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: Old Snake Eyes is back -- Lee Van Cleef, considerably more charismatic than his opposite number, takes on nameless Clint Eastwood (and shameless Klaus Kinski) in Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More (Italy, 1965) 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Embalmer (Matteo Garrone, Italy, 2002); see review in this issue. Call for times.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com for venue, 788-7142 ext. 18 for reservations for this series. As part of San Francisco's "Celebrazione Italiana," the first Italian Animation Film Festival screens here Saturday through next Wednesday (Sept. 27-Oct. 1); see www.focusitalia.org for more. $5 donation, reservations suggested.
SATURDAY (Sept. 27): Bruno Bozzetto's skillful spoof of Fantasia, Allegro non Troppo (1976), works on its own right as a cartoon collection 3 p.m. The festival's "Program 2" includes animated ads from the 1920s and shorts by respected animators of the 1960s-70s 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 28): "Program 2" repeats 3 p.m. A program of "Bruno Bozzetto Shorts" 7 p.m.
MONDAY (Sept. 29): Allegro non Troppo 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 30): "Bruno Bozzetto Shorts" 7 p.m.
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FRIDAY (Sept. 26): Alfred Hitchcock's fatally compromised but remarkably underrated Suspicion (1941), with Cary Grant a con-man husband who may or may not be planning to terminate his "Monkey Face" wife (Joan Fontaine) 7, 9:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.25.
STARTS FRIDAY: One of the exSoviet Union's new breed of kleptocrats is profiled in the lightly fictionalized Tycoon (Pavel Lounguine, Russia, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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: An R.W. Fassbinder series concludes with his take on Sunset Boulevard, Veronika Voss (1982), a sad story of a has-been film star 5, 9:15 p.m. , and Satan's Brew (1976; 7:05 p.m. ), a bizarre comedy mocking the egotism of a would-be genius.
FRIDAY: Anthony Asquith's highly regarded late silent thriller A Cottage on Dartmoor (U.K., 1929) screens with accompaniment by visiting composer/pianist Neil Brand 7:30 p.m. "How to Be Eccentric," a program of short instructional films by British comic Richard Massingham, includes Tell Me If It Hurts (1934), The Five Inch Bather (1942), and Jet Propelled Germs (1948) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Where Does the Music Come From?," a lecture by Neil Brand on how he composes for silent films, with extracts 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A series of the films of French pioneer Germaine Dulac continues with La Belle Dame sans merci (1920), a feminist melodrama about an actress who breaks up a home 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A program of the short films of Germaine Dulac features the surreal and controversial The Seashell and the Clergyman (1927) plus the lesser-known abstract shorts Thèmes et variations, Étude cinématographique sur une arabesque, and Disque 957 (all 1929) 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.
THURSDAY: The Noir series concludes with Sam Fuller's Underworld USA (1960), an industrial-strength gangland noir, with Cliff Robertson a revenge-bound career criminal out to destroy the mob from within. Highly recommended. $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), 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.
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