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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): A baker's assistant precipitates a crisis in the riot-torn Algiers of 1988 in Bab-El Oued City (Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 1994) 6 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

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

THURSDAY (Aug. 5): CUNextTuesday screens Live Nude Girls Unite! (Julia Query, 2000), a record of the struggle to unionize the Lusty Lady 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Weine's expressionist masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) screens with a new score by the Zag Men 8 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. The yearlong effort to establish screenings of classic films in 35mm in a former U.S. Navy theater ends this weekend with this final program.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Mitchum is pursued Out of the Past in Jacques Tourneur's outstanding 1947 noir 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Cary Grant is pursued North by Northwest in Alfred Hitchcock's beloved 1959 chase 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): North by Northwest 5 p.m. Out of the Past 7:30 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): A one-day screening of the Iranian comedy The Lizard. $9 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

BRIDGE

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" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Joan Crawford stars as Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981), complete with a mother/daughter mud-wrestling competition midnight.

CASTRO

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: John Greyson's Proteus (South Africa, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Jackie Curtis is Superstar in a Housedress (Craig Highberger, 2004). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering!" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Films that tinker with films include Bill Morrison's lovely re-edit of a 1926 Lionel Barrymore movie, The Bells, Light Is Calling (2003), plus Virgil Widrich's Fast Film and more 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): Space gets tinkered with in Nina Paley's Fetch (2001), Felipe Dulzaides' Blowing Things Away, and Oscar Fischinger's film of dancing cigarettes, Muretti Gets in the Act! (1934) 2 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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 Monday): Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.

FOUR STAR

2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): A "Takashi Miike Madness Slumber Party" screens three horror films by the Japanese director, the versions of Fudoh (1996), Ichi the Killer (2001), and Visitor Q (2001). $10 midnight.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has just reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 per feature save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (U.K., 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: A weeklong "Tribute to Marlon Brando" screens The Wild One (Lazslo Benedek, 1954; 6:30 p.m. ) with Marlon as a rebel with a bike, and The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958; 8:15 p.m.), with Marlon as a Nazi officer.

SATURDAY: Brando sings and dances in Guys and Dolls (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1955). $5 4 p.m. Brando then goes On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954; 7 p.m.) in his signature role, and plays a good anti-Nazi German saboteur in Morituri (Bernhard Wicki, 1965; 9:15 p.m.).

SUNDAY: Brando -- The Wild One. $5 3:30 p.m. The Young Lions 5:15 p.m. Morituri 7:55 p.m.

MONDAY: Brando -- On the Waterfront 6:30 p.m. Guys and Dolls 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: A Brando double feature of The Young Lions 6:30 p.m. The Wild One 9 p.m.

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