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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
SUNDAY (Dec. 11): "Yiddish American Theatre of the 1930s" -- Theater historian Joel Schechter shows film clips of Yiddish puppet plays of the Depression, and klezmer musician Gerry Tenney sings songs from the time. Free 3 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.
FRIDAY: "Three suburban dads become filmmakers in search of the meaning of life" in Ward Powers' documentary One ... the Movie (2005), premiering here tonight. See Opening for review; $25 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: The premiere of David (Hoosiers) Anspaugh's The Game of Their Lives (2005), about a miracle 1950 U.S. soccer team. See Opening for review; $15 8:45 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: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 9-15): 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 7): An "Alive@9th Street" series offers a program of "Cultural Secrets" 7 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.
FRIDAY: When Sam Peckinpah tells you Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974; 7 p.m.) you'd better listen! The last of the director's major achievements, and a suitably nihilistic close to a great run, it screens with The Killer Elite (1975; 9:15 p.m.), the first of his later attempts to whip something of interest out of studio leftovers.
SATURDAY: "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of early Japanese films, screens Hiroshi Shimizu's Mr. Thank You (1936), a slice of lifestyles of bus passengers traveling across Japan 5:20 p.m. Kinuyo Tanaka is The Dancing Girl of Izu (Heinosuke Gosho, 1933), another journey film, this one with a shabby dance troupe. Live musical accompaniment by Mark Izu and friends 7 p.m. Isuzu Yamada's an ambitious switchboard operator in the big city of Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936), one of the director's best prewar films 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- The series closes with Mizoguchi's companion piece to Osaka Elegy, the tale of geisha Sisters of the Gion (1936) 5 p.m. Yasujiro Ozu's comedy of suburban mores, What Did the Lady Forget? (1937) 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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. $7 save as noted.
THURSDAY (Dec. 8): Thrillville's "Holiday Tiki Monster Mash" screens the Japanese monster mash Mothra (Ishiro Honda, 1961), about a giant caterpillar, two tiny girls, and nature's way. A new print is promised, as is live music by the Maikai Gents, featuring the Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 13): The Parkway's "Audience Appreciation Night" expresses its gratitude with Akira Kurosawa's tale of a bandit turned hero, Yojimbo (1961). 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: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 6:30 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. A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A Michael Powell series screens A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven, Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1946), with aviator David Niven's life in the balance in a heavenly court. A new print is introduced in person by its 91-year-old cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, who's very much alive and still working. $10 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
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