Reps Etc.

SUNDAY (July 25): Mechanical toys do their things in Cirkustour (Michael and Ida Varming, Denmark, 2003) 2 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Terrence Malick spends the Days of Heaven in this outstanding 1978 release, screening through July 25; see Ongoing for review 8:45, 10:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

FRIDAY (July 23): Leslie Cheung and Brigitte Lin are sensitive swordsmen in The Bride With White Hair (Ronny Yu, Hong Kong, 1993), a classic to many from the future director of Bride of Chucky midnight.

SATURDAY (July 24): The original Cantonese version of The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk (Corey Yuen, H.K., 1993), with Jet Li midnight.


3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here in an open-ended run.

DAILY: "Fear and the selling of American Empire" after 9/11 is tackled in the Michael Moore-less Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 3:30, 5 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, France, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Twist (Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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: An "Exploit-O-Scope" screening of The Maniacs Are Loose! (Ray Dennis Steckler, 1965), in "Hallucinogenic Hypno-Vision" 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Russian sadness over exile permeates Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (Italy, 1983) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Two classic John Ford westerns, Stagecoach (1939; 7:30 p.m.) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949; 9:30 p.m.). Underrated actor and "Ringo Kid" John Wayne successfully plays 10 years under his age in the former and 20 years over his age in the latter, as a retiring officer.

SATURDAY: An Ingmar Bergman series screens The Virgin Spring (Sweden, 1960; 5, 9 p.m.), which in its cruelty and mysticism anticipates Lars von Trier, and The Magician (Sweden, 1958; 7 p.m.), with Max von Sydow as a mysterious mesmerist.

SUNDAY: James Stewart is a pacifist sheriff and Marlene Dietrich his foil in the comedy western Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939) 5:30 p.m. David O. Selznick's overripe and overproduced spectacle Duel in the Sun (King Vidor, 1946) casts Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck as sexy bad 'uns 7:25 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "The Way Things Go," a program of films about salvaged junk, includes Chris Marker's Junktopia (1981), a record of the old Emeryville-flats sculptures, and the Quay Brothers' Bruno Schultz adaptation Street of Crocodiles (U.K., 1986) 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $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.

FRIDAY (July 23): John Huston's highly influential crime drama of a caper gone wrong, The Asphalt Jungle (1950). The old crooked lawyer (Louis Calhern) gets more sympathy in his doomed relationship with Marilyn Monroe than do the hard-luck cons. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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 (July 22) The giant flying turtle gets his in Gamera 3: Revenge of Isis (Shusuke Kaneko, Japan, 2003). Gamera in person with other treats. $6 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 25): The original (and far superior) Shrek (Andy Adamson and Vicky Jenson, 2002) screens as a benefit for the Mosaic Project, a "human relations outdoor school" ( $7 3, 6 p.m.

TUESDAY (July 27): Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977) similarly benefits Absolute Dragons (, complete with disco costume and trivia contests. $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.


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: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

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