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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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111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and for information on this program. $5.

MONDAY (Feb. 23): The "Love and Other Difficulties Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" "sets out to prove Rainer Maria Rilke's statement, 'Love is difficult, yes'" with 10 short films and videos, including Ben Hayflick's The Great Movers of Dust (about a cleaning lady's mysticism), Raymond Salvatore Harmon's Tiny Inconsistencies, and from Australia, Cassandra Tytler's I Never Loved You 8 p.m.


182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor. Free with reservation (required); call 552-1533 or e-mail for reservations (limited to first 45 fans). See for more info. A 16mm "Thursday Night Film Noir" series continues. Doors open at 7 p.m., lobby doors lock at 8:10 p.m.

THURSDAY (Feb. 19): A Gloria Grahame series continues with the tongue-in-cheek antics of Macao (1952), really a Robert Mitchum-Jane Russell vehicle with little for Gloria to do. The film was directed by screen legend Josef von Sternberg, and then largely reshot by another legend, an uncredited Nicholas Ray -- neither at his best. Film introduced by Jolene Huey, with lecture by Marc Kagan on Grahame's career 8 p.m.


2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (Larry Blamire, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 20-26): Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:05 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 18): A Juliette Binoche series continues with the romance Alice and Martin (André Téchiné, France, 1998) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 21): Alice and Martin 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.

THURSDAY (Feb. 19): The case of an activist who got 22 years for burning three SUVs is outlined in Green With a Vengeance (Olivia Rousset, Australia/U.S., 2001) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Feb. 20): A monthly "Open Screening," first come, first shown. Free for artists, $5 for looky-loos 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 21): Damon Packard directs and stars as a 400-pound sugar junkie crashing into Hollywood in the "obsessively excessive urban nightmare" Reflections of Evil (2002). Filmmaker in person with short films and free junk food 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 22): A benefit party for the International Transentient Cartographicacy Project, a multimedia project overlaying Mexican and Irish culture, with food, drinks, music, dancing, and video collages. $5 4-10 p.m.


Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Feb. 20): Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pop the question Shall We Dance (George Stevens, 1937) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 21): A matinee screening of Rob Reiner's film of William Goldman's modern fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987) screens as a benefit for Franklin Elementary School 2, 4:30 p.m. Speaking of fairy tales, James Stewart reforms politics in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 22): Shall We Dance 5 p.m. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 7:30 p.m. Separate admission.


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.

DAILY: Gillo Pontecorvo's still-provocative The Battle of Algiers (Italy/Algeria, 1965) re-creates the Algerian revolt against French rule of the 1950s in newsreel fashion. Screens through Feb. 26; see Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:15 p.m.


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.

DAILY (Closed Monday): Harrison Ford takes a stroll through the future in Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982/1992), screening through March 16 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:30 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Feb. 20): "Cinema Lit" continues a month of Woody Allen films, as he passes though his shaky-cam phase with the marital melodrama Husbands & Wives (1992) 6:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 20-26): Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:05 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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.


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