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 (Aug. 30): Gazon Maudit (French Twist) 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 28): ATA"s monthly "Open Screening" welcomes short video extracts of 20 minutes or less, with five tapes already booked as of press time. $4 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 29): Program 1 of a weekend series of gay South Asian films, Queer Filmistan, screens Gulabi Aina (Shridhar Rangayan, India, 2002), on drag and transgender activists in Mumbai. Reception, with director in person. $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 30): Queer Filmistan, Program 2, "Sex Workers Unite!," includes Tales of the Night Fairies (Shohini Ghosh, India, 2002), about a union of 60,000 sex workers in West Bengal. $7 4 p.m. Program 3, "Behind the Wheel," features Miss Manju, Truck Driver (Sherna Dastur, India, 2002), self-described as "half Shiva, half Shakti" (man/woman). $7 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 31): Queer Filmistan, Program 4, "OUTright Rewrite," includes Rewriting the Script (Canada, 2001), on the LGBT South Asian community in Canada. $7 2 p.m. Program 5, "Price of Home," screens Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (John Scagliotti, 2003). $7 5 p.m. Program 6, "Long Tales in Short Shorts." $7 8 p.m.
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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: Errol Flynn stars in Warner Bros." highly enjoyable The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, 1938), a high point of Hollywood entertainment in glorious Technicolor 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 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.
NIGHTLY (Closed Mondays): Pedro Almodóvar"s engrossing weepie All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) screens through Sept. 7 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. See Showtimes for regular fare.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival screens Desire (Kim Eungsu, Korea, 2002), about a wife"s reaction to her husband"s love affair with another man noon. A kidnapping stirs up Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook, Korea, 2002) 1:50 p.m. Bruce Lee"s classic Fists of Fury (Lo Wei, Hong Kong, 1971) 4:25 p.m. Bollywood"s most expensive film ever, Devdas (Sanjay Leel Bhansali, India, 2002) 6:40 p.m. Sammo Hung stars in Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (Allen Lan, H.K., 2002) 9:40 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF -- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (Chito S. Rono, Philippines, 2002) noon. Devdas 2:20 p.m. Hubog (Joel C. Laman and Assunta de Rossi, Philippines, 2002) 5:20 p.m. A warrior"s tragedy, Kun Pan: Legend of the Warlord (Thanit Jintanukul, Thailand, 2002) 7:35 p.m. It"s Freddy vs. Jason when cult samurai heroes hook up in Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan, 1971) 9:30 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," concludes with The Blood on Satan's Claw (Piers Haggard, 1971), involving a demon exumed in the 16th century, 400 years too early to be claimed as a weapon of mass destruction 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Chris Marker examines the history of the left in the decade after May 1968 in A Grin Without a Cat (France, 2002) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two of Fassbinder"s best films, tales of race, class, and sex bias in the New Germany -- the compassionate Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973; 5, 8:50 p.m. ) and the bitterly ironic The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971; 7 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Fassbinder reviews the history of postwar Germany in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) 5:30, 7:50 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Three classic works of surrealism, L'Age d'Or (Luis Buñuel, France, 1930) and the shorts Le Vampire (Jean Painlevé, 1945) and Un Chien Andalou (Buñuel, 1929) -- scorpions, vampire bats, and dead donkeys, respectively 7:30 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.
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: Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. The Cuckoo (Kukushka) (Aleksandr Rogozhin, Russia, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 8:40 p.m. Jacques Perrin"s Winged Migration (France, 2002) Wed 9:10 p.m.; Thurs 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Martin Doblmeier"s Bonhoeffer (2003) examines the life of the Lutheran theologian martyred by the Nazis. Step into Liquid, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Cuckoo (Kukushka), and Winged Migration continue. Call for times.
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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 THROUGH TUESDAY: A publisher"s efforts to market a difficult author"s suppressed biography of G.W. Bush is followed in Horns and Halos (Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, 2002). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 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 USA.
THURSDAY: The San Francisco Video Activists" Network"s new compilation video of Iraq War protest, We Interrupt This Empire, screens with short films and guest speakers 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A two-week series of the films of R.W. Fassbinder opens with the prolific wunderkind"s most commercially successful film, The Marriage of Maria Braun (Germany, 1978), with his blond muse Hanna Schygulla a stubborn survivor of postwar Germany ... up to the point of success 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Schygulla"s a model inspiring the Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) as fashion designer Margit Carstensen falls apart over her lost affections 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A faithful adaptation of Theodor Fontane"s 19th-century novel of Prussian repression, Effi Briest (1974) stars Schygulla as its primary victim in one of Fassbinder"s best, most disciplined films 7, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Two of the bratty young Fassbinder"s early works, an experiment in pastiche American gangster cinema, Gods of the Plague (1969; 6:15, 9:45 p.m. ), and Katzelmacher (1969; 8 p.m. ), with Fassbinder himself as a mocked Greek immigrant worker over a series of frozen tableaux.
SF LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for info. "Free admission, hot popcorn, cold drinks every last Wednesday of the month." Captioned.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Video cameras prove lethal weapons in Andrew Jarecki"s Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 3 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans 5, 7:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Spellbound 5 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Capturing the Friedmans 7 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: A silents series screens King Vidor"s comedy The Patsy (1928; 7:30 p.m. ), with Marion Davies, along with Constance Talmadge in a dual role as Her Sister From Paris (Sidney Franklin, 1925; approximately 9:15 p.m. ). With Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Vincente Minnelli probes the problems of two tormented artists as portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956; 7:30 p.m. ) and film producer Jonathan Shields in The Bad and the Beautiful (1953; 5:20, 9:45 p.m. ). Minnelli"s hysterical style is a good match for Douglas" tormented acting in two of the 1950s" best male melodramas.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Stanford favorite Audrey Hepburn takes Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m. ) and then travels through time and across France with lover Albert Finney in Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967; 5:25, 9:35 p.m. ).
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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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