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.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 14): Michel Blanc's Grosse Fatigue (France, 1994) stars Blanc as a world-weary star who has trouble with his double 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 17): Grosse Fatigue 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (Jan. 16): An Indymedia screening of shorts including Anonymous' sequel to Lord of the Rings of Free Trade, The Twin Towers, on the Bush administration's use of 9/11. Also, Workers of Argentina and Samuel Nesbitt's Untitled (2003), a look at prewar Iraq 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SATURDAY (Jan. 17): François Truffaut's exhilarating tribute to filmmaking, Day for Night (France, 1972) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 18): Day for Night 5 p.m. Strangers on a Train 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 for regular screenings, $8.50 for Berlin & Beyond screenings 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: The annual Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films concludes with a program of Shorts from German film schools noon. Four directors survey the State of the Nation (Austria) 2:30 p.m. Chris Kraus' Shattered Glass -- the curse is leukemia, not journalism 5 p.m. Fatih Akin's Solino, $15 for film and Closing Night party 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Birds fly, fast, slow, and all over, in Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: A two-week Noir City festival of the dark cinema of the 1940s and '50s commences with Edgar G. Ulmer's existential nightmare Detour (1946). Reception with film star Ann Savage $15 6:30 p.m. Film only (regular admission) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Noir City -- Two landmark adaptations of James M. Cain, Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944), with Barbara Stanwyck overwhelming Fred MacMurray 1, 5:15, 9:40 p.m. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945), with Joan Crawford overwhelming everyone 3:05, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Noir City -- Lana Turner and John Garfield star in MGM's high-gloss version of The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946; 2:50, 7 p.m. ), while Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran are on the lam in Felix Feist's little-known Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951; 1, 5:05, 9:30 p.m.).
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.
STARTS TUESDAY: Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern (China, 1991) screens through Feb. 15 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nine Dead Gay Guys (Ky Mo Lab, U.K., 2003); see Ongoing for more. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 16-22): Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). 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.
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