MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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; see www.focusitalia.org for more. $5 donation, reservations suggested.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 1): Children's toys rebel in a Christmas story, The Blue Arrow (Enzo d'Alò, Italy/Switzerland, 1996). The high concept behind this film is so good we expect a cheesy Hollywood remake any time now 7 p.m.
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FRIDAY (Oct. 3): 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 (Oct. 4): Billy Wilder's evergreen sex farce Some Like It Hot (1959) 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A kleptocrat becomes rich and gains power in Tycoon (Pavel Lounguine, Russia, 2002), something that could never ever happen here. See Ongoing 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: A series of films by Peruvian-born Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann opens with Crazy (1999), interviews with Dutch peacekeeping soldiers who've served in trouble spots around the world. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations offers Kathy High's Underexposed: The Temple of the Fetsu (1994), a work of feminist speculative fiction, plus shorts 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Heddy Honigmann's fictional Mind Shadows (Canada, 1988) follows the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens here this weekend. Tonight, "Traditions and Trajectories," a program of 35mm films on various topics, including Donna Cameron's Matisse homage Jazz Elegy 7 p.m. "Educated Ladies," a program of instructional films made by women drawn from the PFA collection, including the UCB physical education department's Springboard Diving (c. 1950s) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: MadCat -- "Clear Visions, Silent Filmmakers" screens early short films by women, including Nell Shipman's White Water (1924), Lois Weber's Suspense (1913), and Cleo Madison's Her Defiance (1916). Live music by Epic [Abridged] 5:30 p.m. "Cut Snip Ooze," a program of animated films, includes Marianna Ellenberg's titular effort. See the Friday entry at ATA for more details 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A three-Tuesday series of experimental films by Ernie Gehr begins with his formal explorations Field (1970), Serene Velocity (1970), Crystal Palace (2002), and Mirage (1981), wherein Gehr replaced his camera lens with a piece of plastic found in a junk bin ... a technique I'd recommend to Joel Schumacher for his next several movies. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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 (Oct. 3): Restored and revoiced, Sergio Leone's Civil War western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966). Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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 (Oct. 5): The locally made, freshly re-edited Heavy in the Game (2002-03), a docudrama about gang life, with filmmaker Goldie the Poet in person 3 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 7): "Two drunken Man-Boys" undergo Sensitivity Training (2003) in this locally made movie. Filmmakers in person 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: Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's "The Animation Show" 8:45 p.m. Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi, China, 1998) 6:45 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 8:30 p.m.
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