Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $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. Please note that Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, which had been scheduled to open here Nov. 23 in the Act's printed calendar, is playing at the Balboa instead.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 2-8): Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (Dec. 1): International ANSWER screens two new films about Venezuela, Con los Pueblos de la Tierra (With the Poor of the Earth, Marta Harnecker, Chile), a favorable biography of Hugo Chavez, and Voices of Venezuela (Gloria La Riva), interviews with members of Chavez's social projects 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 3): An Other Cinema screening of Hans Fjellestad's documentary about Tijuana culture, Frontier Life, preceded by a half-hour set of video and performance from the area 8:30 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (Robert Greenwald, 2005) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m. A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7:10, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A three-week samurai film festival opens with a new print of Masaki Kobayashi's excruciating (in a good way, it's a great film) Harakiri (Japan, 1962) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.


1275 Walnut (between Eunice and Rose), Berkeley, (510) 644-6893 and for venue; for information on this program. $7. This city venue is inside Live Oak Park.

THURSDAY (Dec. 1): Antero Alli's latest DV feature, The Greater Circulation (2005), inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend." Artist in person 8 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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: Blank American landscapes over which figures scramble feature in both the wrong-man thriller North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959; 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.) and the student revolutionary Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970; 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m.), two films otherwise without much in common.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 2-8): Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (Susan Kaplan, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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): Forget Conan, follow Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August, Denmark/Sweden, 1988), screening through Dec. 23. Max von Sydow stars as a struggling farmer. "First showing" of this 150-minute movie at 6:30 p.m.


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kicked out of Hogwarts, Chris Columbus has to pay the Rent (2005) 6:45, 9:20 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. Please note that Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, scheduled to be playing here this week in the Lumiere's printed calendar, is showing at the Balboa instead. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dorian Blues (Tennyson Bardwell, 2005). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 2-8): Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: "Touchtone," an evening devoted to experimental films employing telephones, dials up Eric Saks' answering-machine Dirt (2004) and an anthology of crank calls, Don From Lakewood (Saks and Patrick Tierney, 1989). Plus more, including Golan Levin's Dialtones: A Telesymphony (2001) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free screening of Marcel Pagnol's witty play of a worm turning, Topaze (Louis Gasnier, France, 1933) 5:30 p.m. "Selling Democracy," a series screening U.S. government films made for European audiences promoting the Marshall Plan, offers "Strength for the Free World," anti-communist movies including The Hour of Choice, Without Fear, and Struggle for Men's Minds (all 1951-52) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Sam Peckinpah's elegiac tribute to rodeo life, Junior Bonner (1972; 7 p.m.) screens with his Cornwall horror-show Straw Dogs (U.K., 1971; 9:05 p.m.), a suitable companion to the same year's A Clockwork Orange in the rape and revenge survivalist art movie sweepstakes.

SATURDAY: The PFA's newly selected senior curator, Susan Oxtoby, inaugurates her reign with a "Curator's Favorite," Alexander Dovzhenko's ravishing Earth (U.S.S.R., 1930), an ode to soil by one of Russia's great directors 2:30 p.m. "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of early Japanese films, screens the legendary experiment A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926), the subjective experiences of a janitor on a mission to save his wife in an insane asylum 7 p.m. Isuzu Yamada plays a woman who sacrifices everything for love in Kenji Mizoguchi's The Downfall of Osen (1935) 8:35 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- "Foreigner bars" and Christian schoolgirls meet in Hiroshi Shimizu's Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933) 2 p.m. Isuzu Yamada plays a famed star caught up in scandal in Actress (Kinugasa, 1947) 4 p.m. Kinugasa's experimental drama of a naive brother and sister, Crossroads (1928) 6:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Three by Jonas Mekas" are the veteran experimentalist's re-edits of old footage Travel Songs (filmed 1967-81, edited 2003), Williamsburg, Brooklyn (filmed 1949-50, edited 2002), and Mysteries (filmed 1966, released 2002) 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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. $7 save as noted.

TUESDAY (Dec. 6): Christmas in the Clouds (Kate Montgomery, 2001), a romantic comedy set at a Native American-owned ski resort, screens as a fundraiser for Edna Brewer Middle School 6:30 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 6:45, 9:10 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005) 8:50 p.m. The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005) 9:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Three autograph-collecting, basketball-packing fans ride mountain bikes across country en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame in True Fans (Dan Austin, 2005). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Michael Powell series screens David Farrar and a giant bottle of whiskey in the wartime drama The Small Back Room (Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1949) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.

SUNDAY: A restored print of the beautifully photographed (by Jack Cardiff) "Himalayan gothic" Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947). Critic Kenneth Turan in person 4, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: Jenni Olson's The Joy of Life (2005) argues for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Deaf musician Evelyn Glennie is profiled in Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2005) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of Britain, documented in D.A. Pennebaker's apostrophe-less classic Dont Look Back (1967) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Four Newport Folk Festivals, 1963-67, unfold in Festival (Murray Lerner, 1967) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6 & 7): "Dharma bum" Mark Bittner seeks truth and finds The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2003). Bittner and Irving in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Killer" Kane is the New York Doll (Greg Whiteley, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 7:15 p.m. Quality of Life (Benjamin Morgan, 2005) 9:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Dec. 1): "Down in New Orleans," a film series set in the landscape formerly known as the Big Easy, screens Interview With the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994) noon.

TUESDAY (Dec. 6): Independent Television Service and KQED preview Almost Home (2005), documenting nursing home life 6 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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: Aviator David Niven's life is judged in the supernatural war romance A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1946; 7:30 p.m.), screening with This Happy Breed (David Lean, U.K., 1944; 5:25, 9:25 p.m.), Noel Coward's screenplay about an ordinary English family between the wars.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Carmen Miranda's American debut, Down Argentine Way (Irving Cummings, 1940; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:20 p.m.), a Fox musical top-lining Don Ameche and Betty Grable, screening with the Elizabeth Taylor horse opera National Velvet (Clarence Brown, 1944; 5:15, 9:15 p.m.).


2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

SUNDAY (Dec. 4): Jamie Foxx stars as convict and author Stan "Tookie" Williams in Redemption (Vondie Curtis-Hall, 2004), screening as a benefit for those trying to prevent Williams' impending execution. Danny Glover, Kevin Epps, and Williams co-author Barbara Becnel in person. $10 5 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 30): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival continues a series on blacklisted screenwriters with Sahara (Zoltan Korda, 1943; 6 p.m.), a desert-set war drama with Humphrey Bogart and Rex Ingram, penned by Hollywood Ten member John Howard Lawson; and Edgar G. Ulmer's offbeat Mexican western The Naked Dawn (1955; 8 p.m.), expanded by screenwriter Julian Zimet from a short story by Soviet author Maxim Gorky. Separate admission.

FRIDAY (Dec. 2): S.F. Cinematheque presents a program of work from the LLTR ("Lesbians to the Rescue") collective, including Linda Benglis' Now ("layers of self images to challenge notions of agency, temporality and polymorphous autoeroticism"), Ulrike Müller's Mock Rock ("mirrors the social experience of loneliness in the cultural conditionality of nature"), and more 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 4): A program of "Post Future Retro Performance Works by Women" includes Patty Chang's Untitled (Eels), mixing montage and "endurance art," and Megan Michalak's Nightshade, combining "circus arts with an unsettling comment about the formation of identity." Michalak in person 7:30 p.m.

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