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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WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): The Latino Film Festival screens Cinema Dali (Josep Rovira and Xavi Figueras, Spain, 2004), a documentary about the artist's experiments in cinema, many of which are hitherto unseen 7 p.m.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Dorothy and friends pay a visit to The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): Two knights duel an ogre in the no-budget medieval fantasy Le Monde Vivant (Eugene Green, France, 2003) 7 p.m.
853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. This "cozy, red-lighted den" offers drinks, live music, and occasional film programs. $5.
THURSDAY (Oct. 27): "Growing Social," a "Fluxus Variety Night with experimental film, music, and mix tape exchange" 9 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 Saturday and Sunday "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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 27): Dziga Vertov's camera eye is trained on Soviet city life in The Man With the Movie Camera (U.S.S.R., 1930), screening with a live score by Dr. Prisoner: The Brain, "coupling atonal tape-loop soundscapes to drum-and-bass music" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 28): The Man With the Movie Camera repeats, this time with "noise metal mayhem" from the Zag Men 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 29): A program devoted to "Incredibly Strange Religion" screens fundamentalist clips depicting Burning Hell, condemning Disney Perversion, evoking Holy Laughter, and touring Underground Cities of Mars (!). Free mulled wine 8:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A predatory fish terrorizes Australia in Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004) noon. Sequins (Eleonore Faucher, France, 2005) noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7, 8:45 p.m. Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U.K., 2005) 1:55, 3:40, 5:25, 7:20, 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: Tab Hunter Confidential actor/author Hunter in person signing his new autobiography 6 p.m. Hunter chats with co-author Eddie Muller 7:30 p.m. Hunter romances Francine Fishpaw in John Waters' Polyester (1981), screening in Odorama (cards provided for $2) 8:50 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 & THURSDAY: A horror series continues with a double bill of the still-powerful Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931; 7 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.) and the campier Bride of Frankenstein (Whale, 1935; 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 5:30 p.m.).
FRIDAY: "Shock It to Me," three days of "Creature Features" fare with live TV horror hosts "guiding you into this world of the beyond." A triple bill of English Hammer Horror films offers The Creeping Unknown (Val Guest, 1955; 7 p.m.), with Dr. Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) investigating a destroyed space flight. Peter Cushing is the doctor at large in The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher, 1958; 8:45 p.m.) and then tries to fend off The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker, 1970; 10:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: "Shock It to Me" -- A matinee of George Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (1968) also features the creepy cartoon Cobweb Hotel 1 p.m. Then John Stanley hosts a double bill of The Horror of Party Beach (Del Tenney, 1964; 7 p.m.) -- monsters versus Jersey shore surfers -- and his own Nightmare in Blood (1976; 9 p.m.), about a legendary horror star who really is a vampire. Finally, a late-night screening of Roman Polanski's art comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Shock It to Me" -- A triple bill of Vincent Price thrillers, The House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960; 1:15 p.m.), the all-star comedy The Comedy of Terrors (Jacques Tourneur, 1964; 2:50 p.m.), with Lorre, Karloff, and Rathbone, and the black comedy The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, U.K., 1971; 4:30 p.m.). Then, Russ Tamblyn hosts a double bill of Tourneur's excellent Curse of the Demon (U.K., 1957; 7 p.m.) and Robert Wise's classy The Haunting (1963; 9 p.m.), co-starring Tamblyn, Claire Bloom, and Julie Harris.
MONDAY: Theater closed for private event.
TUESDAY: A double bill, sans hosts, of Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965; 7 p.m.), with Carol Lynley claiming her daughter has disappeared to skeptical detective Laurence Olivier, and Roman Polanski directing and starring as The Tenant (France, 1976; 9 p.m.).
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. 28 & 29): The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1991). Live entertainment Saturday only offers a "Halloween Fun-Fest" 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Federico Fellini's impressionist portrait of his Roma (Italy, 1972). "Starts at dusk."
STARTS TUESDAY: Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) screens through Nov. 27. "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
FRIDAY (Oct. 28): The Goethe's monthly "Happy Hour" offers a reception with snacks at 5 p.m. followed by Florian Flicker's Der Überfall (Germany, 2000). "Drei bekannte österreichische Schauspieler stellen ihre Schauspielkunst in einer ausgelassenen schwarzen Komödie mit überraschender Wendung unter Beweis." Nuff said! 6 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8.
DAILY: North Country (Niki Caro, 2005) Wed & Thurs 5, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:25 p.m.; Sat 4:15, 7, 9:25 p.m.; Sun 5:15, 7:45 p.m.; Mon 7:30 p.m.; Tues 7:15 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: Garçon Stupide (Lionel Baier, Switzerland, 2004) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 28-Nov. 3): Kamikaze Girls (Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MARIN CENTER SHOWCASE THEATRE
3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2005 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex through Nov. 12. $10.75.
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. 29): Max Schreck stars as the undead Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, Germany, 1922), while Felix the Cat Switches Witches (Otto Messmer, 1927) in what sounds like essential holiday viewing, accompanied as the program is by a four-instrument combo 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.
