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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE 345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6): Anne Andreu's Truffaut: Une autobiographie (France, 2004), revisits the themes of the late, great filmmaker 7 p.m.

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted.

THURSDAY (Dec. 7): International ANSWER screens Goal Dreams (2006), a documentary about the struggle for recognition of soccer's Palestinian Football Association. Speakers follow the film 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 8): The ATA's annual holiday party, The Wonder Show, features live performance, "videolusionist" Davy Jones, and a subterranean Inner Sanctum marathon of highlights from Japanese movie monster history accompanied by sake-serving, cross-dressing geisha. $10 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 9): Other Cinema screens a program of "Expanded Cinema," a program including the Scratch Film Junkies' To the Beat and walls of 16 mm projection by Al Alvarez and Thad Povey. $6 8:30 p.m.

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, U.K., 1997) 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. In Theater 2, for your consideration, For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest, 2006), screening with the cartoon The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker, Canada, 1988) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

2100 Bridgeway (at Spring), Sausalito, 332-3871 for venue, 381-4123 and for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society. Free.

THURSDAY (Dec. 7): 9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York (Richard Karz, 2005) catches the city's mood on the second anniversary of the WTC attack. Salman Rushdie, Russell Simmons and Joe Torre are among those present 6 p.m.

Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500,

TUESDAY (Dec. 12): A Media Arts Lecture and Screening series offers a presentation by pioneer video artist Chip Lord. Free 7 p.m. .

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and $10 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: The local premiere of Broken Sky (Julián Hernández, Spain, 2006) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m. :

FRIDAY: A triple bill of Dolly Parton films takes Dolly, Burt, and Charles Durning as the sidestepping Governor of Texas to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Colin Higgins, 1982; 7:30 p.m. ), works Dolly, Jane, and Lily Nine to Five (Higgins, 1980; 9:45 p.m. ) and finds Dolly trying to make Sylvester Stallone into a country singer in Rhinestone (Bob Clark, 1984; midnight). $10 for all three.

SATURDAY: Join Dolly as Dorothy, Burt Reynolds as the Scarecrow, Stallone as the Tin Woodman, Jane Fonda as the Wicked Witch of the West, Lily Tomlin as Glinda the Good, and Charles Durning in the title role in an imaginary screening of The Wizard of Oz. Actually it's the good old MGM version (Victor Fleming, 1939) 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Judy Garland version (and not the Constance Bennett, Janet Gaynor, or Barbra Steisand versions) of A Star Is Born (George Cukor, 1954) 7, 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: A live concert by Hawaiian vocalist Amy Hänaiali. $25 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Theater closed.

285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 9-10): Grace Kelly (and not Dolly) has Katherine Hepburn's role in the musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, High Society (Charles Walters, 1956) Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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: Hot bubbling magic realism, Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992), through Dec. 31 "Starts at dusk."

1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.

TUESDAY (Dec. 12): A "Jewish Film Class" offers a DVD screening of Eytan Fox's Walk on Water (Israel, 2004), about a Mossad agent, sent to kill a Nazi war criminal, who befriends the man's two grandchildren 7 p.m.

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tony Kushner, Wrestling With Angels (Frieda Lee Mock, 2006) 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 8-14): Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A series devoted to "the appreciation of water" screens Switch Off (Manel Mayol, Spain, 2005), recording the fate of Mapuche Indians relocated in the face of a Chilean dam 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free "First Thursday" screening of "Intensive Care," a program of short films relating to violence, includes Vlatko Gilic's In Continuo (Yugoslavia, 1971), an allegory filmed in a slaughterhouse 5:30 p.m. Middle Eastern filmmakers study Education as a Site of Indoctrination in a program of shorts featuring Hatice Güleryüz's The First Ones (Turkey, 2000), recording the singing of the national anthem in schools 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Janus Films series screening new prints from the exhibitor's archive screens Ermanno Olmi's excellent Il Posto (The Job, Italy, 1961), all about a young boy's apprenticeship in an office bureaucracy 6:30 p.m. A Jacques Rivette series screens the ghostly love story The Story of Marie and Julien (France, 2003) 8:25 p.m.

SATURDAY: Two from Janus. Federico Fellini's road trip La Strada (Italy, 1954) casts Anthony Quinn as beast to Giuletta Masina's waifish Beauty 5 p.m. Akira Kurosawa's swordplay classic, Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954) 7:10 p.m.

