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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Jan. 26): The Ninth Season Premiere of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 10 "uniquely diverse" films and videos, including Jeffrey Charles' Oh China! (Oakland), Jossie Malis' I Am Not Sleepy (Spain), and David Fenster's Post Apocalypse Now (Los Angeles) 8 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). See Ongoing for review 8, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 23-29): The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 21): Gay thief Gérard Depardieu upsets the marriage of Michel Blanc and Miou-Miou in Bernard Blier's Tenue de Soirée (France, 1986) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 24): Tenue de Soirée 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. 23): An "Open Screening" for new masterworks and your film too, first come, first shown. Arrive early for registration. $4 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (Jan. 23): It's a weekend of dubious ladies with, first up, Barbara Stanwyck as a cardsharp who takes Henry Fonda in more ways than one in Preston Sturges' classic The Lady Eve (1941) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 24): Orson Welles' off-kilter tribute to bride Rita Hayworth, The Lady From Shanghai (1948) 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 25): The Lady Eve 5 p.m. The Lady From Shanghai 7 p.m. Separate admission.
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: A two-week Noir City festival of the dark cinema of the 1940s and '50s continues with two W. Somerset Maugham adaptations, The Letter (William Wyler, 1940; 1, 4, 9 p.m. ) and Christmas Holiday (Robert Siodmak, 1943; 3, 7 p.m. ). The former is a plantation melodrama with Bette Davis (what noir? what city?), the latter a rarity, a sleazy and disturbing genuine noir, despite (mostly musical) stars Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin.
THURSDAY: Noir City -- Loretta Young's The Accused (William Dieterle, 1949; 7 p.m. ) in a campus murder, while Joan Bennett tries to cover for her daughter's crime in Max Ophuls' excellent The Reckless Moment (1949; 9:15 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: Noir City -- Two Technicolor noirs, with Gene Tierney as a killer in Leave Her to Heaven (John Stahl, 1946; 7 p.m. ), a favorite of Scorsese, plus Desert Fury (Lewis Allen, 1947; 9:30 p.m. ), a multiangled love affair among Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiak, Mary Astor, and Wendell Corey.
SATURDAY: Noir City -- Women go to prison and to hell in Caged (John Cromwell, 1949; 1, 5:30, 10 p.m. ) and the true story I Want to Live! (Robert Wise, 1958; 3, 7:30 p.m. ), with Susan Hayward.
SUNDAY: Noir City -- Barbara Stanwyck is a Witness to Murder (Roy Rowland, 1954; 1:15, 5:10, 9:20 p.m. ), while a helpless (???) Joan Crawford is targeted by Jack Palance in Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952; 3, 7 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Noir City -- Stanwyck marries Sterling Hayden and lives to regret it in Crime of Passion (Gerd Oswald, 1957; 7 p.m. ), while stage star Rosalind Russell executes her producer with The Velvet Touch (John Gage, 1948; 9 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: Noir City -- Laraine Day's obsessed with The Locket (John Brahm, 1946; 7 p.m. ), while criminals revive a dead man in the rare Decoy (Jack Bernhard, 1946; 9 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.
DAILY (Closed Monday): 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: Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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 UCB film history class open to the public offers an "Introduction to Film Language" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, opens with a program from the collective Ant Farm, including The Cadillac Ranch Show (1974/1994), Media Burn (1975), and The Eternal Frame (1975), plus clips. Video artists Chip Lord and Hudson Marquez in person 7:30 p.m.