Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: &Aagrave; Tout de Suite (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 24-30): 5x2 (François Ozon, France, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (June 22): A married man's affair with a young woman is the remarkably innovative subject matter of Philippe Harel's La femme défendue (France, 1997) 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.
THURSDAY (June 23): A program of "Shorts From Prague." $3 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A "Human/Nature" series opens with Whale Rider (Niki Caro, New Zealand, 2002; 3, 7 p.m.) and Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, Australia, 1971; 1, 5, 9 p.m.), both with young girls taking nature on.
SUNDAY: Animated forest gods duel in Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1997; noon, 4:35, 9:05 p.m.), and a mighty lizard stomps in the uncut original Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, Japan, 1954; 2:35, 7:10 p.m.).
MONDAY: Humanity and nature are friends in Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992; 2:30, 7 p.m.), while Buddhist monks wonder Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Yong-Kyun Bae, Korea, 1989; noon, 4:25, 8:55 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Two lightly fictionalized documentaries about tribal struggles to survive by the makers of King Kong, Ernest Schoedsack and Merian Cooper, Grass (1925; 2:05, 5, 7:55 p.m.) and Chang (1927; 12:40, 3:55, 6:30, 9:25 p.m.).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com and $8 for regular screenings save as noted; www.frameline.org and $9, $7 till 5 p.m., for Frameline29 screenings this week 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: Frameline29, the 29th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues with Original Pride (Bloom) 11:30 a.m. Same Sex America (Corra and Rule) 1:30 p.m. Gay Sex in the '70s (Lovett) 3:45 p.m. Formula 17 (Chen, Taiwan) 6 p.m. Wilby Wonderful (MacIvor, Canada) 8:15 p.m. Kiki & Herb on the Rocks (Nicholls, U.K.) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline29 -- "My Hustler" (shorts) 11 a.m. Zona Rosa (Castle, USA/Mexico) 1:30 p.m. Heroes and Gay Nazis and short by Rosa von Praunheim (Germany) /i>3:30 p.m. Take a Deep Breath (Marinkovic, Serbia) 6 p.m. TransGeneration (Simmons) 8 p.m. That Man: Peter Berlin (Tuskinski) 10 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29 -- Healing Sex (Rednour) 11 a.m. Race You to the Bottom (Brown) 2 p.m. Rugger Buggers (Thiele) 4:30 p.m. Sévigné (Balletbò-Coll, Spain) 6:30 p.m. The Journey (Pullappally, India) 8:45 p.m. Trannyshack (Mullens) 11 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 -- The animated Charlotte's Web (Nichols and Takamoto, 1973) teaches us tolerance and as such may expected to be banned in schools anytime now 11 a.m. ENDING AIDS (Jersey and Schwarz) 1:30 p.m. A certain cable show is parodied in The D Word (Dabis, Brower, and Burkle) 3:30 p.m. Tammy Faye: Death Defying (McKim) 6:30 p.m. eXposed (Doré) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline29 -- "Fun in Girls' Shorts" noon. "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 2:15 p.m. Unconscious (Oristrell, Spain) 4:30 p.m. The closing-night film is Transamerica (Tucker). Film only $20, film and party to follow $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: The Castro resumes regular programming with two days of Elizabeth Taylor vehicles, beginning with John Huston's gay-themed Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967; 7 p.m.), with Marlon Brando, and X, Y and Zee (Brian G. Hutton, 1972; 9 p.m.), with Michael Caine.
THURSDAY (June 23): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 28): The Heads Up Collective screens the immigration drama Alambrista (Robert Young, 1977), with an invocation to "wear mittens." Call for admission 7 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (June 28): A new series of films by Peter Liechti screens Hans im Glück (2003), from the Brothers Grimm original 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
THURSDAY (June 23): The International Latino Film Festival screens Step Forward (Elia Schneider, Venezuela, 2000), on the friendship between two soldiers on the Venezuelan-Colombian border. $8 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
DAILY: Look out for the paparazzi! Herbie: Fully Loaded (Angela Robinson, 2005) Wed-Fri 4:30, 7, 9 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9 p.m.; Mon 2:30, 4:30 p.m.; Tues 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: &Aagrave; Tout de Suite (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 24-30): 5x2 (François Ozon, France, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times. Terrance Gelenter hosts a special screening with a discussion, Saturday 7 p.m. For reservations, call 388-4956.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (June 24): Our own Michael Fox hosts a "June Jazz Salon" of screenings and discussions of jazz cinema. Tonight, Bix Beiderbecke's life is fictionalized in Young Man With a Horn (Michael Curtiz, 1950), with Swing Fever's Bryan Gould as guest speaker 6:30 p.m.
