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, $9.50. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus drawings for valuable and coveted prizes) on weekends. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 3 & 4): Jeff Bridges fights the future in Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1981) midnight.


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

WEDNESDAY (March 1): A 35-year-old encyclopedia saleswoman has an affair with Tony Todd in Le Secret (Virginie Wagon, France, 2003) 6 p.m.


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

THURSDAY (March 2): International ANSWER screens the legendary classic about a New Mexico mining strike Salt of the Earth (Herbert Biberman, 1954) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 3): Living Room: Space and Place in Infoshop Culture (Liz Simmons and Courtney Kallas, 2005) looks at the info-shop phenomenon of alternative public spaces across the U.S. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 4): ATA's Other Cinema presents the films of the late Canadian collagist Arthur Lipsett, whose works (Very Nice, Very Nice; Fluxes) have been meticulously preserved and restored by the Global A group 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.

WEDNESDAY: The Documentary Film Institute screens a program of 2006 Academy Award-nominated documentaries here today. Single admission for all films. March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France) noon. A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson) 1:40, 6:30 p.m. God Sleeps in Rwanda (Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman) 4, 8:50 p.m. Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper) 4:30, 9:20 p.m. Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro) 7:10 p.m.

THURSDAY: A farewell performance by the Sprocket Ensemble, which for years has played original music to animated films and which is now moving to Europe. $10 separate admission to each show. "Toones and Tunes" screens classic animated films from Joie de Vivre (Anthony Gross and Hector Hopkin, U.K., 1934) to the present 7 p.m. "Ideas in Animation," live scores to contemporary films from Russia to America 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A return of the uncensored pre-Code shocker Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933; 1:40, 5:05, 8:30 p.m.; also Sun 1:40 p.m.), screening with William Wellman's excellent thriller Night Nurse (1931; 3:35, 7 p.m.; also Sunday 12:10 p.m.). Both star Barbara Stanwyck, unleashed.

SUNDAY: The Balboa's "Oscar Party" offers you a chance to dress up as your favorite nominated movie star (expect lots of cowboys and Capotes). Live music. $10. Doors open 3:30 p.m. On-screen Oscars 5 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 6-9): All four "Oscar Short Documentary Films" with intermission between pairs. Single admission for both pairs. The Death of Kevin Carter (Dan Krauss) and God Sleeps in Rwanda 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 p.m. The Mushroom Club (Steve Okazaki) and A Note of Triumph 2:55, 5:45, 8:35 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $9 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: An Alfred Hitchcock double bill of the cheerful Rear Window (1954; 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.) and the nightmarish Frenzy (U.K., 1972; 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 4:35 p.m.)

FRIDAY: Diana Ross stars as a fashion goddess in the rarely screened Mahogany (Berry Gordy, 1975) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: A "Tribute to Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker" with the documentary legends in person. See for more. Down From the Mountain (Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, Pennebaker, 2001). Free noon. Town Bloody Hall (Hegedus and Pennebaker, 1979). Free 2 p.m. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948). Free 4:15 p.m. Dont Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967) and Monterey Pop (Pennebaker, 1968). $10 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Castro Loves Oscar" with a live screening of the Academy ceremony, plus pre-show trivia, prizes, and champagne. Come dressed as your favorite cowboy. Program benefits End Hunger Now. Advance tickets at, $20 5 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 6-8): A new print of Hitchcock's unchallenging charmer To Catch a Thief (1955) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.


Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330 and for venue; for information on this program. $10 save as noted.

THURSDAY (March 2): A two-day "Tribute to Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker" opens with Only the Strong Survive (Chris Hegedus and Pennebaker, 2002). Free 5 p.m. A Musical Adventure in Siberia With Sarah Caldwell (Leacock and Valérie Lalonde, 2000) and Lulu in Berlin (Leacock and Susan Woll, 1984). Leacock and Lalonde in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 3): A Stravinsky Portrait (Leacock and Rolf Liebermann, 1966) and shorts. Free noon. Company: Original Cast Album (Pennebaker, 1970). Free 2 p.m. Les Oeufs a la Cocque de Richard Leacock (Lalonde and Leacock, 1991). Free 4 p.m. Leacock's short Chiefs (1968) screens with a Leacock-Pennebaker collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, One P.M. (1971). See Night & Day Friday, Page 21, for more 7:30 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: Life's out of balance but the Philip Glass music isn't in the city symphony Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982), screening through March 26. Starts at dusk.


Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, The Bureau of Jewish Education presents a monthly Jewish film class, a free public program with discussion.

