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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka lectures on the theme "The Edible Metaphor," presenting examples to "see, feel and smell" 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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 13): Will the Thrill's annual "Horror Host Palooza" features in-person appearances by televisual impresarios John Stanley, Ms. Monster, Doktor Goulfinger, Son of Ghoul (from Cleveland), and others, plus a "double bill straight out of grindhouse hell," Dracula vs. Frankenstein (Al Adamson, 1971) and Astro-Zombies (Ted V. Mikels, 1968). $10 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 16): COLAGE, an advocacy group for the children of gay and lesbian parents, screens In My Shoes: Stories of Youth With LGBT Parents, with a post-film discussion promised. Call 861-5437 or see www.colage.org for more 3 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 18): The "World Re-Premiere" of John Stanley's Nightmare in Blood (1976), about a horror film actor who's a real vampire basking at a fan convention 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; www.mvff.com and (925) 866-9559 for the Mill Valley Film Festival. $9 for regular Rafael programs, $10 for MVFF programs 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: The 29th Mill Valley Film Festival continues here with The Fakir (Flinth, Denmark) 4 p.m. 5@5: "Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat" (shorts) 4:45 p.m. It's Henry James in a hot tub in The Californians (Parker) 6 p.m. iThemba/Hope (Murren and Walker) 7:15 p.m. The classic ballet drama The Red Shoes (Powell and Pressburger, U.K., 1948) 8:30 p.m. One Love (Elgood and Letts, U.K./Jamaica) 8:45 p.m. Homeland (Grossman) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: MVFF -- Pelican Man (Helminen, Finland) 4 p.m. 5@5: "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (shorts) 5 p.m. Dallas Among Us (Pejo, Hungary) 6 p.m. A "Tribute to Jean-Pierre Jeunet" $20; tribute and reception $75 7 p.m. Need (Nilsson) 7:15 p.m. Accidents (Sanchez, Popovic, and Trupia, Italy) 8:15 p.m. Frozen Land (Louhimies, Finland) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: MVFF -- Lepel (Van de Sande, Netherlands) 4:15 p.m. 5@5: "Tangled Up in Blue" (shorts) 5 p.m. Drum (Maseko, U.S./South Africa) 6:15 p.m. Dalecarlians (Blom, Sweden) 6:30 p.m. The Milk Can (Kresling) 7:15 p.m. Round Trip (Paci and Torri, Italy) 9 p.m. Video Out (Vlachos and Finkelstein) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: MVFF -- "Short Films for Little People" 10 a.m. Max and Josef: Double Trouble (Leijonborg, Sweden) 10:15 a.m. "Sweet and Sick" (films by teens) 11 a.m. Accidents 12:15 p.m. Lisa Gay Hamilton's tribute to the great Beah Richards, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 12:30 p.m. Amelie (Jeunet, France, 2001) /i>1:15 p.m. Frozen Land 2:45 p.m. Highway Courtesans (Brabbeé, U.S./India) 3 p.m. "A Toon for the Misbegotten" (animation) 4:15 p.m. 5@5: "Simple Twist of Fate" (shorts) 5 p.m. Ellektra (Mestdagh, Belgium) 5:30 p.m. A "Tribute to Donald Sutherland" includes clips, an onstage interview, and the new Pride and Prejudice (Wright, U.K.) $20; tribute and reception $50 7 p.m. Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (Spiro and Bernstein) 7:15 p.m. Ushpizin (Dar, Israel) 8:30 p.m. The Milk Can 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: MVFF -- The Incomparable Miss C. (Ciupka, Canada) 11 a.m. Round Trip noon. My Nikifor (Krauze, Poland) 12:15 p.m. Bye-Bye Blackbird (Savary, Luxembourg) 1:30 p.m. Press On (Grisman) 2:30 p.m. Pelican Man 2:45 p.m. Bride of Silence (Doan and Doan, Vietnam/Germany) 4 p.m. The closing-night film, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, includes an in-person tribute to Jeff Daniels. $20 film only, $65 film and party to follow 5 p.m. Ushpizin 5:15 p.m. Paradise Now (Abu-Assad, Netherlands) 6:45 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. Brick (Johnson) 7:45 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Also screening, The Overture (Itthisoontorn Vichailak, Thailand, 2005). Call for times.
MONDAY: A tribute to Jean-Pierre Jeunet screens his trip to Hollywood, Alien: Resurrection (1997) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: The brilliant (if visually murky) fantasy The City of Lost Children (Jeunet and Marc Caro, France, 1995) 7 p.m.
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.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 18 & 19): The dead rise to the crest of the wave in "Brain Eating Surf Movie Night," a program of shorts "combining horror and surfing." See www.aquasurfshop.com for more 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, 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.
THURSDAY: Cochise County, Ariz., is the site of a wave of illegal immigration, documented in Cries From the Border (Mercedes Maharis, 2005). Filmmaker in person 7, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (Oct. 13): Dr. Evelyn Hooker, who campaigned successfully to have the American Psychiatric Association remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is profiled in Changing Our Minds (Richard Schmiechen, 1992) 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
MONDAY & TUESDAY: What's in the box? An interactive presentation of The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell starts this week 2:30 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 and occasional other days. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 12): San Francisco's American Institute of Architects' continuing "Architecture and the City" series screens Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect (2003), a profile of his famous father, Louis 6 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $6.
SUNDAY (Oct. 16): The Foggy Eye Film Festival screens short films and music videos including Tesla, Baby Oil, and Exposing Headshots: Hip Hop Below Zero. Plus live music by Foreign Telegram. See www.epiproductions.com for more 7 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 12): California Newsreel begins a new series, "African Metropolis," with a double bill of excellent short features by the late Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambety, Le Franc (1994) and a lovely film about a crippled news vendor, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999). $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 13): A program of recent works by photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank includes Paper Route (2002), a portrait of artist Sam Yu (2000), and a film about aging, True Story (2003) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 14): S.F. Cinematheque presents the first of two programs by avant-garde humorist Owen Land with screenings of his 1970s shorts Remedial Reading Comprehension, Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc., and more 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 16): More recent works by Owen Land -- The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter, New Improved Institutional Quality, and others, including his work in progress, Undesirables 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 18): Marie Chouinard's Cantique #1 is a highlight of this program of "Innovative Canadian Dance Films." $7 7 p.m.
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