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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) 464-5980, $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: Gays seek marriage rights in Jim de Sève's documentary Tying the Knot (2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 8-14): Musicians Dig! (Ondi Timoner, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): William Goldman retells mythology in The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987).


853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, $7-10.

SUNDAY (Oct. 10): This "cozy, red-lighted den" hosts the Not So Silent Film Festival, seven movies with new scores played live including early trick films, melodramas by D.W. Griffith, and popular silent comedies including Snub Pollard as a mad inventor in It's a Gift (Hugh Fay, 1923), Buster Keaton pursued by Cops (1922), and the very funny A Pair of Tights (Hal Yates, 1929) 9 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 (Oct. 7): ANSWER screens a recent interview with Fidel Castro, currently outlasting President No. 10 since he took power 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 8): Lourdes Portillo's documentary about the missing murdered women of Juárez, Mexico, Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Erik Davis offers "The Hallucination Generation," a program of 1960s experimental film with works by Harry Smith, Jordan Belson, James Whitney, and Kenneth Anger, plus Bruce Conner's Looking for Mushrooms and Curtis Harrington's rare Wormwood Star. $6.66. See for more info 8:30 p.m.


799 Castro (at 21st Street), 282-4511, Admission by tax-deductible donation.

FRIDAY (Oct. 8): This law office hosts a Film Arts Foundation benefit featuring a screening of Nomi Talisman's Everything I Know About America I Learned From the Movies plus her movie genre-based photographs 6 p.m.


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

TUESDAY (Oct. 12): Litquake 2004 offers an interview with author Barry Gifford about his work with David Lynch on their Wild at Heart (1990). For more, see $10 7:30 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: It's Doomsday again with Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 8-13): Bruce Weber's A Letter to True (2004); see Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.

SUNDAY: A family screening of National Velvet (Clarence Brown, 1944), with Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney joining forces to train a horse. $12.50 noon.


Dolores & 19th Street, 465-3456, The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers presents "Film Night" in this park on a giant outdoor screen. $5 donation requested.

SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Nineteen-year-old boy loves 79-year-old girl in Hal Ashby's locally filmed Harold and Maude (1971). BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged. Shorts by local filmmakers, followed by feature, all starting at 7:30 p.m.


950 Geary (between Larkin and Polk), 885-4074,

MONDAY (Oct. 11): Filmmakers Jose Rodriguez and Cathy Begien face off in "The Greatest Film Night Ever"; check out their profiles at Great stuff! Free 9:30 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 Mondays): Ink and paint dance in The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003), screening through Oct. 17 7, 8:30, 10 p.m.


530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

TUESDAY (Oct. 12): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, continues with Alfons Stummer's Echo of the Mountains (Austria, 1954), following the fortunes of a sculptress who must choose between her Viennese artist boyfriend and a nature-loving forester. Turn to See/Be Seen, Page 30, for more 7:30 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gregory Jacobs' remake of the Argentine Nine Queens, Criminal (2004); see Ongoing for review 6:30, 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: David Brower -- Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004) 6 p.m. Fox News -- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 7:40 p.m. The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (Adam Low, U.K., 2002) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny (2004) 6, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, One of this multiplex's screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gays are Tying the Knot (Jim de Sève, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 8-14): Dig! (Ondi Timoner, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.


Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and for this series. The 2004 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75.

SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Neurotics pursue group therapy after their analyst dies, in director/star Carlo Verdone's It's Not Our Fault (2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $7 save as noted.

FRIDAY (Oct. 8): Three tales from Guy de Maupassant make up Max Ophuls' ironic Le Plaisir (France, 1952) -- hard to see and highly recommended 6:30 p.m.


Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and for information, for advance tickets. $15 admission includes all films, plus workshops, guest appearances, and tournaments.

SUNDAY (Oct. 10): A day of Japanese animation from Bandai comprises the fourth annual Metreon Festival of Anime, with programs including Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (Kenji Kamiyama, 2002) 11 a.m. Episodes from Galaxy Angel Z and Taruto noon. Please Twins! episodes 1 p.m. A repeat of Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex 2 p.m. Episodes from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (Mitsuo Fukuda, 2002) 3 p.m. After a costume contest at 4 p.m. , the festival relocates upstairs to the Metreon Theater for a panel discussion and screening of Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (Yoskiyuki Kamino, 1991) 5 p.m.


119 Utah (at 15th Street), 626-7001 for venue, for program. $10 per show.

THURSDAY (Oct. 7): The Bicycle Film Festival screens Red Light Go (Kivowitz, et al.) 7 p.m. Stars and Watercarriers (Leth) screens with a live score by Horizontal Dropout 9 p.m.


145 Ninth St. (between Mission and "people-powered Howard" Street), First Floor, 552-5950, Call for advance tickets. $10.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 6): Alive @ 9th Street presents "Doc the Vote," an inaugural programming event for this new series featuring Howard Dean manager Joe Trippi and filmmakers Rick Tejada-Flores, Frances Reid, and Deborah Hoffmann in a panel discussion on the latest political films. A reel of recent work will be shown 7 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: Czech animator Jirí Bárta's The Pied Piper (1986) headlines a program of his films, which also includes The Extinct World of Gloves (1982) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free screening of Jirí Trnka's puppet film The Czech Year (1947) 5:30 p.m. A series of Indian documentarian Anand Patwardhan's films begins with A Time to Rise (Patwardhan and Jim Monro, Canada, 1981), about Canadian-Indian farmworkers, plus In Memory of Friends (1990), about the legacy of independence fighter Bhagat Singh 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Canadian enfant terrible Guy Maddin is at the PFA in person this weekend with his debut feature, Tales From the Gimli Hospital (1988), plus the short The Dead Father (1985) 7 p.m. Maddin will follow each of his films screened this weekend with a relevant older movie that inspired him; tonight he introduces Tod Browning's Lon Chaney weirdie West of Zanzibar (1988) 9:20 p.m.

