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.
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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
SATURDAY: Other Cinema presents local filmmaker Greta Snider's Dimensional Bodies, three-dimensional portraits of people discussing same, plus her experimental landscape slides, and hand-cranked, hand-processed 35 mm film by Lee Krist 8:30 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: The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 1:15, 4:30, 8 p.m. In Theater 2, The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006) 12:50, 5:05, 9:20 p.m. and Hollywoodland (Allen Coulter, 2006) 2:45, 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.thirdi.org/festival for the Third I program on Saturday. $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: Film Arts Foundation's Pre-Program Donor's Reception with live music and tapas 6:30 p.m. The program for the 30th Anniversary Celebration includes a raffle, a selection of members' One Minute Films and a surprise work-in-progress. Peter Coyote and Nancy Kelly host 8 p.m. Party to follow.
THURSDAY: A double bill of Douglas Sirk favorites features the lurid Written on the Wind (1956; 7 p.m. ) and the underappreciated, not-on-DVD, black-and-white CinemaScope Faulkner adaptation The Tarnished Angels (1958; 9 p.m. ). Phlegmatic Rock Hudson, neurotic Robert Stack, and uneasy Dorothy Malone star in both.
FRIDAY: A "Midnight for Maniacs" "Breakdance Till You Drop" triple bill of Breakin' (Joel Silberg, 1984; 7:30 p.m. ), Beat Street (Stan Lathan, 1984; 9:45 p.m. ) and the Vanilla Ice vehicle Cool as Ice (David Kellogg, 1991; midnight). Hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks. $10.
SATURDAY: The Third Third I Film Festival is here today with the Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or prize winner The Forsaken Land (Jayasundara, Sri Lanka/ France) noon. For India (Suri, U.K.) 2:30 p.m. Shakespeare's Othello, now set in the Uttar Pradesh, Omkara (Bhardwaj, India) 5 p.m. Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee star in Kank (Never Say Goodbye, Johar, India) 8:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Tennesee Williams series opens with a double bill of Brando, taking A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951; 2:10, 7 p.m. ) and taking it from a fire hose as The Fugitive Kind (Sidney Lumet, 1959; 4:30, 9:25 p.m. ).
MONDAY: An upscale Tennessee's tuxedoed tales Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks, 1958; 7 p.m. ) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Brooks, 1962; 9:05 p.m. ). Oh, the mendacity!
TUESDAY: Williams drinks up sex on the beach Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1959; 7 p.m. ) while Burt Lancaster bears the brand of The Rose Tattoo (Daniel Mann, 1955; 9:10 p.m. ) in perhaps the most pleasant of all the Williams adaptations.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
Rosenberg Library, Room 304, 50 Phelan Ave. (at Ocean), 239-3720 for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week.
TUESDAY (Nov. 14): A program of "Animation and Indigenous Shorts." Free; e-mail email@example.com for reservation 2 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893 for Landmark theaters, 346-1124 for theater boxoffice, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series continues this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $9.75.
SATURDAY: Troma and Peaches Christ present a cast reunion for the drag Vegas in Space (Phillip R. Ford, 1987). $12 midnight.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Guzman Hall (second floor), 50 Acacia (between Olive and Magnolia), San Rafael, 454-4039 and www.dominican.edu for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week.
FRIDAY (Nov. 10): Camarón: When Flamenco Became Legend (Chvarri, Spain) 6:30 p.m. It's part of a larger Noche Flamenca Film & Party. Film only $15, film and party $45.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). 21 and over only.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 8): A free screening of a work-in-progress "Documentary on Drag" featuring the drag rock band Wood. Viewers and comments welcome 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): "Movie Night" offers locally-made shorts plus "strange and bizarre features" with DJ music to follow. Free 9 p.m.
Promenade Level, 1 Embarcadero Center (at Brannan), 267-4893 for venue; www.sffs.org and (925) 866-9559 for this program. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts a New Italian Cinema series for eight days starting Nov. 12. $11 save as noted. Regular screenings continue on other screens.
SUNDAY: The New Italian Cinema series opens with an in-person Tribute to Marco Bellocchio eaturing the veteran filmmaker's latest, The Wedding Director (2006), a comedy 6:15, 9 p.m. $18 admission includes reception at 8 p.m.
