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: Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): What's this? The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1991).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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. See our Showtimes page for the Aquarius' regular listings.
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.
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 (Oct. 20): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $3, free for exhibitors 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 22): A rare screening of the hard-to-see Otto Preminger oddity Skidoo (1968), a would-be psychedelic comedy with such decidedly unhip specimens as Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing, presented by Skidoo expert Christian Divine with relevant short films for context 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 23): Don't miss "Ms. Films," a program of "short films by independent women" from the Ms. Films Festival 2005 Northwest Tour. $6 7 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.
DAILY: A predatory fish terrorizes Australia in Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004), continuing through Oct. 27. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Sequins (Eleonore Faucher, France, 2005). See Opening for review noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7, 8:45 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 19): "Promiscuous Cinema: Evidence Is Everywhere," recent work by CCA-trained filmmakers, plus live performance 5:30, 7:30 p.m.
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 continues with Barbara Stanwyck, in her third film, as a border-town Mexicali Rose (Erle C. Kenton, 1929; 2:30, 5:10, 8 p.m.) and as a Shopworn (Nick Grinde, 1932; 3:45, 6:30, 9:20 p.m.) waitress in love with a society boy.
THURSDAY: A Black Moon is rising in Roy William Neill's voodoo thriller (1934; 8:15 p.m.), screening with the "Romeo and Juliet with tommy-guns" gangster film The Guilty Generation (Rowland V. Lee, 1931; 6:30, 9:35 p.m.) with Robert Young as the son of Italian mobster Boris Karloff.
SATURDAY: A horror series opens with a double bill of Jacques Tourneur's stylish original Cat People (1942; 3, 7 p.m.) and Paul Schrader's lamentable remake by the same name (1982; 12:45, 4:30, 8:30 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Another double bill of original and remake, in this case both remarkable works -- The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby, 1951; noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.) and John Carpenter's nihilist revisioning, The Thing (1982; 1:45, 5:30, 9:15 p.m.).
MONDAY: Tod Browning's original Dracula (1931; 7 p.m.) screens with Gloria Holden as Countess Zaleska, aka Dracula's Daughter (Lambert Hillyer, 1936; 8:30 p.m.), "the first lesbian vampire movie."
TUESDAY: Karl Freund's atmospheric The Mummy (1932; 7 p.m.) plays well with The Wolf Man (George Waggner, 1941; 8:30 p.m.). Ron Chaney, the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr. ("Larry Talbot"), will introduce the latter.
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. 21 & 22): The Warriors come out to play in this screening of Walter Hill's stylized 1979 gangland classic. On Saturday, live entertainment features a "Gang Land War Zone" 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. $5.
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.) 5, 7:15 p.m.; also Thurs 10 a.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 21-27): Garçon Stupide (Lionel Baier, Switzerland, 2004). 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. 22): Tom Forman's 1923 version of the oft-filmed western classic The Virginian stars Kenneth Harlan as the man's man who asks, "Smile when you say that." It screens with footage of the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway (1898) and Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin Caught in a Cabaret (Normand, 1914). Greg Pane at the piano 7:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org; 552-5950 for advance tickets to this program (recommended). $10.
SATURDAY (Oct. 22): An "Alive@9th Street" series offers a program of "Home Movie Heroics," home movies viewed and discussed by a panel of filmmakers. Also screening are relevant shorts by Jay Rosenblatt (I Used to Be a Filmmaker) and Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural) 7 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005) 6:45, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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: The PFA continues its "Dr. Atomic Goes Nuclear" series with Bruce Conner's appropriation of the U.S. Navy's gorgeously terrifying footage of the 1946 Bikini Atoll atomic detonation, Crossroads (1976; 7:30 p.m.), followed by Dennis O'Rourke's exposé of American use of nearby islanders as radiation targets, Half-Life: A Parable for the Atomic Age (Australia, 1985; 9 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka lectures and screens three of his very short "metric films" of the 1950s and his first movie in 26 years, the "metaphysical film" Poetry and Truth (2003) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Dr. Atomic" -- A four-part 1992 miniseries by Adam Curtis (The Power of Nightmares), Pandora's Box looks at misapplied science from five-year plans to DDT 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Elem Klimov's tribute to his wife, director Larissa Shepitko, Larissa (U.S.S.R., 1982), and his completed version of a film she'd begun, Farewell (U.S.S.R., 1982), about a village evacuated for a dam 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Peter Delpeut's Diva Dolorosa (Netherlands, 1999) re-edits surviving Italian silent melodramas into one diva-driven movie 4 p.m. A genuine diva film, Tigre Reale (Giovanni Pastrone, Italy, 1916) stars Pina Menichelli as a Russian countess having an affair 5:35 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Alternative Requirements" offers experimental films from Bay Area schools, including Learn Welding at Home (Brendan Bock and Sabina Nieto) and An Old School Presentation (Van Troi Pang) 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. 20): The Chainsaw Mafia Film Festival promises local indie horror films plus a "hot zombie dance troupe," the Living Dead Girlz. $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 25): The Parkway's "Audience Appreciation Night" presents the "apocalyptic Valley Girl vs. Zombies epic" Night of the Comet (Thom Eberhardt, 1985). Free 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: Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Overture (Itthisoontorn Vichailak, Thailand, 2005) 6:30, 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jeunet's latest, A Very Long Engagement (France, 2004) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005) and Separate Lies (Julian Fellowes, U.K., 2005). Call for times.
