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

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): Chantal Akerman's A Couch in New York (France, 1996) stars William Hurt and Juliette Binoche in this psychiatric romance 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 15): A Couch in New York 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.

SATURDAY (Feb. 15): Other Cinema opens its spring season with Atenco, Machete Rebellion and Terra Si! Aviones No!, two video documentaries about a successful peasant rebellion against an airport 8:30 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: Transvestite actor/singer Akhiro Maruyama stars in a follow-up to the recently revived crime film Black Lizard, Black Rose Mansion (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1969), as the main attraction at a men's club 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: A world premiere celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lesbian couple Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, No Secret Anymore (Joan E. Biren, 2003). $15. Reception 6 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m., film 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 14-20): A revival of Henri-Georges Clouzot's icy Quai des Orfèvres (France, 1947) — recommended to cynics and film lovers everywhere 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.


1306 Mission (at Ninth Street), 820-3907 and for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here on Wednesday and Thursday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest — Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping 2:45 p.m. The Austin bicycle scene's immortalized in Bike Like U Mean It 5 p.m. Experimental filmmaker Harry Smith's remembered in American Magus 7:15 p.m. Seven kids meet cannibals on Hell's Highway (S. Lee Taylor, 2002) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest — A romantic comedy set to Muzak, Easy Listening (Pamela Corkley, 2002) 2:45 p.m. “Fuel for the Quirky Alone” (shorts) 5 p.m. Punk rockers spend Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl (Genevieve Coleman, 2002) 7:15 p.m. Brian Flemming's Nothing So Strange is a documentary from an alternate world where Bill Gates was assassinated in 1999. How about one where MS/DOS software worked? 9:30 p.m.


6601 Shellmound, Emeryville, 820-3907 and for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here Friday through Sunday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted. See Digital Movie House entry for some film descriptions.

FRIDAY (Feb. 14): IndieFest — The computer-animated Missing Persons (Matthew and Dan O'Donnell, 2002) 4:45 p.m. A genius' clone wants to be a janitor in The Snowflake Crusade (Megan Holley, 2002) 7 p.m. Nothing So Strange 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 15): IndieFest — Wealthy campers travel from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart and discover This Is Nowhere 6 p.m. American Magus 8 p.m. “Sex Rated” (shorts) 10 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 16): IndieFest — Bike Like U Mean It 12:30 p.m. “DIY and Doc” (shorts) 2:30 p.m. Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl 4:45 p.m. Five losers are Stuck (Paul Stephen and David Owen, 2002) 7 p.m. The bondage underground occupies its Headspace 9:15 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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Mira Nair's colorful crowd-pleaser Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Gérard Depardieu stars in the highly popular costumer Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, 1990), screening through March 2 6:15, 8:30, 10:45 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This “Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar” offers an “SF IndieFest MicroCinema” Mondays through Fridays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: M. Emmet Walsh is in Critters (Stephen Herek, 1986) so it can't be all bad … on the other hand, Stephen Herek went on to direct Mr. Holland's Opus and Life or Something Like It! 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Recent Mexican upheaval is documented in Zapatista (Benjamin Eichert and Rick Rowley, 1999) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: John Michael McCarthy's Superstarlet A.D. (2000), about a post-apocalypse era roamed by women in vintage underwear 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Herbert Brenon's excellent silent version of Peter Pan (1924) stars Betty Bronson as the boy who won't grow up 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981) stars no one you ever heard of, and it's by a director who appears to have made a home for himself in French Canadian TV. Caveat emptor! 8 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a “February Film Noir” series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films featuring noir expert Eddie Muller.

FRIDAY (Feb. 14): For Valentine's Day, a love story for men sure their women will betray them — Robert Siodmak's Criss Cross (1949) 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. $8.75. [page]

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alex and Andrew J. Smith's The Slaughter Rule (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 14-20): Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $7, second show $1.50. 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: A UCB film history class open to the public screens V.I. Pudovkin's Mother (U.S.S.R., 1926) 3 p.m. A Gus Van Sant tribute continues with his breakthrough feature Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and his hard-to-see short films Four Boys in a Volvo (Levi's Road Trip), DeWitt Clinton Choir, and The Discipline of DE 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Van Sant's latest, Gerry (2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: More Van Sant — Falstaff reworked as My Own Private Idaho (1991), plus the short Flea Captain Beefheart 7 p.m. Nicole Kidman is To Die For (1995), plus a William S. Burroughs rant, Thanksgiving Prayer 9:10 p.m.