WEDNESDAY: The PFA continues its "Doctor Atomic Goes Nuclear" series with Sidney Lumet's straight version of Dr. Strangelove, a sober scenario of apocalypse, Fail Safe (1964) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Dutch documentarian Peter Delpeut's Lyrical Nitrate (1990) samples surviving film fragments dating from 1905 to 1915 and screens with two long shorts paying tribute to the archival impulse 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Doctor Atomic" -- The glamorous damned take up residence On the Beach (Stanley Kramer, 1959) as Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins await the end of the world Down Under (it's over everywhere else) 7 p.m. Arch Oboler counts backward to Five (1951), his take on the handful-of-survivors genre 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Elem Klimov's satiric Sport, Sport, Sport<</i>/b> (U.S.S.R., 1971; 5:45 p.m.) parodies the Olympics; his Come and See (U.S.S.R., 1985; 7:30 p.m.) is a harrowing re-creation of World War II hell. SUNDAY: "Doctor Atomic" -- Ron Randell is The Most Dangerous Man Alive (Allan Dwan, 1961) as an irradiated gangster with a grudge. This ended Dwan's career, which went back to the teens, and is the film within the film being remade in Wim Wenders' The State of Things 5:30 p.m. MONDAY: Theater closed. TUESDAY: "New York City," a group of four 2004 shorts by Ernie Gehr, includes Workers Leaving the Factory (After Lumière) and Noon Time Activities 7:30 p.m. PALACE OF FINE ARTS 3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org for venue; www.sfjazz.org for information on this program and 776-1999 or www.tickets.com for tickets to this event. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $22-32. WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): The San Francisco Jazz Organization presents the "Silent Films of Fatty Arbuckle" with live jazz accompaniment by Dave Douglas & Keystone. Pre-show talk on "Silent Film and Jazz" at 6:30 p.m. Films include Fatty and Mabel Adrift (Arbuckle, 1916), which, according to composer Douglas, has "all the innocence, absurdity and action that made Arbuckle one of the finest early actors and directors" 7:30 p.m. PARKWAY 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. WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): By satellite the Discovery Channel presents Ghana: The Presidential Tour (2004), centering on President John Kufuor's tour through his own country. $10 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY (Oct. 27): Trivia and prizes accompany a Reel Cult Freakout screening of Joel Schumacher's teen vampire film The Lost Boys (1987). $6 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: Separate Lies (Julian Fellowes, U.K., 2005) 6:45, 9 p.m. Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Overture (Itthisoontorn Vichailak, Thailand, 2005) 8:45 p.m. Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004) 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m. THURSDAY: A Michael Powell series continues with his early drama of a marginal community of fisherfolk, The Edge of the World (U.K., 1937), screening with a short film narrated by John Gielgud, An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941) 7 p.m. STARTS FRIDAY: Mill Valley filmmaker Melissa Painter's new movie, Steal Me (2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films. SUNDAY: The striking, original A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1944), about the hunt for a "glue man" who pours mucilage in women's hair 4, 7 p.m. RED VIC 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: Zombie Honeymoon (Dave Gebroe, 2005) 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. THURSDAY: Independent Exposure's "Halloweird 2005" offering screens a multinational program, including Abusive Parental Guidance Suggested (Matt Kovalakides, USA), Memento Mori (Jossie Mals, Spain), and How to Cope With Death (Ignacio Ferreras, U.K.). $8 7:15, 9:15 p.m. FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Who says all the good men are taken? Steve Carell is The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Judd Apatow, 2005) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m. SUNDAY: Who says all the good men are taken? Johnny Depp is a 40-year-old virgin in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, 2005) 2, 4:25, 7, 9:25 p.m. MONDAY: Closed for candy snatching. TUESDAY: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, 2005) 7, 9:25 p.m. ROXIE 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: Forty Shades of Blue (Ira Sachs, 2005) 6 p.m.; also Wed 1 p.m. Proteus (David Lebrun, 2004) 8 p.m.; also Wed 3 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 4:15 p.m. Thom Anderson's remarkable essay about the city of angels on film, Los Angeles Plays Itself (2004) 7:30 p.m. STARTS FRIDAY: Make It Funky! (Michael Murphy, 2005). See Opening for review. All proceeds for this film go to Louisiana Rebirth, an organization devoted to rebuilding New Orleans culture 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50. DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Through Nov. 18 -- What's in the box? An interactive presentation of The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell (2003) Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m. My Eyes Were Fresh Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 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. THURSDAY (Oct. 27): Word! A "Billionaire Boys Club" series on "robber barons of the 20th century" profiles Bill Gates noon. STANFORD 221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday through Wednesday. THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Leslie Howard is "demmed elusive" as The Scarlet Pimpernel (Harold Young, U.K., 1934; 7:30 p.m.), while mousy Roland Young is H.G. Wells' The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Lothar Mendes, U.K., 1936; 5:55, 9:20 p.m.). SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Barry Jones is a peace-loving scientist who threatens to detonate an A-bomb in London in John Boulting's Seven Days to Noon (U.K., 1950; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:55 p.m.), billed with the best of many adaptations of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (Rene Clair, 1945; 5:40, 9:15 p.m.), literally voting people off the island. YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens two movies in a "Jews and the Blacklist" program. Abraham Polonsky's energetic Romance of a Horse Thief (1971) is a very good film presenting a "tougher" picture of Eastern European Jews than is normal. $7 6 p.m. This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942), a key early noir scripted by W.R. Burnett and (future blacklistee) Albert Maltz. $7 8 p.m. FILM NOTES This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle returns with a 16mm film noir series that recurs like a misty dream. On Oct. 27, Tod Browning's bizarre carnival Freaks (1932). 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.
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