THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Reel S.F. -- Gene Hackman has a bug up his ear in the sound-editing classic The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974; 2:45, 7 p.m.), with sound-editing master Walter Murch in person at the evening show Thursday, schedule permitting. Also, Richard Lester's great study of a fragmenting relationship, Petulia (1968; 12:40, 4:55, 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic, the acclaimed The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941; 1:30, 5:10, 8:55 p.m.), and the more obscure, but franker, The Maltese Falcon (aka Dangerous Female, Roy Del Ruth, 1931; 3:30, 7 p.m.), with Humphrey Bogart and Ricardo Cortez, respectively, as Sam Spade. Noir expert Eddie Muller introduces the films Saturday evening, Hammett expert Don Herron on Sunday.
SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Mary Pickford stars as a cigarette girl in working-class San Francisco in the silent Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (Marshall Neilan, 1918), screening with Charlie Chaplin In the Park (1915) and Fatty and Mabel at the World's Fair (Roscoe Arbuckle, 1915) 11:30 a.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Reel S.F. -- Robert Mitchum takes the wrong road in Jacques Tourneur's classic noir Out of the Past (1947; 2:55, 7 p.m.), screening with Joan Crawford experiencing Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952; 12:45, 4:50, 8:55 p.m.) from husband Jack Palance.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org, $12 admission for the S.F. International Film Festival 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.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the San Francisco International Film Festival screens The Ax (Costa-Gavras, France, 2004; 7 p.m.) with party to follow. $85. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
FRIDAY: A double bill of the juvenile-delinquent drama High School Caesar (O'Dale Ireland, 1960; 7, 10:45 p.m.) and an oddball horror film, The Fat Black Pussycat (Harold Lea, 1963; 8:45 p.m.).
SATURDAY: A double bill of the original (stolid, with one good campy catfight) Valley of the Dolls (Mark Robson, 1967; 2, 7 p.m.) and the deliberately lurid Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer, 1969; 4:30, 9:35 p.m.).
SUNDAY: SFIFF screenings of Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, France) noon. Touch the Sound (Riedelsheimer) 3:30 p.m. Pursuit of Equality (Callan and Show) 6:30 p.m. The Last Mitterrand (Guediguian, France) 9:15 p.m. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Marilyn Monroe stars in two quintessentially 1950s comedies, The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955; 12:30, 4:45, 9:15 p.m.) and How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco, 1953; 2:45, 7 p.m.), which is actually more fun.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "8 Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $7.
DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 677-8688 and www.sfsu.edu/~modgreek/filmfestival05.htm for information on this program. The annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 35mm prints as a benefit for the Modern Greek Studies Foundation. $15.
THURSDAY (April 21): Delivery (Nikos Panayotopoulos, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 22): Love is sought "in all the wrong places" in Playing Part (Panayotis Portokalakis, 2003) 7:30 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 Mondays): It's that sprite again -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001), screening through May 7 8, 10 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (April 26): Grimme Award director Dr. Ulrich Spies introduces "The Best of German TV," offering Grimme Award winners The Rapoports (Sissi Hüetlin and Britta Wauer, 2004), about a couple who live through key 20th-century events, and Martin Luther King Ein Staatsverbrechen, on the conspiracy it says was behind King's death 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
THURSDAY (April 21): An update on the doings of Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (MST), MST March to Brazilia (2005). $5-20 donation 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.
THURSDAY: Guess Who (Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 2005) 6:30, 8:30 p.m.
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.
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