THURSDAY: A free screening of Bill Viola's landmark of video art, The Passing (1991), "a dream of death and rebirth told in grey scales" 5:30 p.m. Three experimental films shot in Greece by Robert Beavers, including The Ground (2000), comparing the work of a stonecutter to that of a filmmaker. Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "Workshop With Robert Beavers" offers a free lecture and film screening 3 p.m. A series by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann continues with his early low-budget B-movies The Great Flamarion (1945; 7:30 p.m.), with Erich von Stroheim as a carnival star, and the plastic surgery horror tale Strange Impersonation (1946; 9:10 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: A series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström continues with His Grace's Will (1919), a comedy about a lordship's inheritance 7:30 p.m. Sjöström's tale told at The Monastery of Sendomir (1920) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: More from Robert Beavers, including From the Notebook Of... (Italy, 1971/1999) and The Hedge Theater (Italy, 2002). Artist in person 3 p.m. More Sjöström -- Karin, Daughter of Ingmar (Sweden, 1920), an ongoing family drama rooted in the work of Nobelist Selma Lagerlöf 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Yvonne Rainer's video After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Hybrid (2002) crosscuts a dance inspired by Aldous Huxley's novel with scenes of turn-of-last-century Vienna. Lee Anne Schmitt's Awake and Sing (2003) updates Clifford Odets' proletarian theater to contemporary Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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 (Feb. 5): Kim Novak puts a spell on Jimmy Stewart in Richard Quine's comedy Bell, Book and Candle -- the pair's other film of 1958. But does Vertigo have Ernie Kovacs as a witch hunter? $6 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, www.cafilm.org. $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: The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003) 9 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m. To Be and To Have (Nicolas Philibert, France, 2002) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Japanese Story (Sue Brooks, Australia, 2003) 6:45, 8:55 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: A "Global Lens" series of new films from the developing world continues with Mango Yellow (Claudio Assis, Brazil, 2002), "a steamy mosaic of lowlifes and working stiffs" crossing paths in a coastal village. Repeats Monday 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003); see Opening for review. The Same River Twice and Japanese Story continue. See Ongoing for reviews. Call for times.
SATURDAY: "Global Lens" -- A redheaded boy raises a ruckus in rural Tunisia in the comedy Khorma (Jilani Saadi, 2002). Repeats Sunday 2 p.m. Hique Gomez's Margarette's Feast (Brazil, 2002) is a Chaplin-esque silent comedy starring and with music by Gomez, about a little man trying to assemble a birthday party for his wife 4 p.m. A postal clerk rewrites letters in Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's Nothing (Cuba, 2001) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A "Beyond Borders" series of films for kids screens Strong Like a Lion (Manna Lindwall, Sweden, 2002), about a bullied 9-year-old. In Swedish with subtitles and earphones for live translation 1 p.m. "Global Lens" -- A traveling film projectionist seeks a Ticket to Jerusalem (Rashid Masharawi, Palestine, 2002). Repeats Tuesday 2 p.m. Women's Prison 4 p.m. Khorma 7 p.m.
MONDAY: "Global Lens" -- Mango Yellow 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Global Lens" -- Ticket to Jerusalem 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Love is a chemical reaction in Mark Decena's Dopamine (2003) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Brian De Palma's messy but highly influential Scarface (1983) Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:15, 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Angels hover and read minds in Wim Wenders' visionary Wings of Desire (Germany, 1988) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; 621-4969 and www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $8 for regular programming, $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.) for the S.F. IndieFest. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
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