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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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $9.25. Replacing the Shattuck, one of this venue's two screens is now a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: In My Skin (Marina de Van, France, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 5-11): Ben Coccio's Zero Day (2003); see Page 52 for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 3): Jeanne Moreau stars in Louis Malle's early thriller Elevator to the Scaffold (1957) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 6): Elevator to the Scaffold 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.

THURSDAY (Dec. 4): New York City's Rooftop Films offers "Project (Stop the) Mayhem," a program including a music video for the ukulele-rock band the Ukes of Hazard, Gay Boyfriend, Elena Oxman's Kmart Confidential, Aristomenis Tsiribis' delightful The Freak, and Johan Soderberg's Bush/Blair Love Duet 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 5): The "3/10 Film Festival Black Tie Gala and Film Screening" offers the premieres of a group of three-minute films made over the past 60 days 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 6): The premiere of Tim Massett's Beam (2003), a documentary on projectionists as performance artists, plus live performances by Wet Gate and Luis Recorder, 16mm loops by Steven Dye and others, and more 8:30 p.m.


Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Dec. 5): Howard Hawks' screwier-than-usual screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938), with career high performances from Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn alike 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 6): Orson Welles' tale of a boy and his sled, Citizen Kane (1941) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 7): Bringing Up Baby 5 p.m. Citizen Kane 7 p.m. Separate admission.


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 & THURSDAY: Tamala 2010 (t.o.l., Japan, 2002). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 5-11): A new print of Fred Zinnemann's film of James Jones' novel about the U.S. Navy on the eve of Pearl Harbor, From Here to Eternity (1953), with '50s icons Lancaster, Clift, Sinatra, Borgnine, and Reed 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Jacques Demy's deliriously romantic musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France, 1964) screens through Dec. 21 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. A "Midnites for Maniacs" series continues on Saturdays. For the Four Star"s regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Dec. 6): A serial killer has problems in Takeshi Miike's graphic Ichi the Killer (Japan, 2001) midnight.


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568 for venue, for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival continues its annual event here and at other venues around the Bay Area this week.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 3): A program marking "20 years of Zapatismo," "Zapatistas Turn 20," includes video shot in Chiapas. $5-10 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 4): Rio slum-dwellers attend a forum on globalization in Voices From the Edge (Daniela Broitman & Fernando Salis, Brazil, 2003). Filmmakers in person. $12-18 7:30 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: In My Skin (Marina de Van, France, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Dec. 5): This season's Closing Night Party boasts a screening of Gregory LaCava's still-lively show business dramedy Stage Door (1937) 6:30 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 5-11): Ben Coccio's Zero Day (2003); see Page 52 for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.


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: A free screening of Yasujiro Ozu's formally inventive melodrama Woman of Tokyo (Japan, 1933) 5:30 p.m. Program 4 of "Standby," a five-week series of video art made in New York City, 1983-93, screens four formally inventive works, including Dara Birnbaum's The Damnation of Faust: Evocation (1983) and Gary Hill's Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (1984), this last a monologue that Hill recorded backward and played forward 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Three silents by Yasujiro Ozu – Woman of Tokyo 5:30 p.m. A gangster film with a strong admixture of comedy, Walk Cheerfully (1930) 7 p.m. A college comedy about "exam hell," the quite funny I Flunked But ... (1930) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: Ozu's last silent and first sound films, respectively – the masterpiece An Inn at Tokyo (1935; 7:30 p.m.), about homeless families just scraping by, and The Only Son (1936; 9:10 p.m.), about a poor mother's visit to her poorer son's.

SATURDAY: Ozu satirizes Japan's new rich in What Did the Lady Forget? (1937) 3, 7 p.m. A family disregards its duties, not for the first time in Ozu's work, in The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941) 4:35, 8:35 p.m.

SUNDAY: Two crime melodramas from the early Ozu, That Night's Wife (1930; 5:30 p.m.) and Dragnet Girl (1933; 7 p.m.).

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Two more of Ozu's early comedies, the funny The Lady and the Beard (1931; 7 p.m.) and the socially biting Tokyo Chorus (1931; 8:35 p.m.).


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $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 (Dec. 5): Bob Hope and Bing Crosby make like a dictionary in The Road to Morocco (David Butler, 1942), probably the funniest of the "Road" series. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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.

THURSDAY (Dec. 4): Chronicle television critic Tim Goodman offers a "TV Hootenanny," with "from the vault" boob-tube screenings, an auction of the swag he gets as a critic, and a Q&A (ask him if he still doesn't like Carnivale). "Early Bird Special Show," $10 6:30 p.m. "Stay Up Late & Call in Sick to the Day Job Show," $8 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: New prints of Chris Marker's dazzling Sans Soleil (France, 1982) and La Jetée (1962). Also, Jonathan Karsh's My Flesh and Blood (2003); Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002); Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). See Ongoing for reviews. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: A love triangle in 1930s Budapest lasts until wartime in Rolf Schübel's Gloomy Sunday (Germany, 2000); see Opening for review. War refugees in the United States are the Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.


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: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows in The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk's Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS TUESDAY: Call for program.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. The theater has begun to program works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: A screenwriter has a breakdown in Satyajit Ray's The Coward (1965), and a family falls prey to a charlatan in The Holy Man (1966), screening together at 7:30 p.m. Ray's The Adversary (1970; 5:30, 10 p.m.) addresses a young man's temptations in the big city.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ray changes pace with a musical comedy for kids, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.), screening with young Deanna Durbin's Hollywood breakthrough 100 Men and a Girl (1971; 5:55, 9:55 p.m.).

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


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.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 3): The Goethe-Institut screens Robert Frye's Berlin Metamorphoses (2002), a documentary on the city's rebirth after World War II. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 4): Travis Wilkerson's An Injury to One (2003) looks back at the pivotal mining strikes of 90 years ago in Butte, Mont.; filmmaker in person with this movie, a new version of his earlier National Archive, and also a work-in-progress. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 5): "Ten Perfect Moments," a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, presents Jack Smith's legendary Flaming Creatures (1963) and Wakefield Poole's art porn Bijou (1972), together at 7 p.m. Rare Andy Warhol "screen tests" precede his Imitation of Christ (1967-69) 9 p.m.

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