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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Nov. 30): The Closet 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.
SATURDAY (Nov. 30): Jill Sharpe's Culture Jam (2002) tells tales of the Church of Stop Shopping, the Billboard Liberation Front, and other "hijackers" of commercial culture. Plus new shorts by Eric Saks, Negativland, and more 8:30, 10 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.
WEDNESDAY: 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.
3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $10, $6 kids aged 5-17. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Nov. 29 & 30): For Thanksgiving the Exploratorium is screening Frederic Back's hand-drawn The Man Who Planted Trees (Switzerland, 1988), a lovely film about a World War I vet who devoted his life to creating a forest on barren land 1, 3 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 FRIDAY: Closed for the holiday.
SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 30-Dec. 4): Two tales from the north of England, a mock history of the Manchester music scene, 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2002; 7 p.m.), and the justly celebrated hard-boiled thriller Get Carter (Mike Hodges, U.K., 1971; 9:10 p.m.; also Sun 4:55 p.m.), the good one with Michael Caine, not the god-awful remake, also with Michael Caine, in support of Sylvester Stallone (shudder). There is a special late-night show as well, with separate admission, of Pascal Le Gras' The Fall, a video using the music of Mark E. Smith and the Fall 11:15 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.
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. 27): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) continue. It's even better with beer 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 28 & 29): The "explicit and disturbing" doings of satanic priest (and party performer for political pooh-bah Jack Davis) "Reverend Leyba" are recorded in Unspeakable (2002) 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Love in the Time of Money (Peter Mattei, 2002); see Ongoing 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 & THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A monthlong tribute to the lengthy collaboration of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and star Toshiro Mifune commences with the famous black comedy rogue-samurai hit Yojimbo (1961; 2, 7 p.m.) and its drier, wittier sequel, Sanjuro (1962; 4:10, 7:10 p.m.).
SATURDAY: The PFA's annual "Teddy Bear Film Festival" encourages audience members to bring their teddies, parade around the theater, and watch such films as Eddy & the Bear (Tony Collingwood, U.K., 2001) 1, 3 p.m. Kurosawa and Mifune -- "What is truth?" asks Rashomon (1951; 5:30, 9:30 p.m.), while Throne of Blood (1957; 7:20 p.m.) is a brilliant transposition of Shakespeare to medieval Japan.
SUNDAY: The annual "Teddy Bear Film Festival" repeats at 1, 3 p.m. Kurosawa and Mifune -- The actor's debut for Kurosawa was as a gangster dying of TB and under the care of slum doctor Takashi Shimura, future leader of the seven samurai and title character of Drunken Angel (1948; 5:30 p.m.). It screens with the excellent film noir, Japanese style, Stray Dog (1949; 7:30 p.m.).
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