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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): A baker's assistant precipitates a crisis in the riot-torn Algiers of 1988 in Bab-El Oued City (Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 1994) 6 p.m.
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 (Aug. 5): CUNextTuesday screens Live Nude Girls Unite! (Julia Query, 2000), a record of the struggle to unionize the Lusty Lady 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Weine's expressionist masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) screens with a new score by the Zag Men 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. The yearlong effort to establish screenings of classic films in 35mm in a former U.S. Navy theater ends this weekend with this final program.
FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Mitchum is pursued Out of the Past in Jacques Tourneur's outstanding 1947 noir 7, 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Cary Grant is pursued North by Northwest in Alfred Hitchcock's beloved 1959 chase 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 8): North by Northwest 5 p.m. Out of the Past 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.
FRIDAY (Aug. 6): A one-day screening of the Iranian comedy The Lizard. $9 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a “Midnight Mass” every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Joan Crawford stars as Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981), complete with a mother/daughter mud-wrestling competition midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: John Greyson's Proteus (South Africa, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Jackie Curtis is Superstar in a Housedress (Craig Highberger, 2004). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A “Tinkering!” film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Films that tinker with films include Bill Morrison's lovely re-edit of a 1926 Lionel Barrymore movie, The Bells, Light Is Calling (2003), plus Virgil Widrich's Fast Film and more 2 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 8): Space gets tinkered with in Nina Paley's Fetch (2001), Felipe Dulzaides' Blowing Things Away, and Oscar Fischinger's film of dancing cigarettes, Muretti Gets in the Act! (1934) 2 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, 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 (Closed Monday): Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. “Midnites for Maniacs,” a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): A “Takashi Miike Madness Slumber Party” screens three horror films by the Japanese director, the versions of Fudoh (1996), Ichi the Killer (2001), and Visitor Q (2001). $10 midnight.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has just reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 per feature save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (U.K., 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: A weeklong “Tribute to Marlon Brando” screens The Wild One (Lazslo Benedek, 1954; 6:30 p.m. ) with Marlon as a rebel with a bike, and The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958; 8:15 p.m.), with Marlon as a Nazi officer.
SATURDAY: Brando sings and dances in Guys and Dolls (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1955). $5 4 p.m. Brando then goes On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954; 7 p.m.) in his signature role, and plays a good anti-Nazi German saboteur in Morituri (Bernhard Wicki, 1965; 9:15 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Brando — The Wild One. $5 3:30 p.m. The Young Lions 5:15 p.m. Morituri 7:55 p.m.
MONDAY: Brando — On the Waterfront 6:30 p.m. Guys and Dolls 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: A Brando double feature of The Young Lions 6:30 p.m. The Wild One 9 p.m. [page]
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the “big” Roxie two doors down.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: “Fear and the selling of American Empire” after 9/11 is tackled in the Michael Moore-less Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Hijacking Catastrophe 7:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on a regular basis. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Life is a Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) 6:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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: An “Exploit-O-Scope” series screens William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus (1961), with audiences passing judgment via a “Punishment Poll” 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of From the Pole to the Equator (Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy, 1986), a close look at silent-era travel footage 5:30 p.m. A Luchino Visconti series opens with his neorealist look at oppressed Sicilian fishermen, La Terra Trema (Italy, 1948) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Visconti's all-stops-out family melodrama Rocco and His Brothers (Italy, 1960) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: An excellent Visconti double bill, Bellissima (Italy, 1951; 7 p.m.), a tragicomedy set in a film studio, and Senso (Italy, 1954; 9:15 p.m.), a romantic tragedy set during the war of the 1860s.
SUNDAY: La Terra Trema 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: “Existing on Its Ruins,” films and videos shot in wreckage, includes Abigail Child's Dinkinsville (1991), filmed in a homeless encampment, and Louis Bourque's Going Back Home 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing “Movie Classics Series” regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Christopher Reeve travels to 1912 to win Jane Seymour Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc, 1980), a romance with an avid cult following. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 5): The movie spinoff of the hit TV series Batman (Leslie Martinson, 1966) has lots of ZAP and POW, not to mention Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. $6 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
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: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 7, 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Corporation, The Hunting of the President, Maria Full of Grace, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (925/275-9490 or www.sfjff.org) begins at this venue with Israeli and Palestinian teens seeking peace in Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 1:30 p.m. Ivy Meeropol's film about her grandparents, the Rosenbergs, Heir to an Execution 4:15 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 6:30 p.m. Delroy Lindo mentors an 11-year-old in cricket in Wondrous Oblivion (Morrison, U.K.) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 8): SFJFF — Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 12:15 p.m. The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 2:30 p.m. Daniel Anker's Imaginary Witness, on Hollywood and the Holocaust 4:30 p.m. Ernst Lubitsch's outstanding black-comic war comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942) 6:30 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY (Aug. 9): SFJFF — The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 6:30 p.m. Alila (Gitai, Israel) 8:45 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Guy Maddin conjures up The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: French anime, dubbed by Kirsten Dunst — Kaena: The Prophecy (Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon, France, 2004). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m. [page]
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 10 & 11): Kaena: The Prophecy7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Hunting of the President 6 p.m. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) screens as a benefit for Moveon.org members only 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 2:45, 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Renegade Youth Media offers the Fastforward Film Festival of movies by kids under 19 years old. $5, no one turned away 11 a.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A weekly silent series, featuring Dennis James on the organ, screens the visually splendid Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown, 1926; 7:30 p.m.), with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The same pair return in the sound classic Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933; 9:30 p.m. ).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Teenage Shirley Temple goes after Cary Grant in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (Irving Reis, 1947; 7:30 p.m.) while believing Ronald Reagan is her unwed father in That Hagen Girl (Peter Godfrey, 1947; 5:55, 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two of Ray Harryhausen's special-effects-laden fantasies, Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, U.K., 1963; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958; 5:50, 9:45 p.m.). Look! No CGI! Chapter 7 of Superman (1948) precedes Argonauts.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues at this venue with Sunset Story (Gabbert) 2:15 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 4:30 p.m. Jews in rural Uganda, Moving Heaven and Earth (Vinik and Vinik) 6:30 p.m. Israelis rap over Channels of Rage (Halachmi, Israel) 10 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 5): SFJFF — Hollywood's version of the Holocaust, as depicted in Imaginary Witness (Anker) 2 p.m. Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1965), with Rod Steiger as a camp survivor 4 p.m. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) 6:30 p.m. Israeli director Amos Gitai's latest, Alila 8:45 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): Greencine sponsors Nayak (The Hero, India, 1966), a rarely screened film by Bengali master Satyajit Ray, introduced by professor Dilip K. Basu 7:30 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its “Mostly Pre-Code” series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Thursday, Aug. 5, the circle screens a double bill of The Notorious Sophie Lang (Ralph Murphy, 1934), a comedy about a jewel thief, at 7:30 p.m. and Woman Trap (Harold Young, 1936), about jewel thieves holing up in a hacienda, at 9:30 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.