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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 464-4640 and for this program. $7-12 sliding scale.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): Antero and Sylvi Alli's film poem Lily in Limbo (2001), from a poem by H.D., screens with three additional short videos by the prolific Antero, plus three other films (including Maddy Lederman's Mermaids of Brooklyn) and musical improvisations by Sylvi Alli and Andy Nathan 9 p.m.


111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and for information on this program. $5.

MONDAY (Sept. 29): The "Autumnal Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 15 films from four countries marking the season"s change, including Peter Suchecki's Convolute, Skye Thorstenson's Confessions of a Piggly Wiggly Cashier, and from Pakistan, Zarin Gul's Chorus of Death 8 p.m.


2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $6. This duplex offers a 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): Teenage computer hacking nearly causes World War III in the Reagan-era fable War Games (John Badham, 1983); nowadays they'd just be sued for downloading music midnight.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 24): A man's son is killed and the father vows This Man Must Die (Claude Chabrol, 1969) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): This Man Must Die 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 24): The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley and Donnacha O Briain, 2003) documents via footage shot inside the presidential palace the failed 2002 coup attempt on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. $5-15 sliding scale 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 25): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- you supply the entertainment. $4 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 26): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival offers "Out of the Past," a selection of shorts on overcoming bad times -- Alys Hawkins' Crying and Wanking (romantic breakup), Krescent Carasso's Bandaid (institutionalization), Frances Nkara's Downpour Resurfacing (childhood abuse). $7-20 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): ATA's Other Cinema showcases a program of experimental digital production including "image/sound amalgams" by Invisible Objects and screenings and live performances by Bryan Boyce, Les LeVeque, Nomi Talisman, and others 8:30 p.m.


2727 Mariposa (at Bryant), Second Floor, 861-3282, for this event. $5.

FRIDAY (Sept. 26): "Media Mash, a Bay Area networking mixer, includes projections, screenings, DJ music, and door prizes 7:30-10:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $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: Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's "The Animation Show" offers a generous program of shorts 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The seventh annual Cinemayaat Arab Film Festival opens here with a reception for author Jack Shaheen (Reel Bad Arabs) at 5 p.m. and his free lecture/demonstration 6 p.m. Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba's El-Kotbia (The Bookstore) at 8:30 p.m. followed by Opening Night party; film only $9, film and party $20. See our Night & Day page for more, or go to

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 26-Oct. 2): Jacques Becker's crime thriller Touchez pas au Grisbi (Don't Touch the Loot, France, 1954), with Jean Gabin 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893,; for this series. A weekend midnight movie series continues. For the rest of the Clay"s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 26 & 27): Holy mediocrity! Popular culture has never looked flatter than this movie spinoff of the then-popular TV version of Batman (Leslie H. Martinson, 1966). But imagine if it had been directed by McG? Saturday night features a Bomb Disposal Marathon midnight.


182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor, 552-1533 or e-mail to reserve seats. Free with reservation; don't come without one. A "16mm Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens in this new location every Thursday, with round-table discussion to follow. Come at 7 p.m. for no-host bar; lobby doors locked at 8:15 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 25): A "Film Noir Bad Girls" series screens The Come-On (Russell Birdwell, 1956), with Anne Baxter as a con artist who falls for her mark 8 p.m.


3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325. The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens programs here on Tuesdays through September on this venue's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.

TUESDAY (Sept. 30): "Clear Visions, Silent Filmmakers" presents two shorts by pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché, Canned Harmony (1912) and the cross-dressing Officer Henderson (1913), plus three of Maya Deren's landmark inner investigations, Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946), At Land (1944), and Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). Live music by the instrumental trio Secrets of Family Happiness. Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Films 8:30 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: The new anime classic Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2002) screens through Oct. 19 7, 9:15 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, 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 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 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.


2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm screen in a former U.S. Navy theater, the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.

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.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): The Marx Brothers do what they do so well in A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Sept. 28): Dana Andrews falls for a painting in Otto Preminger's romantic noir Laura (1944) 7, 9 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jeanne Moreau is Marguerite Duras in Josée Dayan's Cet Amour-là (France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

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.


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: 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.

THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations offers Homo Sapiens 1900 (Peter Cohen, Sweden, 1999), a documentary on eugenics, the high-tech fad of its day 7:30 p.m.

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, $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.

WEDNESDAY: The Parkway's fifth annual Film Noir Fest continues with Raoul Walsh's outstanding gangster noir White Heat (1949), with Jimmy Cagney, top of the world 6:30 p.m.

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, $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: Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's "The Animation Show" 6:45, 9 p.m. Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 6:30 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi, China, 1998); see Ongoing for review. Producer Kang Jianmin in person Friday 7:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.


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 & THURSDAY: Outlaw Johnny Hallyday comes to town in Patrice Leconte's very entertaining Man on the Train (France, 2002), and not to play Gallic rock either 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cult band They Might Be Giants is memorialized in Gigantic (A.J. Schnack, 2003). A screening of the 1971 comedy They Might Be Giants with George C. Scott thinking he's Sherlock Holmes would be good around now wouldn't it? 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: A look back at the American films of the late 1960s and 1970s, A Decade Under the Influence (Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme, 2003). The documentary on Hollywood in the 2000s will be called A Decade Under the Dumpster 2, 4:20, 7, 9:20 p.m.

MONDAY: One of the more offbeat studio films of that era, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese, 1974) 7, 9:25 p.m.

TUESDAY: Dennis Hopper's song of the open road, Easy Rider (1969) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,; and (925) 866-9559 for the seventh annual Cinemayaat Arab Film Festival (Friday and Saturday). $8 save as noted; $9 Cinemayaat screenings. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY: An R.W. Fassbinder series concludes with the romantic/obsessive The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Germany, 1972) 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: In honor of the forthcoming (sometime, maybe) recall election, Green Cine offers a free showing of the rarely screened 1935 musical comedy Thanks a Million (Roy Del Ruth, 1935), with Dick Powell a crooner running for governor. The first 200 requests to receive a free pass 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: The seventh annual Cinemayaat Arab Film Festival, here today and tomorrow, screens Broken Wings (Malouf, Lebanon, 1962) 6:15 p.m. Invasion (Hassan, Palestine) 8:15 p.m. Night of Destiny (Bahloul, France) 9:50 p.m.

SATURDAY: Cinemayaat -- Lord's Song in a Strange Land (Dembowski) 2:15 p.m. Shorts including Like Twenty Impossibles (Jacir, Palestine) 4:15 p.m. Duel in San Francisco (Luchak) 6 p.m. Under the Sky of Baghdad (Balsamo and Scialotti, Italy) 7:30 p.m. Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (Sansour, Palestine/U.K.) 9:30 p.m.

STARTS SUNDAY: George Butler's strongman doc Pumping Iron (1976) shows Arnold Schwarzenegger doing to his rivals what he'll do for the state of California 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jeanne Moreau is Marguerite Duras in Josée Dayan's Cet Amour-là (France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 26-Oct. 2): 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.


Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus; and (925) 866-9559 for festival information. This college theater hosts screenings from Cinemayaat, the seventh annual San Francisco Arab Film Festival, this week. $9.

SATURDAY (Sept. 27): Independence (Hassan, Palestine) 3:15 p.m. Invasion (Hassan, Palestine) 5:15 p.m. El-Kotbia (The Bookstore, Saheb-Ettaba, Tunisia) 7 p.m. Night of Destiny (Bahloul, France) 9:45 p.m.

SUNDAY (Sept. 28): Souha Surviving Hell (Sabbag, Lebanon) 1:15 p.m. Duel in San Francisco (Luchak) 3 p.m. Shorts including Like Twenty Impossibles (Jacir, Palestine) 4:45 p.m. "Panel Discussion on Arab Cinema" 6:30 p.m. Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (Sansour, Palestine/U.K.) 9:30 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

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.

FRIDAY (Sept. 26): H.B. Halicki's drive-in favorite Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) screens in a new 35mm print. "An old-school orgy of auto destruction." $6 7:30 p.m.


The San Francisco Performance Cinema Symposium takes place at Dimension 7 video gallery (150 Folsom) this Saturday from noon on (free for afternoon symposia and lectures, $5 6-11 p.m., free for reception at 11 p.m.). Live performances and demonstrations of new software are promised. For more info, contact 695-1663 or see

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