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Culture, The Exhibitionist New On Video: Ruthless Redford in <i>Downhill Racer</i>

New On Video: Ruthless Redford in Downhill Racer

Michael Ritchie’s Downhill Racer has never quite gotten the respect it deserves. It tends to get overshadowed by star Robert Redford’s other film from 1969, the slightly more crowd-pleasing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Director Ritchie’s career…
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Film, "Venus in Fur": Roman Polanski's Tepid Look Behind the Curtain

"Venus in Fur": Roman Polanski's Tepid Look Behind the Curtain

Roman Polanski's new movie has no right to be as tedious as it is. Based on the Tony-winning play by David Ives, with whom Polanski adapted the script, Venus in Fur does little more than pose an art-film question for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist NBC's <i>Rosemary's Baby</i>: French Twist on a Classic Chiller

NBC's Rosemary's Baby: French Twist on a Classic Chiller

On Sunday night, the Peacock network unveils its reimagined version of Rosemary's Baby -- the seminal 1968 horror classic which brought respectability, including an Oscar for co-star Ruth Gordon, to the often maligned horror genre. At the time horror…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roman Polanski, Legendary Cinema Phantom, Was (Sort of) at the Roxie on Saturday

Roman Polanski, Legendary Cinema Phantom, Was (Sort of) at the Roxie on Saturday

I can't pretend the nasty word "rapist" wasn't rattling around in the back of my head as we waited for Roman Polanski's aged elfin visage to appear on the Roxie's screen on Saturday afternoon. There is an uncomfortable mix of…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings for April 3-9, 2013

Aquarium of the Bay. Bad Movie Night: Shark Week: The Dark Room Theater's incisive critics/comics sink their teeth into The Asylum's 2012 straight-to-video stinker in which a group of strangers are forced to survive a "horrifying gauntlet" of deadly sharks.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Live From France

Live From France

Hyperbolists will have a field day applying heightened language to Saturday's event at the Roxie, but the simple fact is that, for San Francisco cineastes, this represents a once-in-a-generation kind of event. Under the threat of arrest and imprisonment in…
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Film, "Carnage": Parents Rage in Brownstone Brooklyn

"Carnage": Parents Rage in Brownstone Brooklyn

In Carnage, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play, posh pair Alan and Nancy (Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet) come to the home of wholesaler Michael (John C. Reilly) and crunchy author Penelope (Jodie Foster) to discuss how to…
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Calendar, Night&Day "Polite" Society Upended

"Polite" Society Upended

In Carnage, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's hit play, posh pair Alan and Nancy (Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet) come to the home of wholesaler Michael (John C. Reilly) and crunchy author Penelope (Jodie Foster) to discuss how to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

We’ve told you before what a supreme weirdo Will Franken is. Take the whole cast of Monty Python, add the Firesign Theatre, mix in one of those amateur improv shows that defies expectations, and, well, you’d be close to what…
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Film, Feature

J. Hoberman's Top 10 Movies of 2010

Many of my favorite films of the year are still awaiting wider release, so although this list wraps up my 2010, it can also serve as a guide to your 2011. My No. 1 film, in fact, sneaks into New…
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Calendar, Night&Day Horror Business

Horror Business

Horror is all too often dissed as a low-rent genre, but talented directors from Roman Polanski to Francis Ford Coppola to Sam Raimi have entered the film biz through that dark door. This particularly ambitious threesome escaped the movie industry’s…
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Film, Film Feature Belle de 50 Ans

Belle de 50 Ans

Siren. Icon. Muse. You can apply any or all of those labels to Catherine Deneuve but trying to make any one of them stick is trickier than lighting a match in a rainstorm. Ask her about her five-decade career in…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for October 15-21

Compiled by Hiya Swanhuyser and Traci Vogel. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. The Invisible Forest: A film by Antero Alli about Antonin Artaud and insomnia. Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.),…
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Film, Forget It, Jake, It's Court TV

Forget It, Jake, It's Court TV

Along its winding road to crucifying the American judiciary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired — which aired to mostly warm reviews on HBO a month before its theatrical release — grinds some blunt axes, makes some dizzying leaps to judgment,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired</i>

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Thirty years ago, Roman Polanski did a very bad thing, but he was never brought to justice because he went away -- to Europe. Of course everyone thinks he's guilty as sin, which is what everyone thinks when you flee…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish New on DVD -- <i>Sesame Street, Chinatown Collector's Edition, Sicko Collector's Edition</i>

New on DVD -- Sesame Street, Chinatown Collector's Edition, Sicko Collector's Edition

Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once educational and groovy as all get-out, comes the latest in greatest hits from Sesame Street before the neighborhood was gentrified…
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Film, Artful Dodging

Artful Dodging

It's almost impossible to watch Roman Polanski's rendition of Oliver Twist without drawing parallels between the deprivations endured by the book's young protagonist and the director's own brutal boyhood. A Jew raised in Nazi-occupied Poland, Polanski first tackled the Holocaust…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nocturne

Nocturne

By Nov. 15, 1940, the Germans had forced nearly 500,000 Polish Jews into a walled ghetto inside Warsaw; by the time the Germans retreated from the country about four years later, only 20 Jews were left alive in the city.…
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Film,

The Good Creepiness; the Bad Creepiness

Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Polanski and Gerard Brach. Starring Catherine Deneuve. Opens Friday, May 22, at the Castro. Gummo Written and directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Darby Dougherty, Chloe Sevigny, Carisa…
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Film,

Drowning in Memory

The gothic rainstorm that blusters for all but the last few minutes of A Pure Formality would nicely suit a movie about Transylvanian vampires, or monsters with zipper necks. But because the deluged land is France, the nearest thing to…
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