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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: 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson, U.K., 2003). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 6-12): Daybreak (Björn Runge, Sweden, 2003). See Page 41 for review. Call for times.


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

WEDNESDAY (May 4): After a break for the film festival, weekly screenings resume with Les Autres Filles (Other Girls, Caroline Vignal, France, 2000), about the friendships of a group of young women 6 p.m.


1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; (925) 866-9559, for the S.F. International Film Festival. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $12 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)

WEDNESDAY (May 4): SFIFF screenings of Sepet (Ahmad, Malaysia) 10 a.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Siegel) 1 p.m. Princess of Mount Ledang (Hin, Malaysia) 1:30 p.m. Czech Dream (Klusák and Remunda, Czech Republic) 3:15 p.m. Following Sean (Arlyck) 3:30 p.m. Omar and Pete (Lending) 3:45 p.m. Whisky Romeo Zulu (Piñeyro, Argentina) 6:15 p.m. Bahman Kiarostami's documentaries Pilgrimage and Kamancheh (Iran) 6:30 p.m. Into the Picture Scroll (Haneda, Japan) 6:45 p.m. Beyond Our Ken (Pang, Hong Kong) 9 p.m. Take My Eyes (Bollain, Spain) 9:15 p.m. The Boys of Baraka (Ewing and Grady, USA/Kenya) 9:30 p.m. The Gravel Road (Menon, Malaysia) 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 5): SFIFF -- Mad Hot Ballroom (Agrelo) 10 a.m. A Doula Story (Alpert) 12:30 p.m. "Youth Voices and Visions" (shorts) 1 p.m. A grim tale recommended by this correspondent, Dealer (Fliegauf, Hungary) 1:15 p.m. Kept and Dreamless (Fogwill and Desalvo) 2:15 p.m. "Reversing Destiny" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. Monday Morning Glory (Woo, Malaysia) 3:45 p.m. Midwinter Night's Dream (Paskaljevic, Serbia) 5 p.m. Sepet 5 p.m. Abel Raises Cain (Abel and Hockett) 5:15 p.m. Delamu (Tian, China) 6 p.m. Waves (Fei, Italy) 7:45 p.m. Life in a Box (Cheslik-DeMeyer) 9:15 p.m. Of Love and Eggs (Nugroho, Indonesia) 8 p.m. Mad Hot Ballroom 8:30 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 (May 5): International ANSWER screens Barbara Kopple's fascinating record of a West Virginia miners' strike, Harlan County USA (1976), in honor of May Day 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 6): The acronym of tonight's "NPR Screening" denotes not National Public Radio but instead Neighborhood Public Radio, locally scaled "pirate broadcasts" or, as they prefer to call it, "low power community broadcasting." A video record of recent Chicago-area activity (land ho, mateys), a documentary on low-power radio (shiver me timbers), and a tour of the FCC with Michael Powell (ARRRRRRR) fill out the evening 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 7): Other Cinema hosts Peggy Nelson's lecture on "Fan Films," homemade re-creations of Hollywood films. The announced Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation has been pulled, but you do get to see something of the Turkish Star Wars. See for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (May 8): "Global Super 8 Day" marks "40 years of Super 8 film" although it's been about 20 years since you could buy cartridges at the local drugstore. Films representing the medium's history will screen 8 p.m.

MONDAY (May 9): S.F. Art Institute students "subvert television" with their student show "Transgressions." $3 8 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues on one screen through May 5. Call for times.

WEDNESDAY: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films continues with the est-era version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Phil Kaufman, 1978; 1, 4:45, 8:30 p.m. ), with director in person at the evening show. Also, a giant squid tackles the Golden Gate Bridge, but as said bridge was built before Caltrans there's nothing to worry about in It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955; 3:15, 7 p.m.). Film animator Phil Tippett, longtime fan of special-effects genius Ray Harryhausen, introduces the 7 p.m. show.

THURSDAY: Reel S.F. -- Filmmaker Rob Epstein introduces the evening show of his The Times of Harvey Milk (1984; 3:15, 7 p.m.), screening with The Cockettes (Bill Weber and David Weissman, 2002; 1:20, 5, 9 p.m.), with Weber and special guests at the 9 p.m. show.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two classic S.F.-set noirs, Delmer Daves' Dark Passage (1947; 1:45, 5:35, 9:25 p.m.) and Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai (1948; noon, 3:50, 7:40 p.m.), with noir expert Nathanial Rich in person at the Friday 7:40 p.m. show.

SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Gold is hard to find and hard to hold in Erich von Stroheim's Greed (1924; 2:30, 7 p.m.), with live piano by Jon Mirsalis. Also, Anna May Wong in Old San Francisco (Alan Crosland, 1927; 12:45, 5:10, 9:35 p.m.).

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two by Don Siegel: monotone S.F. policemen track down flamboyant killers in The Lineup (1958; noon, 3:35, 7:15 p.m.), and enraged S.F. policeman Clint Eastwood tracks down a flamboyant killer as Dirty Harry (1971; 1:40, 5:15, 9 p.m.). Author Greil Marcus introduces the Tuesday 7:15 show.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, for the San Francisco International Film Festival screening here Thursday. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: Both volumes, lo, a complete encyclopedic set of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) 2, 7 p.m. alternating with Vol. 2 (2004) 4:15, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Closing Night program of the S.F. International Film Festival offers Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul (2005) with party to follow 7 p.m. Film only, $20; film and party, $75.

STARTS FRIDAY: Todd Solondz spelled backward is Palindromes (2005), screening through May 19. See Page 40 for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, or for this series. "8 Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $7.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 6 & 7): Go on, say it three times -- Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) midnight.


