Wednesday, October 19


Finish planning your year.

I don't have time to fully scrutinize each of them right now, but three major Bay Area rep. houses have just released new calendars running through the end of 2005:

The Red Vic has distributed its new calendar around town. Lots of documentaries including a Frisco premiere of Herzog's Wheel of Time Nov. 11-17. After several months with music docs de-emphasized they're back, including the great Bob Dylan profile Don't Look Back Dec. 1-3. I was just thinking it was about time to see Down By Law (Dec. 20-21) again, and if I haven't given a History of Violence a (mandatory for Cronenberg fans) second-viewing by January 3-4, you'll definitely find me on Haight Street then.

The Stanford Theatre has a new four-nights-a-week line-up of Hollywood and UK classics, nicely eclectic with a bias toward musicals (starting with Singin' in the Rain and Moon Over Miami this Friday-Sunday). A few of the Powell & Pressburger films playing the Rafael will also appear there. I'll point out one particularly enticing double-bill: Portrait of Jennie with Heaven Can Wait December 10-11.

Finally, the Pacific Film Archive just put its November & December schedules online. Tuesday nights look especially strong with avant-garde work from Gehr, Brakhage, Snow, Mekas, etc. Retrospectives on Sam Peckinpah and Marcel Pagnol are complimented by a mouth-watering array of mostly pre-war Japanese films. How many BART trips can I afford before Christmas anyway?

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