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.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 13): Marcel Pagnol's comedy Le Schpountz (1938), with Fernandel 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 16): Le Schpountz 2 p.m.
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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.
FRIDAY (Aug. 15): An evening of experimental films, the "No Video Show," screens 16mm movies by George Kuchar, Dominic Angerame, and others, including Michelle Silva's Anthrax Island (2002), filmed in NYC post-9/11 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 16): F.W. Murnau's "symphony of shudders," Nosferatu (Germany, 1922), screens with a live original score by the Zag Men 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. $8.
SATURDAY (Aug. 16): Peaches' personal project, the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, screens a variety of offbeat movies, including Jose Montesinos' Acid Horse, Sarah Enid's Blood and Kisses, Rodney Ascher's Children of the Grave, Camille Verboort's Princess Leia Moves to the City, Chris Galdes' Trojan ("Kermit and Fozzie practice safe sex"), and Peaches (Joshua Grannell) herself's Grindhouse midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted. 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: The history of the band They Might Be Giants is recorded in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (A.J. Schnack, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A weeklong series of Luis Buñuel's sardonic late ventures into French cinema begins with The Phantom of Liberty (1974), a series of sly skits calling reason and propriety into question 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Like Kevin Smith's Dogma, Buñuel's The Milky Way (1969) is a slapstick road movie pinned on obscure points of Catholic theology 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jeanne Moreau glows sullenly as the eponymous author of Diary of a Chambermaid (1967), a cool act of bourgeoise-baiting 7, 9:30 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Jean Cocteau's lovely adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) 8:15, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and, through Aug. 28, its seventh annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some films are projected video.) $6 regular admission, $8 for AFF screenings.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival presents The Marigolds (Taiwan, 1980), starring the young Brigitte Lin 12:30 p.m. A warm family comedy, 25 Kids and One Dad (Wang Hong, China, 2002) 2:45 p.m. What's With Love? (Rudi Soedjarwo, Indonesia, 2002) 4:50 p.m. "Crazed, greasy and cranky hitmen" populate Killer Tattoo (Yuthlert Sippapak, Thailand, 2001) 7:15 p.m. A samurai comedy, Vengeance for Sale (Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF -- The historical epic Burning of the Imperial Palace (Li Hanhsiang, Hong Kong, 1983) 12:30 p.m. Hanhsiang's sequel, Reign Behind the Curtain (1983) 2:40 p.m. Sammi Cheng stars in the Lunar New Year comedy Love for All Seasons (Johnny To, H.K., 2003) 4:50 p.m. Seijun Suzuki's bizarre shoot-'em-up Pistol Opera (Japan, 2001), a third-of-a-century-later sequel to his cult hit Branded to Kill 7 p.m. Killer Tattoo 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF -- Zhang Yuan's I Love You (China, 2002), photographed by Christopher Doyle noon. Vengeance for Sale 2:05 p.m. What's With Love? 4 p.m. Evans Chan's digital indie The Map of Sex and Love (H.K., 2001) charts both gay and straight 6:20 p.m. King Hu's martial arts classic Touch of Zen (Taiwan, 1969) 9:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF -- A star-crossed romance, Kwam Rian -- Legend of Love (Suthakorn Santithawat, Thailand, 2001) 12:05 p.m. The life of a legendary criminal of the 1950s, Dang Bailey's and Young Gangsters (Nonzee Nimibutr, Thailand, 1997) 3:15 p.m. A revival of the Bruce Lee classic Fists of Fury (Lo Wei, H.K., 1971) 5:40 p.m. Sorrow of Brooke Steppe (Saifu Mailisi, China, 1997) 7:50 p.m. Samo Hung stars in Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (Allen Lan, H.K., 2002) 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFF -- An American pilot (Paul Kersey) is smuggled through Japanese-occupied China in the wartime drama Love's Grief Over Yellow River (Feng Xiaoning, China, 1999) 12:30 p.m. Kwam Rian 2:40 p.m. Le Hoang's Golden Key (Vietnam, 2001) presents Vietnamese life during the American bombings of 1972 5:40 p.m. High temperatures test survival skills on Whispering Sand (Nan Achnas, Indonesia, 2001) 7:40 p.m. The life of a Cold War Double Agent (Kim Hyun-Jeong, Korea, 2003) 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: AFF -- Map of Sex and Love 12:15 p.m. A prisoner escapes into the "forest of resurrection" in the fantasy Versus (Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan, 2002) 3 p.m. A hit man seeks punishment in the graphic Ichi the Killer (Miike Takashi, Japan, 2001) 5:25 p.m. Golden Key 7:40 p.m. Mother and daughter bicker and bond in Eliana Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) 9:35 p.m.
