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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182 SECOND STREET
182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor. Free with reservation (required); call 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations (limited to first 45 fans). See www.noirfilm.com for more info. A 16mm “Thursday Night Film Noir” series continues. Doors open at 7 p.m., lobby doors lock at 8:10 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 4): A Gloria Grahame series concludes with Fritz Lang's grim masterpiece The Big Heat (1953). Alan Rode introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion group 8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Blind Shaft (Li Yang, China, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 5-11): Raise the Red Trousers (Robin Shou, 2004); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 3): Maroun Bagdadi's La fille de l'air (France, 1993) explores the relationship between a woman and her escaped prisoner lover 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 6): A determined young woman becomes a doctor in the Quebecois film Blanche (Charles Binamé, Canada, 1992). Screens in French with no English subtitles. Program repeats on Wednesday 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9599 and http://trilogyticketing.com/sfiff/ for advance tickets to this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. See Zoom Lens, Page 47, for additional coverage. $9 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
THURSDAY: SFIAAFF's Opening Night film is Hero (Zhang Yimou, China, 2002) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIAAFF — Masters of the Pillow (Hou, U.S.) 4:30 p.m. “Call Me Ms.” (shorts) 4:45 p.m. Dekada '70 (Roño, Philippines) 6:45 p.m. “Tokyo Stories” (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Flavors (Nidimoru and DK, U.S.) 9:30 p.m. “My Ninja for Your Nun” (shorts) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF — The Ride (Nathan Kurosawa, U.S.) 12:15 p.m. Dream Cuisine (Ying, Japan) 1 p.m. Lest We Forget (DaSilva, U.S.) 2:45 p.m. Dekada '70 4 p.m. Cosmopolitan (Ganatra, India) 5 p.m. See You Off to the Edge of Town (Ip, U.S./Hong Kong) 7 p.m. “Shadows and Light” (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Invisible Light (Kim, Korea) 9:30 p.m. Masters of the Pillow 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF — Sleeping Tigers (Osborne, Canada) noon. Being Normal (Hyun-jung, Korea) 12:15 p.m. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Fleming, Canada) 2 p.m. Take Out (Tsou and Baker, U.S.) 2:15 p.m. “Third I South Asian International Shorts” 4:30 p.m. “Call Me Ms.” 4:45 p.m. “The Art of Breathing” (shorts) 6:45 p.m. First Morning (Vu, Vietnam) 7:15 p.m. “To the Ends of the World” (shorts) 9:15 p.m. The Ride 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIAAFF — Lest We Forget 1 p.m. Take Out 6:45 p.m. Second Generation (Sen, U.K.) 7 p.m. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Panh, Cambodia) 7:15 p.m. Dream Cuisine 7:30 p.m. Being Normal 9:15 p.m. 15 (Tan, Singapore) 9:30 p.m. Music Video: Asia 9:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF — See You Off to the Edge of Town 1 p.m. Daughters of Everest (Sakya and Limbu, Nepal) 6:45 p.m. Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan) 7 p.m. Cosmopolitan 7:15 p.m. 15 7:30 p.m. “The Art of Breathing” 9 p.m. First Morning 9:15 p.m. A Good Lawyer's Wife (Sang-soo, Korea) 9:30 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 (March 4): An International ANSWER-sponsored double bill of With Babies and Banners (produced by Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb, and Lorraine Gray, 1978), documenting the success of the 1937 strike at GM thanks to its female participants, and You Have Struck a Rock! (Deborah May, 1981), about women's role in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, commemorates Women's Day 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 5): Castro's Castle (2004) posits a young, mute Fidel Castro alone in L.A. with a group of talking nutcrackers who host a public-access cable show. You can't make this stuff up 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 6): “The Mind Control Show,” an Other Cinema screening of Richard Pell's Don't Call Me Crazy on the 4th of July, about a conspiracy theorist, plus several more shorts on the theme of brainwashing 8:30 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. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (March 5): An Ernst Lubitsch weekend commences with a double bill of the bubbly pre-Code comedy Trouble in Paradise (1932; 7 p.m. ) and the gentle posthumous romance Heaven Can Wait (1943; 8:45 p.m. ), with Don Ameche looking back on life with Gene Tierney.
SATURDAY (March 6): A Lubitsch triple bill — Trouble in Paradise 4:15 p.m. James Stewart finds love with Margaret Sullivan at The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 6 p.m. Greta Garbo finds love in Paris as Ninotchka (1939) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 7): Another Lubitsch triple bill — The Shop Around the Corner 3 p.m. Ninotchka 5 p.m. Heaven Can Wait 7:15 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.