SATURDAY: A series of classics from the Czech New Wave commences with two long-banned films that directly comment on Stalinism, The Joke (Jaromil Jires, 1968; 7 p.m.) and Jiri Menzel's excellent dark comedy of intellectuals being re-educated on a scrapheap, Larks on a String (1969; 8:40 p.m.).

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of Minoes (Vincent Bal, Netherlands, 2001), about two 11-year-olds who switch sexes. English subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. “Aardvarks, Amphibians and All That Jazz” 3 p.m. A medieval Czech epic — sold out in its screening last August — Frantisek Vlácil's Markéta Lazarova (1967) 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: Experimental cinema — A program of “apocalyptic visions” includes Christopher MacLaine's The End (1953), Larry Jordan's dreamlike collage Our Lady of the Sphere (1969), and much more 7 p.m. Structuralist humor from Owen Land's New Improved Institutional Quality (1976) and Michael Snow's Back and Forth (1968-69) 8:50 p.m.


3301 Lyon (at Bay),; 381-2644 for this program. General admission (Visionary Art Gallery & Video Presentations): both days $20, one day $15.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Feb. 15 & 16): The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation's second annual Visionary Art, Music & Video Festival, a benefit for the Global Peace Foundation ( and the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (, offers continuous screenings starting at noon.


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 (Feb. 13): A “Valentine's Double D Double Feature” proffers William Winckler's The Double-D Avenger (2001) starring three veterans of Russ Meyer films made 30 or more years ago, with one of them, Raven De La Croix, in person, together with director and cast. Also, Ted Mikels' Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2001), a sequel of sorts to a 1968 film, starring another Meyer alumna, Tura Satana. “Burn the bras of your brain and let it all hang out in Thrillville for this once in a lifetime event! No silicone, baby, they're ALL REAL!” says impresario Will Viharo. Projected “Double DVD.” $8 7:30 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 Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Noam Chomsky articulates his opinions about 9/11 in Power and Terror (John Junkerman, 2003) 7:15 p.m. Terry Gilliam is Lost in La Mancha (Keith Fulton, Luis Pepe, U.K., 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Shanghai Ghetto (Dana Janklowicz-Mann, Amir Mann, 2002) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002); see Opening for review. Shanghai Ghetto and Rabbit-Proof Fence continue. Call theater for times and other films.

FRIDAY: Haydn Reiss' documentary on the newly popular 13th-century mystic poet Rumi — Poet of the Heart (1998), with filmmaker in person 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: A weekly Pre-Code Hollywood series introduced by Mick LaSalle continues with Monta Bell's offbeat Downstairs (1932), with John Gilbert as an opportunistic servant laying siege to a household 7 p.m.


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: Screening in conjunction with the S.F. Bluegrass Fest, David Hoffman's Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends (1971) tells the tale of the country-western legend 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 13-19): The love story of two transsexuals in rural Georgia, Southern Comfort (Kate Davis, 2000). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m., Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,; 820-3907 and for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here Feb. 12-16. $8 regular admission; $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m. for S.F. Indie films save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A. See Digital Movie House and Expression Center for more plot descriptions of IndieFest films.

