STARTS TUESDAY: Amélie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's much darker science-fictional dream, The City of Lost Children (co-directed by Marc Caro, France, 1995), screens through Nov. 7 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (Oct. 19): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, continues with High Up on the Mountain (Géza von Bolváry, 1957), following the fortunes of a woodcutter given a chance for television stardom 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (Oct. 16): Mark Cantor hosts a "Giants of Jazz on Film" clip show of musical performance centering on "Bebop, Blues and Mother's Love," featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, and more. $20 8 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
STARTS FRIDAY: Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (Nonny de la Peña, 2004) and Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez, 2004). See Roxie entry for commentary 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
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: Musicians Dig! (Ondi Timoner, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 15-21): Shane Carruth's Primer (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. 15): A young boy faces life in freeze frame in François Truffaut's The 400 Blows (France, 1959) 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.
THURSDAY: A series of Indian documentarian Anand Patwardhan's films continues with A Narmada Diary (Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru, 1995), detailing protests against a dam project, plus Fishing: In the Sea of Greed (1998), about factory fishing 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Canadian enfant terrible Guy Maddin's Archangel (1990), a tale of amnesia and mistaken identity amidst Allied soldiers in Russia, 1918 7:30 p.m. At Maddin's request the PFA screens Howard Hawks' World War I-set The Road to Glory (1936), "a gorgeously muddled-and-mustard-gassed and outright oneiric war melodrama," as a follow-up 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: Maddin's Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), from the land where the sun never sets 7 p.m. Maddin's mock-melodramatic short Odilon Redon (1994) and his latest, Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), a recherché item for the most jaded of connoisseurs, a pastiche of early sound cinema initially intended to be watched through a peephole as an installation 8:50 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 13): It's the Tempest in Tempe as the final presidential debate screens for free. Doors open 5:15 p.m., debate 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 14): Reel Video sponsors a "Cult Movie FreakOut," complete with costume contest, with Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (New Zealand, 1992). The rabid monkey here may well be a precursor of his forthcoming King Kong. $5 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 17): You can "prevent strokes by watching movies" when you attend the "Train to End Stroke Movie Marathon," a "FUNdraising festival" of short films and videos on health, wildlife, and other family-friendly fare. All proceeds benefit the American Stroke Association. For info, visit www.nureel.com. $7 3 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, www.cafilm.org. $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.
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