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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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) 843-FILM, $9.25. Starting this week and replacing the Shattuck, one of this venue”s two screens is now a “calendar house” for Landmark Theater screenings. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 21-27): Jacques Nolot's Porn Theatre (France, 2002). 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun & Thanksgiving Day 2, 4, 6 p.m.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 19): Four-year-old Ponette (Jacques Doillon, 1996) deals with her mother's death in an affecting film 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 22): Ponette 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (Nov. 20): IndyMedia presents KM 0 (2003), a documentary by 20 videomakers about protests at the Cancun WTO meeting last September 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 21): “Intervals,” a series on “relational space,” screens videos on places where “seemingly nothing is happening … but look again” including Gilbert Guerrero's Gilbert Performs a Film About Two People Sitting on a Park Bench and Lee Walton's A Somersault at the Midpoint Between My Coffee Table and My Favorite Bookstore. Let's hope the park bench and the midpoint are in two different relational spaces or there could be chaos 8 p.m.


Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Nov. 21): Fritz Lang's dreamy thriller The Woman in the Window (1944) stars Lang favorites Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea. Highly recommended 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 22): Billy Wilder's nightmarish Hollywood saga Sunset Boulevard (1950) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 23): Robert Mitchum's a deranged preacher in Charles Laughton's entranced Night of the Hunter (1955) 7, 9:30 p.m.


1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, $7.

SUNDAY (Nov. 23): Eric “Crank Yanker” Saks' films incorporating secretly recorded phone conversations, answering machine messages and the like include Dirt, You Talk/I Buy, and a serious investigation of NSA eavesdropping, Nation Elevated. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $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: A series of the postwar films of Japan's Yasujiro Ozu continues with two domestic comedies in color, Equinox Flower (1958; 1, 5:10, 9:25 p.m.) and Good Morning (1959; 3:20, 7:30 p.m.).

THURSDAY: Ozu's late films on themes of loss and transience, Late Autumn (1960; 7 p.m.) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962; 9:30 p.m.).

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 21-27): New prints of Chris Marker's witty worldwide tour/detour Sans Soleil (1982) screens with his celebrated still-frame masterpiece La Jetée (1962) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.


Guzman Hall (second floor), 50 Acacia (between Olive and Magnolia), San Rafael, 454-4039 and for venue, for the “Latino Film Festival,” which screens a video program here this week. $5.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 19): Raymundo (Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina, Argentina, 2002), a documentary on radical filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer, who was “disappeared” by the military junta of the 1970s 7:30 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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 Mondays): Wim Wenders' angelic Wings of Desire (Germany, 1988) screens through Nov. 30 6:30, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. A “Midnites for Maniacs” series continues on Saturdays. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Nov. 22): The comeback you sensed when you saw Matrix Revolutions gains speed with a reissue of Transformers: The Movie (Nelson Shin, 1986). A quick check on its plot (“The Autobots must stop a colossal planet-consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership”) confirms that the Wachowskis copped it all from the cartoon series and this movie and not French philosophy after all. And dig this Internet complaint about the movie: “How the heck were the transformers killed so easily in this one? They were shot up all the time in the series, and didn't even blink … here they get shot once and die … some of the new characters just plain sucked.” Sounds like a Revolutions review to me! midnight


530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

THURSDAY (Nov. 20): A tribute to animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger screens her unique and splendid silhouette feature The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Germany, 1926) plus a documentary on her work, The Art of Lotte Reiniger (Germany, 1971) 7:30 p.m.


3125 16th (at Valencia), 824-3890 and for information on this program. The former offices for the nearby Roxie Theater, now converted into a theater, hosts this Other Cinema program from the ATA's Craig Baldwin. $7-$10. [page]

