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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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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 (March 4): A Gloria Grahame series concludes with Fritz Lang's grim masterpiece The Big Heat (1953). Alan Rode introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion group 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: Blind Shaft (Li Yang, China, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 5-11): Raise the Red Trousers (Robin Shou, 2004); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (March 3): Maroun Bagdadi's La fille de l'air (France, 1993) explores the relationship between a woman and her escaped prisoner lover 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 6): A determined young woman becomes a doctor in the Quebecois film Blanche (Charles Binamé, Canada, 1992). Screens in French with no English subtitles. Program repeats on Wednesday 2 p.m.


1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9599 and for advance tickets to this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. See Zoom Lens, Page 47, for additional coverage. $9 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)

THURSDAY: SFIAAFF's Opening Night film is Hero (Zhang Yimou, China, 2002) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: SFIAAFF -- Masters of the Pillow (Hou, U.S.) 4:30 p.m. "Call Me Ms." (shorts) 4:45 p.m. Dekada '70 (Roño, Philippines) 6:45 p.m. "Tokyo Stories" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Flavors (Nidimoru and DK, U.S.) 9:30 p.m. "My Ninja for Your Nun" (shorts) 9:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- The Ride (Nathan Kurosawa, U.S.) 12:15 p.m. Dream Cuisine (Ying, Japan) 1 p.m. Lest We Forget (DaSilva, U.S.) 2:45 p.m. Dekada '70 4 p.m. Cosmopolitan (Ganatra, India) 5 p.m. See You Off to the Edge of Town (Ip, U.S./Hong Kong) 7 p.m. "Shadows and Light" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Invisible Light (Kim, Korea) 9:30 p.m. Masters of the Pillow 9:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- Sleeping Tigers (Osborne, Canada) noon. Being Normal (Hyun-jung, Korea) 12:15 p.m. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Fleming, Canada) 2 p.m. Take Out (Tsou and Baker, U.S.) 2:15 p.m. "Third I South Asian International Shorts" 4:30 p.m. "Call Me Ms." 4:45 p.m. "The Art of Breathing" (shorts) 6:45 p.m. First Morning (Vu, Vietnam) 7:15 p.m. "To the Ends of the World" (shorts) 9:15 p.m. The Ride 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: SFIAAFF -- Lest We Forget 1 p.m. Take Out 6:45 p.m. Second Generation (Sen, U.K.) 7 p.m. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Panh, Cambodia) 7:15 p.m. Dream Cuisine 7:30 p.m. Being Normal 9:15 p.m. 15 (Tan, Singapore) 9:30 p.m. Music Video: Asia 9:45 p.m.

TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- See You Off to the Edge of Town 1 p.m. Daughters of Everest (Sakya and Limbu, Nepal) 6:45 p.m. Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan) 7 p.m. Cosmopolitan 7:15 p.m. 15 7:30 p.m. "The Art of Breathing" 9 p.m. First Morning 9:15 p.m. A Good Lawyer's Wife (Sang-soo, Korea) 9:30 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 (March 4): An International ANSWER-sponsored double bill of With Babies and Banners (produced by Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb, and Lorraine Gray, 1978), documenting the success of the 1937 strike at GM thanks to its female participants, and You Have Struck a Rock! (Deborah May, 1981), about women's role in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, commemorates Women's Day 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 5): Castro's Castle (2004) posits a young, mute Fidel Castro alone in L.A. with a group of talking nutcrackers who host a public-access cable show. You can't make this stuff up 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 6): "The Mind Control Show," an Other Cinema screening of Richard Pell's Don't Call Me Crazy on the 4th of July, about a conspiracy theorist, plus several more shorts on the theme of brainwashing 8:30 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 (March 5): An Ernst Lubitsch weekend commences with a double bill of the bubbly pre-Code comedy Trouble in Paradise (1932; 7 p.m. ) and the gentle posthumous romance Heaven Can Wait (1943; 8:45 p.m. ), with Don Ameche looking back on life with Gene Tierney.

SATURDAY (March 6): A Lubitsch triple bill -- Trouble in Paradise 4:15 p.m. James Stewart finds love with Margaret Sullivan at The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 6 p.m. Greta Garbo finds love in Paris as Ninotchka (1939) 8 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 7): Another Lubitsch triple bill -- The Shop Around the Corner 3 p.m. Ninotchka 5 p.m. Heaven Can Wait 7:15 p.m.



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