THURSDAY (March 4): An evening of surfing movies offers Poor Specimen's Drive Through Australia (2004), featuring Dean and Donavon's adventures on Oz's east coast. Cameo by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 regular admission, $9 for the SFIAAFF save as noted. This renowned picture palace is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. See Zoom Lens, Page 47, for additional coverage. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Goffredo Alessandrini's adaptation of Ayn Rand's anti-communist novel We the Living (Italy, 1942) stirred things up in Mussolini's Italy. Alida Valli and Rosanno Brazzi star 2, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF opens here with The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands) 5 p.m. Josef Von Sternberg's Grand Hotel-on-rails adventure Shanghai Express (1932) screens as the opening to a tribute to Anna May Wong, here supporting Marlene Dietrich 7 p.m. Purple Butterfly (Ye, China) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF — Anna May Wong stars in the Hollywood “B” Daughter of Shanghai (Robert Florey, 1937) 12:30 p.m. “Miss Match” (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Travellers and Magicians (Norbu, Bhutan) 4:30 p.m. The Adventure of Iron Pussy (Weerasethakul, Thailand) 7 p.m. Martial arts director King Hu's Come Drink With Me (Hong Kong, 1965) screens in a new print 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF — Anna May Wong in The Toll of the Sea (Chester Franklin, 1922) with panel discussion to follow noon. Werner Herzog documents Buddhist ritual in Wheel of Time (Germany) 3 p.m. German expressionist E.A. Dupont's Piccadilly (1929) starred Wong in a late British silent 6 p.m. A new Bollywood musical, filmed in NYC, Kal Ho Naa Ho (Advani, India) 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 8-11): Piccadilly continues as part of regular Castro programming at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 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): Harrison Ford takes a stroll through the future in Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982/1992), screening through March 16 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:30 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 5): “Cinema Lit” opens a month of Marlene Dietrich films with Shanghai Express (1989), screening with guest speaker Graham Russell Gao Hodges, author of Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend 6:30 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 Marilyn Fabe screens Douglas Sirk's melancholy soap All That Heaven Allows (1955) 3 p.m. Jon Else's portrait of the Mercantile Exchange “Pit” Open Outcry (2000) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of short films on “Laughter and Activism” includes Rae Chang's look at Chinese women comics, The Color of Funny (2003) 5:30 p.m. Documentaries by UC anthro undergrads include Aaron Schmidt's An Exercise in Denial 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens here for five days, opening with Invisible Light (Gina Kim, Korea, 2003; 7 p.m. ), about two women struggling with the consequences of affairs, and See You Off to the Edge of Town (Ching C. Ip, U.S./Hong Kong, 2002; 9 p.m.), about an H.K. family's visit to the Grand Canyon. For more festival info, see Zoom Lens on Page 47 or go to www.naatanet.org/festival.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF — A Good Lawyer's Wife (Soo, Korea, 2003) mixes human rights and sex 7 p.m. Royston Tan's 15 (2003) looks at aimless teens in modern Singapore 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF — Bhutan and Montserrat face off in World Cup soccer's The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands, 2003) 3:20 p.m. The first feature from Bhutan from the director of The Cup, Travellers and Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, 2003) 5 p.m. Poisonous jellyfish threaten Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future (Japan, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF — Two by Japanese documentarian Noriaki Tsuchimoto, An Engineer's Assistant (1963) and On the Road: A Document (1964), about a cabdriver 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 (March 5): Soldier Robert Taylor and dancer Vivien Leigh find and lose love at Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy, 1940). 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 (March 4): Horror host John Stanley in person with his vampire film Nightmare in Blood (1978), about a horror-film convention that goes amiss when the guest of honor starts devouring the fans. Also, Larry Hagman's spoof Son of Blob (1972) and special guests. Who shocked J.R.? $6 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. [page]
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: Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 6:45, 8:55 p.m. Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. Blind Shaft (Li Yang, China, 2003) 7 p.m. My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003) 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Balseros (Carles Bosch and Josep Domènech, Spain, 2002); see Opening for review. Blind Shaft, Touching the Void, Kitchen Stories, and My Architect continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY (March 7): A “Family Film” screening of the animated Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids (Canada, 2002), about a happy spider family (we assume Mom doesn't eat Dad after mating). Screens with Pelswick, about an adventurous 13-year-old in a wheelchair 1 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: A journalist fabricates in Shattered Glass (2003) 2, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Star Wars fans waiting in line for six weeks to see The Phantom Menace (boy, are they in for a treat) are profiled in Starwoids (Dennis Przywara, 2001). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 7-10): Balseros (Carles Bosch, Josep Domènech, Spain, 2002); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Filmmaker Wayne Ewing offers the Bay Area premiere of Breakfast With Hunter (2004), with Dr. Thompson and his friends. See Ongoing for more 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: MC5: A True Testimonial (2004) screens through March 18. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.; Wed 2 p.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. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (March 3-5): Claudette Colbert is wooed by Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland (as a nobleman in disguise) in The Gilded Lily (Wesley Ruggles, 1935; 7:30 p.m.), screening with John Ford's comedy of mistaken identity The Whole Town's Talking (1935; 5:45, 9 p.m.), with Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 6 & 7): James Stewart civilizes Oregon in Anthony Mann's Bend of the River (1952; 4:35, 7:30 p.m.). It screens with The Falcon Takes Over (Irving Reis, 1942; 6:15, 9:15 p.m.), famous as cinema's first Raymond Chandler adaptation — the plot of Farewell My Lovely is shoehorned into a detective-series vehicle for George Sanders (as PI “Gay Lawrence”).
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 3-7): Big Noise, a “not-for-profit, all-volunteer collective of media-makers … dedicated to circulating beautiful, passionate, revolutionary images,” screens the local premiere of The Fourth World War (2003), “the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict.” $10 7, 9 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (March 3): A Goethe-Institut screening of Von Werra (Werner Schweizer, Switzerland, 2002), a documentary comparison of the lives of German World War II air ace Franz von Werra and actor Hardy Krüger, who played him in a movie. $6 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 4): Two by radical German film essayist Harun Farocki, Inextinguishable Fire (1969), about napalm, and War at a Distance (2003), on postmodern warfare in the Persian Gulf. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 5): The 2004 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival screens here Fridays in March. Tonight, Jos de Putter's Dans, Grozny, Dans (2002; 7 p.m.) looks at a youth dance group out of Chechnya, and Pinochet's Children (Paula Rodriguez, 2002; 8:30 p.m.) follows three kids affected by the Chilean coup of 1973.
TUESDAY (March 9): San Francisco Performances presents a video portrait of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company, Anaphase — The Film, with company members in person for discussion. $6 7 p.m.