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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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 (Dec. 7): Other Cinema marks Pearl Harbor Day with a program on Japanese disasters -- Bad Luck (Christophe Draeger, Martin Frei, 2002), a meditation on Hiroshima, the Aum Shinrikyo subway poisoning, and other acts of mass destruction; and an anime produced by the Japanese navy in World War II to bolster war morale 8:30 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 series on the men of Pre-Code Hollywood films, timed to coincide with the publication of Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle's new book Dangerous Men, commences with the two key early gangster films Scarface (Howard Hawks, 1932; 7:10 p.m.) and The Public Enemy (William Wellman, 1931; 9 p.m.), with an apelike Paul Muni and a freewheeling James Cagney, respectively.
FRIDAY: LaSalle introduces the all-star MGM melodrama Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding, 1931; 7 p.m.), with the Barrymore brothers and Wallace Beery, to be followed by the entertaining Dinner at Eight (George Cukor, 1933), with Lionel Barrymore, Beery, and Lee Tracy.
SATURDAY: Walter Huston's a genially corrupt president possessed by God in Gregory LaCava's still amazing Gabriel Over the White House (1933; 3:30, 7:20 p.m.), screening with Huston as a prison warden in The Criminal Code (Hawks, 1931; 1:30, 5:20, 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Two Depression-themed musicals with justly celebrated numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, 1933; 3:05, 7:10 p.m.) and Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, 1933; 1, 5:05, 9 p.m.).
MONDAY: Warren William, a sleazy middle-aged con artist, is spotlit in three films, introduced by LaSalle at the first show of the evening -- Bedside (Robert Florey, 1934; 6:30 p.m.), The Mind Reader (Roy Del Ruth, 1933; 8 p.m.), and Employees' Entrance (Del Ruth, 1933; 9:25 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Two of "Wild Bill" Wellman's best Depression-themed films, Heroes for Sale (1933; 6:30 p.m.), with Richard Barthelmess as a drug-addicted veteran, and Wild Boys of the Road (1933; 8:15 p.m.), about teens hopping trains. As a bonus, Paul Muni stars in the fact-based prison drama I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (LeRoy, 1932; 9:35 p.m.).
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, http://www.filmarts.org/events.html for this program. Note the new location for this venerable helpmate for local filmmakers.
FRIDAY (Dec. 6): "Meet Your Maker," a free Film Arts networking event, offers viewers a chance to connect with local indie filmmakers with two programs of shorts curated by Artists' Television Access and Intersection for the Arts, plus an open house and $2 drinks. Free 7:30 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: 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.), the good one with Michael Caine. Also, a special late-night show, with separate admission, of Pascal Le Gras' music video for the band The Fall 11:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Twisters Vintage Holiday Xtravaganza" offers "fashion, film, music and fun" from 7-11 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6-11): A double bill of restored prints of two atmospheric French films, Julien Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (1937; 7 p.m.) and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels (1963; 8:45 p.m.; also Sun 5:25 p.m.), about gambling with love and fate.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: 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.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 or e-mail email@example.com 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.
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.
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