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    Calendar, Night&Day Family Plots

    Family Plots

    In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films — dismissed as “too Japanese” by some critics,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Father-Daughter Dance

    Father-Daughter Dance

    Recent American films about families, like Rachel Getting Married, all too often pierce eardrums with shrieks of dysfunction. Amid the din, French filmmaker Claire Denis’s sublime 35 Shots of Rum stands out all the more for its soothing quiet, conveying…
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    Film, Reps Etc.

    Reps Etc.

    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. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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    Film, Reps Etc.

    Reps Etc.

    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. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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    Film, Reps Etc.

    Reps Etc.

    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 We're interested in your film or video…
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    Film, Reps Etc.

    Reps Etc.

    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. We're interested in your film or video…
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    Calendar, See/Be Seen Cinematic Treasure

    Cinematic Treasure

    FRI 11/14 Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 Tokyo Story appears faithfully on critics' "10 Best Movies Ever" lists, but just try to find someone who remembers a scene from it -- or any other Ozu film. Given the director's reputation…
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    Culture, Stage Borrowed Thunder

    Borrowed Thunder

    Floating Weeds is the title of a new play by Philip Kan Gotanda about a shiftless group of people in San Francisco. It's also the title of Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 film about a traveling theater troupe in a Japanese fishing…
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    Film, The Riddle  of Japan

    The Riddle of Japan

    The Fourth Dimension, Trinh T. Minh-ha's new video essay built out of footage shot in Japan, resembles -- despite a good deal of chin-pulling philosophizing about time, space, and "the ever-increased speed of programmed agency" -- two other filmed essays…
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    Second Time Around

    Equinox Flower This 1958 Japanese film was Yasujiro Ozu's first in color, a form he had rejected a dozen years earlier as "all right once in a while, but if you see it all the time ... you get fed…
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    Zoom Lens

    "Shohei Imamura's Japan" No Babe this -- Shohei Imamura, director of the most bizarre film you've ever seen about pork on the hoof, wanted really fat pigs to run wild in the streets in the madcap finale of his Pigs…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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