Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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 (July 12): La Rupture 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: The activist organization International ANSWER screens Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth (1954), a film by blacklistees about a mining strike in New Mexico that has turned out to be way ahead of its time in challenging racism and sexism 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: The Zag Men ("freaky robot lovers, musicians and video expressionists who perform live music to Film and video") play while screening Baby Music for Robot Children, a history of horror in cinema, Desperately Seeking Satan and Carl Diehl and Ryan Martin's When Robots Attack 8 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.
SATURDAY (July 12): John Waters anticipates contemporary reality TV as he envisions two families fighting to be recognized as "The Filthiest People Alive" in his 1972 super-underground Pink Flamingos. Why isn't he programming for Fox? Live pre-show entertainment includes a trash talent show. Why isn't Peaches Christ programming for Fox? midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $8 save as noted for regular programming; 273-1175, www.silentfilm.org and $12 save as noted for San Francisco Silent Film Festival programs. 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 & THURSDAY: A restored, three-hour print of Sergio Leone's epic Civil War western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, 1966). See Ongoing for review 8 p.m.; also Wed noon, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY: John H. Smihula's Hidden in Plain Sight (2003), about the controversial School of the Americas (SOA), screens as a benefit for the Film Arts Foundation and the film itself. $12 advance tickets www.hiddeninplainsight.org), $15 at the door 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens two days of programs; see Night and Day for more. "Alice in Disneyland" 11 a.m. Carmen (Cecil B. DeMille, 1915) 1:30 p.m. From Mexico, the 1912 comedy Anniversary of the Death of Enhart's Mother-in-Law and the religious drama Tepeyac (Carlos E. Gonzalez, 1917) 3:45 p.m. Leonard Maltin introduces King Vidor's The Crowd (1928), $14 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two by Germaine Dulac, the superb The Smiling Madame Beudet (France, 1922) and the surreal The Seashell and the Clergyman (1927) 11:15 a.m. Lon Chaney's grandson Ron Chaney introduces The Penalty (Wallace Worsley, 1920) 1:30 p.m. Two new silent films, Rock Ross' Stupor Mundi (1999) and Milford Thomas' Claire (2001) 4 p.m. "Talk About Funny!," a panel disucssion on the appeal of silent comedy, with clips, $6 7 p.m. Buster Keaton"s Go West (1925), $14 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 15-16): A one-take tour of Russian art and history is made by Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 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.
MONDAY-TUESDAY: See Urban Experience.
STARTS TUESDAY: The Hulk strikes back in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000), screening through July 27 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY (July 10): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues. Striding Cloud and Whispering Wind take on an evil warlord in Wai Keung Lau's SFX-heavy adaptation of a comic book, The Storm Riders (1998), while Hong Kong policewomen try to shut down a gang in She Shoots Straight (Corey Yuen, 1990). Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Paul Verhoeven's astronauts take on giant bugs in the bizarre Starship Troopers (1997).
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Tuesday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: The animated feature Heavy Metal (Gerald Potterton, Canada, 1981) features the voicework of many SCTV comics in this horror/sci fi compilation 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: High school girls on amphetamines seek more in Beth Dewey's Tweeked (2003) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers films shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (July 11): Jacques Demy's good musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (France, 1967) is even better than the more popular Umbrellas of Cherbourg, starring sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac, plus the imimitable Gene Kelly in a "CinemaLit Bastille Week delight" 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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 two-month series of campy takes on immorality, "Excess of Evil," screens Ken Russell's version of Aldous Huxley's history of religious madness and possession The Devils (U.K., 1971), with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A two-week series of the films of Finland's Aki Kaurismäki continues with Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994; 7:30 p.m.), about two Finns trying to hook up with two women from the exSoviet Union, and Drifitng Clouds (1997; 8:50 p.m.), about a couple who lose their jobs -- considered by many to be Kaurismäki's best film.
FRIDAY: Kaurismäki's Drifitng Clouds at 7:30 p.m. , followed by the funny Ariel (1989), about the misadventures of an unemployed miner.
SATURDAY: Aki Kaurismäki -- Jean-Pierre Léaud seeks death but changes his mind in I Hired a Contract Killer (1990; 5:20, 9 p.m.). Kaurismäki remakes the old play about bohemian students and their lovers as La Vie de bohème (France, 1992; 7 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Kaurismäki -- The Match Factory Girl (1990; 5:30 p.m. ) plots revenge. Screens with Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the films of Lithuania's Sarunas Bartas continues with Few of Us (1996), about a woman's visit to some distant mountains 7:30 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.
FRIDAY (July 11): The original King Kong (1933) -- probably due for some lousy CGI reincarnation any year now. Accept no substitutes! Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (July 10): The Brainwash Movie Festival offers "mind blowing" shorts. See www.BrainwashM.com for more 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), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $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.
THURSDAY: Hip Hop Film Fest -- Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point 7 p.m. Isreal's The Freshest Kids 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The resored western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1966) opens; Spellbound and Winged Migration continue. Call for times.
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.
THURSDAY: "Sound and Vision," a program of short films, offers screen collages by the Overdub Club at 7:30 p.m. plus "Barbie Explosion" at 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A compilation of 80-year-old French porn, The Goold Old Naughty Days (France, 2002) 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 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.
DAILY: What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison (Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, and Gary Sunshine, 2003) documents a writing workshop led by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues). Screens through July 16. Ensler in person for 6 and 8 p.m. shows on Wednesday, July 9. See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (July 3-5): A bourgeois woman and a prostitute bond in Coline Serreau's Chaos (France, 2001) Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 5, 7, 9 p.m.; Sat 9 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.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two classic science fiction films, Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956; 7:30 p.m.), with Robby the Robot and a Starship Enterpriselike crew of jolly Earth explorers, and George Pal's version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1960; 5:35, 9:20 p.m. ). The ancient lost civilization of Planet foreshadows the ancient lost civilization of Earth in Time Machine in an excellent double bill.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Frank Sinatra seeks The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:05 p.m. ), and is Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 5:35, 9:50 p.m. ) to both Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (July 11): A double feature of John Flynn's The Sergeant (1968), with Rod Steiger as an Army lifer who falls hard for John Phillip Law, and a French-Italian vampire thriller Devil's Commandment (Riccardo Freda, 1956) 9:30 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays and this Friday.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 9): The Latino Film Festival screens Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (Francisco J. Lombardi, Brazil, 1999), from a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa about a soldier of rectitude assigned to procure prostitutes for soldiers stranded in the Amazon. $8 7:30 p.m.
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