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.
WEDNESDAY: A weekly silent series, featuring Dennis James on the organ, screens Douglas Fairbanks' derring-do in The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920; 7:30 p.m.), and his early talkie Mr. Robinson Crusoe (A. Edward Sutherland, 1932; 9:15 p.m.).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: The underrated Joel McCrea takes the lead as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940; 7:30 p.m.) and in George Stevens' wartime comedy The More the Merrier (1943; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Joan Fontaine writes a Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.) in Max Ophuls' highly regarded melodrama. It screens with Hitchcock's Gothic Rebecca (1940; 5:10, 9:30 p.m.), with Fontaine practicing her meek and mild act. Chapter 6 of Superman (1948) precedes Unknown Woman.
SATURDAY (July 31): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens at this locale with a look at life at a Gaza Checkpoint (Shamir, Israel) noon.v Ford Transit (Abu-Assad, Palestine) 2 p.m. The life of 20th-century traveler Luis Frank's revealed in Recuerdos (Arteaga, Mexico) 4 p.m. A teen comes of age in Nina's Tragedies (Gabizon, Israel) 6:30 p.m. I Like Killing Flies (Mahurin) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 1): The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 11:30 a.m. Delroy Lindo mentors an 11-year-old in cricket in Wondrous Oblivion (Morrison, U.K.) 1:30 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 4 p.m. Heir to an Execution (Meeropol) 6 p.m. The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY (Aug. 2): An infamous traitor is reassessed in Sorry, Judas (Lowenstein, U.K., 1993) 2:30 p.m. New York's Living Theater is documented in Resist (Kaper and Szuszies) 4:30 p.m. "Mazel Tov! Lesbian & Gay Weddings" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. Garden (Barash and Shatz, Israel) 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 3): Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 1:30 p.m. Behind Enemy Lines (Gil-Har, Israel) with Daughters of Abraham (Medelia) 3:45 p.m. Israeli and Palestinian teens seek peace in Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 6 p.m. Chantal Akerman's comedy Tomorrow We Move 8:30 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
FRIDAY (July 30): A Frank Perry series concludes with the widely (unfairly?) ridiculed Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest (1981; 7 p.m.), and the director's autobiographical documentary about his terminal cancer, On the Bridge (1992; 9:20 p.m.).
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Saturday, July 31, the circle screens the burlesque house murder mystery Murder at the Vanities (Mitchell Leisen, 1934), with Michael singing "Sweet Marijuana." 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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