MONDAY: New Italian Cinema Bellocchio's Good Morning, Night (2003) revisits the 1978 kidnapping by radicals of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro 6:45 p.m. Bellocchio's acclaimed debut, Fists in the Pocket (1965) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: New Italian Cinema A rural schoolteacher learns Salvatore This is Life (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2006) 6:45 p.m. A French family relocates to a small village to raise goats in The Wind Blows Round (Giorgio Diritti, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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 is or is not a Cabaret (1972), in Bob Fosse's Weimar musical "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (Nov. 14): A series of "Sound Film Classics" on DVD screens Three Men and Lilian (Wilhelm Thiele, Germany, 1931), a comic operetta about three broke young men who open a gas station and court Lilian Harvey 7:30 p.m.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556, www.renaissancerialto.com; www.LatinoFilmFestival.org for this event. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies, but this week hosts a film festival. $9 regular admission; $10 save as noted for the Latino Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 8): The 10th International Latino Film Festival plays here for two nights. Tonight, Latino Emerging Filmmakers Panel 5 p.m. The Old Man and Jesus: Prophets of Rebellion (Andrade, Venezuela) 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): Mezcal (Ortiz, Mexico) 6:30 p.m. El Lobo (Courtois, Spain) 8:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue. Free.
TUESDAY (Nov. 14): A "Jewish Film Class" open to the public on "Ethical Issues" screens Episode VII: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness from Krzysztof Kieslowski's ten-part TV series The Decalogue (Poland, 1988), about an ethics professor confronted with a Holocaust survivor he'd failed to help 7 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net; www.latinofilmfestival.org for festival screenings.This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 regular admission, $10 Latino Film Festival save as noted.
THURSDAY: The Latino Film Festival presents To the Other Side (Loza, Mexico). Free 10 a.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival Caravana (Olivares, Brazil) 5 p.m. Romeo and Juliet Get Married (Brazil) 7:15 p.m. American Visa (Valdiviva, Mexico) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival 6... 60 Years Since the End of the Holocaust (Gutierrez, Argentina) 2 p.m. "The Jewish-Latino Experience" (shorts) 4 p.m. A "Noche Cubana Film and Party" screens Love and Suicide (France, Cuba-U.S.). Film only $10, film and party $30 6:45 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810 and www.landmarktheatres.com for regular screenings, www.aifisf for the American Indian Film Festival. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50 for regular programs, admission varies for the American Indian Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY: The 31st Annual American Indian Film Festival continues here today. A day-long program of shorts and features includes Trespassing (DeMenezes). $4 noon A program of shorts concludes with the feature One Dead Indian (Southam). $8 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: American Indian Film Festival A "Tribal Touring Program" includes live presentations, plus short films including Osama Loves Frybread (Freeland). Free10 a.m. STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times. MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2006 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd WrightÐdesigned complex for six weeks. $12.
SATURDAY (Nov. 11): The series concludes with a restored Italian silent film, La Grazzia (Aldo DeBenedetti, 1929), a romance based on the writings of Nobel Prize winner Grazzia Deledda. Live musical score by composer Romeo Scaccia 5:30, 7:45 p.m.
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. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Nov. 10): A "Stage to Screen" series opens with The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner, U.K., 1994), which would make an excellent companion piece to the current The Queen 6:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $8.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): Sound and image artists Loren Chasse and Keith Evans present a "handcrafted multi-media event," "Neither Here Nor There," with spectators entering a performance space and then seeing images projected from archaic apparatuses 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.
THURSDAY: A program of New Work from veteran experimental filmmaker Gunvor Nelson includes New Evidence (2006) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A festival of new 35 mm prints from classics film distributor Janus Films screens Roman Polanski's early tip of his mitt toward his Darwinian ethics, the power struggle Knife in the Water (Poland, 1962; 7 p.m.), screening with a Spanish critique of its upper class, Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955; 9 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Buster Keaton's build-it-yourself short comedy One Week (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1920) and his Civil War classic The General (Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, 1926) comprise a can't miss family matinee 2 p.m. A Jacques Rivette series screens his version of the Bront classic Wuthering Heights (France, 1985; 6:30 p.m.), with a film about a love triangle, Love on the Ground (France, 1984; 9 p.m.), with the characters played by Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Birkin named Charlotte and Emily, just like the Bront sisters.
SUNDAY: Janus Two Scandinavian enounters with the Eternal, Carl Dreyer's witch hunt drama Day of Wrath (Denmark, 1943; 3 p.m.) and Ingmar Bergman's chess match with Death, The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957; 5 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Attention, Deadwood fans the letters of the real "Calamity Jane" Canary to her daughter form the soundtrack to Gunvor Nelson's 50-minute assemblage of footage of her own family, Red Shift (1984), screening with two Nelson portraits of her young daughter, and dying mother 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 10): This gallery and the Armenian Film Festival presents "An Evening of Experimental Films" by women, featuring Stone, Time, Touch (Gariné Torossian) and Pinched Cheeks and Slurs in a Language That Avoids Her ( Tina Bastajian) 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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.
