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Wednesday, Mar 26 2008
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Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com.

Artists' Television Access. Revival House Queer Cinema: New series of historical gay and queer film screens Pink Narcissus, a softcore romp by James Bidgood, whose work influenced French artists Pierre et Gilles. Wed., March 26, 8 p.m. $6. "Regime Change: When Governments Fall What Happens to People?": A slate of coup d'état–themed films by Daniel Barnett, Jean-Gabriel Périot, and Chris Marker. Thu., March 27, 8 p.m. $8. "Global Undergrounds": The Diver Inside Me, an experimental short by Phie Ambo, and "City of the Old" documentary Kiosk by Hilde Stålskjær Olsen inaugurate this series of international independent film. Fri., March 28, 8 p.m. $6. Brad: Documentary about Brad Will, an independent journalist killed while documenting events in Oaxaca in 2006. Sun., March 30, 8 p.m. $6. "Cinewhores": Whore! magazine's monthly evening consists of a screening, post-film discussion, sex toy giveaways and cupcakes. Tonight, the film is Jean-Luc Godard's deathless Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. Mon., March 31, 7:30 p.m. $5-$20. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Black and Blue Tattoo. Trannymal and Trannymals Go to Court Screening: Thu., March 27, 6 p.m.. Free. 381 Guerrero (at 16th St.), 626-0770.

Castro Theatre. Last Year at Marienbad: Quite possibly the most pretentious film ever filmed. Certainly chock-full of awkward silences, incomprehensible dialogue, and eveningwear. Alain Resnais, a Frenchman, directed in 1961. Through March 27. Vertigo: The one, the only, the Hitchcock masterpiece set right here in San Francisco and starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Screens in magnificent 70 mm. March 28-30, 7 & 9:35 p.m.; March 29-30, 1:45 & 4:20 p.m. Samson and Delilah: Classic opera by Camille Saint-Saëns stars mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis, conducted by Patrick Summers. The San Francisco Opera production was filmed live last year. Mon., March 31, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Blue Velvet and Something Wild: The "Second Dark Age" series of double features presents two creepy '80s favorites. David Lynch's classic stars Dennis Hopper in a defining, Pabst-Blue-Ribbon-obsessed role, and Jonathan Demme's yuppie-basher stars a teeny-tiny Melanie Griffith in Cleopatra drag. Blue Velvet screens at 7 p.m. and Something Wild screens at 9 p.m. Tue., April 1. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Red Dawn: The good lord gives us Patrick Swayze to fight multicultural Communists who have invaded small-town Amer'ca. Swayze is abetted by Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell, a teeny-tiny Charlie Sheen, and, good lord, Jennifer Grey. Hosted by Jim Fourniadis, Sherilyn Connelly, and Mike Spiegelman. Sundays, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura. "Pietro Germi, the Latin Loner": A series dedicated to the Italian director of the 1950s and '60s. This week features 1951's Alfredo, Alfredo, starring Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Carla Gravina, Saro Urzì, and Duilio del Prete. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142, www.sfiic.org.

Pacific Film Archive. A Theater Near You: Restored works by Charles Burnett, caustic Sicilian comedies by Pietro Germi, and Mexican surrealism by Luis Buñuel. Through March 30. The Magnificent Orson Welles: A series covering the career of this Hollywood prodigy, international artist, master thespian, and incorrigible trickster. See site for schedule. Through April 13. Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa: A program of film by the former rock guitarist Costa, who was born in Lisbon in 1959. See site for schedule. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 12. The Clash of '68: A series dedicated to the memory of May '68 and its surrounding history, with films by Godard, Oshima, Pontecorvo, Costa-Gavras, and many others. March 27-April 23, 7:30 p.m. Movie Matinees for All Ages: Ongoing Saturday series to introduce youngsters to the joys of the big screen. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 29. Heinz Emigholz: Architecture as Autobiography: Doc about architects like Louis Sullivan, Adolf Loos, and Rudolph Schindler. April 1-17. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Red Hill Books. Warts & All DVD Release Party featuring Chuck Prophet: Sat., March 29, 6 p.m. 401 Cortland (at Bennington), 648-5331, www.dogearedbooks.com/redhill.

Red Vic Movie House. Charlie Wilson's War: Tom Hanks chews it up as a Texas congressman. Wed., March 26, 2, 7:15 & 9:25 p.m.; Thu., March 27, 7:15 & 9:25 p.m. The Good Old Naughty Days: Twelve silent hardcore porn shorts from the early 1900s, used to entertain brothel patrons awaiting their turn. Fri., March 28, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 2, 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. Daughters of Wisdom: Director Bari Pearlman appears at screenings of her film about the nuns of the Kala Rongo Monastery of Nangchen, Kham. Sun., March 30, 2, 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Mon., March 31, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Tue., April 1, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com.

Roxie New College Film Center. Lagerfeld Confidential: See Ongoing listings. 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through March 26. Cool School: See Ongoing listings. Through March 27, 7 & 8:45 p.m.; Through April 3, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 31. Juno: See Ongoing listings. Through April 3, 8:15 & 10 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 4:45 p.m. Continues through March 31. Brittown: It turns out that British men ride motorcycles. They ride Nortons and also Triumphs, which they "trick out" and race on dirt tracks. Oh, but they also have such fun riding their motorcycles on public roads. Plenty of rider's-eye view footage here. Plenty. Thu., March 27, 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Funny Games and Benny's Video: A double feature of films by Bavarian freak Michael Haneke. Funny Games screens nightly at 7 with weekend matinees at 3 p.m.; Benny's Video screens nightly at 9 with matinees at 5. March 28-31. Pranks Film Festival: April 1-3, 5 p.m. $10. www.pranksfilmfestival.com. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

SF Museum of Modern Art. Art:21: Art in the 21st Century: Protest: Screenings in conjunction with an exhibit by Vietnamese-American artist An-My Lê, which depicts Vietnam War reenactors staging theatrical battles. Daily at 2:30 p.m. Through May 4. "Non-Western Westerns": Variations on the Western from around the world. Upcoming films include A Girl Is a Gun on March 20, Sholay on March 22, Summer Love on March 27 and 28, and Exiled on March 29. Through April 26, 6:30 p.m. Bernd and Hilla Becher: Four Decades: In conjunction with the "Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection." Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through April 30. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

Varnish Fine Art. "Moving Pictures": Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. 77 Natoma (at Second St.), 222-6131, www.varnishfineart.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "The Way That We Rhyme": Opening night party starts at 8 p.m. March 28-June 29. $12-$15. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room. Jews In Space: Dramedy starts with Buenos Aires Seder-making, veers into family problems. Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. Human Rights Watch International Film Festival: Informational and inspirational series with a global justice theme. Please note: No screenings Sunday March 23. Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through March 30. www.hrw.org/iff. 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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