Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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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: Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 20-26): After Innocence (Jessica Sanders, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 18): Jacques Nolot wrote, directed, and starred in L' Arrière-Pays (1998) as an actor who returns to his village after his father's death 6 p.m.

THURSDAY (Jan. 19): "Magic and Cinema: The Man in the Moon Has a Headache" is a program of the splendidly imaginative short films of Georges Méliès, made in the late 1890s to the early teens, with live music by the Ahl-I Nafs. Films include The Untameable Whiskers, The Living Playing Cards, and many more. $10 7 p.m.

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 (Jan. 19): Amnesty International screens State of Fear (Pamela Yates, Peru/U.S., 2005), on the war against the Shining Path guerrillas that convulsed Peru in the 1990s 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Jan. 20): The world premiere of Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq? (Valerie Mih and Don Richards, 2006), a half-hour documentary about anti-war people in the military, including a general, national security experts, and war veterans. $10-40 admission includes a DVD of the film; no one turned away for lack of funds. See Night & Day Friday, Page 20, for more 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 21): And speaking of our Iraq policy, "Filthy Filthy Puppets" is a night of film, video, and live performance featuring puppets and other objects. Films include Fine Dishes 4 Fine Bitches (Xander Marro). $5; puppets admitted free, $1 off for puppeteers 8 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Balboa revives the hugely popular, six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003). Separate admission. Part 1 Wed 3:45 p.m.; Thurs noon, 7:30 p.m. Part 2 Wed noon, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs 3:45 p.m. On the Balboa's other screen, cheetahs prove fleetah in Duma (Carroll Ballard, U.S./South Africa, 2005) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 8:55 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

MONDAY: A "Noir City" series opens here with the first of four straight evenings devoted to films from 1946. Tonight, William Gargan is an adulterous cop who witnesses a murder in Night Editor (Henry Levin; 2:35, 5:35, 9 p.m.) and George Raft pages through a dead Lothario's little black book in Nocturne (Edward Marin; 3:55, 7 p.m.).

TUESDAY: "Noir City" -- From 1946, a murder at an ice carnival causes Suspense (Frank Tuttle; 1:20, 5, 9 p.m.) while a train wreck everyone denies happened leads to Pat O'Brien's Crack-Up (Irving Reis; 3:15, 7 p.m.).

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for Berlin & Beyond. $8 regular admission, $9 for Berlin & Beyond 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: The Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films concludes here today with Namibia Crossings (Liechti, Switzerland) 12:30 p.m. Horst Buchholz ... My Papa (Germany) by Christopher Buchholz, the late actor's son 2:30 p.m. North Wind (Oberli, Switzerland) 4:30 p.m. Til Schweiger's Barefoot (Germany) followed by the Closing Night Party. $15 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Al Pacino goes Cruising (William Friedkin, 1980) 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 20-26): Return to Bareback Mountain with the new documentary Gay Sex in the '70s (Joseph Lovett, 2005). See Opening for review 12:30, 2:15, 4, 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: 2005 only felt like the end of the world -- see Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, U.K., 1964) for the real deal. "Starts at dusk."

STARTS MONDAY: Dirk Bogarde melts in the sun in Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice (Italy, 1971), through Feb. 26. "Starts at dusk."

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings. $5-10 sliding scale.

SUNDAY (Jan. 22): A tribute to Fernando Alegría, a Chilean writer/poet and Bay Area resident who died last October, includes a showing of Viva Chile M...! (Uwe Blesching, Chile, 2004), about his life and work 7:30 p.m.

LARK

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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tristan and Isolde (Kevin Reynolds, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Thurs 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

LUMIERE

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: Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 20-26): After Innocence (Jessica Sanders, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.

SATURDAY (Jan. 21): Ralph Lewis and Claire McDowell star in the silent drama Westbound Ltd. (Emory Johnson, 1923), screening with the shorts Getting Acquainted (Charles Chaplin, 1914), with Chaplin and his wife encountering burly Mack Swain and wife Mabel Normand in a park, and the good Harold Lloyd comedy His Royal Slyness (Hal Roach, 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.

WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt convenes with an "Introduction to Film Language" 3 p.m. A "Weird America" series opens with Derailroaded (Josh Ruben, 2005), tracing the rise and fall of outsider musician Wild Man Fischer 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with a comedy, Hideko the Bus Conductress (1941; 7 p.m.), the first of Naruse's 17 films with the future star Hideko Takamine, here a teenager. It screens with the great Kinuyo Tanaka as a struggling bar hostess in Ginza Cosmetics (1951; 8:15 p.m.).

FRIDAY: The six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003) makes it to the East Bay. Part 1 3 p.m. Part 2 7 p.m.

SATURDAY: Two by Naruse -- A thoughtless young actor precipitates disaster in The Song Lantern (1941) 7 p.m. A young archer struggles for mastery in A Tale of Archers at the Sanjusangendo (1945) 8:55 p.m.

