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CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org 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.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com 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.

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.

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.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO

Kanbar Hall, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.

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.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. 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.

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 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.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. 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.

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

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2 for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org, $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.

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