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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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to

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674A 23rd Street, Oakland (at San Pablo), (510) 208-1700. $5 donation.

FRIDAY (July 12): A 1998 prison interview with David Gilbert, jailed in 1981 for his Weather Underground activities, David Gilbert: A Lifetime of Struggle (2002). For more info see 7 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (July 10): A Catherine Deneuve series continues with Alain Corneau's modern French noir Choice of Arms (1981), with Gérard Depardieu as a prison escapee threatening Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 13): Choice of Arms 2 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (July 10): "The Hip-Hop Film and Music Festival" screens F.L.E.P.P.'s The Coalition for the Homeless (2002), scored by The Living Legends, David Chalker's pugilistic Hypocrite (2002), Vie Bravo's work-in-progress Estilo Hip-Hop, and the feature-length cubamore (Joshua Bee Alafia, Cuba/US, 2001), a magical realist romance "direct from the Cuban hip-hop underground." There's also a DIY Seminar/Panel with Todd Hickey, Corey Johnson, Kevin Epps, and Kevin Fitzgerald 7 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" on Saturdays this summer. $8.

SATURDAY (July 13): John Waters' Polyester (1973), the love story of housewife Francine Fishpaw (Divine) and drive-in owner Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), screening in Odorama with Waters regular Mink Stole in person. Midnight.


429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,, $7 save as noted. 552-2075, and $10 save as noted for the S.F. Silent Film Festival (Saturday and Sunday). 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 & THURSDAY: Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu (China, 2001); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Thurs, Sat, & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY: Baz Luhrman's hyperkinetic musical romance Moulin Rouge (2001) gets another workout. Before long we may expect a Rocky Horror­like cult to spring up to lip-synch Jim Broadbent singing "Like a Virgin," or at least a Peaches Christ­hosted midnight screening at the Bridge. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: The 7th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens for two days, with a series of splendid and unusual films. See page 26 for more. Eddie Cline's Captain January (1924), with child star Diane "Baby Peggy" Serra in person 11 a.m. Cecil B. DeMille's version of Survivor, Male and Female (1919) 1:30 p.m. Shiraz (Franz Osten, India, 1928) 6:15 p.m. The hilarious Harold Lloyd comedy Girl Shy (Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1924). $12. 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Silent Film Festival -- Girl Shy 11 a.m. A program of Lost Films includes clips and trailers for many otherwise missing movies 1:30 p.m. Lois Weber's The Blot (1921) 4 p.m. William Wyler's Hell's Heroes (1929), with Wyler actor Terence Stamp in person. $12 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 15-17): Vittorio DeSica's neorealist masterpiece of a cranky old man and his dog, Umberto D (Italy, 1952) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 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. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: You're just another brick in Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker, U.K., 1982) 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

STARTS TUESDAY: The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, U.K., 1992) screens through August 4 8:30, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight


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 "Higher Education" series of college-based films screens Gregory LaCava's The Age of Consent (1932), a social problem drama about sexually active collegians relayed with a good dose of LaCava's trademark humor, soon to be deployed in such screwball classics as My Man Godfrey. Recommended 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A "Second Chance" series of PFA-screened films that were sold out or otherwise deserve another showing commences with Andre S. Labarthe's documentary about Gallic moralist Eric Rohmer: With Supporting Evidence (1994; 7 p.m.), and Rohmer's The Aviator's Wife (1980; 9:15 p.m.), about a "sleep-deprived paranoid obsessive" in love.

FRIDAY: A series of films by Brazilian director Sergio Bianchi screens Romance (1987; 7:30 p.m.), on the mystery surrounding the death of a crusading journalist, and Chronically Unfeasible (2000; 9:30 p.m.), on strange doings in a high-class restaurant. Romance repeats on Tuesday.

SATURDAY: Two of the more brilliant comedies by writer/director Preston Sturges screen this evening, The Palm Beach Story (1942; 4:30, 9:30 p.m.) and The Lady Eve (1941; 7 p.m.). To quote some signature dialogue, "Don't eat 'em -- you'll live longer" and "Snakes are my life," respectively. Critic David Thomson will introduce The Lady Eve.

SUNDAY: A program of films from Armenia includes Prison Art (Garegin Zakoyan, Genady Melkonyan, 1998), about art created in Armenia's cells, with narration drawn from the prisoners' letters. One of the quoted prisoners is Armenian cultural champion Sergei Paradjanov, whose film, long banned, The Color of Pomegranates (Armenia/USSR, 1968), follows Prison Art in a program beginning at 5:30 p.m. Three short films by Armenian film artist Arthur Peleshian, The Seasons (1975), We (1969) and The Beginning (1967) 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Sergio Bianchi's Romance 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (July 12): Howard Hawks' comedy of journalism His Girl Friday (1940), with Cary Grant as the magnificently callous editor, and Rosalind Russell as Friday 8 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 (July 11): A "Thrillville" screening of the unheralded horror film The Devil's Rain (1975), with Ida Lupino, Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, and John Travolta in his film debut. $6 9:15 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. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Zacharias Kunuk's The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (Canada, 2001) 7:30 p.m. Elling (Petter Naess, Norway, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m. Enigma (Michael Apted, U.K., 2002) 9 p.m. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili, Israel, 2001) 6:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.


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: Micky Lemle's profile of the Dali Lama, Compassion in Exile (1992), with music by Philip Glass 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Kevin Fitzgerald's Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, a work-in-progress screening of a documentary emphasizing the spiritual side of hip hop. MCs Supernatural and Craig-G are featured 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Tish Streeten's Juliette of the Herbs (1999), which ran very successfully many times at the late, lamented Fine Arts in Berkeley, makes its West Bay premiere. It's a documentary about the holistic vet and herbalist Juliette deBairacli Levy 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000), held over for a third week, screens through July 16. See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, "The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema," a collaboration between SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, continues a monthly series with filmmakers in person. $15.

THURSDAY (July 11): A program of Scratch Cinema, billed as a "new hybrid art form... in a live fusion of music and the moving image." Pieces from, "a Seattle-based new-media phenomena" (we thought that was Bill Gates) and DJ Sutekh are featured 7 p.m.


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: A double bill of The Sea Hawk (Frank Lloyd, 1924; 7:30 p.m.), with Milton Sills as the English nobleman sold as a galley slave, and a sea adventure with Errol Flynn, The Sea Hawk (Michael Curtiz, 1940; 9:45 p.m.), which is quite different. Live organ accompaniment for the silent version played by Dennis James; celebrated Erich Wolfgang Korngold score for the sound film.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: After a hiatus a series of the films of Cary Grant returns with Joseph Mankiewicz's People Will Talk (1951; 7:30 p.m.), with Grant as a loquacious doctor, and Room for One More (Norman Taurog, 1952; 5:40, 9:30 p.m.), with Grant and Betsy Drake unable to stop adopting kids. SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The popular Cary Grant thriller To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:30 p.m.) plays with the weepy romantic comedy An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey, 1957; 5:25, 9:30 p.m.) -- it's the one beloved by all the women in Sleepless in Seattle.


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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston (1989), a film poem about Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, screens through July 14 at 11 a.m. Daily screenings of three documentaries by artist-in-residence Ellen Bruno on social issues in three Asian countries, Samsara, Satya, and Sacrifice, repeat thrice daily; free with gallery admission noon, 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY: Outlaw filmmaker Larry Clark's made-for-cable remake of a Roger Corman quickie, Teenage Caveman (2001). Free with gallery admission 7, 9 p.m.


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