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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: Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 29-Nov. 4): Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): William Friedkin's extended version of The Exorcist (1973/2000), aka Spider Walk With Me.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 27): Julie-Marie Parmentier faces unwed motherhood in Le Ventre de Juliette (Martin Provost, 2003) 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 (Oct. 28): The Say Your Thing Video Collective offers an hour's worth of political tapes including Tim Planigan's The Monkey's Hive, Nancy Garvin's Masters of War, Joseph Hilsenrad's Horton Hears a Human, and Steev Hise's A Million Dollars Later 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 29): The expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Weine, Germany, 1919) screens with a live score by the Zag Men 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 30): David Gregory's Godfathers of Mondo traces the career of the filmmakers of the infamous Mondo Cane pseudo-docs. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 2): The monthly meeting of the small-gauge enthusiasts Super 8 Militia 7:30 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 Season of Horror" every Saturday this fall, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (Oct. 30): Stuart Gordon's cult favorite Re-Animator (1985) screens with a short by and featuring Peaches herself, Grindhouse (Joshua Grannell, 2004). Also, a "fiercely competitive" costume contest midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted; $10 for Icelandic Film Festival screenings Friday and Saturday. 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: A week's screening of films photographed by Hollywood master cinematographer James Wong Howe continues with the "neurotic western" Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1946; 2:30, 7 p.m.), with Robert Mitchum as a death-haunted cowpoke. Escaped prisoners tell their stories in the superior wartime epic Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, 1944; 4:45, 9:15 p.m.), with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre.

THURSDAY: James Wong Howe -- Are vampires on the loose in this small village? Professor of demonology Lionel Barrymore investigates the Mark of the Vampire (Tod Browning, 1935; 7:30 p.m.). Howard Hawks' The Criminal Code (1931; 9 p.m.) is a good prison melodrama with Boris Karloff.

FRIDAY: The first annual Icelandic Film Festival screens for two days; see www.826valencia.org or www.mcsweeneys.net for more info. Tonight, a Japanese businessman travels across the icy countryside in Cold Fever (Fridriksson, 1995) 7 p.m. Filmmaker Hrönn Sveinsdóttir enters the Miss Iceland Beauty Pageant in In the Shoes of the Dragon (Sveinsson and Sveinsdóttir, 2002) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Icelandic Film Festival -- Family secrets spill in The Sea (Kormákur, 2002) 1:30 p.m. An outcast plans escape in Nói Albinói (Kári, 2002) 4:30 p.m. Sneak preview of a world premiere 7 p.m. The popular 101 Reykjavik (Kormákur, 2000) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 3): John Frankenheimer's classic paranoid comedy-thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Sun 1:30, 4:15 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7, 9:30 p.m.; Wed 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 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 Mondays): Amélie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's much darker science-fictional dream, The City of Lost Children (co-directed by Marc Caro, France, 1995), screens through Nov. 7 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.

GOETHE-INSTITUT

530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

FRIDAY (Oct. 29): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, continues with a happy hour screening of Gustav Ucicky's The Girl of the Moors (1958), a remake of Swedish Nobelist Selma Lagerlöf's novel about a put-upon unwed mother, already filmed (and screened earlier this year) as a silent by Victor Sjoström 6 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 2): A mountain farmer dies sans will in The Farmer's Perjury (Rudolf Jugert, 1956) and his stepbrother seizes his property 7:30 p.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.

TUESDAY (Nov. 2): "Election Night Watch" offers an opportunity for progressive networking while sharing "this historic Dia de Los Muertos." Live satire plus big-screen TV. Free. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

LARK

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

STARTS WEDNESDAY: The Bay Area theatrical premiere of Dirt (Michael Covet and Tracy Fraim, 2003), a rustic comedy with Jennifer Tilly. Call for times.

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