SATURDAY (March 6): A Lubitsch triple bill -- Trouble in Paradise 4:15 p.m. James Stewart finds love with Margaret Sullivan at The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 6 p.m. Greta Garbo finds love in Paris as Ninotchka (1939) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 7): Another Lubitsch triple bill -- The Shop Around the Corner 3 p.m. Ninotchka 5 p.m. Heaven Can Wait 7:15 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.
THURSDAY (March 4): An evening of surfing movies offers Poor Specimen's Drive Through Australia (2004), featuring Dean and Donavon's adventures on Oz's east coast. Cameo by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 regular admission, $9 for the SFIAAFF save as noted. This renowned picture palace is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. See Zoom Lens, Page 47, for additional coverage. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Goffredo Alessandrini's adaptation of Ayn Rand's anti-communist novel We the Living (Italy, 1942) stirred things up in Mussolini's Italy. Alida Valli and Rosanno Brazzi star 2, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF opens here with The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands) 5 p.m. Josef Von Sternberg's Grand Hotel-on-rails adventure Shanghai Express (1932) screens as the opening to a tribute to Anna May Wong, here supporting Marlene Dietrich 7 p.m. Purple Butterfly (Ye, China) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Anna May Wong stars in the Hollywood "B" Daughter of Shanghai (Robert Florey, 1937) 12:30 p.m. "Miss Match" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Travellers and Magicians (Norbu, Bhutan) 4:30 p.m. The Adventure of Iron Pussy (Weerasethakul, Thailand) 7 p.m. Martial arts director King Hu's Come Drink With Me (Hong Kong, 1965) screens in a new print 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- Anna May Wong in The Toll of the Sea (Chester Franklin, 1922) with panel discussion to follow noon. Werner Herzog documents Buddhist ritual in Wheel of Time (Germany) 3 p.m. German expressionist E.A. Dupont's Piccadilly (1929) starred Wong in a late British silent 6 p.m. A new Bollywood musical, filmed in NYC, Kal Ho Naa Ho (Advani, India) 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 8-11): Piccadilly continues as part of regular Castro programming at 2, 4:30, 7, 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.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 5): "Cinema Lit" opens a month of Marlene Dietrich films with Shanghai Express (1989), screening with guest speaker Graham Russell Gao Hodges, author of Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend 6:30 p.m.
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 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 Douglas Sirk's melancholy soap All That Heaven Allows (1955) 3 p.m. Jon Else's portrait of the Mercantile Exchange "Pit" Open Outcry (2000) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of short films on "Laughter and Activism" includes Rae Chang's look at Chinese women comics, The Color of Funny (2003) 5:30 p.m. Documentaries by UC anthro undergrads include Aaron Schmidt's An Exercise in Denial 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens here for five days, opening with Invisible Light (Gina Kim, Korea, 2003; 7 p.m.), about two women struggling with the consequences of affairs, and See You Off to the Edge of Town (Ching C. Ip, U.S./Hong Kong, 2002; 9 p.m.), about an H.K. family's visit to the Grand Canyon. For more festival info, see Zoom Lens on Page 47 or go to www.naatanet.org/festival.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- A Good Lawyer's Wife (Soo, Korea, 2003) mixes human rights and sex 7 p.m. Royston Tan's 15 (2003) looks at aimless teens in modern Singapore 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- Bhutan and Montserrat face off in World Cup soccer's The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands, 2003) 3:20 p.m. The first feature from Bhutan from the director of The Cup, Travellers and Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, 2003) 5 p.m. Poisonous jellyfish threaten Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future (Japan, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- Two by Japanese documentarian Noriaki Tsuchimoto, An Engineer's Assistant (1963) and On the Road: A Document (1964), about a cabdriver 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. 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.
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