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FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 20-26): Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:05 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's 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 and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Alfred Hitchcock's landmark talkie Blackmail (U.K., 1929) 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, continues with a program by Tony Oursler, including The Weak Bullet (1980) and "a nocturnal drama of sexual confusion and longing" acted out with clay figures, EVOL (1987) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström continues with Love's Crucible (1921), a costume drama set in Renaissance Florence, followed by the surviving fragment of Sjöström's first Hollywood film, Name the Man (1924) -- as "Victor Seastrom" 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: A series by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann continues with the magisterial God's Little Acre (1958; 7 p.m.), with Robert Ryan as the philosopher king of a run-down farm. It screens with the grueling late Gary Cooper western Man of the West (1958; 9:10 p.m.).

SATURDAY: The Mann series concludes with He Walked by Night (1949), a brutal noir about a manhunt credited to nominal director Alfred Werker but in fact dominated by John Alton's stark black-and-white cinematography 7:30 p.m. Callow sheriff Anthony Perkins learns to live up to The Tin Star (1957) from helpful Henry Fonda 8:40 p.m.

SUNDAY: More Sjöström/Seastrom in America -- The late silent masterpiece The Wind (1928), with Lillian Gish in extremis, screens with the surviving fragments of his lost collaboration with Greta Garbo, The Divine Woman (1928), and a Ruritanian comedy, Confessions of a Queen (1925) 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Joseph Cornell's centenary is marked with two programs of his film work, "...tokens and traces of chance...," travel footage including What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street (1957) and Flushing Meadows (1965) 7 p.m. Cornell's collages of "Goofy Newsreels" 9 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.

THURSDAY (Feb. 19): Ingrid Pitt goes for blood in the "lesbian vampire" classic The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker, 1970). $6 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Feb. 24): A "Local Filmmaker"s Showcase" screening of So Fresh, So Clean (Lila Polite, 2004), "broke young men trying to grab a piece of the American dream while making a living at the Tidey Whitey Dry Cleaners." Filmmaker in person 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 Street), 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: Mountain climbers Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 6:45, 9 p.m. Japanese Story (Sue Brooks, Australia, 2003) 6:40, 8:55 p.m. Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003) 6:30 p.m. The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003). See Opening for review. Touching the Void, Japanese Story, and My Architect continue. Call for times.


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: The life of a homeless encampment in Albany is traced in the engaging Bums' Paradise (Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen, 2002) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Bill Murray puts the caring back into karaoke in Sofia Coppola's indie hit Lost in Translation (2003) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The street musicians of Paris play stubbornly on in Henny Honigmann's interesting documentary Underground Orchestra (Netherlands/France, 1997) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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.

DAILY: The Legend of Leigh Bowery (Charles Atlas, 2003) screens through Feb. 24. See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. A free monthly screening series continues. Donations welcome.

THURSDAY (Feb. 19): John Scagliotti's Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (2004) uses the 2001 arrest of 52 people in a gay disco in Cairo as a springboard for a survey of the treatment of LGBT people throughout the Third World. Reception 6 p.m., film 5, 7 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Feb. 20-22): This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood classics from 1934-38; two of these are covered with Stewart as a defense attorney in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.), screening with Charlie Chan at the Olympics (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1939; 6:05, 10:20 p.m.), with Werner Oland solving crimes in Hitler's Berlin.

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