WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: David Brower -- Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004) 6 p.m. Fox News -- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 7:40 p.m. The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (Adam Low, U.K., 2002) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. One of this multiplex's screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gays are Tying the Knot (Jim de Sève, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 8-14): Dig! (Ondi Timoner, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2004 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75.
SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Neurotics pursue group therapy after their analyst dies, in director/star Carlo Verdone's It's Not Our Fault (2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $7 save as noted.
FRIDAY (Oct. 8): Three tales from Guy de Maupassant make up Max Ophuls' ironic Le Plaisir (France, 1952) -- hard to see and highly recommended 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com/events for information, www.acteva.com/go/metreon for advance tickets. $15 admission includes all films, plus workshops, guest appearances, and tournaments.
SUNDAY (Oct. 10): A day of Japanese animation from Bandai comprises the fourth annual Metreon Festival of Anime, with programs including Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (Kenji Kamiyama, 2002) 11 a.m. Episodes from Galaxy Angel Z and Taruto noon. Please Twins! episodes 1 p.m. A repeat of Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex 2 p.m. Episodes from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (Mitsuo Fukuda, 2002) 3 p.m. After a costume contest at 4 p.m., the festival relocates upstairs to the Metreon Theater for a panel discussion and screening of Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (Yoskiyuki Kamino, 1991) 5 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 7): The Bicycle Film Festival screens Red Light Go (Kivowitz, et al.) 7 p.m. Stars and Watercarriers (Leth) screens with a live score by Horizontal Dropout 9 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and "people-powered Howard" Street), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. Call for advance tickets. $10.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 6): Alive @ 9th Street presents "Doc the Vote," an inaugural programming event for this new series featuring Howard Dean manager Joe Trippi and filmmakers Rick Tejada-Flores, Frances Reid, and Deborah Hoffmann in a panel discussion on the latest political films. A reel of recent work will be shown 7 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: Czech animator Jirí Bárta's The Pied Piper (1986) headlines a program of his films, which also includes The Extinct World of Gloves (1982) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of Jirí Trnka's puppet film The Czech Year (1947) 5:30 p.m. A series of Indian documentarian Anand Patwardhan's films begins with A Time to Rise (Patwardhan and Jim Monro, Canada, 1981), about Canadian-Indian farmworkers, plus In Memory of Friends (1990), about the legacy of independence fighter Bhagat Singh 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Canadian enfant terrible Guy Maddin is at the PFA in person this weekend with his debut feature, Tales From the Gimli Hospital (1988), plus the short The Dead Father (1985) 7 p.m. Maddin will follow each of his films screened this weekend with a relevant older movie that inspired him; tonight he introduces Tod Browning's Lon Chaney weirdie West of Zanzibar (1988) 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: Maddin's funny short The Heart of the World (2000) parodies silent Soviet cinema, while his Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), a recherché item for the most jaded of connoisseurs, is a pastiche of early sound cinema initially intended to be watched through a peephole as an installation 7 p.m. Maddin introduces Robert Florey's Peter Lorre vehicle The Face Behind the Mask (1941; 8:50 p.m.), which shares with Maddin's work an interest in body mutilation and self-abasement but for all its B-movie bluntness is genuinely interested in its characters.
SUNDAY: Guy Maddin's latest, The Saddest Music in the World (2003) -- big doings at the beer plant 5:30 p.m. Maddin introduces Max Ophuls' sadly ironic La Ronde (France, 1950), a roundelay of sexual disillusionment and a masterpiece of camera placement and movement 7:50 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Alternative Requirements," a selection of new experimental works by Bay Area film students, includes Selene Foster's I Thought You Might Be There, Chelsea Walton's Numerical Engagements, and Chihcheng Peng's Something in the Water 7:30 p.m.
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