THURSDAY: Isuma The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Cohn and Kunuk) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A young man expects to die on his 25th birthday in Expiration Date (Stevenson) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
TUESDAY: The drag "Beautyshop Quartet" the Kinsey Sicks defends their decision to go-go conservative, I Wanna Be a Republican (Ken Bielenberg, 2004) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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: Milarepa (Neten Chokling, Bhutan, 2006) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Jonestown: The Life And Death Of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006) 6:45, 9 p.m. Root of All Evil? (Russell Barnes, U.K., 2006) 7 p.m. Death of a President (Gabriel Range, U.K., 2006) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY (Nov. 11): Veteran critic Peter Cowie introduces the still ultrasophisticated Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, Germany 1929) in honor of shooting star Louise Brooks' centennial and his new book Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever 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: New York's intelligentsia uncouple and debate morality in Woody Allen's time capsule Manhattan (1979) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Scott Crary invites us to Kill Your Idols (2004) in this documentary of the New York art punk scene. What else offers both Suicide and the DNAs? 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m. >
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 14 & 15): Birds of the world, caught on film on their Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin, France, 2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; www.thirdi.org/festival for the Third I program on Sunday. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Excellent Cadavers (Marco Turco, Italy, 1975) 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. On Screen 2, Richard Dawkins takes on God in The Root of All Evil? (Russell Barnes, U.K., 2006) Wed 7, 9 p.m.; Thurs 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-Nov. 2): In Debt We Trust (Danny Schechter, 2006). See Opening for review. Filmmaker in person Friday evening 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3, 5 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY (Nov. 12): The Third Third I Film Festival is here today with Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (Kaur and Raju) 11:30 a.m. Bombay Calling (Mallal and Addelman, Canada) 2:30 p.m. Between the Lines: India's Third Gender (Wartmann, Germany) 5 p.m. A restored "curry western," Sholay (Ramesh Sippy, India, 1976) 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): Formerly closeted gay Christians tell their stories in the very timely God and Gays: Bridging the Gap (Luane Beck, 2005). Director and producer in person 7:30 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, a Werner Herzog Retrospective opens with his acknowledged masterwork Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Germany, 1972), all about mad explorer Klaus Kinski's venture into the Brazillian jungle. Series screens in conjunction with the ongoing Asmelm Kiefer exhibit. $10 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 12): Phyllis Wattis Theater Two debut short films by Herzog, Last Words (1968) and Precautions Against Fanatics (1969), and his first feature, Signs of Life (1968), about the madness of a German soldier during the occupation of Greece. $10 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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): A "You Are What You Eat" series screens Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock, 2004), a beat-down of American fast food by a filmmaker willing to put his body on the line noon.
25 Throckmorton Ave. (at East Blithedale), Mill Valley, 388-4862 and www.cinearts.com for regular screenings, www.latinofilmfestival.org for special programs this week. This recently rebuilt CineArts theater hosts programs from the Latino Film Festival. $10.
WEDNESDAY: Latino Film Festival Juana Had Hair of Gold (Bottia, Columbia) 6:30 p.m. My Best Enemy (Bowen, Chile-Argentina) 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Latino Film Festival The Owner of the Story (Filho, Brazil) 6:30 p.m. The Last Gaze (Arriaga, Mexico) 8:30 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: Jonestown: The Life And Death Of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006) 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 3-9): Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006). 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. A Twentieth Century Fox series continues. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940; 5:10, 9:05 p.m. ) is a serious and somber look at the Depression and the nobility of the little man, while his Tobacco Road (1941; 7:30 p.m. ) blows off a considerable head of steam as a spoof of same.
FRIDAY: Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda enjoy their Weekend in Havana (Walter Lang, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ), screening in a rare original Technicolor print. Faye, Dick Powell and the Ritz Brothers figure into another all-star musical, On the Avenue (Roy del Ruth, 1937; 5:50, 9 p.m. ).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The 125th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was just a couple of weeks ago, so it's appropriate that the Stanford screens Ford's definitive version of its myth, My Darling Clementine (1946; 3:55, 7:30 p.m. ). Tyrone Power makes his The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian, 1940; 5:45, 9:20 p.m. ).
TUESDAY (Nov. 14): Pancho Villa: The Revolution Has Not Ended (Taboada, Mexico). $8 7 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: California Newsreel, the Museum of the African Diaspora and the S.F. Black Film Festival co-sponsor Moussa Sene Absa's Rocking Poponguine (Senegal, 1993), all about French pop music-loving teens vs. fans of American soul in the 1960s. Video screening. $8 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of "transgressive documentaries" by Japan's Kazuo Hara opens with Extremely Private Eros Love Song (1974), a portrait of the director's ex-lover as she has a child with another man. $8 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: BAVC and the Third I Film Festival screen Local South Asian Short Films featuring Come On, Big Empty by Kirthi Nath and Amanda Davidson. $8 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Veteran's Day Special Screening of Hara's The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987), about a survivor of the New Guinea campaign in World War II "determined to reveal cannibalism in the last days of the Pacific war" among Japanese troops. $8 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A S.F. Cinematheque screening of Gunvor Nelson's films about the Swedish landscape includes her new video True to Life. Nelson in person. $8 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Butoh - Dance of Darkness, a documentary about the radical dance form. $7 6:30 p.m.
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