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, and Niles Hall, 37270 Niles (across the street), (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. The eighth annual Bronco Billy Silent Film Festival screens three days of rare movies, at two venues, the Edison Theater and Niles Hall. $5 save as noted.
FRIDAY (June 24): Edison -- A screening of David Shephard's documentary about silent film, The Age of Ballyhoo (1986), plus a program of other documentaries, "The Weird and the Wonderful." $10 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 25): Edison -- Child actress Diana Serra Cary ("Baby Peggy") introduces The Kid Reporter (Alfred Goulding, 1923) and child actress Dorothy DeBorba hosts her Our Gang short, Pups Is Pups (Robert McGowan, 1930) 10 a.m. Niles Hall -- Greta Garbo in The Kiss (Jacques Feyder, 1929) 10:45 a.m. The early westerns Drag Harlan (J. Gordon Edwards, 1920), with William Farnum, and Just Tony (Lynn Reynolds, 1922), with Tom Mix and Tony the Horse 12:30 p.m. Debut or early films by great comics include Chaplin in Making a Living (Henry Lehrman, 1914), Buster Keaton supporting Fatty Arbuckle in The Butcher Boy (Arbuckle, 1917), and more 3 p.m. A Banquet Dinner 5:15 p.m. "The Great Nickelodeon Show" re-creates early film screenings interspersed with live vaudeville. $10 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 26): Edison -- Lectures on early film history include restored versions of Chaplin's One A.M. (1916) and A Night Out (1915) 11 a.m. Niles Hall -- A salute to early serial queens includes the episode The Leap From the Water Tower from The Hazards of Helen (1914) and many more 1:30 p.m. John Ford's epic The Iron Horse (1924) 4 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
FRIDAY (June 24): A Film Arts Foundation "Open Screening" of members' works. All welcome. $3 7:30 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.
FRIDAY: Teno speaks informally at a "Salon With Jean-Marie Teno." Free 1:30 p.m. Teno's essay on life in Cameroon, A Trip to the Country (2000) 7 p.m. Teno's debut fictional feature, Clando (1996), about a young man deciding whether to flee a corrupt homeland 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Teno deconstructs the history of German missionaries in Cameroon in The Colonial Misunderstanding (Cameroon/Germany, 2004) 7 p.m. Two short films document corruption -- Head in the Clouds (1995) -- and polygamy, Alex's Wedding (2002) 9:05 p.m.
