FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Now that John Ashcroft's retiring, he may have time to stop by and catch Shooting Porn (Ronnie Larsen, 1997), a doc about the gay porn industry 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. 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.
DAILY (Closed Monday): Wolfgang Petersen's U-boat classic Das Boot (Germany, 1981) screens through Feb. 6 6:15, 8:45 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.
THURSDAY (Jan. 20): The Jewish Film Fair presents a monthly screening of historic Jewish films. Today, a made-in-the-USA Yiddish-language film, The Cantor's Son (Dem Khazn's Zindl, Ilya Motyleff and Sidney Goldin, 1937), about an immigrant who gains fame but yearns for home. Free 2:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
FRIDAY (Jan. 21): Until When?, a documentary about Palestinian land rights, with discussion to follow with producer Jess Ghannam. $8 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 23): The mixed-race support group Swirl sponsors the documentary A Beautiful Blend: Mixed Race in America. See www.swirlinc.org for more info, and RSVP for this program at email@example.com 3 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8; separate admission for each film.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna are the Venture Brothers on bikes as Che Guevara and friend in The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, Brazil, 2003). See Ongoing for review 4:30, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: The recurring Lark series "The Men We Love" returns with Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (Martin Campbell, 1998) 6:45 p.m. Johnny Depp stars in Emir Kusturica's crazed dramedy Arizona Dream (1993), co-starring Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "The Men We Love" -- The Mask of Zorro 4, 9:30 p.m. Arizona Dream 6:45 p.m.
MONDAY: "The Men We Love" -- The Mask of Zorro 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Closed for private event.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a documentary film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: The Green Butchers (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2003); see Ongoing for review 1:45, 7, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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: A weekly "Games People Play" series opens with the Soviet short Chess Fever (V.I. Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky, 1925) and The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel, 1932), with Leslie Banks a hunter with eyes on human quarry 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "The Whole Equation," a series promoting historian David Thomson's new book of the same name, continues with the surviving ruins of Erich von Stroheim's faithful adaptation of Frank Norris' McTeague, Greed (1924) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- Two more silent classics, which burnish their reputations on every screening, The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928; 7 p.m.) and F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927; 9 p.m.), very different films about the problems of average folk.
SATURDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- The original 225-minute version of Michael Cimino's Greed, Heaven's Gate (1980), which on revival is neither a disaster nor a masterpiece (contrary to general and elite opinion, respectively), but merely a heavy-handed revisionist western with some elaborate spectacle to please the eye 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- A great juxtaposition of two workplace romances, Ernst Lubitsch's subtle romance The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 5 p.m.) and Hal Ashby's sex comedy Shampoo (1975; 7 p.m.).
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