SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), 338-1629. Free; $3 donation requested.
FRIDAY (May 12): STUFF, the Senior Thesis Undergraduate Film Festival, screens student films including Jeff Kent's Down Hill, Juan Alcazar's Peruvian Girl and Tyler Wintermute's The 50 6 p.m. SHATTUCK
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Beauty Academy of Kabul (Liz Mermin, U.K., 2004) 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 12-18): Take My Eyes (Icar Bollan, Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman plays Sinclair Lewis' noble doctor Arrowsmith (John Ford, 1931; 7:30 p.m.) in a prestige production more Sam Goldwyn than Ford. It screens with Colman as a gentleman thief in Raffles (Harry D'Arrast and George Fitzmaurice, 1930; 6:05, 9:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Raffles 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A silent double feature offers Colman as a kilted Scottish doctor wooing Blanche Sweet in The Sporting Venus (Marshall Neilan, 1927; Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.). Colman then plays the son of millionaire George Arliss, who decides to live on Twenty Dollars a Week (F. Harmon Weight, 1924; Sat 8:55 p.m., Sun 3:25 p.m.). Live organ accompaniment by Clark Wilson.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Minnelli's thoughtful psychiatric drama The Cobweb (1955; 7:30 p.m.) it's the one about the drapes screens with the entertaining marital comedy Designing Woman (1957; 5:20, 9:45 p.m.).
3543 18th St. (at Guerrero), 621-4969 and www.sfindie.com for S.F. Doc Fest programming. $10.
FRIDAY (May 13): DocFest, the 5th Annual San Francisco Documentary Festival, screens here this weekend and next. Today, Mind Over Matter (Gerow) 3 p.m. Pizza! The Movie (Dorian) 5 p.m. Unauthorized and Proud of It (Davidov) 7 p.m. Punk Like Me (Merck) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 14): Letters From the Other Side (Courtney) 1 p.m. "Snapshosts" (shorts) 3 p.m. Cracked But Not Broken (Perrier) 5 p.m. The Future of Pinball (Maletic) 7 p.m. The comedian discusses extra-terrestrials in Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (Sereda) 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (May 10): Four youths try to crack the national lottery in Imunga Ivanga'sDlé (Gabon, 2001). $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (May 11-13): Flashback to the 1960s with a selection of "Legendary Light Shows" returning to San Francisco screens images that once graced Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and other shows. It's a great night for spotting gray-haired men in ponytails! 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 14): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Questions Concerning Technology?," a program of experimental work including Kerry Laitala's Orbit, Caspar Stracke's Zuse Strip, Gibbs Chapman's Push Button: A History of Idleness & Ignorance, and more. Artists in person 7:30 p.m. Red Label Rice Wine (Mia Chen) and Farewell 1999 (Nana Wu) 7:30 p.m.
The Pacific Film Archive is on hiatus through May 24.
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