WEDNESDAY: The fifth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival continues here with Heart of America (Uwe Boll, Germany, 2003), about teenagers planning a Columbine-type massacre 12:30 p.m. J.T. Kelly's $6,000 horror film Soft for Digging (2002) 2:45 p.m. A drama of pregnancy, Expecting (Deborah Day, Canada, 2002) 5 p.m. Nothing So Strange 7:15 p.m. Headspace 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: IndieFest — Missing Persons 5 p.m. “Salinger's Sort” (shorts about teens) 7:15 p.m. Heart of America 9:30 p.m. [page]

FRIDAY: IndieFest — Hell's Highway 5 p.m. Soft for Digging 7 p.m. Gollum, Gollum! Peter Jackson's uncensored splatter comedy Brain Dead (New Zealand, 1992) 9:15 p.m. From Japan, the “most offensive” of the five or six films Takashi Miike dashed off in 2001, Vistor Q 11:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: IndieFest — Jay Lee's thriller Noon Blue Apples (2003) noon. A horror film, with big black goats, Horror (Dante Tomaseli, 2002) 2:15 p.m. A rediscovered unreleased horror oddity from 1977, George Barry's Death Bed — it's about a bed that eats people 4:30 p.m. Killers just want to be Alive (Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan, 2002) 7 p.m. A cartoonist's life is taken over by a dead dog in Lucky (Steve Cuden, 2002) 9:30 p.m. Walerian Borowczyk's art porn The Beast (France, 1977) 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: IndieFest — Xan Price's unclassifiable Nitwit (2002) noon. Horror from Hong Kong, Cheng Wai Man's Sleeping With the Dead (2002) 2:15 p.m. A rediscovered film by horror maestro Mario Bava, Kidnapped (Italy, 1974/2002) 4:30 p.m. Elvis and JFK hang out in the old folks' home in Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (2001) 7 p.m. A cult favorite about carnage in a prison, Riky-Oh (Nam Nai Cho, Hong Kong, 1993) 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: A B-movie exploitation double bill offers Steve Sekely's Women in Bondage (1943; 6, 9:15 p.m.) and William Rowland's Women of the Night (1948; 7:25, 10:35 p.m.), both dwelling on Nazi mistreatment of women.

TUESDAY: Andre de Toth's swamp melodrama Dark Waters (1944; 8 p.m.), with Merle Oberon, screens with George Sherman's The Lady and the Monster (1944; 6:15, 9:40 p.m.), with Erich Von Stroheim putting a criminal's brain into his assistant's cranium.


S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center (see separate entry).

SUNDAY (Feb. 16): “Graphic Sonic,” a program of works set to music by composers including Paul Bowles, Johann Strauss, and the Beatles, includes Romance Sentimentale (Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Alexandrov, Switzerland, 1930), Nathaniel Dorsky's Night Waltz, “Lanky” Stu Bircke's Primal Scene, Abigail Child's 8 Million, Stan Brakhage's … (Reel 5), and more 7:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alex and Andrew J. Smith's The Slaughter Rule (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 14-20): Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Warren Williams is a shyster lawyer as The Mouthpiece (James Flood and Elliott Nugent, 1932; 7:30 p.m.) and a manipulator of Skyscraper Souls (Edgar Selwyn, 1932; 5:40, 9:05 p.m.) in these Pre-Code dramas.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Rita Hayworth puts the blame on Mame in Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:55 p.m.), screening with Max Ophuls' excellent domestic noir The Reckless Moment (1949; 5:55, 9:30 p.m.), with Joan Bennett as a housewife whose daughter is being blackmailed. (This film's source novel was recently remade as The Deep End — this one's better.)

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous loop screenings by Swedish video artists through April 13 — On Wednesdays, Annka Ström's The Artist Live; on Thursdays, Ström's Ten New Love Songs; on Fridays, Anneè Olofsson's Ricochet and The Thrill Is Gone; on Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Anneè Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): The S.F. Latino Film Festival screens Too Much Love (Demasiado Amor, Ernesto Rimoch, Mexico, 2001), about two sisters who move from rural Mexico to the Spanish coast. $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Feb. 13): The San Francisco Cinematheque screens a rarely available classic of experimental French silent film, Marcel L'Herbier's The Late Mathias Pascal (1927), from a novel by Luigi Pirandello about a librarian (legendary actor Ivan Mosjoukine) who attempts to forge a new identity. Recommended! $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Feb. 14): The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival screens here this week and next. Tonight, James Longley's Gaza Strip (2002; 7:30 p.m.), a cinéma vérité look at ordinary Palestinians, and Avi Mograbi's August (2002; 9 p.m.), a portrait of Israel in August 2001. $6.

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