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FRIDAY: The films of Czech director Frantisek Vlácil, unknown in the West but highly praised at home for his amalgam of Bergman, Kurosawa, and Eisenstein, get a rare screening in a series commencing with the reputed masterpiece Markéta Lazarová (1966), a medieval epic 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: France's working-class hero Jean Gabin is honored with a screening of Marcel Carné's fatalistic masterpiece Le Jour se lève (Daybreak, 1939; 7 p.m.) and its predecessor, Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows, 1938; 8:50 p.m.), with ultra-rich dialogue by poet Jacques Prévert.

SUNDAY: Frantisek Vlácil's almost wordless feature debut, White Dove (Czechoslovakia, 1966), tracks said bird across Europe 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Three generations of women are oppressed by men in Anne-Marie Miéville's My Dear Subject (France/Switzerland, 1988), plus her short How Can I Love (a man when I know he don't want me) (1983) 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.

THURSDAY (Aug. 1): "Trash film legend" Poor White Trash (aka Bayou, Harold Daniels, 1957/1961) with Peter Graves and Timothy Carey. Werepad impresario Jacques Boyreau in person with his new book Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters. $6 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Siddhartha 6:45 p.m. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) 8:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Rivers and Tides 7, 9 p.m. Hollywood classicist William Wyler's Lillian Hellman adaption The Little Foxes (1941), with great deep-focus cinematography by Gregg Toland, filmed the same year Toland shot Citizen Kane 7 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Rivers and Tides, with director Thomas Riedelsheimer in person at the first screening tonight; $10 admission for that program 7, 9:15 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY: William Wyler's legal drama Counsellor-at-Law (1933), with John Barrymore, all stops out 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: The Beatles, in A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Aug. 1-7): A new surfing documentary from the makers of Year of the Drag-In and Whipped!!!, 100 Ft. Wednesday (Curt Myers and Eric W. Nelson, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m., Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000) has attracted quite a following and is continuing indefinitely. See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Conrad Rooks' Siddhartha (1972), a tale of the Buddha, this time without Keanu Reeves. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY: A double bill of two of Harold Lloyd's best comedies, the hilarious The Freshman (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1925; 7:30 p.m.) and the poignant, funny, and handsomely photographed The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde, 1927; 8:55 p.m.), with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. What could be better?

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A double bill of two of Cary Grant's lesser vehicles from 1957, Stanley Kramer's period piece The Pride and the Passion (7:30 p.m.) and Stanley Donen's comedy Kiss Them for Me (5:35, 9:50 p.m.). It's hard to conjure up Frank Sinatra or Jayne Mansfield as suitable co-stars for Mr. Class, but there they are, sharing the same frame, in the Kramer and the Donen, respectively.

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Grant is billed with Tony Curtis, who imitated him so well in Some Like It Hot that same year, in Blake Edwards' service comedy Operation Petticoat (1959; 3:15, 7:30 p.m.), and with Robert Mitchum in Stanley Donen's English drawing room comedy The Grass Is Greener (1960; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.).


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India noon.

MONDAY (Aug. 5): HBO sponsors theatrical screenings of its attention-getting "Frame by Frame" documentary film series over the next week, with many directors in person. See or call (888) 684-0365 for more. Tonight, In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (2002), compiled from the work of 118 video and still photographers, many of them amateurs 8 p.m.

TUESDAY (Aug. 6): "Frame by Frame" -- 60-year_old Benedictine nun Sister Helen runs a home for indigent, addiction-recovering men. Filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa in person 6 p.m. Two gay men in their late 40s travel to Saigon to adopt a child in He's Having a Baby, with filmmakers Georg and Abby Hartmann attending 8 p.m. Melissa Regan's delightful No Dumb Questions, about children's reactions to their Uncle Bill's sex change 9 p.m.


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