MONDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- Congressman Lee Tracy finds corruption on the Washington Merry-Go-Round (James Cruze, 1932; 6:30, 9:30 p.m.), while a group of boys play at war in the slums in another fine Borzage film, No Greater Glory (1934; 8 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Columbia Pre-Code -- Constance Cummings manages boxer Ben Lyon in Big Timer (Buzzell, 1932; 8 p.m.), while Fay Wray is The Woman I Stole (Irving Cummings, 1933; 6:30, 9:30 p.m.), with Jack Holt as the "I" and Donald Cook as the husband in this entertaining Moroccan-oil-field-set melodrama.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Eight Tales," a weekend midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 14 & 15): How do you solve a problem like Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001) in this, the digital generation's Sound of Music? On Saturday, live entertainment features "Stalker Olympics" midnight.
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): Federico Fellini's impressionist portrait of his Roma (Italy, 1972) screens through Oct. 31. "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (Oct. 18): The truth will out in this 1996 episode of Nova, Einstein Revealed (Peter Jones) 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Greatest Game Ever Played (Bill Paxton, 2005) is the Greatest Film Ever Made! (Well, maybe not.) Wed 5, 7:15 p.m.; Thurs 4:30, 6:45, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Hawaiian Legacy," "an evening of hula, music and film," features Keepers of the Flame (Eddie and Myrna Camae, 2004), a documentary on three Hawaiian women (Mary Kawena Pukui, Iolani Luahine, and Edith Kanaka'ole) who helped preserve the culture. $15 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The Greatest Game Ever Played Sat 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 2:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: The Greatest Game Ever Played 7 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: Three Dancing Slaves (Ga&emul;l Morel, France, 2004) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 14-20): Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for (required) reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
SATURDAY (Oct. 15): A short-subject program includes Edwin S. Porter's cheesy Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1905), Ben Turpin as A Clever Dummy (Ferris Hartman and Robert Kerr, 1917), Charlie Chaplin as The Property Man (Chaplin, 1914), The Water Plug (1920) with Billy Franey, and the classic Two Tars (James Parrott, 1928) with Laurel & Hardy. Joe Rosenberger at the piano 7:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
SATURDAY (Oct. 15): Filmmaker Bruce Conner curates selections from the "A and B Sections of the Canyon Cinema Catalog" 8 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.
WEDNESDAY: Shamelessly appealing to Berkeley opera composer John Adams' fan base, the PFA continues its "Dr. Atomic Goes Nuclear" series with Jon Else's documentary on J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Day After Trinity (1981), screening with clips from Else's work in progress, Wonders Are Many, a documentary on Adams' Oppenheimer opera 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The women's film festival MadCat programs animated documentaries on "history redrawn," including How to Fix the World (Jacqueline Goss, 2004), which sounds like mandatory viewing 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Dr. Atomic" -- Bell of Nagasaki (Hideo Oba, Japan, 1950), the first Japanese film on the atomic attack on Japan 7 p.m. Toshiro Mifune plays a patriarch determined to flee a prospective war in Akira Kurosawa's hard-to-see I Live in Fear (Japan, 1955) 8:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: A restored, uncensored version of Elem Klimov's three-hour epic of the rise and fall of the legendary monk Agonia -- Rasputin (U.S.S.R., 1975) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Dutch documentary series continues with Jos de Putter's The Damned and the Sacred (2002), about a children's dance troupe in Chechnya 4 p.m. Peter Delpeut's The Forbidden Quest (1993) fictionalizes arctic exploration footage 5:30 p.m.
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