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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 20-26): After Innocence (Jessica Sanders, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.
SATURDAY (Jan. 21): Ralph Lewis and Claire McDowell star in the silent drama Westbound Ltd. (Emory Johnson, 1923), screening with the shorts Getting Acquainted (Charles Chaplin, 1914), with Chaplin and his wife encountering burly Mack Swain and wife Mabel Normand in a park, and the good Harold Lloyd comedy His Royal Slyness (Hal Roach, 1920) 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, 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: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt convenes with an "Introduction to Film Language" 3 p.m. A "Weird America" series opens with Derailroaded (Josh Ruben, 2005), tracing the rise and fall of outsider musician Wild Man Fischer 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with a comedy, Hideko the Bus Conductress (1941; 7 p.m.), the first of Naruse's 17 films with the future star Hideko Takamine, here a teenager. It screens with the great Kinuyo Tanaka as a struggling bar hostess in Ginza Cosmetics (1951; 8:15 p.m.).
FRIDAY: The six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003) makes it to the East Bay. Part 1 3 p.m. Part 2 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two by Naruse -- A thoughtless young actor precipitates disaster in The Song Lantern (1941) 7 p.m. A young archer struggles for mastery in A Tale of Archers at the Sanjusangendo (1945) 8:55 p.m.
SUNDAY: The eighth annual Bay Area High School Film and Video Festival screens works by local teens noon, 2:30 p.m. Married couple Setsuko Hara and Ken Uehara drift apart in Repast (Naruse, 1951) 5:30 p.m. Kinuyo Tanaka is a widow trying to make a go of the family dry-cleaning business in the nonsentimental, very affecting Mother (Naruse, 1952) 7:25 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Scholar Jeffrey Skoller lectures on "Making History in Avant-Garde Film" and screens Ernie Gehr's Eureka (1974), a rephotographing of a 1900s film record of San Francisco's Market Street, and Leandro Katz's El Dia Que Me Quieras (The Day You'll Love Me) (1998), an essay on Che Guevara's deathbed photograph 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; www.noircity.com and (800) 838-3006 for "Noir City," the fourth San Francisco Film Noir Festival, here this week. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $10 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: An evening of "San Francisco Noir" features Lee J. Cobb as The Man Who Cheated Himself (Felix Feist, 1951), in thrall as he is to Sea Cliff matron Jane Wyatt 7:30 p.m. Richard Conte and Valentina Cortese play tick-tack-toe on bare skin in the excellent Thieves' Highway (Jules Dassin, 1949), shot in part in the city's produce district 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: A tribute to John Garfield screens a new print of Nobody Lives Forever (Jean Negulesco, 1946), with Garfield a con who reforms for war widow Geraldine Fitzgerald 7 p.m. Garfield takes the Bogart role in a six-years-later remake of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: Gig Young is tempted by Martin Scorsese's personal print of City That Never Sleeps (John Auer, 1953) 7:30 p.m. Crook Paul Henreid and psychiatrist Paul Henreid are identical twins, and decide to swap identities to reunite their estranged parents (no, that's not right), in Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely, 1948) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Bay Area writers read from noir classics by Hammett, Chandler, Ellroy, and others, with clips of film adaptations as illustration, at "Noirquake." $5-20 sliding-scale admission 3 p.m. Sean Penn in person with his depressing neo-noir The Pledge (2001), starring Jack Nicholson as a burnt-out cop. Following the film, Penn introduces his favorite noir from the classic era 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: An afternoon of Cornell Woolrich adaptations screens Deadline at Dawn (Harold Clurman, 1946) as a sailor struggles to clear his name 1 p.m. A boy (Bobby Driscoll), the only witness to a murder, is pursued by the killers in The Window (Ted Tetzlaff, 1949) 3 p.m. Charlie Haden & Quartet West play an evening of noir-themed tunes in "A Night in Noir City." $35 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
TUESDAY (Jan. 24): This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984) turns it up to 11 as a benefit for grass-roots education organization Heroes. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005) 7:15 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 9:15 p.m.