Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SUNDAY: Leone's underrated tour/detour of the Mexican Revolution, Duck, You Sucker (1972), with a new ending "not seen in the U.S." promised 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double bill of Leone's spaghettis that started it all, A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 7 p.m.) and For a Few Dollars More (1966; 9:10 p.m.).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Dec. 20): The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): "The Cutter's Christmas Ball" screens shorts with an emphasis on editing from students at the Academy of Art College 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Dec. 18 & 19): "The destructive nature of consumer culture" is explored in Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (Erik Gandini, Sweden, video, 1989), screening as a benefit for Argentina's Independent Media Center and for Whispered Media 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 20): A program of "New Experimental Works" includes Martha Colburn's premiere Secrets of Mexuality, plus David Duhig's Rhythm Changes, Melinda Stone's No Olvidados, Iffy Scam's Nostalgia, and more 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Dec. 19): The Billy Wilder/Charles Brackett-scripted Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939) is a nice reworking of Cinderella with Claudette Colbert, John Barrymore as the Fairy Godfather, and Don Ameche as (not my first choice) Prince Charming 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 21): Singin' in the Rain 5 p.m.Midnight 7:15 p.m.
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: A new print of Federico Fellini's "Rimini Graffiti," I Vitelloni (Italy, 1954), an autobiographical film about the prolonged adolescence of young men in a small town. See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "A Hed-Wigged Out Xmas" -- A meet-and-greet reception for John Cameron Mitchell and his angry inch 5:30 p.m., followed by a gala featuring Mitchell's reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," live music, and a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell, 2002) 7:30 p.m., is a benefit for the Stop AIDS Project. Advance tix available at 863-0611 or email@example.com; prices are $27.50 for the gala, $50 for the reception plus the gala.
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.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed. No films scheduled until Dec. 26.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): A dedicated Communist youth befriends a gay artist in the Cuban breakthrough Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, 1994), a benefit screening for SF-Bay Area Friendshipment/Pastors for Peace. $8-15 7 p.m.
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