RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. 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. $9.50 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, France 2007), 6:30 p.m. A new print of Armenian-Georgian legend Sergei Paradjanov's earth-intoxicated Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukraine/U.S.S.R., 1964), 6:45, 9 p.m. My Best Friend (Patrice Leconte, France 2006), 7, 9:15 p.m. Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Australia, 2007), 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
FRIDAY: A new print of Armenian-Georgian legend Sergei Paradjanov's earth-intoxicated Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukraine/U.S.S.R., 1964). Call for time.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. $8.50 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Satoshi Kon's delightfully bizarre anime Paprika (Japan, 2006). 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $8; $10 for Dead Channels.
WEDNESDAY: Dead Channels, a festival of fantastic cinema, continues on both screens. "Cosmic Hex's Free Secret Screening" of a TBA film, 3 p.m. Hot Baby (Roenning), 5:15 p.m. Nuit Noire (Smolders, Belgium), 5:15 p.m. Belleville Book of the Dead (Joudiau, France) and shorts, 7:15 p.m. The 4th Dimension (Mattera and Mazzoni), 7:15 p.m. The District! (Gauder, Hungary), 9:30 p.m. The World Sinks (Except Japan) (Kawasaki, Japan), 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Dead Channels: "Cosmic Hex's Free Secret Screening", 3 p.m. No babies allowed! ZPG (Michael Campus, 1970), 5:15 p.m. The closing night gala premiere of the multi-episode Trapped Ashes (2007), with episodes by Joe Dante, Monte Hellman, and Ken Russell, among others, 7:15 p.m. The Devil Dared Me To (Stapp, New Zealand), 9:30 p.m. On screen 2, a Green Movie Night screening of Suzuki Speaks (Tony Papa, Canada, 2004), a filmed address by "scientist and visionary" Dr. David Suzuki, 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: El Grito de la Misión presents Mission Voices Summer. a community screening of video by youth. Free; noon.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): Kino21 presents veteran experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky in person with his 16mm films Triste (1974-96), about the "struggle of the film material itself to become a Film,"and Threnody (2004), "a somber but luminous progression through a delicate articulation of earthly phenomena." 7 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. Free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Henri Matisse: Figure, Color, Space (Edith Jud, 2006), through Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. A television documentary, Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1996); through Aug. 31; 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): Phyllis Wattis Theater: A "Jean Renoir in the Thirties" series continues with the beloved anti-war masterwork La Grande Illusion (France, 1937). Annie Hall to the contrary, this film is not better stoned. $7. 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 19): Phyllis Wattis Theater: La Grande Illusion. $7. 3 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 (Aug. 16): A "San Francisco Opera Season Preview" series screens Verdi's Macbeth, as performed by the Gran Teatre di Liceu in 2004. Noon.
SATURDAY (Aug. 18): Al Gore's chalk talk An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2005) screens with Chinese subtitles, with discussion to follow led by bilingual staff from the city's Department of Environment. (Are they, like the federal EPA, directed to mention Gavin Newsom on every page?) 2 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980 ext. 5, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: This is England (Shane Meadows, U.K., 2006), 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 17-23): These Foolish Things (Julia Taylor-Stanley, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $7. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: One of W.C. Fields' best, It's a Gift (Leo McCarey, 1934; 7:30 p.m.), screens with a reputedly delightful early color musical Follow Thru (Lloyd Corrigan and Laurence Schwab, 1930; 5:45, 8:55 p.m.)
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