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Film Reps List for 12-26-2001

Wednesday, Dec 26 2001
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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to 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.


429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger, recently refurbished, with new seats. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

DAILY: A new print of John Waters' Female Trouble (1974), starring Divine, in a remastered "special edition" 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 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. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Richard Quine's glossy comedy of magic Bell, Book and Candle (1958) stars James Stewart and Kim Novak the same year they teamed in Vertigo; it also features Jack Lemmon 6, 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Venue closed.

TUESDAY: Call for program.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Zhang Yimou and Zubin Mehta's collaboration on Rossini's opera is the subject of Allan Miller's documentary The Turandot Project (Italy/China, 2001). See Ongoing for review 5:10, 7:25, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 28-Jan. 3): Tony Gatlif's Vengo 5, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:45 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.

SUNDAY (Dec. 30): Free projection-TV screenings of afternoon NFL football games continue through today noon-4 p.m.

MONDAY (Dec. 31): The Parkway New Year's Eve Pajama Jam offers live music until 2 a.m., a lingerie contest, and among other joys the 1978 film musical Grease (Randal Kleiser). Advance tickets are $30. Call for availability. Doors open 7 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, $8 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Business of Strangers (Patrick Stettner, 2001), The Endurance (George Butler, 2000), Bread and Tulips (Silvio Soldini, Italy, 2000); call for times.

WEDNESDAY: A "Happy Judy Hollidays" series of comedies featuring the talented star of the 1950s continues with her Oscar-winning turn as the dumb blonde who learns the merits of democracy in playwright Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950). Holliday's card game alone is worth the price of admission 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Kanin and Cukor's parable of excess and success It Should Happen to You (1954), one of Holliday's best vehicles, and Jack Lemmon's debut 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Tony Gatlif's Vengo (France/Spain, 2000), the latest in his series of films about Gypsy life. See Opening for review. Call for other films and for show times.

FRIDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Our heroine's a lone stockholder taking on a corrupt corporation in The Solid Gold Cadillac (Richard Quine, 1956) 2:15, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Born Yesterday 2:15, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Holliday was thrown a key supporting role in a benevolent conspiracy to build up her career in the splendid Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn vehicle Adam's Rib (Cukor, 1949), written by Kanin and his wife, Ruth Gordon 2:15, 7 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: George Cukor's excellent film adaption of Philip Barry's play Holiday (1938) stars Cary Grant as a carefree escapee from convention. With Katharine Hepburn, worth flipping for 2:15, 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Ron Fricke's global "breath of life" documentary Baraka (1992) displays beautiful images of life from around the world. It may serve as a much-needed restorative after this year's events 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: Baraka 7:15, 9:30 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY: A trio of pre-Production Code rarities includes Edmund Goulding's Devil's Holiday (1930; 2:50, 7:20 p.m.), about manicurist Nancy Carroll scheming to marry well; Marguerite Churchill as the art student who's the Girl Without a Room (Ralph Murphy, 1933; 4:20, 8:50 p.m.); and Wynne Gibson as a Broadway showgirl playing Edward Arnold against Edmund Lowe, as Her Bodyguard (William Beaudine, 1933; 1:30, 6, 10:15 p.m.). As the film's ad slogan puts it, "He didn't make much money but he had a lot of FUN!"

THURSDAY: Two rarely screened mid-1930s Hollywood romances, the likable The Princess Comes Across (William K. Howard, 1936; 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 p.m.), with Carole Lombard involved in a shipboard murder and Fred MacMurray; and Trade Winds (Tay Garnett, 1938; 1:30, 4:45, 8 p.m.), with Joan Bennett fleeing a murder charge and police detective Fredric March.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Francis Coppola's expanded Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001), now clocking in at 206 minutes. Frodo (Martin Sheen) travels up the Mekong River with his merry band of hobbits in search of a mad wizard (Marlon Brando). With Dennis Hopper as Gollum.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays and New Year's Day.

DAILY: "Directors of the Board," video screenings of short films about skateboarding, plays thrice daily through Jan. 27. Free with YBCA admission noon, 2:05, 4:15 p.m.

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