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2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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 Roman Polanski's gothic Rosemary's Baby (1968) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Moslem Mansouri'sTrial (Iran, 2002) documents a small town's amateur film productions, and The Lost Film (Khalil Joreige and Joanna Hadjithomas, Lebanon, 2002) records the filmmakers' search for the only print of their 1999 film Around the Pink House 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Czech horror-fantasy series offers Jaromil Jires' girl vs. vampire tale Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1969; 7:30 p.m. ) -- call it a hothouse Buffy -- and Morgiana (Juraj Herz, 1971; 9:20 p.m. ), about an evil sister's poisoning of a good one.

SATURDAY: The second stanza of Wang Bing's nine-hour documentary about China's northeastern industrial zone, Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks -- Part Two: Remnants (2003) 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: W.C. Fields stars in Gregory La Cava's silent So's Your Old Man (1926; 5:30 p.m. ) and Clyde Bruckman's talkie The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935; 7:15 p.m.). In both (in the silent for the first time) Fields plays a put-upon average man saved from domestic tyranny by his sheer cussedness.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Stephen Dwoskin's film of his spell in intensive care, Intoxicated by My Illness (2001), plus his post-ICU films Another Time (2002) and Some Friends (Apart) (2002) 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 (Aug. 8): Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly star in Charles Walters' musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, High Society (1956), Kelly's last film and a rather stodgy one for all that. Good music, though. 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 (Aug. 7): The birth of the modern blockbuster, and thus a sad day for us all -- Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1977). No CGI, though, which is all to the good 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 10): Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (Lee Hirsch, South Africa, 2002) looks at music's role in the fight against apartheid. Screens with a live performance by the Vukani Mawethu Choir. $10 2 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, $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: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 6:30, 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2003) 8:35 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews. Also, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire await the apocalypse in Australia in Stanley Kramer's On the Beach (1959) 6:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Capturing the Friedmans continue. Call for times.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The feature spinoff of Gerry Anderson's popular "Supermarionation" TV series, Thunderbirds Are GO! (David Lane, 1966) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY: A Sundays and Wednesdays Claudette Colbert series commences with the "Timeless Beauty" starring in the glossy Cinderella comedy Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939), a good one with a clever script co-authored by Billy Wilder, and featuring John Barrymore 7 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: Genetically modified food leaves filmmaker Heather Rogers Fed Up! (2002) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: An evening of "tasty surf films" is promised at Wave Fest. See for more info 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cory McAbee's cult science-fiction western The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Why is Renée Zellweger so scary? Why didn't they cast Christopher Walken instead of Richard Gere? Why didn't they just let Bob Fosse direct this rather than copy all his old moves? (The obvious reason aside, of course.) All these and more remain unanswered questions in Rob Marshall's "musical for people who don't like musicals," Chicago (2002) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.

TUESDAY: The real thing is offered up by Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) 7, 9:35 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nabil Ayouch's Arab street-kid drama Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (Morocco, 2000) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 8-14): Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets 6, 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m. Separate-admission screenings of The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003); see Ongoing for review 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 p.m.

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