SUNDAY: Rivette's two-part historical epic, Joan the Maiden, Part 1: The Battles (France, 1993; 1 p.m. ) and Part 2: The Prisons (France, 1993; 4:30 p.m. ). Sandrine Bonnaire stars.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: A program of Personal Narratives features Love (Gilic, Yugoslavia, 1972), the post-Gulf War memoir (It Was) Just a Job (Samir, Switzerland, 1992) and Lisa Steele's catalogue of every scar on her body, Birthday Suit (Canada, 1974) 7:30 p.m.

1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY (Dec. 7): Thrillville' s Big Holiday Turkey Roast screens The Giant Claw (1957), about a giant bird from space, plus live burlesque from the Twilight Vixen Revue. $7 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Dec. 12): Eddie Murphy rises in the world as Dan Aykroyd falls in John Landis' social comedy Trading Places (1983), screening as a benefit for Rubicon Programs ( $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222,, $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown (David L. Brown, 2006), a documentary about the pioneer surfer, still active at 94, is preceded by a live performance by Hula On! Productions 7:15 p.m. Also screening are Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 2005) 6:30 p.m.; also Thurs 8:40 p.m. Playwright Tony Kushner is profiled Wrestling With Angels (Freida Mock, 2006) 8:55 p.m.; also Thurs 6:45 p.m. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006) 9:10 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.

SATURDAY: Raquel Bitton, in concert as Piaf: Her Story... Her Songs (George Elder, France/Canada, 2003), and in person at the Rafael 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Beyond Borders, a family film series, screens Winky's Horse (Mischa Kamp, Netherlands, 2005), about a Chinese immigrant to the Netherlands. Earphones available with live English readings of the subtitles 4 p.m.

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Send your kids to Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 8-14): The local premiere of animation genii the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (U.K., 2006). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 3 Needles (Thom Fitzgerald, Canada, 2006). See Opening for review Wed 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30 p.m.; Thurs 7, 9:20 p.m. Another Martin Scorsese remix, The Departed (2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: Beatnik Beach Film Night offers an hour's worth of slides depicting the bohemian coast of Los Angeles circa 1956-66, plus period short films The Beat (1960), Dirty Feet (1966) and more, including feet-beating dancing from the Devilettes 7:30-11:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.

Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Reiner Moritz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m.

THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, "Sokurov's Sovereign Trinity: The Visual Economy of Power" is a lecture by Susan Buck-Morss on Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov's trilogy of films about rulers of World War II 6:30 p.m. Sokurov's The Sun (Russia, 2005), a portrait of Emperor Hirohito and third in the series, follows at 8:30 p.m. $10 for both.

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Dec. 7): A "Stories for the Screen" series opens with Hugh Grant growing up in About a Boy (Chris and Paul Weitz, U.K., 2002) noon.

2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tony Kushner, Wrestling With Angels (Freida Mock, 2006) 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 8-14): Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. A Twentieth Century Fox series continues. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Grumpy Monty Wooley's life is dusted up by housekeeper Gracie Fields in the comedy Molly and Me (Lewis Seiler, 1945; 7:30 p.m. ), and brilliant conductor Rex Harrison is bedeviled by jealousy in Preston Sturges' perfect pitch black comedy Unfaithfully Yours (1948; 5:35, 9 p.m. ).

FRIDAY: Alice Faye, Don Ameche and above all Carmen Miranda spend That Night in Rio (Irving Cummings, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ), screening in a rare Technicolor print. Danny Kaye plays two parts and woos Gene Tierney in both, On the Riviera (Walter Lang, 1951; 5:50, 9:10 p.m. ).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Fox ventures into that old widescreen religion in The Robe (Henry Koster, 1953; 3:10, 7:30 p.m. ). Yul Brynner programs Ingrid Bergman to be the Czaress of all Russia (or her exiled heir, anyway) in Anastasia (Anatole Litvak, 1956; 5:35, 9:55 p.m. ).

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6): Marlow's Cabinet of Curiosities Revisited offers 90 minutes of surreal shorts courtesy of archivist Jonathan Marlow 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 8): A multimedia concert and film event, the Brutal Sound Effects Festival promises to "numb your toes, and mush your thoughts until they run streaming grey fluids out of your nose." Bands featured include the Psichologico Tramas, Core of the Coal Man, and the Beandip Troubadours 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 10): The late experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky's final film, Song and Solitude (2006), screens with earlier work in its local debut 7:30 p.m.

Local filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt lectures on his work at the Film Arts Foundation, 145 Ninth Street, San Francisco, on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. See for more information. $35 for non-members.


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