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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.

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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays for 10 weeks. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Nov. 2): Molly Ringwald stars in Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch, 1986), billed as a "hard-hitting tale of the suburban class struggle" midnight.


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

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 30): Jeanne Moreau and Michel Serrault are con artists in An Affair of Love (Laurent Heynemann, France, 1991) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 2): Businessman Daniel Auteuil loses sleep in Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (Romuald et Juliet, Coline Serreau, France, 1989), co-starring Firmine Richard, currently seen to good advantage in 8 Women 2 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (Nov. 1): "The Activists' World" -- Whispered Media presents videos by anti-corporate globalization activists in Ecuador, Argentina, and elsewhere in the Americas. Also, indymedia shorts, videos from the past week of protests in S.F. as available, and a documentary of "a project to send hundreds of used computers from the Bay Area to Ecuador for use by the anti-globalization movement." This may not be such a good idea: Anti-globalization protests could be crushed when their MS-DOS programs crash. For info: $5-10 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 2): A program of "Avant-Horror" offers Martha Colburn's Skelehellavision, Kerry Laitala's handmade Journey Into the Unknown, J.X. Williams' The Virgin Sacrifice, Rodney Ascher's Bride of Ozzy, and free mulled wine. Costumes encouraged 8:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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: Akira Kurosawa's evergreen action spectacle The Seven Samurai (1954) 2, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 1-7): Christopher Hitchens (an Iraq war supporter, you figure it out) argues that Henry Kissinger should be tried as a war criminal in The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Alex Gibney, Eugene Jerecki, 2002; 2:50, 7 p.m.), while Patricio Guzman's The Pinochet Case (2001; 12:30, 4:40, 9 p.m.) reviews the Chilean general's 1998 arrest for crimes against humanity. Separate admission for each film; special $12 combined admission for both. See Opening for review of Kissinger.


600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), (866) 468-3399 and for tickets; for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival hosts its annual event here and at Yerba Buena Center beginning this weekend.

FRIDAY (Nov. 1): Opening Night screening of Viva Chile (2001), with its star, Luis Dobo, in person. Reception and film $25 6:30 p.m. Orlando Lubbert's Taxi for Three (2001). $9 9:45 p.m.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY: F.W. Murnau's horror classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922; 7:30 p.m.) plays with a live accordion score by Rich Kuhn, and Victor Halperin's atmospheric tale White Zombie (1932; 8:55 p.m.), with Bela Lugosi.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: John Carpenter's overpopular, overrated, moody slasher film Halloween (1978; 7:30 p.m.) paved the way for two decades of teenage gore movies; conversely, his The Thing (1982; 9:20 p.m.), while not popular, may be Carpenter's best film, the fullest expression of a uniquely libertarian nihilism. Separate admission for each film.

SATURDAY: The ninth Berkeley Video and Film Festival. For ticket and schedule information, call (510) 843-3699.

SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 3-6): Halloween 7:30 p.m. The Thing (1982) 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 5:20 p.m. Separate admission for each film.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Alfred Hitchcock's tale of romantic obsession, Vertigo (1958), screens through Nov. 17 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 30): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) start tonight 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Oct. 31): Keith Border's Sex, Death and Eyeliner explores the goth scene, for which "every day is Halloween" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 1): A "hyper-kinetic satirical black sex comedy" from Japan, Party 7 8 p.m.


101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. This venue hosts its first independent film festival this Sunday. Free.

SUNDAY (Nov. 3): "Come See Our Shorts," a collection of five comedies from Bay Area universities, including Dance Machine (Ward Evans and John Benson), about a man obsessed with a dancing video-game contest; Karin Thayer's Daphne's Vegas Boyfriend, about a stand-up's search for love; and The Manns in Gay Paris, by Desiree Holman, about the psychological dynamics of a family of paper dolls. Filmmakers in person 2, 4, 6 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 1-7): I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: The life of roller derby queen Ann Calvello is told in Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001), with filmmaker, star, and other derby greats in person 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Mario Bava's restored horror trilogy Black Sabbath (1963), with Boris Karloff as a Russian vampire, screening in its original European version with different music and editing than the American release 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: A series of Austrian Ulrich Seidl's documentaries begins with Losses to Be Expected (1992; 7 p.m.), about two towns two miles apart on either side of the Czech-Austrian border; and The Bosom Friend (1997; 9:30 p.m.), about a math teacher obsessed with film actress Senta Berger's breasts. You can't make this stuff up.

SATURDAY: Seidl's version of suburban hell, Austrian-style, the part-fictional Dog Days (2001; 7 p.m.), screening with Animal Love (1995; 9 p.m.), about Austrians creepily obsessed with their pets.

