Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Reps Etc. 

Comments
Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). 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.

We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.

ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): A baker's assistant precipitates a crisis in the riot-torn Algiers of 1988 in Bab-El Oued City (Merzak Allouache, Algeria, 1994) 6 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

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

THURSDAY (Aug. 5): CUNextTuesday screens Live Nude Girls Unite! (Julia Query, 2000), a record of the struggle to unionize the Lusty Lady 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Weine's expressionist masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) screens with a new score by the Zag Men 8 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. The yearlong effort to establish screenings of classic films in 35mm in a former U.S. Navy theater ends this weekend with this final program.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Robert Mitchum is pursued Out of the Past in Jacques Tourneur's outstanding 1947 noir 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Cary Grant is pursued North by Northwest in Alfred Hitchcock's beloved 1959 chase 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): North by Northwest 5 p.m. Out of the Past 7:30 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): A one-day screening of the Iranian comedy The Lizard. $9 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Joan Crawford stars as Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981), complete with a mother/daughter mud-wrestling competition midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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: John Greyson's Proteus (South Africa, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Jackie Curtis is Superstar in a Housedress (Craig Highberger, 2004). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering!" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Films that tinker with films include Bill Morrison's lovely re-edit of a 1926 Lionel Barrymore movie, The Bells, Light Is Calling (2003), plus Virgil Widrich's Fast Film and more 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): Space gets tinkered with in Nina Paley's Fetch (2001), Felipe Dulzaides' Blowing Things Away, and Oscar Fischinger's film of dancing cigarettes, Muretti Gets in the Act! (1934) 2 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. 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): Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.

FOUR STAR

2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): A "Takashi Miike Madness Slumber Party" screens three horror films by the Japanese director, the versions of Fudoh (1996), Ichi the Killer (2001), and Visitor Q (2001). $10 midnight.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has just reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 per feature save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (U.K., 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: A weeklong "Tribute to Marlon Brando" screens The Wild One (Lazslo Benedek, 1954; 6:30 p.m. ) with Marlon as a rebel with a bike, and The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958; 8:15 p.m.), with Marlon as a Nazi officer.

SATURDAY: Brando sings and dances in Guys and Dolls (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1955). $5 4 p.m. Brando then goes On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954; 7 p.m.) in his signature role, and plays a good anti-Nazi German saboteur in Morituri (Bernhard Wicki, 1965; 9:15 p.m.).

SUNDAY: Brando -- The Wild One. $5 3:30 p.m. The Young Lions 5:15 p.m. Morituri 7:55 p.m.

MONDAY: Brando -- On the Waterfront 6:30 p.m. Guys and Dolls 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: A Brando double feature of The Young Lions 6:30 p.m. The Wild One 9 p.m.

LITTLE ROXIE

3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Fear and the selling of American Empire" after 9/11 is tackled in the Michael Moore-less Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Hijacking Catastrophe 7:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

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

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Life is a Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) 6:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $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: An "Exploit-O-Scope" series screens William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus (1961), with audiences passing judgment via a "Punishment Poll" 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free screening of From the Pole to the Equator (Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy, 1986), a close look at silent-era travel footage 5:30 p.m. A Luchino Visconti series opens with his neorealist look at oppressed Sicilian fishermen, La Terra Trema (Italy, 1948) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Visconti's all-stops-out family melodrama Rocco and His Brothers (Italy, 1960) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: An excellent Visconti double bill, Bellissima (Italy, 1951; 7 p.m.), a tragicomedy set in a film studio, and Senso (Italy, 1954; 9:15 p.m.), a romantic tragedy set during the war of the 1860s.

SUNDAY: La Terra Trema 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Existing on Its Ruins," films and videos shot in wreckage, includes Abigail Child's Dinkinsville (1991), filmed in a homeless encampment, and Louis Bourque's Going Back Home 7:30 p.m.

PARAMOUNT

2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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 (Aug. 6): Christopher Reeve travels to 1912 to win Jane Seymour Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc, 1980), a romance with an avid cult following. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m.

PARKWAY

1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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. 5): The movie spinoff of the hit TV series Batman (Leslie Martinson, 1966) has lots of ZAP and POW, not to mention Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. $6 9:15 p.m.

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

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $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: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 7, 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Corporation, The Hunting of the President, Maria Full of Grace, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (925/275-9490 or www.sfjff.org) begins at this venue with Israeli and Palestinian teens seeking peace in Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 1:30 p.m. Ivy Meeropol's film about her grandparents, the Rosenbergs, Heir to an Execution 4:15 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 6:30 p.m. Delroy Lindo mentors an 11-year-old in cricket in Wondrous Oblivion (Morrison, U.K.) 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): SFJFF -- Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 12:15 p.m. The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 2:30 p.m. Daniel Anker's Imaginary Witness, on Hollywood and the Holocaust 4:30 p.m. Ernst Lubitsch's outstanding black-comic war comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942) 6:30 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY (Aug. 9): SFJFF -- The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 6:30 p.m. Alila (Gitai, Israel) 8:45 p.m.

RED VIC

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

WEDNESDAY: Guy Maddin conjures up The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: French anime, dubbed by Kirsten Dunst -- Kaena: The Prophecy (Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon, France, 2004). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 10 & 11): Kaena: The Prophecy7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

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

WEDNESDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Hunting of the President 6 p.m. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) screens as a benefit for Moveon.org members only 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 2:45, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): Renegade Youth Media offers the Fastforward Film Festival of movies by kids under 19 years old. $5, no one turned away 11 a.m.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.

WEDNESDAY: A weekly silent series, featuring Dennis James on the organ, screens the visually splendid Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown, 1926; 7:30 p.m.), with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The same pair return in the sound classic Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933; 9:30 p.m. ).

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Teenage Shirley Temple goes after Cary Grant in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (Irving Reis, 1947; 7:30 p.m.) while believing Ronald Reagan is her unwed father in That Hagen Girl (Peter Godfrey, 1947; 5:55, 9:15 p.m.).

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two of Ray Harryhausen's special-effects-laden fantasies, Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, U.K., 1963; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958; 5:50, 9:45 p.m.). Look! No CGI! Chapter 7 of Superman (1948) precedes Argonauts.

WHEELER AUDITORIUM

Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeley.edu for venue; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $11 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues at this venue with Sunset Story (Gabbert) 2:15 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 4:30 p.m. Jews in rural Uganda, Moving Heaven and Earth (Vinik and Vinik) 6:30 p.m. Israelis rap over Channels of Rage (Halachmi, Israel) 10 p.m.

THURSDAY (Aug. 5): SFJFF -- Hollywood's version of the Holocaust, as depicted in Imaginary Witness (Anker) 2 p.m. Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1965), with Rod Steiger as a camp survivor 4 p.m. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942) 6:30 p.m. Israeli director Amos Gitai's latest, Alila 8:45 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 4): Greencine sponsors Nayak (The Hero, India, 1966), a rarely screened film by Bengali master Satyajit Ray, introduced by professor Dilip K. Basu 7:30 p.m.

FILM NOTES

The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Thursday, Aug. 5, the circle screens a double bill of The Notorious Sophie Lang (Ralph Murphy, 1934), a comedy about a jewel thief, at 7:30 p.m. and Woman Trap (Harold Young, 1936), about jewel thieves holing up in a hacienda, at 9:30 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail darkmarc@msn.com.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"