SUNDAY: The eighth annual Bay Area High School Film and Video Festival screens works by local teens noon, 2:30 p.m. Married couple Setsuko Hara and Ken Uehara drift apart in Repast (Naruse, 1951) 5:30 p.m. Kinuyo Tanaka is a widow trying to make a go of the family dry-cleaning business in the nonsentimental, very affecting Mother (Naruse, 1952) 7:25 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Scholar Jeffrey Skoller lectures on "Making History in Avant-Garde Film" and screens Ernie Gehr's Eureka (1974), a rephotographing of a 1900s film record of San Francisco's Market Street, and Leandro Katz's El Dia Que Me Quieras (The Day You'll Love Me) (1998), an essay on Che Guevara's deathbed photograph 7:30 p.m.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; www.noircity.com and (800) 838-3006 for "Noir City," the fourth San Francisco Film Noir Festival, here this week. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $10 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: An evening of "San Francisco Noir" features Lee J. Cobb as The Man Who Cheated Himself (Felix Feist, 1951), in thrall as he is to Sea Cliff matron Jane Wyatt 7:30 p.m. Richard Conte and Valentina Cortese play tick-tack-toe on bare skin in the excellent Thieves' Highway (Jules Dassin, 1949), shot in part in the city's produce district 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: A tribute to John Garfield screens a new print of Nobody Lives Forever (Jean Negulesco, 1946), with Garfield a con who reforms for war widow Geraldine Fitzgerald 7 p.m. Garfield takes the Bogart role in a six-years-later remake of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: Gig Young is tempted by Martin Scorsese's personal print of City That Never Sleeps (John Auer, 1953) 7:30 p.m. Crook Paul Henreid and psychiatrist Paul Henreid are identical twins, and decide to swap identities to reunite their estranged parents (no, that's not right), in Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely, 1948) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Bay Area writers read from noir classics by Hammett, Chandler, Ellroy, and others, with clips of film adaptations as illustration, at "Noirquake." $5-20 sliding-scale admission 3 p.m. Sean Penn in person with his depressing neo-noir The Pledge (2001), starring Jack Nicholson as a burnt-out cop. Following the film, Penn introduces his favorite noir from the classic era 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: An afternoon of Cornell Woolrich adaptations screens Deadline at Dawn (Harold Clurman, 1946) as a sailor struggles to clear his name 1 p.m. A boy (Bobby Driscoll), the only witness to a murder, is pursued by the killers in The Window (Ted Tetzlaff, 1949) 3 p.m. Charlie Haden & Quartet West play an evening of noir-themed tunes in "A Night in Noir City." $35 8 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.

TUESDAY (Jan. 24): This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984) turns it up to 11 as a benefit for grass-roots education organization Heroes. $7 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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005) 7:15 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 9:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: "For Your Consideration," a selection of Oscar submissions from various nations, screens here for two weeks. Tonight, The Land Has Eyes (Hereniko, Fiji) 6:45 p.m. Mother of Mine (Härö, Finland) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- On the Other Side (Loza, Mexico) 6:45 p.m. Gie (Riza, Indonesia) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

FRIDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Obaba (Armendáriz, Spain) 7 p.m. Ruins (Burger, Slovenia) 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Gie 1 p.m. Say Good Morning to Dad (Vargas, Bolivia) 4 p.m. What a Wonderful Place (Halfon, Israel) 6:30 p.m. On the Other Side 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- The Tin Mine (Maligool, Thailand) 1 p.m. Shop of Dreams (Urbla, Estonia) 3:15 p.m. Obaba 5:45 p.m. Say Good Morning to Dad 8 p.m.

MONDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Ruins 6:45 p.m. The Tin Mine 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- What a Wonderful Place 6:45 p.m. Shop of Dreams 9 p.m.

RED POPPY ART HOUSE

2698 Folsom (at 23rd Street), www.redpoppyarthouse.org for venue, (510) 464-4640 and www.verticalpool.com for program. $6-12.

THURSDAY (Jan. 19): Indefatigable local artist Antero Alli's latest feature-length video, The Greater Circulation (2005), based on Rainer Maria Rilke's Requiem for a Friend. Filmmaker in person 7, 9 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: The life of a 17-year-old Thumbsucker (Mike Mills, 2005) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: The story of a musician too sensitive for audiences, A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (Jeroen Berkvens, Netherlands, 2000) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A 3-D porn film from the Boogie Nights era, The Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy (Norm dePlume, 1977) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Wim Wenders' poetic and angelic Wings of Desire (Germany, 1988) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 24 & 25): Tanzanian fishermen suffer Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, Austria/Belgium, 2004) and soon we all will. See Night & Day Tuesday, Page 23, for more 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE FILM CENTER

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 this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: April's Shower (Trish Doolan, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 20-26): Coachella (Drew Thomas, 2005); see Night & Day Monday, Page 23, for more 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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

DAILY (Closed Wednesday): 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.; also Thurs 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.

THURSDAY (Jan. 19): A film series devoted to "The Beats" screens The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Christopher Felver, 1996), with the poet and publisher discussing the role of dissident literature in the U.S. noon.

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.

THURSDAY (Jan. 19): "mind, body, tea," a two-week series that opens the YBCA's new year, screens a "beautiful meditation on wholeness, tradition and finding one's place in an increasingly troubled world," Monte Grande: What Is Life? (Franz Reichle, 2005), on the life and "non-linear thought" of Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela 7:30, 9:15 p.m.

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