FRIDAY: A documentary series spotlighting camera operator/director Joan Churchill (here in person) opens with the widely seen and influential Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Churchill and Nick Broomfield, 2003) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Female soldiers take basic in Soldier Girls (Broomfield and Churchill, 1981) noon. A "Master Class" with documentarians Joan Churchill and Alan Barker. $15 2:30 p.m. The delightful romantic fantasy I Know Where I'm Going (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1945) 4, 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Powell's early drama of a marginal community of fisherfolk, The Edge of the World (U.K., 1937), screens with a short film narrated by John Gielgud, An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941) 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.
WEDNESDAY: 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 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 20-26): Pack your bags for the Zombie Honeymoon (Dave Gebroe, 2005). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Thom Anderson's remarkable essay about the city of angels on film, Los Angeles Plays Itself (2004) 7:30 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:15 p.m. The Goebbels Experiment (Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft, Germany, 2004) 7 p.m. Jacques Richard's interesting study of the complicated cinéaste Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque (France, 2004) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 21-27): Proteus (David Lebrun, 2004), painstakingly animating the sea-life drawings of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919). See Opening for review. Plus Lebrun's short film of unrolled Tibetan scrolls, Tanka Tanka 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): What's in the box? An interactive presentation of The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell (2003) screens through Nov. 18 Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.
THURSDAY: A feature-length look at Paul Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (John Walker, 1990) 4 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, a panel discussion and screening of My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann (Jane Reed, 2005), with filmmaker and other experts on Gutmann's work. $10, includes reception 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: In the Koret Center, My Eyes Were Fresh screens daily through Nov. 18 Fri, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Thurs 4, 7:30 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. 19): San Francisco's American Institute of Architects' continuing "Architecture and the City" series screens Lise Swenson's locally made Mission Movie (2004). Filmmaker in person 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 25): KQED co-sponsors a new monthly screening series of programs drawn from the PBS "Independent Lens" series. Tonight, reactions to racial stereotypes drive the locally produced Race Is the Place 6 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $10.
SUNDAY (Oct. 23): "Malaria sucks!" is the message of SurfAid International, a humanitarian group, which screens Wave of Compassion as an aid in stopping the spread of the disease in the Mentawais Islands. The area is prime surfing territory as well, and the film includes surfing footage. Also screening is Jack Johnson's surf and music film The September Sessions (2003). See www.surfaidinternational.org for more 7, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 19): The "Mission Views Film Series" screens a program of locally made movies by Pepe Urquijo. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 20-22): Two gay garbagemen suffer a rift when Joe Dallesandro falls for "androgynous waif" Jane Birkin in a rare film by famed singer Serge Gainsbourg, Je T'aime moi Non Plus (I Love You No More, France, 1976). $8 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 23): Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka lectures on "Metaphoric Films" and screens his classic critique of tourism, Unsere Afrikareise (1966), and his new film, Poetry and Truth (2003) 7:30 p.m.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle returns with a 16mm film noir series that recurs like a misty dream. On Oct. 20, Jeffrey Hunter attempts to forcibly displace Dana Andrews from Ann Francis' life in Brainstorm. This sounds like a case for Cannon, which is good, as the actor William Conrad directed this 1965 (late for noir) film. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com. ... The eighth annual United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) takes place Oct. 19-23 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, with a program of 32 films and videos on topics from whales to Iraq. For more info, see www.unaff.org.
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