Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, S F Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 5): A French documentary, Paradis (Marie-Hélne Rebois, 2004) films the modern dance of choreographer José Montalvo 6 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 (July 6): International ANSWER puts the case for Cuba as a haven for gay rights with Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba, 1994) with report and discussion to follow. Before Night Falls is so not showing 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 8): The independent film series Death by Tealight presents what it says is its final program, including Catherine Czacki's In the Hall of the Mountain Gods and more 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 9): A screening and discussion of Fair Trade products shows Buyer, Be Fair (John de Graaf, 2005) with discussion with de Graaf and representatives of TransFair USA to follow. RSVP to email@example.com. Free 7 p.m.
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: Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 1, 3:45, 7, 9:35 p.m. In Theatre 2, a double-bill of The Break-Up (Peyton Reed, 2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Keeping Up With the Steins (Scott Marshall, 2006; 3:35, 7:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
THURSDAY (July 6): Gathering Remnants (Kendall Nelson, 2005) documents the lives of America's last genuine cowboys 6 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
DAILY: The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) screens through July 13 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org; 292-1278 to register for this event. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SUNDAY (July 9): "Behind the Scenes," a preview of the 2006 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, offers clips from forthcoming films screening at the 26th annual SFJFF. Executive director Peter Stein and program director Nancy Fishman host. See www.sfjff for more. $30 2-6 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Time share" takes on a new meaning in the real estate romance The Lake House (Alejandro Agresti, 2006) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SUNDAY (July 1): See the Final game of the 2006 Soccer World Cup on the Lark's big screen. Advance purchase recommended. $20. Doors open 10:15 a.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing opens a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 464-4640, www.mills.edu/museum. Free.
DAILY (Closed Monday): "Love and Betrayal" screens five films drawn from five decades of Bollywood cinema, all Indian film classics, playing continuously in five separate screening rooms: Mr. and Mrs. 55 (Guru Dutt, 1955), Guide (Vijay Anand, 1965), Dostana (Raj Khosla, 1980), Henna (Randhir Kapoor, 1991) and Lajja (Rajkumar Santoshi, 2001). Through Aug. 6. Screenings run 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and 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: "I Hear Music," a documentary series, screens Step Across the Border (Nicholas Humbert and Werner Penzel, Switzerland, 1990), a record of guitar genius Fred Frith's global travels 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Kumar Talkies (Pankaj Rishi Kumar, 1999), a documentary about the only film theater in a small town. Free 5:30 p.m. A program of six short documentaries about traditional life in Sicily by little-screened Italian filmmaker Vittorio DeSeta includes Islands of Fire and Peasants of the Sea (both 1955) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A peasant flees across Sicily in DeSeta's Bandits of Orgosolo (Italy, 1961) 7 p.m. A young writer descends into madness in Half a Man (DeSeta, 1965) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: I Hear Music, in this case that of famed Madagascar band Mahaleo (César Paes and Raymond Rajaonarivelo, France/Madagascar, 2004) 6:30 p.m. A revival screening of Hiroshi Teshigahara's gritty adaptation of Kobo Abe's enigmatic Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964) 8:40 p.m.
SUNDAY: A young teacher struggles in DeSeta's docudrama Diary of a Schoolmaster (1971) 3 p.m. I Hear Music Mahaleo 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Three Queens teens improvise their way through high school and this movie in Rockaway (Mark Street, 2005). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
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, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 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: The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, U.K., 2006) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Three Times (Hou Hsaio Hsien, Taiwan, 2005). See Opening for review. Also opening here is The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) Call theater for other films and times.
SATURDAY: George Lucas' one genuinely well-made, well-written and well-acted film, American Graffiti (1973) screens in conjunction with this city's 24th annual car race. Free 11 a.m.
SUNDAY: The Sundance Institute Art House Project opens a retrospective of its independent films with Allison Anders' good one about a single mom and her two troubled teens, Gas Food Lodging (1992). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dustin Hoffman finds he's a better man when he's a woman in no, sorry, wrong movie. Thieves fall out in Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa, 2005) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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 adventurous affiliate of New College.
THURSDAY: The International Working Class Film & Video Festival screens Five Factories Workers' Control in Venezuela and Where Do You Stand? Stories from an American Mill. $5 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Photographer Shomei Tomatsu is profiled in Nagasaki from a 45 Degree Angle (Nami Jodai, Japan, 2002) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 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.
TUESDAY (July 11): Executive director Peter Stein offers a "Sneak Previews," of offerings from the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 6:30 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2005) 1:30, 4:45, 8:10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 7-13): Hidden Blade (Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2004). 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 is a tribute to suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman seeks his Lost Horizon (Frank Capra, 1937; 7:30 p.m.) in this still potent example of Hollywood mysticism. It screens with Colman as an amnesiac in Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942; 5:10, 9:50 p.m. ), like Lost Horizon based on a novel by James Hilton.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The all-star spectacular Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson, 1956) features a Colman cameo as a railway official 7:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: Another all-star spectacular, The Story of Mankind (Irwin Allen, 1957; 7:30 p.m. ) stars Colman as the Spirit of Man as Judge Cedric Hardwicke and Vincent Price as the Devil debate humanity's merits in this revue of history featuring a wealth of bizarre cameos (Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc, Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton, Dennis Hopper as Napoleon). It screens with Colman as a gentleman bandit in one of his early successes, Raffles (George Fitzmaurice, 1930; 6:05, 9:30 p.m. ).
UNION SQUARE PARK
SATURDAY (July 8): S.F. native W.R. Hearst would not be pleased to see Citizen Kane (1941) still on display, let alone in his backyard. But then it's really about Welles, isn't it? BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 6): "Too Scary for DVD," a new series of rare, 35mm horror films, screens Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Italy, 1971), about a drummer pursued by a man he stabs and kills ... he thinks 7, 9:15 p.m.
Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city