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: Three Dancing Slaves (Ga&emul;l Morel, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 14-20): Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): All three dimensions (glasses provided) of that '70s show Disco Dolls in Hot Skin (Norm De Plume, 1978), said to be the tri-D Casablanca.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 12): Lou Castel and Jean-Pierre Leaud are the grumpy old men of La Naissance de l'amour (France, 1993), co-directed by Philippe Garrel and the great cinematographer Raoul Coutard, who had shot Leaud back in his salad days as the Nouvelle Vague's boy mascot 7 p.m.
853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. $5.
SUNDAY (Oct. 16): This "cozy, red-lighted den" hosts live music and burlesque and a screening of a Frisky Frolics documentary 8 p.m.
430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8 for this midnight series. "Midnight Moovies" continues, with Bunny the Cow hosting a pre-film show with prize giveaways and cartoons/TV programs on Saturdays only. There will be additional screenings Saturdays and Sundays "around noon" (call for more info). See our Showtimes page for the Aquarius' regular listings.
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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.
FRIDAY (Oct. 14): "Summon the Meteors," a program of experimental video and sound from the Albuquerque A/V outfit 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 16): Amnesty International presents "Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire," a program devoted to the Somalia reportage of the independent community TV station HomAfrik, and that includes a presentation by scholar Natoschia Scruggs 5 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Overture (Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak, Thailand, 2004) 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 7, 9:10 p.m. A double bill of The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Judd Apatow, 2005; 1 p.m.; also Wed 5:10, 9:20 p.m.) and Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005; 3:10 p.m.; also Wed 7:20 p.m.).
THURSDAY: The Devil Music Ensemble plays live music for the comedy western Big Stakes (Clifford Elfelt, 1922) for $10 at 7 p.m., and for F.W. Murnau's vampire classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) for $15 8:45 p.m. Both films $20. See Urban Experience, Page 25, for more.
STARTS FRIDAY: Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.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: A series of pre-Code films from Columbia Pictures opens with Bebe Daniels as a free-loving artist enjoying The Cocktail Hour (Victor Schertzinger, 1933; 2, 5, 8 p.m.). Nancy Carroll is the Child of Manhattan (Edward Buzzell, 1933; 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 p.m.), a pregnant taxi dancer who marries a millionaire. From a play by Preston Sturges.
THURSDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- An airplane-themed bill finds Humphrey Bogart an aviator in Love Affair (Thornton Freeland, 1932; 6:30, 9:20 p.m.) and Evelyn Knapp a TWA Air Hostess (Albert S. Rogell, 1933; 8 p.m.), with James Murray of The Crowd as her husband.
FRIDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- An unknown classic by the great romantic Frank Borzage, Man's Castle, 1933; 6:30, 9:30 p.m.), finds Spencer Tracy a macho free spirit torn between the freedom of hopping a train and Loretta Young. Cabbie Pat O'Brien finds Virtue (Buzzell, 1932; 8 p.m.) in Carole Lombard she didn't know she had.
SATURDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- Wisecracking comedy team Burt Wheeler and Robert Woolsey send up the then-popular travelogue genre in So This Is Africa (Eddie Cline, 1933; 2:45, 5:15, 8 p.m.), hitting pay dirt with a tribe of blond Amazons. Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, and Marie Prevost are Three Wise Girls (William Beaudine, 1932; 3:55, 6:30, 9:15 p.m.) seeking their fortunes, or at least survival.
SUNDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- Fay Wray's a lawyer and not what you think in Ann Carver's Profession (Buzzell, 1933; 2:15, 5:10, 8 p.m.), screening with "the most Socialist studio movie ever from Hollywood's Golden Age," Mills of the Gods (Roy William Neill, 1934; 3:40, 6:30, 9:20 p.m.), with Wray again, as an heiress.
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