
WEDNESDAY: A "Funk Fest" screening of the original Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: More Funk -- Ron O'Neil as Super Fly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: And what could be funkier than Tom Cruise as a futuristic detective in Mr. Funk himself Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002). It's so funky, it takes place in a 2054 District of Columbia almost devoid of blacks 7, 9:55 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Inuit drama The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2001) 2, 5:30, 9 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.
DAILY: Digvijay Singh's Maya (India, 2001); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
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 (Nov. 24): A program of the "multi media art of Lynn Marie Kirby" features works about family life, including an installation and Choreography for camera remote. Filmmaker in person; reception follows 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
August Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 338-1629 for information on this program. $3.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): "Counterflow," a program of films by local filmmakers, includes Irina Leimbacher's Travelogue, about "the reflection of time and its passing"; Mark O'Connell's Sept. 11-themed Summer Vacation (2001); and several more. Reception 6 p.m., films 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 22-28): Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review.
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: Two late musicals with Fred Astaire, the rather coarse remake of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957; 7:30 p.m.), and the underrated Three Little Words (Richard Thorpe, 1950; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.), with Astaire and Red Skelton as songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, and Debbie Reynolds as Helen Kane.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
3192 Adeline (between Ashby and Alcatraz), Berkeley, (510) 655-9755. $6-10 sliding scale.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Antero Alli's Tragos (2000), on the culture wars of the future. Filmmaker in person 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): The lives of three women in modern Jerusalem (Jewish Israeli, Jewish Russian, and Palestinian) are documented in Her Israel (2002), with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani in person. $7 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 21): The San Francisco Cinematheque offers films, videos, and a live performance by multimedia artist Lynn Marie Kirby, including Sharon and the Birds on the Way to the Wedding. See also her program on Sunday at the S.F. Cinematheque. $7 7:30 p.m.
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