SATURDAY: Maddin's funny short The Heart of the World (2000) parodies silent Soviet cinema, while his Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), a recherché item for the most jaded of connoisseurs, is a pastiche of early sound cinema initially intended to be watched through a peephole as an installation 7 p.m. Maddin introduces Robert Florey's Peter Lorre vehicle The Face Behind the Mask (1941; 8:50 p.m.), which shares with Maddin's work an interest in body mutilation and self-abasement but for all its B-movie bluntness is genuinely interested in its characters.

SUNDAY: Guy Maddin's latest, The Saddest Music in the World (2003) -- big doings at the beer plant 5:30 p.m. Maddin introduces Max Ophuls' sadly ironic La Ronde (France, 1950), a roundelay of sexual disillusionment and a masterpiece of camera placement and movement 7:50 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Alternative Requirements," a selection of new experimental works by Bay Area film students, includes Selene Foster's I Thought You Might Be There, Chelsea Walton's Numerical Engagements, and Chihcheng Peng's Something in the Water 7:30 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.

THURSDAY (Oct. 7): A "Horror Host Palooza" presents John Stanley, Döktor Göulfinger, and Mr. Lobo together onstage with The Craving (Jacinto Molina, Spain, 1980), about a Spanish Wolf Man's problems with lady vampires, and the S.F.-set Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death (James Wood, 1979). $8 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.


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: David Brower's years at the Sierra Club are Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6:45 p.m. Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004); see Ongoing for review 8:30 p.m. Producer Regina Ziegler's 10-part series of "Erotic Tales" concludes a week's run with Episode 10 (Jos Stelling and others) 7 p.m. Episode 9 (Bob Rafelson and others) 9 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: The 2004 Mill Valley Film Festival opens at this site (and two others in Marin County); see our coverage in Zoom Lens, on Page 39. Contact or call the Festival Hotline at 380-8264 for films and show times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7; $10 for Bicycle Film Festival programs. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and the Band are all on the Festival Express (Bob Smeaton, 2003); see Ongoing for review 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: The Bicycle Film Festival travels to San Francisco (see for more). Paperboys (Mills) 7 p.m. Tour of Legends (Van Empel) 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: Bicycle Film Festival -- The Hans Rey Story 3 p.m. Nasty's World (Olpin) 5 p.m. Warriors: The Bike Race re-creates the 1979 Walter Hill gang movie -- on bikes! 7 p.m. Tim Burton's comedy classic Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Corporation (Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar, Canada, 2004); see Ongoing for review 2, 5, 8 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vincent Gallo seeks The Brown Bunny (2004) of love 6, 10 p.m. Michael Moore seeks the temperature of regime change in Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 7:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 8-14): Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (Nonny de la Pena, 2004) and Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez, 2004) play as a double bill of outrage. Presented by Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald, the former uses talking heads and dramatic re-enactments of FBI raids, while the latter relies on news footage from the Florida recount. Both are effective 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.


934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), 552-FILM and for this special screening. Free.

SATURDAY (Oct. 9): The 15th annual Straight Outta Film Arts screening offers works produced in FAF classes over the past year. And there's barbecue! Noon.


2274 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3892,; for this event. $12. This venerable theater hosts the eighth annual Arab Film Festival this week. For the rest of the UA Berkeley's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Arabs living in New York after Sept. 11, profiled in Everything Is Going to Be Allright (Ezzat, U.S./Egypt) 12:30 p.m. Under Another Sky (Morel, Algeria/France) 2:45 p.m. Ordinary Iraqis talk before and after the U.S. occupation in About Bagdad 5:45 p.m. Forbidden to Wander (Youssef, Palestine) and Alive in Limbo (Gunnarsdottir et al., Lebanon) 7:45 p.m. Satin Rouge (Amari, Tunisia) 9:45 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 10): Beloved diva Fairuz is profiled in We Loved Each Other So Much (Janssen, Lebanon) 12:15 p.m. A schoolteacher flees terrorists in the recommended Rachida (Basir-Chouikh, Algeria) 2:30 p.m. Arna's Children (Khamis and Danniel, Palestine/Israel) 4:30 p.m. A documentary on the late Edward Said, Selves and Others (Hamon, France) 6:30 p.m. Women's Love (El Hagar, Egypt) 8:15 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 6): Hitler's Hit Parade (Oliver Axer and Susanne Benze, Germany, 2003) looks back at mass entertainment under the Nazis 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Oct. 7): The San Francisco Cinematheque offers filmmaker Julie Murray in person with her I Began to Wish, Deliquium, and others, plus films that influenced her including Chick Strand's Loose Ends /i>7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Oct. 12): SF Performances screens two dance films from Sweden, Mats Ek's Carmen and Johan Inger's Home and Home 7 p.m.


The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle begins a series of 16mm screenings of film noirs on political topics with Walk a Crooked Mile (Gordon Douglas, 1948), playing Thursday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. For more info, see; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail


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