SUNDAY: A series of anime features from Japan's Studio Ghibli continues with My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999), the misadventures of a misfit family 2 p.m. Forest creatures steal your garbage in the social satire Pom Poko (Takahata, 1994) 4:05 p.m. Two children flee American firebombing in Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988) 6:25 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Total Impakt," a program of media art from the 2004 Impakt Festival in Utrecht, screens several very short (two- to six-minute) films including Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability (John and Henry Ford, Austria, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com for regular programs, and www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $5 for regular programs; $9 for Frameline29. 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 (June 22): Frameline29, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here with Is It Really So Strange? (Jones) -- about Morrissey's East L.A. Latino fans -- which replaces the previously announced Strange Fruit in the printed Frameline program 6:30 p.m. The Aggressives (Peddle) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 23): Frameline29 -- 100% HUMAN (Winterkjaer and Dalchow, Norway) 6:30 p.m. Beautiful Women (Ramesh, Germany) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 28): Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991) screens as a fund-raiser for the nonprofit women's self-defense organization Impact Bay Area. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 6:30 p.m. King of the Corner (Peter Reigert, 2004) 8:45 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 8:15 p.m. Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998) 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: An "Australian Film Roadshow" of new Antipodean cinema concludes with Black and White (Craig Lahiff), re-creating a sensational murder trial 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Ninety-year-old Dominique Aury, the Writer of O (Pola Rapaport, France, 2004), tells all 6:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: A reissue of the dour artist biopic Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, Norway, 1974), and Caterina in the Big City (Paolo Virzi, Italy, 2003). See Opening for review of the latter. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Ninety-year-old Dominique Aury, the Writer of O (Pola Rapaport, France, 2004), tells all 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: The tale of the Dalai Lama is told in Compassion in Exile (Mickey Lemle, 1992) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Meditation instructor Dean Sluyter explains the Buddhist aspects of the backward-running Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000). Next up for Sluyter, the author of Cinema Nirvana: Nolan's Batman Begins? 8 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $8 for regular programs; $9, $7 till 5 p.m., for Frameline29. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2004). $10 7 p.m.; also Wed noon, 3:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline29, the 29th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here through Saturday. Tonight, Girl Wrestler (Zander) and The Lady Is a Champ (Azaz, Israel) 6 p.m. Funny Kinda Guy (Reeves, Scotland) 8:30 p.m. "Enough Man" (shorts) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline29 -- When I'm 64 (Jones, U.K.) /i>6 p.m. Floored By Love and short by Desiree Lim (Canada) 8:15 p.m. LEFT LANE (Farinella) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29 -- Three of Hearts (Kaplan) 6 p.m. Yes, Virginia, there are Gay Republicans (Westmoreland) 8:15 p.m. "Future Shock" (shorts) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 -- Turning Points (Sampliner) 11 a.m. "Wedding Bell Blues" (shorts) 1:15 p.m. "Bitchy, Witty and Wise" (films by David Weissman) 3:45 p.m. Three country musicians find life in a trailer too confining in the narcissistic downward spiral Life in a Box (Chesley-DeMeyer) 5:45 p.m. "Luck Be a Lady" (shorts) 7:45 p.m. Night Scene (Cui, China) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 26-30): The French science-fictional Immortel ad Vitem (Enki Bilal, France, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesday): Paul Klee 11 a.m. "Photographers in Focus," a program of shorts 1 p.m. Episodes 214 and 222 (covering, we assume, key events in the posthumous career of vampire Jonathan Frid) of the TV series Dark Shadows (1967) 3 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.
THURSDAY (June 23): "Different From the Others," a series of films with the theme of homosexuality in Germany before World War II, screens Paragraph 175 (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2000), about the persecution of gays under the Nazis noon.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 12:30 p.m. Millions 2:20 p.m. A young girl and an old Maori woman become friends in Her Majesty (Mark J. Gordon, New Zealand, 2001); director in person 4:40 p.m. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood, 2004) 7:55 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org and www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $9, $7 till 5 p.m. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline29, the 29th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here. Tonight, Zero Degrees of Separation (Flanders, Canada) 6 p.m. BOTH (Barcellos) 8:15 p.m. "Dykes in the City" (shorts) 10 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline29 -- Paris Is Burning (1990) and short by Jennie Livingston 6 p.m. Is It Really So Strange? (Jones) 8:15 p.m. Surge of Power (Donahue) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29 -- The Last Day (Marconi, France) 5 p.m. Strange Fruit (Schickner) 7:15 p.m. Stryker (Gonick, Canada) 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 -- Lesbian Grandmothers From Mars (Wilson) 11 a.m. "Girls by the Bay" (shorts) 1:30 p.m. "Boys by the Bay" (shorts) 4 p.m. Race You to the Bottom (Brown) 6:30 p.m. Garçon Stupide (Baier, Switzerland) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 26): An "Anarchist Sunday" matinee series concludes with Walter Lantz's primordial Woody Woodpecker cartoon The Screwdriver (1941), plus comics Olsen and Johnson running wild in Hellzapoppin' (H.C. Potter, 1942) 2 p.m.
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