221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Shirley Temple is a Poor Little Rich Girl (Irving Cummings, 1936; 7:30 p.m.) in one of her biggest hits, screening with the musical On the Avenue (Roy Del Ruth, 1937; 5:50, 9 p.m.). Both films co-star Alice Faye.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: James Stewart stars in Anthony Mann's meaty western The Far Country (1954; 4:20, 7:30 p.m.), billed with The Saint Strikes Back (John Farrow, 1939; 6:10, 9:20 p.m.), with George Sanders as the sharp-tongued detective.
WEDNESDAY (May 5): A Goethe-Institut screening of Life Goes On (Carl Schmitt and Marc Alan Cairns, Germany, 2003), based on the true story of the making of big-budget Nazi propaganda films in the last days of the war. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 7): A "Films From Along the Silk Road" series of Central Asian cinema opens with Darezhan Omirbaev's Kairatt (Kazakhstan, 1991; 7 p.m.), an autobiographical movie about his adolescence that's said to show the influence of Hitchcock and Bresson. Tolomush Okeev's The Fierce One (Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan, 1973; 8:45 p.m.), written by Andrei Konchalovsky, is about a boy who raises a wolf cub. Thirty-five millimeter prints, $7 admission for both.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens a rare 16mm print of The Flame (John Auer, 1947), about wealthy family members (who include John Carroll and Vera Hruba Ralston) trying to kill each other for money. Introduced by Marc Kagan. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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