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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (April 19): Two compilations of original international video art, Deeveedee 3, curated by Bull Miletic and including Can I Be a Woman by Kristian Øverland Dahl, and Deeveedee 4, curated by Katarina Stankovic and featuring Kisses Are Harmless by Zoran Dimovski. $6 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 20): Disembodied Theater Corporation's Report from the Ghost City includes a live Powerpoint performance, No Way Out but Onward, by Ross Lipman. $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 21): An evening of “political science fiction” presented by Other Cinema includes historical restagings including ‘s Jean Genet in Chicago (Frédéric Moffet), Life and Times of Robert Kennedy starring Gary Cooper (Aaron Valdez) and more 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 24): The premiere of Spit n Glitter, a music video by Scream Club and Rhani Remedes (“witchy gangsteresses with dagger heeled stilettos stampede through the alleys like rats destroying archaic dominions”). $6 8 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: Will Ferrell rides the Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon and Will Speck, 2007) 1:55, 3:50, 5:40, 9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A San Francisco Earthquake Anniversary show double bill of the MGM musical romance San Francisco (W.S. Van Dyke, 1936; 1:30, 4:45, 8:15 p.m. ) and the documentary The Damnedest, Finest Ruins (2006; 12:30, 3:40, 7 p.m. ) with filmmaker James Dalessandro in person for the evening show.
THURSDAY: Amazing Grace (Michael Apted, U.K., 2006; 12:15, 4:45, 9:15 p.m. ) and Reign Over Me (Michael Binder, 2007; 2:25, 7 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and other times.
CASTRO 3 4
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs. $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: Michelangelo Antonioni's last stand as a major international filmmaker finds Jack Nicholson changing his identity as The Passenger (Italy-Spain, 1975) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Film director Tomas Milian searches for the perfect woman in what is identifiably the first film of Antonioni's still-ongoing late stage, Identification of a Woman (Italy, 1982) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Film composing great Ennio Morricone is honored with six day's worth of great scores attached to good-to-great movies — all double-bills. Sam Fuller's racial allegory White Dog (1981; 7 p.m. ) is a very strong late film, very hard to see. It screens with the Oliver Stone oddity U-Turn (1997; 8:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Morricone penned one of his greatest scores for Sergio Leone's ultimate spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy-Spain, 1968; 1:15, 6:25 p.m. ). It screens with a rare horror film by Dario Argento (one of Leone's screenwriters), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Italy, 1971; 4:20, 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Morricone — Two more spaghetti westerns, Leones hard to see Duck, You Sucker (Italy-Spain, 1971; 1:30, 6:15 p.m. ), with Rod Steiger and James Coburn swaggering their way through the Mexican Revolution, and Angel Eyes himself, the great Lee Van Cleef , in The Big Gundown (Italy-Spain, 1966; 4:30, 9:15 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Morricone — A double-bill of two films about hapless European intervention in the Third World, The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966; 7 p.m. ) and The Mission (Roland Joffé, 1986; 9:25 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: What a great series! Two more Morricone rarities. Elio Petri's still-apt political fable Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italy, 1971; 7 p.m. ) finds a top official committing a crime and leaving clues around just to prove he can get away with it. It screens with A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1970; 8:45 p.m. ), with Franco Nero as an artist seeking some peace and quiet.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features “Cerrito Classics,” a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (April 21 & 22): Doris Day and Rock Hudson share some Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959) in this quintessential 1950s comedy Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series starts this weekend. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 20 & 21): The Late Night Picture Show kicks butt with Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, Hong Kong, 1973) midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th “between the pawn shop and the laundromat”), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (April 22): Charlton Heston gets the Chuck E. Cheese treatment with the “Bad Movie Night” presentation of Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959) 8 p.m.
DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330 and www.thinker.org/deyoung for venue; 750-7634 for this program.
FRIDAY (April 20): As part of a museum-wide “Party with Viv” tribute to fashionista Vivienne Westwood, an hour long South Bank Show documentary, Vivienne Westwood screens at 7 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). [page]
TUESDAY (April 24): The Heads Up Collective's “Televising the Revolution” series offers At the River I Stand (David Appleby and Allison Graham, 1993), about the struggles of Memphis sanitation workers during the 1968 strike that fatally involved Martin Luther King Jr. Free, donations welcome as a benefit for Young Workers United 8 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: If you were a rich man, you could enjoy the complete, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) at home, fiddling on your roof. Or you can come here through April 29 “Starts at dusk.”
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (April 24): Free spirited Grazia draws the ire of fellow fisherfolk in Respiro (Emanuele Crialese, Italy, 2002) 6:30 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 (April 24): A Jewish film class offers a projected-on-video rarity. The pregnancy of a Soviet Commissar delays her travels in this highly regarded film by Alexander Askoldov, completed in 1967 but not released until 1988 7:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A revival of Alberto Lattuada's black comedy Mafioso (Italy, 1962), with the great Alberto Sordi 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (April 20): An “April in Paris” series of French films continues with François Truffaut's superb Two English Girls (1971), adapted from another autobiographical novel by the writer of Jules and Jim 6:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: The first two installments of artist and Vaseline wrestler Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 1 (1996) and Cremaster 2 (1999), playing together at 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Jeff Bridges loses a rug in the slacker classic The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Alejandro Jodorowsky's surreal western El Topo (Mexico, 1970) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:35 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (April 24 & 25): The three hour midsection of Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 3 (2002) involves the Temple of Solomon, Gary Gilmore, and paralympic athletics 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sound of the Soul (Stephen Olsson, 2007) 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A reverent documentary on A Zen Life (Michael Goldberg, U.S.-Japan, 2006), that of scholar D.T. Suzuki 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Green Movie Night presentation of a documentary about “the edible urban landscape,” In Grave Danger of Falling Food (1989) 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 20-26): Comedy of Power (Claude Chabrol, France 2006), See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens Venceremitos (Gail Dolgin, 1991) and Fidel (Estela Bravo, Cuba, 2006), two favorable looks at contemporary Cuba. Free 11:30 a.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.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1992), through April 30 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006), through May 13 4 p.m.
THURSDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater — “Fidelity and Betrayal,” a series devoted to screening originals and their remakes, screens Valie Export's Invisible Adversaries (Austria, 1976), a revised edition of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater — “Fidelity and Betrayal” screens both Invisible Adversaries and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956). $7 2 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY 4
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 (April 19): An “Alphabet Soup” series screens Patrick Creadon's crossword puzzle documentary Wordplay (2005) noon.
TUESDAY (April 24): A Dance Week screening of Frank Boehm's Alicia, a 1980s record of Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet noon.
SUNDAY (April 22): ExperiMEX, a program of new experimental Films from Mexico, includes All Water Has a Perfect Memory (Natalia Almada) 7, 9 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. [page]
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The latest Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation runs through April 28. 18 and over only. $9 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.
SUNDAY: Dead Channels, a series of cult horror classics, screens the pioneering grindhouse film, Dwain Esper's Maniac (1934), a rare example of early exploitation 7 p.m. It's followed by a double-bill of Preacherman (Albert T. Viola, 1971), with Viola as a clerical con artist cleaning out a Southern town, and Black Gestapo (Lee Frost, 1975), about an uprising against white gangsters 8:30 p.m. $8 a program.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (April 18): Film Arts Foundation presents Row Hard, No Excuses (Luke Wolbach, 2006), a video about two middle-aged men who set sail across the Atlantic in a rowboat 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 19-22): The local premiere of Taiwanese artist Tsai Ming-Liang's latest, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006), screening in 35 mm Thurs-Sat 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 4, 7 p.m.