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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The course of human folly is followed in the documentary Stupidity (Albert Nerenberg, 2004) 7 p.m. R. Torjan's Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


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 (May 7): Historian and author David Thomson introduces David Lean's compelling adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (U.K., 1948) -- the astounding first 20 minutes of visual poetry are followed by an effective melodrama, damaged by the caricatured nature of Alec Guinness' Fagin 6:30 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.

WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public closes with Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002), about an amnesiac with a history 3 p.m. The late documentarian Jean Rouch is remembered with two of his best-known films, Chronicle of a Summer (Rouch and Edgar Morin, France, 1961), which asked passers-by if they were happy in the summer of 1960, and the still-controversial The Mad Masters (1955), recording possession rituals in West Africa 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Los Angeles Plays Itself," a June series of L.A.-shot movies, previews with a free screening of Ida Lupino's domestic drama The Bigamist (1953), with Edmond O'Brien as the titular traveling salesman 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A short series of rare Yasujiro Ozu films on the theme of motherhood screens the almost avant-garde melodrama Woman of Tokyo (Japan, 1933) 7:30 p.m. A recent Ozu rediscovery, A Mother Should Be Loved (1934) 8:40 p.m.

SATURDAY: A new print, with 20 minutes restored, of Jacques Tati's experimental comedy about urban life Playtime (France, 1968) 6:30, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: More Japanese tragedies of motherhood -- Ozu's first sound film, The Only Son (1936) 5:30 p.m. Ozu's postwar A Hen in the Wind (1948) 7:20 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: The PFA is closed through May 31.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (May 7): Jimmy Stewart spies a 6-foot-plus rabbit named Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950). Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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.

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, $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: Clay Bird (Tareque Masud, Bangladesh, 2002) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Monsieur Ibrahim (François Dupeyron, France, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 8:30 p.m. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: "The Films of My Life," a series spotlighting the favorites of Bay Area filmmakers, screens John Korty's choice, Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, France, 1962), the classic triangular love tale 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A weeklong series of "Banned Cinema" continues with censored and condemned films. Tonight, Pier Paolo Pasolini's de Sade adaptation, Salo (Italy, 1975). OK folks, let's not get our special programs mixed up. Merry ménages à trois, Wednesday. Graphic torture, Thursday 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Broken Wings (Nir Bergman, Israel, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Clay Bird, Touching the Void, and Monsieur Ibrahim continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY: "Banned Cinema" -- Philip and Rose Kaufman in person with their feature about the triangular affair among Henry Miller, his wife, June, and Anaïs Nin, Henry and June (1990). $10 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Johnny Depp deadpans his way across the west, accompanied by an all-star cast and Neil Young's guitar, in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1996) 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Sylvain Chomet's The Triplets of Belleville (France, 2003), one of the best animated features of this or any other year 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Nathaniel Kahn's portrait of his illusive architect dad, Louis, My Architect (2003) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 11 & 12): Skateboard cham-peen Mike Vallely is profiled in Mark Jeremias' Drive (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner Distant (Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 2002). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Michael Almereyda's This So-Called Disaster (2004), a record of the San Francisco production of Sam Shepard's play The Late Henry Moss, screens through May 18 7 p.m.



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