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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: It's that sprite again -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001) 8, 10 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Redirect from Broadway, the original Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, 1975) screens through May 29 8:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:15 p.m.


Kanbar Hall, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200,

SUNDAY (May 8): In Gallanter Hall, "archivist and raconteur" Mark Cantor presents "Hittin' on the 88s," another in his "Giants of Jazz on Film" series featuring rare footage of Willie "The Lion" Smith, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, and many more. $20 8 p.m.


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: A 35mm print of the 1947 Best Picture Oscar winner, Gentleman's Agreement (Elia Kazan), a social-problem film directed against anti-Semitism with Gregory Peck (!) pretending to be Jewish to expose hypocrisy 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Bukowski: Born Into This (John Dullaghan, 2004) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Tennessee schoolchildren set out to represent the scale of the Holocaust by collecting Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, 2005) Fri & Sat 7, 8:50 p.m.; Sun 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; Mon 7 p.m.; Tues 5:15 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A neglected boy reveals hidden talents in Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (Shemi Zarhin, Israel, 2003) Sat 5 p.m.; Sun 4:25 p.m.; Mon 8:45 p.m.; Tues 7 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (May 6): Alec Guinness scripted and starred as a mad artist in The Horse's Mouth (Ronald Neame, 1958), first in a month of Guinness films 6:30 p.m.


Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.

SATURDAY (May 7): Mary Pickford leads her fellow orphans to safety in Sparrows (William Beaudine, 1926), screening with two short westerns, the legendary Texas Guinan as The Girl of the Rancho (Scott Sidney, 1914) and Blanche Sweet as The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch (D.W. Griffith, 1912) 7:30 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (May 4 & 5): 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson, U.K., 2003). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124,, $8, second show $2 for regular programs; (925) 866-9559,, $12 admission for the S.F. International Film Festival. 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 history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Guy Maddin's creep-out musical The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2003) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival continues its PFA screenings with The Forest for the Trees (Ade, Germany) 7 p.m. Dear Enemy (Xhuvani, Albania) 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free screening of Gilles Jacob's scrapbook of Cannes Film Festival filmmaker press conferences, Words in Progress (France, 2004) 5:30 p.m. The SFIFF concludes with the good, claustrophobic Private (Costanza, Italy/Palestine) 7 p.m. The World (Jia, China) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: Winners and runners-up from UCB's Eisner Awards competition for best student films and videos include the winners Jonas (film by Richard Parkin) and La Continuidad de los Cables (video by Camilo Salazar Prince) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: In a film eerily anticipating the fate of the Democratic Party in the 21st century, a donkey is mistreated by cruel humanity in a new print of Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (France, 1966) Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 7:25 p.m. 96-year-old Manoel de Oliveira bids adieu to cruel humanity in his allegory of the 21st century A Talking Picture (Portugal, 2003) Sat 8:50 p.m.; Sun 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant pictures, presents Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, Canada, 2003) 3 p.m.

TUESDAY: The PFA is closed -- and will remain so through May 29.


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.

SATURDAY (May 7): Good Vibrations welcomes National Masturbation Month with a screening of Orgasm! The Faces of Ecstasy (Emerita Joani Blank, 1981). Filmmaker and friends in person. $8 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 10): P.J. Soles likes her Ramones in Rock 'n' Roll High School (Allan Arkush, 1979), screening as a benefit for the American Federation of Teachers. Hey teachers -- they blow up the school! $7 9:15 p.m.

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: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Don't Move (Sergio Castellitto, Italy, 2004) 6:50, 9:15 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY (May 8): John Korty in person with his affecting and effective documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get 19 Kids? (1977), about a family made up of war orphans and the handicapped. Ask him what he thinks of Palindromes 4 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: Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991), a prequel of much of what is to come 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: This year's "Academy Award Nominated Shorts" includes the live-action winner Wasp (Andrea Arnold, U.K.) and the animation winner Ryan (Chris Landreth, Canada). Program screens through May 12; see Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hal Hartley's latest, The Girl From Monday (2005) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Alan Curtis, U.K., 2004). Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 6:30 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 8:40 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The fourth San Francisco Sex Worker Arts Festival screens films and videos at this venue. Contact Scarlot Harlot, festival director, at 751-1659 or for more info.

STARTS SUNDAY: Call theater for program.


Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.

DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "John Szarkowski," John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Richard B. Woodward and Sandra McLeod, 1998) Thurs 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m. Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses (2001) Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.

THURSDAY (May 5): Four French folks sing in the filmed stage musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Denis Heroux, France, 1975) noon.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

WEDNESDAY: The Bay Area Adventure Film Festival 7:30 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: Call theater for program.


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 (May 4): GreenCine presents Piece by Piece (Nic Hill, 2004), about San Francisco graffiti. $8 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 5): Restored prints of 1950s 8mm camp melodramas by George and Mike Kuchar, including A Town Called Tempest, The Thief and the Stripper, and Born of the Wind 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 6): A Fridays-in-May series of "Anarchists and Film" begins with an episode of the 1964 TV series Profiles in Courage devoted to John Peter Altgeld (Daniel Petrie, 1964; 7 p.m.), about the Illinois governor who pardoned three anarchists in 1892, followed by Travis Wilkerson's documentary An Injury to One (2003; 8:30 p.m.) about the death of an IWW union man in Butte, Mont., a century ago. $8.


This Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens Andre de Toth's swamp melodrama Dark Waters (1945), with Merle Oberon. 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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