Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 7): A monthlong tribute to Eric Rohmer commences with the director's own tribute to Claire's Knee (France, 1970) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 10): Claire's Knee 2 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" devoted to camp guilty pleasures. $8.
SATURDAY (Aug. 10): Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest (1981), career-damning for Perry and star Faye Dunaway. This film, and an accompanying fifth annual Mother/Daughter Mud-wrestling Match, closes the series midnight.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 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: Karmen Geï (Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Senegal, 2000); see Ongoing for more 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Les Blank's Flower Films marks its 35th anniversary with a screening of Blank's Burden of Dreams (1982), a documentary portrait of filmmaker Werner Herzog's passionate attempts to create his grand opera film Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon jungle. Poor Herzog has never recovered the indie-cult reputation he had as a poetic visionary before this exposé. Why can't Blank pick on Michael Bay for a change? $15 reception at 6 p.m., screening with Q&A session to follow with the filmmakers at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 9-15): D.A. Pennebaker's long-unseen concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973), with David Bowie in glam mode; see Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. 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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): Run and gun with La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, France, 1990), screening through Aug. 25 at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" in its 40-seat theater. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: Fruit of the Vine, "a film about skateboarding in empty swimming pools" 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Knut Hamsun's great 1890 novel about a starving writer, Hunger, is now a video about an unemployed screenwriter (Robert Culp's son Joseph) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A gay comedian comes out in Chicago in Straightman 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Anne-Sophie Birot's Girls Can't Swim (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Benoit Jacquot's Sade (France, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $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 rejected poet wreaks revenge on college president Larry Hagman by seducing his wife, daughter, and mistress in satirist Theodore Flicker's Up in the Cellar (1970) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program of "ephemeral" films curated by archivist Rick Prelinger offers such gems as a German documentary on ants; Tommy Kirk, Angie Dickinson, and Tex Ritter touring American landmarks by Greyhound bus in Freedom Highway (1956); and Citizens for Decent Literature's anti-pornographic Perversion for Profit (c. 1965) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frantisek Vlácil's medieval epic The Valley of the Bees (Czechoslovakia, 1967) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: France's working-class hero Jean Gabin is honored with a screening of the Occupation-set dark comedy Four Bags Full (1957; 7 p.m.), penned by the celebrated writing team of Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost; and Pierre Granier-Deferre's Le Chat (1971; 8:40 p.m.), with Gabin and Simone Signoret in a bitter adaption of a Simenon tale about an old couple who hate each other.
SUNDAY: A Czech veteran's return home to ruins after World War II is the subject of Frantisek Vlácil's Adelheid (Czechoslovakia, 1969) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Lovers try to communicate in Anne-Marie Miéville's Lou Didn't Say No (France/Switzerland, 1993), plus her short Living It Up (1987) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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. Doors open at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 9): Stanley Kubrick's truly twisted Dr. Strangelove (1964) 8 p.m.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $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: Rivers and Tides 7, 9 p.m. Siddhartha 6:45 p.m. Sex and Lucia 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 8:45 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A series that has paid tribute to Hollywood classicist William Wyler concludes with his much-loved version of Wuthering Heights (1939), with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Karmen Geï (Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Senegal, 2000); see Ongoing for more. Call for other films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: A new surfing documentary from the makers of Year of the Drag-In and Whipped!!!, 100 Ft. Wednesday (Curt Myers and Eric W. Nelson, 2002) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Skateboard though Venice in the 1970s in Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Closed to the public! Private screening.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $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) has attracted quite a following and is continuing indefinitely. See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org. "The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema," a collaboration between SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, continues a monthly series. $15.
THURSDAY (Aug. 8): Czech animator Jan Svankmajer's Alice (1988), with discussion to follow 7 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $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: Nijinsky (Paul Cox, Australia, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Benoit Jacquot's Sade (France, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $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: The Stanford favors us with a double bill of both silent and sound versions of The Prisoner of Zenda; the earlier version (Rex Ingram, 1922; 7:30 p.m.), with Ramon Navarro, features live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. The sound version (John Cromwell, 1937; 9:35 p.m.) stars Ronald Colman and Madeline Carroll, with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as the villain.
STARTS THURSDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's evergreen North by Northwest (1959; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.), with Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill -- "the O stands for nothing" -- screens with Billy Wilder's Sahara-set spy thriller Five Graves to Cairo (1943; 5:40, 10 p.m.), with Franchot Tone, and Erich von Stroheim as Rommel. Screens through Aug. 16.
449 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263. (Note -- no longer at its old 21 Grand St. address!) $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY (Aug. 10): "Graft Work," a film/sound/performance program featuring "Nonet Firing Patterns -- Experiments in Cell Grafting," billed as nine Super 8 film images, plus nine portable record players, creating "a cacophony of multiple sounds, images and meanings" by Owen O'Toole, Charles Kremenak, and John Reilly. Also, Breathing for Others by optically printed found footage master Kerry Laitala, and more 9 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India noon.
WEDNESDAY: HBO sponsors theatrical screenings of its attention-getting "Frame by Frame" documentary film series this week, with many directors in person. See www.hbo.com/framebyframe or call (888) 684-0365 for more. Tonight, High on Crack Street: The Lost Lives in Lowell (Jon Alpert, Maryann De Leo, Rich Farrell) 6 p.m. The filmmaker's ailing father is profiled in Papa (Alpert) 6:45 p.m. A War Photographer is followed through Bosnia and Ramallah by filmmaker Christian Frei 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Frame by Frame" -- A 15-year-old boy is accused of Murder on a Sunday Morning (Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Denis Poncet) in this Oscar-winning documentary 6 p.m. Bay Area street musician Thoth, profiled by Sarah Kernochan, will perform live after this screening. Another Oscar winner 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Frame by Frame" -- Joe and Harry Gantz's Taxicab Confessions 2003 -- sure not to be an Oscar winner 6 p.m. The Celluloid Closet, Hollywood's history of gays on film, as seen by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, with reception to follow 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Frame by Frame" -- Teamsters take on Overnite Transportation in American Standoff (Barbara Kopple and Kristi Jacobson) 6 p.m. Alexandra Pelosi's Journeys With George (Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky), hangin' with G.W. on the 2000 campaign trail 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Frame by Frame" -- Four Amish teenagers are allowed to visit the "English" world in Devil's Playground (Lucy Walker and Steven Cantor) 6 p.m. TV comedians hang out with filmmaker David Zieger in Funny Old Guys 8 p.m. A scientist turned junkyard collector specializes in Los Alamos history in Atomic Ed & the Black Hole (Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: "Frame by Frame" -- The art of drag in Dragtime (Patti Kaplan) 2 p.m. Two transgendered lovers in the backwoods of Georgia find Southern Comfort (Kate Davis) 4 p.m. Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues 6 p.m. Monica Lewinsky's version, Monica in Black and White (Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato) 8 p.m.