TUESDAY: AFF -- Whispering Sand 12:15 p.m. Eliana, Eliana 2:25 p.m. Kwam Rian 4:15 p.m. Double Agent 7:15 p.m. Ichi the Killer 9:35 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. A new series of classic films screening in 35mm plays this summer in the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.
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 The Brotherhood of Satan (Bernard McEveety, 1971), with Strother Martin leading a pack of Satanists -- and who better than one of Sam Peckinpah's stock company of berserkers? 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Czech horror-fantasy series screens Zbynek Brynych's highly praised The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965; 7:30 p.m. ), set in Nazi-occupied Prague, and Karel Kachyna's The Ear (1969; 9:30 p.m. ), a very good film about a communist functionary and his wife who suspect that they're being bugged.
SATURDAY: The third stanza of Wang Bing's nine-hour documentary about China's northeastern industrial zone, Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks -- Part Three: Rails (2003) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Hungarian documentarian Péter Forgács' study of political thinker István Bibó, A Bibó Reader (2001; 7:30 p.m. ), screens with Chris Marker's new cine-essay Remembrance of Things to Come (France, 2002; 9 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.
SUNDAY (Aug. 17): "Black in the Life," the 2003 Oakland International Black Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, screens features and shorts on projected video. Programs begin at 3 p.m. Features include Kali's Vibe (Shari Carpenter, 2001; 3:15 p.m. ) and Dakan (Mohamad Camara, Guinea, 1997; 6 p.m. ). See http://www.clubrimshot.com/filmfestival.html for more.
TUESDAY (Aug. 19): Local filmmaker Brien Burroughs' Suckerfish (1999), a black comedy set in the world of pet supplies 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 6:45, 8:50 p.m. A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 6:30 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003); see Ongoing for review. The Weather Underground, Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Capturing the Friedmans continue. Call for times.
SATURDAY: The fine cinematographer László Kovács appears in person to discuss his career (from Easy Rider through My Best Friend's Wedding) and screen Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973). $10 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Mick LaSalle introduces the very interesting Pre-Code film Torch Singer (1933), with Claudette Colbert 7 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 & THURSDAY: David Lynch's signature film, Blue Velvet (1986), screens in a new print -- the flip side of Reagan's America 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Damien Pettigrew's directorial portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2002) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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 USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nabil Ayouch's Arab street-kid drama Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (Morocco, 2000) 6, 8 p.m.; also 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 Wed 4 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 15-21): OT: Our Town (Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 2001); see Opening for review 6:30, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:15 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: The clock runs out for Gary Cooper in the western classic High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with John Wayne as John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952; 5:10, 9:05 p.m. ), a beloved Irish love story with Maureen O'Hara.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Preston Sturges' scintillating screwball farce The Palm Beach Story (1942; 5:45, 9:25 p.m. ) is oddly paired with the stodgy Fox musical Alexander's Ragtime Band (Henry King, 1938; 7:30 p.m. ), with Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Ethel Merman.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two offbeat John Huston/Humphrey Bogart/Robert Morley comedies set on boats, The African Queen (1951; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m. ) and Beat the Devil (1953; 5:45, 9:25 p.m. ), the former a huge success, the latter The Big Lebowski of its day (a flop that rapidly develops an intense cult following).
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Continuous screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women, through Oct. 5 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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