Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, 21grand.org.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): A Croatian soldier's disturbing dreams constitute Antero Alli's Hysteria (2002); filmmaker in person. Also, live music by Sylvi Alli. $5-10 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 13 & 14): The fourth annual T-10 Video Festival screens 20 short videos by 20 different people over two nights, with works by Peter Freund featured Saturday and Lise Swenson on Sunday. Other videos include Alicia Pattner's Comedy: The Other Black Gold and Bruce Bottin's Golem vs. Dumbeast. $5-10 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. Replacing the Shattuck, one of this venue's two screens is now a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ben Coccio's Zero Day (2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 12-18): Yossi & Jagger (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2002); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10): R.W. Fassbinder's ultimate film, Querelle (1982), features Brad Davis, as well as Jeanne Moreau crooning, "Each man kills the thing he loves" 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 13): Querelle 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10): Kerry Laitala presents a "New Wave Stop Action Sex Party" featuring movies spawned from the loins of the Graphics Film Class at the San Francisco Art Institute, including the group projects Death Has a Driver's License, Motion Spastics, and Filmalicious Findings. Three Dollar Frolics begin at 7:30 p.m., films at 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): ANSWER screens Filipino radical filmmaker Lino Brocka's Ora Pro Nobis (Fight for Us, video, 1989), a docudrama about the human rights abuses of anti-communist citizens' committees 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 13): A program of "Direct Animation" offers handmade work by Phil Solomon, Luis Recorder, Devon Damonte, Ken Paul Rosenthal, and others, plus an eight-hour Direct Film Manipulation Workshop prior to the show (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to participate) 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (Dec. 12): A showing of Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940), a warm Christmas drama scripted by Preston Sturges, with Barbara Stanwyck as a shoplifter incarcerated for the holidays in Fred MacMurray's home, is an unexpected seasonal treat 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 13): Jimmy Stewart looks out the Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954), but the Santa he sees is a white-haired man disappearing his wife 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 14): Rear Window 5 p.m. Remember the Night 7:15 p.m. Separate admission.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 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 & THURSDAY: A new print of Fred Zinnemann's film of James Jones' novel about the U.S. Navy on the eve of Pearl Harbor, From Here to Eternity (1953), with '50s icons Lancaster, Clift, Sinatra, Borgnine, and Reed 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 12-18): A new print of Federico Fellini's "Rimini Graffiti," I Vitelloni (Italy, 1954), an autobiographical film about the prolonged adolescence of young men in a small town. See Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 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): Jacques Demy's deliriously romantic musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France, 1964) screens through Dec. 21 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. A "Midnites for Maniacs" series continues on Saturdays. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): A "Slumber Party Triple Feature" will keep you up all night with Prom Night (Paul Lynch, 1980), with Jamie Lee Curtis and a bevy of slasher trailers midnight. Skatetown USA (William A. Levey, 1979), with Scott Baio and more trailers 2 a.m. And Zapped! (Robert Rosenthal, 1982), with Baio and free cereal to all who've survived 4 a.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10): A young girl wants to dance at the Tropicana in the comedy Paradise Under the Stars (Cuba, 1999), a benefit screening for SF-Bay Area Friendshipment/ Pastors for Peace. $8-15 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): The perils of genetic engineering are posed in Fed Up! $6 7:30 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. $9.50.