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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Page Turner (Denis Dercourt, France, 2006) 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 13-19): A revival of Alberto Lattuada's black comedy Mafioso (Italy, 1962), with the great Alberto Sordi. See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (April 13): An "April in Paris" series of French films continues with Claude Sautet's The Heart in Winter (1992), with Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Beart 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 15): The San Francisco Womens' Film Festival offers a tribute to filmmaker Penelope Spheeris, in person with her film Suburbia (1983), plus short films and Closing Night live music. $10 7 p.m.
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. An historic theater hosts regular screenings of silent films. $5.
SATURDAY (April 14): A foreshortened Lon Chaney seeks revenge in the gripping, filmed-in-San Francisco silent melodrama The Penalty (Wallace Worsley, 1921)7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.edu. $8, double bills $12. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives on its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public (pending available seats), taught by Marilyn Fabe, screens Woody Allen's poignant 1930s Hollywood retrospect The Purple Rose of Cairo (1982) 3 p.m. Jean Vigo's anarchic classics Taris (France, 1931) and Zero for Conduct (France, 1933) screen with live soundtracks from UC Berkeley students 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Time After Time, a program of UCB student films, including Multiple Hugs and Kisses (Yosuke Hosaka) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A disabled girl is buoyant despite everything in the inspiring The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1999) 7 p.m. Jack Nicholson stars as a disillusioned reporter in Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy, 1975) 8:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: Ning Ying's police comedy On the Beat (China, 1995) 6:30 p.m. A film director seeks perfection, or at least an Identification of a Woman (Antonioni, Italy, 1982) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A rare screening of Antonioni's documentary look at China during the Cultural Revolution, Chung Kuo China (Italy, 1972) very pretty, but it misses the story 2 p.m.
TUESDAY: UCLA archivist Ross Lipman discusses the hard work of restoring four short films by Kenneth Anger and then screens new prints of Fireworks (1947), Scorpio Rising (1963) and more 7:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Southern California's ruined inland sea, as seen in Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, 2005). Metzler in person for evening shows 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Go down to Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006) and see who's on the slab in this new fantasy classic 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A "pad thai western," Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng Thailand 2000) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 17 & 18): The first two installments of artist and Vaseline wrestler Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 1 (1996) and Cremaster 2 (1999) billed as a "gothic westrern" featuring murderer Gary Gillmore. They play together at 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Follow a Police Beat (Robinson Devor, 2006) with a Muslim bicycle cop in Seattle 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: A reverent documentary on A Zen Life (Michael Goldberg, U.S.-Japan, 2006), that of scholar D.T. Suzuki 7 p.m. Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 13-19): Sound of the Soul (Stephen Olsson, 2007). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco Womens' Film Festival offers a panel discussion on Documentary and Activism featuring local filmmakers Deborah Koons-Garcia, Connie Field and others. Free 2 p.m.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens Resistance as Democracy (Ron Smith and Larry Mosqueda), about he rise of the FMLN in El Salvador. Free 11:30 a.m.
TUESDAY: Archivist Rick Prelinger presents "The Future Simplified: Extinct Promises from Three World's Fairs" including The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939) and Century 21 Calling (1962) 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (April 12): A video about body images, love and sex from the viewpoint of nine female-to-male (FTM) transmen and their partners in Enough Man (Luke Woodward, 2007). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006) 4 p.m.