Repertory Film Listings

Opening- Darhan the Embrace (Roxie), Lower City (Shattuck), Once in a Lifetime (Lark).

Note- Lower City is also opening in either the Lumiere or Opera Plaza (TBD).

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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to

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

THURSDAY (Aug. 17): Filmmaker Tores Arturo Perez follows two friends traveling from Nicaragua to the Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (2005) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 19): Pirate Cat Radio marks a decade as an outlaw FM/Internet station with "A Night of Sound and Vision" featuring rare music videos, footage from a 1980s cable access show, and live music 8 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 p.m. ) and in Theatre 2, Woody Allen stars as the Great Splendini in Scoop (U.K., 2006; 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. ).

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and for the Tiburon Film Society, which continues a "third Thursday" film series this month.

THURSDAY (Aug. 17): Three women seek Mr. Right! (Dree Andrea, Netherlands, 2005) in this documentary about love-starved Manhattanites. $15 8 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" series hosted by Peaches Christ. $10.

SATURDAY (Aug. 19): Midnight Mass concludes its summer season with its fourth annual San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival of "outrageous" short films including Jim Hopkins' I Don't Wanna Be a Freak, Sarah Enid's Reign of the Malicious and Uphill Both Ways' Sock Puppet Porn midnight.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and $10 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: A 70mm film series screens the globe-trotting, eye-filling Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

FRIDAY: 70 mm — All the children are insane in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991) 7, 9:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: 70mm — Joshua Logan's waterlogged wartime epic South Pacific (1958) 2, 5:15, 8:30 p.m. A rare 70mm print of the prophetic computer game adventure Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982) midnight

SUNDAY: 70mm — To sit or not to sit for the four-hour run of Kenneth Branagh's uncut Hamlet (U.K., 1996), that is the question. Sleep no more 2, 7 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed for private event.

TUESDAY: A rare 70mm screening of Jacques Tati's Playtime (France, 1967), screening as it was meant to be seen with the sharpest of images. Must see viewing for any city dweller 7, 9:30 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: Any year, we have since discovered, living with Mel Gibson is a Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, Australia, 1982). Through Aug. 27 "Starts at dusk."


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: And why exactly does Al Gore want to keep Florida from sinking under water? Oh, that's right — he actually won there. Just An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Once in a Lifetime (Paul Crowder and John Dower, 2006) screens through Aug. 31. See Opening for review. Call for times.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Bridesmaid (Claude Chabrol, France, 2004) 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and, $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: Jean Arthur flees abusive husband Colin Clive in favor of romantic headwaiter Charles Boyer in Frank Borzage's excellent romance History Is Made at Night (1937), with a surprise Titanic-evoking finale 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Anuj Vaidya's deconstruction of Bollywood female suffering, Bad Girl With a Heart of Gold (2005). Vaidya in person. Also, a live "neo-benshi" performance by Rodney Koeneke remagining a scene from the Bollywood classic Pyaasa (1957) and a short film, Dancing Othello (Ashish Avikunthak, India, 2002) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Two by Kenji Mizoguchi, the drama of a switchboard operator in ultra-modern Osaka, Osaka Elegy (Japan, 1936; 7 p.m. ) and the great ghost story Ugetsu (1953; 8:45 p.m. ).

SATURDAY: Two anti-fascist dramas directed by Frank Borzage, Three Comrades (1938; 6:30 p.m. ) and The Mortal Storm (1940; 8:30 p.m. ).

SUNDAY: Borzage brings his intense romanticism to the Ernst Lubitsch-produced jewel-thief comedy Desire (1936), with Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: The lives of Muncie, Indiana, teens, recorded in the suppressed-by-PBS Seventeen (Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines, 1983) 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY (Aug. 17): The 29th anniversary of Elvis' "disappearance" is marked with a screening of Clambake (Arthur Nadel, 1967), with the King switching places with a water ski instructor ... maybe that's what really happened. Live rockabilly by Cari Lee and the Saddle-Ites. $7 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: Black in the Life, the Bay Area Black Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Film Festival, screens a program of Shorts, including Kenya Briggs' Forgiven and Lizette Vila Espina's Sexualidad. See for more. $8 3 p.m.

SUNDAY: Black in the Life — A Shorts program includes Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan (Tina Mabry). $8 2 p.m. A gay man confronts his traditional Southern family in Maurice Jamal's Dirty Laundry. $8 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (Aug. 22): Richard Donner's kid adventure The Goonies (1985) screens as a benefit for the National AIDS Marathon Training Program. $7 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, $9.50 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: Conversations With Other Women (Hans Canosa, 2005) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Dogwalker (Jacques Thelemaque, 2006) 7, 9 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m. The Oh in Ohio (Deborah Scranton, 2006) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other 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: Jack Black's the cheese in Nacho Libre (Jared Hess, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: John Hillcoat's excellent Australian western The Proposition (2005), with Guy Pierce as an outlaw trapped between an insane law and a crazier brother7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: The plight of Indian women, 1938, as seen in Deepa Mehta's Water (India, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Monica Haim's Awake Zion (2005) looks at the links between Judaism and Rasta. Filmmaker in person 7:15, 9:15 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Favela Rising (Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary, Brazil/U.S., 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:15 p.m. . On screen 2, Russian Dolls (Cedric Klapisch, France, 2005) 9:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: On Native Soil: the Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report (Linda Ellman, 2005) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. . Call for programming for screen 2.


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.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (Karen Thomas, 1999) 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! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Aug. 17): An opera series screens Rossini's Barber of Seville in the 1988 Cologne City Opera production, most likely sans Woody Woodpecker lathering up Wally Walrus (the version I remember best) noon.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Bridesmaid (Claude Chabrol, France, 2004) 1, 3:45, 7:25, 9:55 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 18-24): Lower City (Sérgio Machado, Brazil, 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series continues with the dude ranch musical Girl Crazy (Norman Taurog, 1943; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Listen, Darling (Edward L. Marin, 1938; 6:05, 9:40 p.m. ), with Freddie Bartholomew and Garland trying to land their mother (Mary Astor) a husband (Walter Pidgeon).

FRIDAY: Harold Lloyd's thrill comedy Safety Last (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923), with Chris Elliott at the organ 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Gary Cooper finds Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder, 1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:30 p.m. ) with Audrey Hepburn in Billy Wilder's poignant comedy. It screens with the Puritanical by comparison High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952; 5:55, 9:55 p.m. ).

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 22-24): Rooney and Garland appeared for the first time together in the race track melo Thoroughbreads Don't Cry (Alfred E. Green, 1937; 6, 9:20 p.m. ), screening with Garland and family putting on a show in Everybody Sing (Edward L. Marin, 1938; 7:30 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 (Aug. 16): The mothers of soldiers in Iraq are filmed in the new documentary My Child: Mothers of War (Angeliki Giannakopoulis, 2006) 7:30 p.m.

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