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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex's midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") closes this Saturday. 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 (April 19): Mina Tannenbaum 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (April 17): "One Hit Wonder," a presentation by video installation artists Chuck Rubble and J. Mombert highlighting such "harebrained ideas" as remote-control rabbit cages and bubble-gum cowboy busts in a program meant to provoke "head-scratching and nervous laughter" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 19): Other Cinema's "Easter Basketcase" premieres legendary cinéaste Kenneth Anger's The Man We Want to Hang, about occultist Aleister Crowley. Also, an animated Chick track, Somebody Goofed; Donald Wildmon's The Disney Boycott, urging same on WD Inc. for being gay-friendly; the Heaven's Gate recruitment tape, and much more 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 20): Jack Shea's Who Owns Jack Kerouac detours America in a film about "the controversy over Kerouac's estate" 4 p.m. Who Owns Jack Kerouac rescreens as part of a live program, "Jack Kerouac Is 81," commemorating his birthday with "spontaneous bop prosody" 7 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for the Balboa's other screen.
THURSDAY (April 17): "Attack of the Aussies," a program of surfing films from Australia 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 for regular Castro programming; 931-FILM, www.sffs.org, and $10 for SFIFF programs. The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival screens at this picture palace from this Thursday through May 1. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 44.
WEDNESDAY: Recent Oscar winner (Best Foreign Film) Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002). See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF's Opening Night film is Alan Rudolph's The Secret Lives of Dentists, with party to follow. $75 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- F.W. Murnau's beautiful silent classic Sunrise (1927), meant to serve as a timeless love story, screens in a new print with a live score by the Nashville avant-country band Lambchop. $20 7 p.m. The Man Without a Past (Kaurismaki, Finland) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- Hollywood blacklistee and exile Jules Dassin's Easter-themed allegory He Who Must Die (France, 1957) screens in a new print noon. D.W. Griffith's French Revolutionary epic Orphans of the Storm (1921), one of the master's best efforts in this vein. With live organ score by Dennis James. $15 3 p.m. Winged Migration (Perrin, France) 6:30 p.m. Whale Rider (Caro, New Zealand) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- Swing (Gatliff, France) noon. Robert Altman's desert storm of images, the South by Southwest 3 Women (1977) 2:15 p.m. John Adams' controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer (Woolcock, U.K.) 5:30 p.m. Madame Satã (Aïnouz, Brazil) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- Les Turbulence des Fluides (Briand, Canada) 12:30 p.m. Infernal Affairs (Lau and Mak, Hong Kong) 3 p.m. The Legend of Suriyothai (Yukol, Thailand) 6 p.m. French porn from 80 years ago reassembled into The Good Old Naughty Days (Reilhac, France) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Another dream film from Robert Altman, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), probably his best work of that decade 3:30 p.m. Robert Altman in person to accept the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing, with live onstage interview and a screening of his political epic Nashville (1975). $20 7:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, continues; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: A mail carrier (Massimo T.) seeks love in Il Postino (Michael Radford, Italy, 1994), screening through May 4 8, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com. $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. For the regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
GOLDEN GATE 303
303 Columbus (at Broadway), 955-9080. Free with meal. This venue now offers "Dinner and a Movie," with a Pacino/De Niro series in April, plus weekend shows. Sound played over loudspeakers.
THURSDAY: De Niro's the daring electrician of Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Pacino ascends in The Godfather (Francis Coppola, 1972) 7 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call for program.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: The L.A. punk scene circa 1980 oddly anticipates life in America in 2003, with bands named Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Fear, Germs, and X -- all featured in The Decline of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris, 1982) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: A spoof spy movie, The Girls From H.A.R.M., in its Bay Area premiere 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Coke Sams' Existo (2001) posits a televangelist-ruled future 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" offers Charlie Chaplin's comic melodrama The Kid (1921) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Zhao Li's reputedly bizarre Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave (Hong Kong, 1982) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an April series on infidelity shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.
SUNDAY (April 20): A Ronin Warrior weekend screens episodes of the series about Earth's "last line of defense against Talpa and his supernatural army" continuously 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Zhang Ke Jia's Unknown Pleasures (China, 2002). See Ongoing for more. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 18-24): Robert Schwentke's Tattoo (Germany, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; 931-FILM, www.sffs.org, and $10 for SFIFF programs. The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival screens at this venue from this Friday through May 1. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 44. 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: A UCB film history class open to the public screens Akira Kurosawa's heartfelt Ikiru (1952) 3 p.m. Paul Kos hosts "Sympathetic Vibrations," a program of videos from the Bay Area conceptual-art world 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: No program this evening.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- The Century of the Self Parts 1 and 2 (Curtis, U.K.) 4 p.m. Blissfully Yours (Weerasethakul, Thailand) 7 p.m. Infernal Affairs (Lau and Mak, Hong Kong) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- Swing (Gatliff, France) 2 p.m. The Trilogy I: On the Run (Belvaux, France) 4:15 p.m. The Trilogy II: An Amazing Couple 7 p.m. Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Maddin, Canada) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- He Who Must Die (Dassin, France, 1957) 1:30 p.m. The Day I Will Never Forget (Longinotto, U.K.) 4 p.m. Untouched by the West (Depardon, France) 6:15 p.m. The Trilogy III: After Life 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- The Death of Klinghoffer (Woolcock, U.K.) 7 p.m. Eat, Sleep, No Women (Stadler, Germany) 9:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Pat O'Neill's feature The Decay of Fiction plus two short films by the master of optical printing 7 p.m. Oliver Stone does Castro in Comandante 9:15 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642. The tourist showplace maintains a nice theater, used for occasional visiting film programs.
THURSDAY (April 17): The Sawtooth Film Festival's "Elements of Adrenaline" screens short adventure films from Teton Gravity Research and others featuring kayaking, mountain biking, kite boarding, skiing, and unicycling. $10 8 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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
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.
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, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $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.
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, www.roxie.com. $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, 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: 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, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. 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, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $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.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $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.
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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