SUNDAY: A panel discussion on the response of Soviet avant-garde artists to the experimental cinema of the 1920s 2 p.m. Dziga Vertov's justly celebrated, dizzying documentary The Man With a Movie Camera (U.S.S.R., 1929), "starring" the director's brother, Mikhail Kaufman, as the ubiquitous cine eye 5:30 p.m. Mikhail Kaufman's own experimental documentary, In Spring (U.S.S.R., 1929) 7 p.m.

MONDAY: A UC Berkeley class on courtroom dramas, "Trials and Film," with lectures by Carol Clover, is open to the public as space permits. John Ford's Sergeant Rutledge (1960) introduces race into his beloved 7th Cavalry in the person of noble sergeant Woody Strode 3 p.m. Ang Lee's tasteful Jane Austen adaption Sense and Sensibility (U.K., 1995) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Living Color," a program of experimental color shorts, with works by Len Lye, Rose Lowder, and Paul Sharits 7:30 p.m.


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: Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Merci pour le chocolat (Claude Chabrol, France, 2000) 6:45 p.m. The Man From Elysian Fields (George Hickenlooper, 2001) 9 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001); see Opening for review. Secretary, The Last Kiss, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call for times.


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: F.W. Murnau's still-fanged vampire classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) gets an 80th-anniversary screening with live music by Jill Tracy & the Malcontent Orchestra. $10 7:30, 9:30 p.m. The same film screens, as silent as a vampire, for $4.50 at 2 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: An evil monkey stalks the city, and only Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, and Livan Hernandez can stop him in The Powerpuff Girls Movie (Craig McCracken, 2002). Come dressed as your favorite Powerpuff character on Halloween for a free bowl of popcorn 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Contemporary freight-train hoppers tell tales of the rails in Catching Out (Sarah George, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dog Soldiers (Neil Marshall, U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The sixth annual Cinemayaat Arab Film Festival screens here this weekend. Tonight, from Egypt, A Girl's Secret 7:30 p.m. From Palestine, Rana's Wedding 9:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: Cinemayaat -- From Egypt, Lili and other short films noon. From Iraq, The Mute and shorts 2 p.m. Gaza Strip (2002) 4 p.m. "September 11 Program" 6 p.m. Melody of a Water Wheel 7:30 p.m. From Lebanon, When Maryam Spoke Out (2001) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Cinemayaat -- From Lebanon, Suspended Dreams noon. From Lebanon, So Near, Yet So Far 2 p.m. 500 Dunam on the Moon (USA/France) 4 p.m. From Egypt, The High School Year 5:45 p.m. From Palestine, Olive Harvest 8 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002), billed as "The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq" 7, 9:15 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: Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 1-7): I'm Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira, France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.


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 THROUGH FRIDAY: Preston Sturges' independent feature The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947/1951; 7:30 p.m.), co-produced by Howard Hughes, starred a third American striver, Harold Lloyd, in a "What then ..." sequel to The Freshman. The Marx Brothers' own take on a funny football game, Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McLeod, 1932; 6:10, 9:15 p.m.), follows.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two warm family comedies directed by Vincente Minnelli, the classic musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1944; 3:40, 7:30 p.m.), and Father of the Bride (1950; 5:45, 9:35 p.m.), with Spencer Tracy, never better, as the flustered paterfamilias.



701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, Call (866) 468-3399 or visit for tickets and for information on the Latino Film Festival, which hosts its annual event here and at Delancey Street beginning this weekend. $5 save as noted; Latino Film Festival programs are $8 matinees, $9 after 6 p.m. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

DAILY: Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.

WEDNESDAY: The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens a recently rediscovered and restored archival print of Long Is the Road (Herbert B. Fredersdof and Marek Goldstein, 1949), produced in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in occupied Germany. It tells the true stories of a Polish Jewish family during the Nazi occupation and stars famed Yiddish actor Israel Becker. $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The San Francisco Cinematheque presents New German Cinema intellectual Alexander Kluge's The Blind Director (1985), whose German title translates as "The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time." It's about a blind director who still persistently works; it was not remade by Woody Allen as Hollywood Ending. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: "On Film Not Video," a program devoted to artists who haven't gone over to digital, screens Super 8 digest versions of such films as I Was a Teenage Werewolf with new live soundtracks by Christian Bruno and Charles Kremanak; plus Natalija Vekic's The Girl With the Pearl Suspended (2002). $6 8-11 p.m.

SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival -- "Tales of Survival, Love & War" 2 p.m. Teruo, A Samurai Flamenco 4:30 p.m. Smoking Room 6:15 p.m. The Escape 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- 90 Miles 2 p.m. "Work in Progress" 3:45 p.m. If I Saw You, I Wouldn't Remember 6:15 p.m. Anita Takes a Chance 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Too Much Love 6:30 p.m. Streeters 8:45 p.m.

TUESDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Brave New Land (Brazil, 2000), with director Lucía Murat in person 6:30 p.m. Return 9 p.m.


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