TUESDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Mae West's debut steals the show in the speak-easy drama Night After Night (Archie Mayo, 1932; 2:30, 5:25, 8:25 p.m.), co-billed with Allison Skipworth as Madame Racketeer (Alexander Hall and Henry Wadsworth Gribble, 1932; 4, 7 p.m.). George Raft stars in both.
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 new print of Sergio Leone's mythical superwestern, Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy/U.S., 1968) 8 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:30 p.m.
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.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org for venue; www.latinofilmfestival.org for the International Latino Film Festival, screening here this week. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 16): Mapuche filmmaker Jeannette Paillán in person with her film The Veil of Berta (Chile, 2005), about Mapuche Indian resistance to a Chilean dam. $5; no one turned away for lack of funds 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 17): The International Latino Film Festival screens Failing Grades (Nicolas López Fernández, Chile), a comedy about a teenage comic-book fan. $10 7 p.m. Samba music is explored in Everything Blue (Jesse Acevedo, Brazil). $10 9:10 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 18): International Latino Film Festival -- Scribble's Creations (Kathy Huang), about the colonias, unincorporated settlements along the Mexican border, and Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano (Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba/U.S.). Filmmakers in person. $10 7 p.m. A Colombian noir, The Art of Losing (Sergio Cabrera). $10 9 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.
DAILY: Chicken Little (Mark Dindal, 2005) Wed & Tues 4:30, 6:15 p.m.; Thurs & Fri 4:30, 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; Sat 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; Sun 1:45, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.; Mon 5 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: Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy/Spain, 1975) 4, 6:45, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 18-24): Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005). Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com 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.
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
150 Eureka (near Market), 863-4434 and www.mccsf.org. "A house of prayer for all people; a home for queer spirituality."
THURSDAY (Nov. 17): Discuss weighty issues in the gay community with the film Do I Look Fat? (2004) and director (Travis Mathews) and men featured in the movie 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 19): A shorts program finds Charlie Chaplin enjoying life on Easy Street (1917), Tom Mix enjoying Local Color (D.W. Griffith, 1916), Roscoe Arbuckle enjoying Fatty's Tin Type Tangle (1915), and newlywed Buster Keaton surviving One Week (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1920) 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.
THURSDAY: "Selling Democracy," a series screening U.S. government films made for European audiences promoting the Marshall Plan, offers "True Fiction," fiction films and documentaries with a strong admixture of drama, including Let's Be Childish! (1950) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Sam Peckinpah series screens the legendary and still-dynamic end-of-the-west western The Wild Bunch (1969) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of silent Japanese films, screens Heinosuke Gosho's much-praised musical comedy The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931), Japan's first all-talking film 5 p.m. Yasujiro Shimazu's slice-of-life Our Neighbor, Miss Yae (1934) 6:30 p.m. Seijun Suzuki re-creates the late 1920s in a ghost story full of sexual intrigue, Zigeunerweisen (1980) 8:10 p.m.
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