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Titanic Titanic, which reputedly had an impressive set in New York, arrives in San Francisco stripped down -- though "denuded" is the better word. The paint budget was apparently nonexistent. Three-D Edwardian splendor might be too much to ask, but…
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April (Italy, 1998) This isn't the first Italian film to descend into the chaos of filmmaking with a tormented auteur as guide -- think Fellini without the phantasma. The first day on set, director Nanni Moretti, playing a version of…
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At All Costs (France, 1996) Claire Simon's rather pointless documentary follows a French entrepreneur as he struggles to keep his food service venture afloat. Jihad, the owner, desperately pleads with his employees, suppliers, and creditors to accept less than what's…
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Don't You Ever Call Me Anything But Mother A year or two ago, I was walking on Van Ness when a woman approached me and told me an incoherent hard-luck story, after which I gave her some money and walked…
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The House of Yes Wendy MacLeod's terrible play relies mostly on the "shocking" exposition of a past sin (brother-sister incest, ho-hum) and its consequences. Director Lori Glumac doesn't bring much to this dog, making a number of clumsy mistakes herself:…
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Transcendental Wild Oats In 1843, Bronson Alcott dragged his family, including daughter Louisa, to a farm near Harvard to found an experiment in transcendental utopianism he called "Fruitlands." Supported in the project by Englishman Charles Lane, he and his benefactor…
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Babes in Arms 42nd Street Moon's latest staged concert may have the best song score (by Rodgers & Hart) of any musical ever, yet it's considerably less famous than many of its numbers, which include "Where or When," "My Funny…
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jaywalking On NPR a few years ago, Marga Gomez seemed personable and sly, but live in her latest piece she's unbelievably amateurish and stiff. She speaks in awkward chunks of words, separated by ill-timed pauses that chop up the natural…
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Glory Box Tim Miller, who lost an NEA grant because of his work's gay themes, has manipulated that setback to great personal and political advantage. His latest piece examines the threat that his Australian lover, Alistair, might be deported, thus…
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The Glass Menagerie Probably the last thing the world needs is another production of The Glass Menagerie. Yet the Aurora Theater Company manages to dust off (though not redeem) the clunky symbolism of the play with some great acting and…
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Solo Gig2 This one-man show by former 49ers fourth-round draft pick Scott Barry recounts his failed efforts to make a living playing football. Barry speaks in the ecstatic cadences of a spoken-word poet, accompanied by a beatnik string bass (played…
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S.F. International Film Festival

The 42nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs over 15 days and presents over 100 movies. It's the biggest annual celebration of cinema in this city -- which is saying a lot, given that we seem to have a…
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One night at the Kabuki ... At a recent 10:50 p.m. Saturday screening of Boogie Nights at the Kabuki Theater, the audience got something less than the Full Monty. For two hours and 15 minutes we had patiently borne the…
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