Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Amandla! (Lee Hirsch, U.S./South Africa, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 7 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m. Mark Moskowitz's Stone Reader (2002) 8:45 p.m. Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Zemsta (Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.

SUNDAY: Filmmaker Doug Wolens in person with his documentary Weed (1997), shot at Amsterdam's annual Cannabis Cup and Hemp Expo 4:20 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Tom Tykwer's breathless Run Lola Run (Germany, 1998) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Satanist minister performs Unspeakable rituals for San Francisco's elite 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Gene Wilder performs unsingable songs for candy fanciers in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: Gremlins perform unspeakable rituals for other gremlins -- they're really all performance artists -- in Joe Dante's 1984 mock-horror cartoon 2, 4:20, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Poltergeists just want some space in Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 7, 9:25 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 22 & 23): Randal Kleiser's retro-1950s musical Grease (1978) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Marion Bridge (Canada, 2002); see Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The return of Thomas Riedelsheimer's popular documentary about time-manipulating sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides (2002) 6:15 p.m. Roman Polanski acts in Andrzej Wajda's Zemsta (Poland, 2001); see Opening for review 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30 p.m. Marion Bridge 9:50 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: San Francisco anti-war rallies, on screen in The War at Home noon.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: No film on calendar.

STARTS FRIDAY: Robert Schwentke's Tattoo (Germany, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 16-20): Before Bush, before Rumsfeld, before Wolfowitz, it was Lawrence of Arabia (U.K., 1962) who redrew the Middle Eastern map 7 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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 & THURSDAY: A low-budget B that's built up quite a reputation for its unusual, Citizen Kane-like narrative and its racy poster, The Sin of Nora Moran (Phil Goldstone, 1933; 7:30 p.m.) is about a condemned woman (Zita Johann) looking back on her life. Also, a condemned Edward G. Robinson looks back on his life over his last Two Seconds (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932; 6:10, 8:45 p.m.).

FRIDAY: A nitrate print of Edward G. Robinson as a mind reader in John Farrow's The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Edgar G. Ulmer's low-budget Hamlet, Strange Illusion (1946; 5:55, 9:05 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Joan Crawford is mighty fierce as Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:30 p.m.), screening with The Unsuspected (Curtiz, 1947; 5:35, 9:35 p.m.), with Claude Rains as a radio showman who commits the perfect crime.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY (April 16): George Csicsery's Hungry for Monsters (2002) documents a "new age witch hunt" as it traces "one family's ordeal with recovered memory therapy and the implantation of false memories." $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (April 17): The San Francisco Cinematheque offers "Psychogeographic CinemaP," including Scott Stark's Mutable Commute, Jenni Olson's Blue Diary, and others. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 18): Crime director Phil Karlson is spotlit with rare 35mm screenings of the excellent gangster drama The Brothers Rico (1957) and a good newspaper drama, Scandal Sheet (1951) 7 p.m.

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