SATURDAY (Nov. 22): The premiere of James Hong's Spear of Destiny, “a no-budget version of Wagner's Ring after the death of God.” Filmmaker in person 7:30, 9:30 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Anything But Love (Robert Cary, 2002). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 21-27): Jacques Nolot's Porn Theatre (France, 2002). Call for times.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Nov. 21): Robert Nott, author of a new biography of John Garfield, appears with Abe Polonsky's excellent noir Force of Evil (1948) 6:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.25.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Diego Lerman's Suddenly (Argentina/Netherlands, 2002). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 21-27): Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002). Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: Program 3 of “Standby,” a five-week series of video art made in New York City, 1983-93, includes Charles Atlas' gay-themed serial killer Son of Sam and Delilah (1991) and the Pixelvision Strange Weather (Peggy Ahwesh and Margaret Strosser, 1993), about “three listless crackheads” 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The annual Margaret Mead Film Festival of anthropological works continues with Wellspring (Sha Qing, China, 2002), on a rural family's son with cerebral palsy, and My Flesh and Blood (Jonathan Karsh, 2003), about the strong-willed mother of 11 “special needs” kids 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: “Margaret Mead”: Filmmaker Gregorio Valverde hunts The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa (Mexico, 2002), missing footage shot by Hollywood in the teens (also the subject of a recent telefilm with Antonio Banderas), screening with three shorts, including Bill Morrison's reworking of a decayed print of a 1926 melodrama with Lionel Barrymore, The Bells, The Mesmerist (2003) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Author Greil Marcus (Lipstick Traces) introduces a screening of The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962) 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: A series of the films of Yasujiro Ozu opens with his first surviving film, a slapstick comedy set at a ski resort, Days of Youth (Japan, 1929), screening with the surviving fragments of the lost films, also from 1929, A Straightforward Boy and I Graduated, But… 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Artist Luis Recorder will personally manipulate the projector for a screening of his films about films The Optic Curve (2003), Still Succession (2001-3) and more 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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 (Nov. 20): A Thrillville Soul Nite featuring live music from Mocha Velvet Combination and Superfly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972). $8 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 23): Oakland football fans are followed throughout the 2002 season by filmmakers Rogue Squadron in Raider Nation (2003), screening with other Raider films 6 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: José Padilha's Bus 174 (Brazil, 2002) 8:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 8:50 p.m. A Rita Hayworth series screens hubby Orson Welles' poisoned valentine to her and her movie stardom, The Lady from Shanghai (1948) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002). Elephant and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call theater for times.

FRIDAY: The Australian Film Roadshow screens films from Down Under over four days. Tonight, Rachel Perkins' “fiery comic melodrama” Radiance (1998) 7 p.m. Hong Kong immigrants live a Floating Life (Clara Law, 1996) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: “Australian Film Roadshow”: Three Aboriginal teens are friends in Yolngu Boy (Stephen Johnson, 2000) 2:15 p.m. A comedy, Mullet (David Caesar, 2001) 4:30 p.m. Billy Connolly is The Man Who Sued God (Mark Joffe, 2001) 6:30 p.m. The Italian immigrant community's the setting for “raucous” La Spagnola (Steve Jacobs, 2001) 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: Australian Film Roadshow — Yolngu Boy 2:15 p.m. Floating Life 4:15 p.m. Radiance 6:30 p.m. Mullet 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Australian Film Roadshow — La Spagnola 6:30 p.m. The Man Who Sued God 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (Nov. 25-28): Donald O'Connor is remembered with a memorial screening of Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952). Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: The Polish Brothers' Northfork (2003), about potential evacuees awaiting a flood 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's investigation of how animals saved from factory farms can thrive is documented in The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2003). Masson in person 7 p.m. [page]

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The disastrous Rolling Stones concert at Altamont that “ended the '60s” is documented in Gimme Shelter (David and Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, 1970) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The S.F. premiere of Giuseppe Asaro's A Voice from Heaven (1999), documenting the “most beautiful voice in the world” of musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A double bill of Hidden in Plain Sight (John H. Smihula, 2002), and Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure (Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohey, 2003) screen together; see Ongoing for reviews 7 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. An Australian-filmed rock doc, Coldplay Live 2003 9:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), (650) 802-9873 and for more information. $5.

SUNDAY (Nov. 23): Two teenagers from the future “time raft” their way through history and witness the Exodus, the Crucifixion, Buddha, and “the truth about Hermes” in The Golden Laws (Japan, 2003), written and produced by Ryuho Okawa 12:30, 3:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.25. This venerable theater has been assigning one of its eight screens to repertory programming; as of this Friday East Bay Landmark screenings will be at the Act One & Two. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Diego Lerman's Suddenly (Argentina/Netherlands, 2002). Call for times.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY: Ridley Scott's conmen comedy Matchstick Men (2003) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. The theater has begun to program works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Satyajit Ray's The Music Room (1958; 7:30 p.m., about an impoverished aristocrat and his love for music, screens with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers creating their own kind of music in Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A young woman waits for an expected proposal in the mountain resort Kanchenjungha (Ray, 1962; 4:25, 7:30 p.m.), screening with Ray's documentary Sikkim (1971; 6:20, 9:25 p.m.)

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 19): A SF Jewish Film Festival screening of Facing Arthur (Stefan Knerrich, Michael Rey and Amy Rubin, 2001), about the friendship of a German conscientious objector and a 100-year-old Polish refugee. $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 20): The S.F. Cinematheque screens Forevermore (Eric Saks, 1989), a “postobjective documentary” about toxic waste. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 21): “Ten Perfect Moments,” a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, screens Charles Burnett's Let It Rain (1995) and Ousmane Sembene's Emitai (Senegal, 1971), recording France's role drafting Africans to fight during World War II 7:30 p.m.

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