TUESDAY (March 7): Axel Corti's TV film Young Doctor Freud (Austria, 1976) 7 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: Street Fight (Marshall Curry, 2005); see Opening for review 6:30 p.m. Walk the Line (James Mangold, 2005) 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005) 4:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY: The "Academy Awards at the Lark" offers glamour and food from local restaurants. Dress Hollywood style. $55, $65 reserved seats. Doors 4 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (March 3): Michael Fox hosts the CinemaLit spring season. Tonight, a special early time for a "Pre-Oscar Award Party," with Oscar ballot voting 5:30 p.m. A book event features David Kipen, author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History; see Night & Day Friday, Page 21, for more 6 p.m. A musical series commences with Michael Curtiz's joyfully patriotic Yankee Doodle Dandy (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942), with James Cagney 7 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a calendar house rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cowboy del Amor (Michèle Ohayon, 2005) 2, 4:45, 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 3-9): Go for Zucker (Dani Levy, Germany, 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: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Jean Renoir's beautiful The River (India/U.S., 1951) 3 p.m. "Hybrid Autos," a program of experimental films about cars, includes Kustom Kar Kommandos (Kenneth Anger, 1965) and The World's Fastest Hippie (John Knoop, 1975) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The 2006 Women of Color Film Festival opens with "Stepping Out," a shorts program including Sparrow Village (Christine Choy, 2003). Free 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Women of Color -- A free "Workshop With Christine Choy" 1 p.m. "Long Story Short" includes A Good Scratch Is Hard to Find (Lisa Fotedar Miller, 2004) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Women of Color -- The classic documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? (Christine Choy and Renee Tajima, 1988) 5:30 p.m. "Confronting What Was," a shorts program including Sleepwalking (Angela How, U.S./Singapore/Australia, 2005) 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: Women of Color -- "I Have Seen," shorts including an Egyptian mother's decision about female circumcision, Tahara (Sara Rashad, 2005) 1 p.m. "Teach the Children: Works by Christine Choy" 3:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Vantage Points," a documentary series by women, opens with Threads of Belonging (Jennifer Montgomery, 2003), a re-creation of R.D. Laing's therapy methods in a Milwaukee experimental household 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.

SUNDAY (March 5): The Parkway's "Annual Oscar Bash" on two screens. Barely Legal Productions holds forth downstairs while Thrillville presents skits and contests upstairs. $15. Doors open 4 p.m.

TUESDAY (March 7): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of Rehearsal (Tyler and Nathan Logan Hanley), about actors in an isolated cabin rehearsing for a horror film. Filmmakers and surviving cast members in person 9:15 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, 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: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m. The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Fateless (Lajos Koltai, Hungary, 2005) 8:30 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 9:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, 2005) 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Buddhist teacher Robert Hall, age 66, reflects on his childhood sexual abuse and its effects on his life in Downpour Resurfacing (Frances Nkara, 2003). It screens with Touch (Jeremy Podeswa, Canada, 2001), a short drama on the same theme. Discussion follows 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The history of SoCal's salty sump is traced in Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, 2005). Metzler in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Quality of Life (Benjamin Morgan, 2005), a locally filmed drama about two graffiti artists and their fates. Morgan in person at evening screenings 7, 9:30p.m.; also Sat-Sun 2, 4 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Oil be seeing you at Syriana (Stephen Gaghan, 2005) 7, 9:35 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth! (Robert Taicher, 2006) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. CSA: The Confederate States of America (Kevin Willmott, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 3-9): Street Fight (Marshall Curry, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Stones and Flies: Richard Long in the Sahara (Philip Haas, 1988) 2 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: A new daily program begins today and runs through May 21. "Early Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915" 2 p.m. An interactive presentation, Making Sense of Modern Art: Magritte and Surrealism 3:30 p.m. American Masters: Alexander Calder (Roger Sherman, 1998) 4 p.m.; also 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.

WEDNESAY (March 1): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of Trudell (Heather Rae, 2004), about the Native American activist John Trudell. A panel discussion follows 6 p.m.

THURSDAY (March 2): An "Escape to Alcatraz" series opens with Lee Marvin as a revenge-driven con in the splendid Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) noon.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cowboy del Amor (Michèle Ohayon, 2005) 2:20, 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 3-9): Go for Zucker (Dani Levy, Germany, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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 Thursday.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 3-5): Crazed Humphrey Bogart seeks the Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:25 p.m.), while heroic Humphrey Bogart battles Nazis on his fishing boat in To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, 1944; 5:40, 9:45 p.m.).


2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, for venue; for this program. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $9.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (March 2-4): Spike and Mike's 2006 edition of their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation takes up residence here through April 29 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 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 (March 1): GreenCine presents "Marlow's Cabinet of Curiosities," Jonathan Marlow's presentation of rare experimental animation by Yuri Norstein, Ladislas Starewicz, Georges Méliès, Jifií Trnka, and others. $7 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 5): Jeffrey Skoller discusses the use of history in avant-garde film and introduces the movies Chile, Obstinate Memory (Patricio Guzmán, 1997), about the filmmaker's return to his land of exile, and Cooperation of Parts (Daniel Eisenberg, 1987), about Eisenberg's return to Europe, where his parents had survived the Holocaust 7:30 p.m.

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