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FRIDAY: The PFA reopens after a month's hiatus with a series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström, beginning with his fantasy The Phantom Chariot (1921; 7 p.m.), screening with Ingmar Bergman's classic Wild Strawberries (1957; 9:25 p.m.), which stars Sjöström as an encrusted old man looking back at his life. It's followed by a rare short, Ingmar Bergman Shooting Wild Strawberries and Directing Victor Sjöström (1957).

SATURDAY: A parallel series of films by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann opens with a triple bill of classic B films noir, Desperate (1947; 6 p.m.), T-Men (1948; 7:35 p.m. ), and Raw Deal (1948; 9:30 p.m. ). With their harsh worldviews and harsher black-and-white cinematography, they are noir in a nutshell. Trust no one.

SUNDAY: The sixth annual Bay Area High School Film & Video Festival screens works by local filmmakers, with discussion to follow 2:30 p.m. Victor Sjöström's debut, the family melodrama The Gardener (Sweden, 1912) screens with his acclaimed Ingeborg Holm (Sweden, 1913), about a widow's descent into poverty at the hands of a careless bureaucracy 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: A program of "Animation and Anti-Animation" screens experimental works including Barry Gerson's Rolling in My Ears and Michele Smith's Like All Bad Men He Looks Attractive 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.

TUESDAY (Jan. 20): Local nonprofit group Access marks the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Alexander Payne's dirty-gray comedy Citizen Ruth (1996), with Laura Dern as a glue-sniffing loser who becomes a pawn in the pro-choice wars. $7 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: Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 2000) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003) 6:40, 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: A restored version of Tony Richardson's broadly comic take on Henry Fielding's rakish Tom Jones (U.K., 1963), with Albert Finney 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A three-week Sunday/Thursday series of films devoted to Cary Grant's "Century of Elegance" continues with the post-divorce love story The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937), opposite Irene Dunne 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Gloomy Sunday and The Station Agent continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "For Your Consideration," a series of foreign films selected by their home countries for consideration for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, screens The Professional (Dusan Kovacevic, Serbia, 2003), a black comedy about a businessman's feud with a State Security policeman Fri 7 p.m., Sat 9 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Manoel de Oliveira's A Talking Picture (Portugal, 2003) puts us aboard a cruise to India with John Malkovich, Irene Pappas, and Catherine Deneuve Sat 7 p.m., Sun 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: Cary Grant's "A Century of Elegance" -- His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940) finds Grant a fast-talking editor outconning everyone in Chicago 7 p.m.

MONDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- A romantic epic set during World War II, Zelary (Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003) 4, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- A Finnish girl's duel with her teacher (Bibi Andersson), Elina -- As If I Wasn't There (Klaus Häro, Finland, 2001) 7, 9 p.m.


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: The slums of Brazil are a City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Macaulay Culkin is home alone in a disco bloodbath in Party Monster (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Noam Chomsky takes on the media in Manufacturing Consent (Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Canada, 1992) 2, 5:20, 8:45 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan 20 & 21): The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003) takes viewers inside the coup attempt against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


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: Duncan Roy's AKA (U.K., 2003) -- see Ongoing for more 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m., with a separate-admission screening of Charlie Chaplin's still-brilliant satire Modern Times (1936) at 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Jan. 16 & 17): The latest installment of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation continues weekend screenings through Jan. 31. $9 8:30, 10:30 p.m.

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