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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Theater closed.

FRIDAY: A series of the films of Nicholas Ray continues with two of his studio assignments at RKO, a melodrama with Joan Fontaine, who's Born to Be Bad (1950; 7:30 p.m.), and Flying Leathernecks (1951; 9:25 p.m. ), an aerial drama with John Wayne. The fine, underrated actor Robert Ryan co-stars in both.

SATURDAY: Nicholas Ray's two films with Humphrey Bogart, a troubled star with whom the director had an immediate affinity, the Hollywood noir In a Lonely Place (1950; 4:30, 9 p.m. ) and the liberal courtroomer Knock on Any Door (1949; 7 p.m.). Lonely Place is one of the great American films on both the entertainment industry and the world of the paranoid (is there a difference?).

SUNDAY: Nicholas Ray's highly colored western Johnny Guitar (1954; 5:30 p.m.) -- despite its outrageousness, played too straight to really qualify as camp -- and one of his best films, the rodeo drama The Lusty Men (1952; 7:40 p.m. ), with Robert Mitchum hitting middle age.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Belgian formalist Chantal Akerman continues a newly political turn in her work with her new film on the U.S./Mexico border, From the Other Side 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $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.

FRIDAY (May 23): Amnesia meets surrealism in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), with Gregory Peck forgetting himself with Ingrid Bergman. This isn't the movie about a kid's spelling bee that's opening today elsewhere. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

THURSDAY (May 22): Viewers vote in a "Punishment Poll" as to how Mr. Sardonicus (William Castle, 1961) pays for his sins in this audience-participation Gothic, with bushy-eyebrowed Oscar Homolka getting his. $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, $9 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: Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002) 6:45 p.m. Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002) 9:15 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Jean-Pierre Melville's thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970) 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003); see Opening for review. Winged Migration, The Man Without a Past, and Nowhere in Africa continue. Call for times.


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 & THURSDAY: Girlfriends in a coma -- Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, Spain, 2002) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Scot sculptor Andy Goldsworthy works with time (and ice, leaves, branches, and water) in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: Call for program.


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: Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (Mauritania, 2002), about a Eurocentric young man killing time in a small seaside village 6, 8 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Bill Macdonald's Forbidden Photographs (2001), about photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood and his snaps of S/M activity 10 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The third annual San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Video Festival noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m., midnight.

STARTS SUNDAY: Call for program.


800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, $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 here, its home base.

SUNDAY (May 25): Filmmakers José Rodriguez and Tony Wu in person. Wu, who prints black-and-white 16mm film onto 8mm film, and vice versa, will screen work including Intimacy, More Intimacy, and During Chaos 7:30 p.m.


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: Andrei Konchalovsky's House of Fools (Russia, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: No films on printed schedule.


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 SATURDAY (May 21-24): Roman Polanski's The Pianist (Poland, 2002) Thurs & Sat 9 p.m.; Fri 7 p.m.


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.

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