Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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ACT I & II
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): "Hey, Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), come out and play!"
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (April 6): Billed as "incredibly bleak" and dedicated "to the need for consolation," Sandrine Veysset's Martha ... Martha (France, 2001) stars Valerie Donzelli as an unhappy housewife 6 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
SATURDAY (April 9): The 10-member (!) ensemble Pornorchestra performs new music to old porn movies, climaxing with the group improvisation, "Iron Porn." Also, I.K.U. (Shu Lea Cheang, Japan) and other short films by Martha Colburn, Ed Wood, and more. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
WEDNESDAY: Part 1 of Marco Tullio Giordana's two-part, six-hour family epic The Best of Youth (Italy, 2003). See Ongoing for review 12:15, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Part 2 of The Best of Youth (1976) 12:45, 4:15, 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Gene Wilder in person, signing copies of his memoir Kiss Me Like a Stranger 5:30-7 p.m. Plus screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971; 1:45, 7 p.m.) and the Wilder-co-scripted Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974; 3:35, 9 p.m.).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nicholas Ray anatomizes 1950s America in a medically based tale of madness and conformity, Bigger Than Life (1956). Highly recommended 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Tim Burton finds his trash alter ego in the world's worst director, Ed Wood (1994) 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Look out! It's Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001). Call for times.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (April 12): A series of new German documentaries screens The Net (Lutz Dammbeck, 2004), on the impact of the World Wide Web 7:30 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. $9 save as noted.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
FRIDAY (April 8): "The Grand Canyon Cinema Expanded Event" screens films from Canyon Cinema's collective collection 8 p.m.
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: You I Love (Olga Stolpovskaya and Dmitry Troitsky, Russia, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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 UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens David Lynch's what-is-reality puzzler Mullholland Drive (2000) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series presents "Machinima: Dreams of the Game Engine," animation built on video game software, including Friedrich Kirschner's allegorical The Journey 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of Marina Goldovskaya's The Prince Is Back, a documentary about the return to post-communist Russia of czarist royalty 5:30 p.m. Marilyn Fabe lectures on "Film and Postmodernism" with Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) as her fer-instance 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A short series of color classics from the 1950s screens Moulin Rouge (John Huston, 1952), with Jose Ferrer as Toulouse-Lautrec in a film whose cinematography, by Oswald Morris, broke with the candy-box Technicolor dominant to that time <>7 p.m.
SUNDAY: "For the Love of It," the PFA's fifth annual Festival of Amateur Filmmaking, screens locally made movies dating back to Dorothy and Ott Goff's S.F. Lake Tahoe 1933 3:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant pictures, continues with Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Yong-Kyun Bae, Korea, 1989) 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky reads from his splendid new book, Devotional Cinema, and screens his "devotional songs" Threnody (2004) and Visitation (2002) as well as his "cinematic song" Love's Refrain (2000-01) 7:30 p.m.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 7:30 p.m. The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Rebecca Miller, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 5 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 5 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: IndieWire continues its week of "the Top Undistributed Films of 2004." See www.indiewire.com for more information. Tonight, Jessica Hausner's film about a sinister Hotel (Austria) 7 p.m. Liberia: An Uncivil War (Brabazon and Stack) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: The IndieWire (or, as they prefer, "indieWIRE") series concludes with the gay-themed Dear Pillow (Poyser) 7 p.m. Hotel 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jonathan Nossiter's wine documentary Mondovino (2005). See Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: The Future of Food (Deborah Koons Garcia, 2004) in the age of genetics 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (April 7-13): The local premiere of the documentary Ganges: River to Heaven (Gayle Ferraro, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat-Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Assisted Living (Elliot Greenebaum, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Call for program and times.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "John Szarkowski," John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Richard B. Woodward and Sandra McLeod, 1998) Thurs 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m. In conjunction with "Belles Lettres," Jack Stauffacher, Printer (Jim Faris, 2002) Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens for free.
THURSDAY (April 7): It's out, out talking candle as a fairy tale series opens with Jean Cocteau's lovely Beauty and the Beast (France, 1947) noon.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), 338-2486 and http://womensfilmfestival.us for this program. Free.
FRIDAY (April 8): The San Francisco Women's Film Festival screens here for three days. Tonight, two short films by Jacqueline Goss, including How to Fix the World <>6:30 p.m. Mind If I Call You Sir (Guzman) 7:30 p.m. Voices of Dissent (Daniels) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 9): Women's Film Festival -- "Student Shorts" 1 p.m. "Lesbian Films" 3 p.m. Women Who Make Movies (Foster and Dixon) 5 p.m. A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries (Lopez) 7 p.m. A reception for filmmakers 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 10): Women's Film Festival -- "Student Shorts" 1 p.m. A rough cut of a work in progress by Robyn Dettman 2:15 p.m. "The Mix," films from SFSU, other campuses, and around the world 3:15 p.m. "Women in Resistance," sponsored by S.F. Women Against Rape 5 p.m. Neither Milk, Nor Yogurt (Jain) 7 p.m. Mission Movie (Swenson) 7 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Join in The Chorus (Christopher Barratier, 2004) 5:30 p.m. Drink till you're Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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. Alfred Hitchcock provides the films for April's series.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 8-10): An old woman disappears in Hitchcock's excellent comedic thriller The Lady Vanishes (U.K., 1938; 5:40, 9:20 p.m. ), while Joan Fontaine wonders if she can trust husband Cary Grant in Suspicion (1941; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m. ).
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (April 6): A program of "Lost Films From the Academic Archive of North America" screens 16mm works produced for teaching purposes, dating from 1930-77. Introduced by curator/historian Geoff Alexander 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 7): "We Cannot Exhibit It," a program of videos by Pierre-Yves Clouin, includes My Levitating Butt and I've Got Mouths All Over 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 8): A Fridays-in-April series of "trailer trash" movies continues with a program of "White Trash Trailers," coming attractions for films like Preacherman Meets Widderwoman from 1970-84 7:30 p.m.
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