One-Night Stands for the week of January 31-February 6, 2007 

In this week's rep picks: Ernst Lubitsch retrospective continues, and Bill Murray keeps waking up on Groundhog Day.

Reviews by Michael Covino, Kelly Vance, and Naomi Wise

Thu., Feb. 1

I Don't Want to Be a Man — Ernst Lubitsch directed this 1919 silent comedy about a tomboy placed in the care of a male guardian. Out of convenience, she soon begins to dress and act like a man, but is eventually thrown together with a man she grows to care for. Ossi Oswalda stars (41 min.). Judith Rosenberg on piano. (PFA, 5:30)

Some Like It Hot — Billy Wilder's sharp-edged farce was sexually subversive before its time, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon sporting full drag as they flee from mobsters into a situation of total sexual identity confusion. Marilyn Monroe is at her most luminous as a gold-digging singer who's too innocent to have her calculations add up right (120 min., 1959). — N.W. (PFA, 7:30)

Fri., Feb. 2

Groundhog Day — Bill Murray, in his best film since Ghostbusters, plays a pompous weatherman assigned to cover a small-town Groundhog Day festival — who finds that the next day is Groundhog Day, too, and the one after that, as Sonny and Cher sound the wake-up call with "I Got You, Babe" at six each morning. The premise makes it sound like a lost Twilight Zone episode, but in fact it's more like some deliciously whacked-out piece of serial art, say, something out of Warhol's "Disaster" series, a postage-stamp sheet of Groundhog Days, each day the same but rendered hilariously different by variations in the mismatched tints and botched registrations (101 min., 1993). — M.C. (Movies That Matter, Neumayer residence, 565 Bellevue St., Oakland, 6:30)

The Night of the Truth — Director Fanta Régina Nacro's 2004 political allegory likens African conflicts to mythology. With Adama Ouédraogo and Commandant Moussa Cissé (100 min.). (PFA, 7:00)

U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha — A reimagining of Carmen in South African townships, directed by Mark Dornford-May (120 min., 2005). (PFA, 9:00)

Sat., Feb. 3

Guys and Dolls — Joseph Mankiewicz directed this musical featuring an array of Damon Runyon characters who belt out Frank Loesser's score about New York gamblers and their molls. With Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Vivian Blaine, and Stubby Kaye (150 min., 1955). (Cerrito, 6:00)

The Merry Widow — If you want to see the fluffiest of Ernst Lubitsch's MGM musicals, a Ruritanian fairy tale starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, we won't stop you — just bear in mind that Erich Von Stroheim's 1925 silent is the definitive version (110 min., 1934). — K.V. (PFA, 8:30)

One Hour with You — A comical experiment in marriage with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, and Charlie Ruggles. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, although dialogue director George Cukor's touch is strongly evident (84 min., 1936). (PFA, 6:30)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show — The original 1975 British rock music horror spoof, starring Tim Curry as the androgynous Dr. Frank N. Furter, with Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Directed by Jim Sharman (95 min.). (PW, midnight)

Sun., Feb. 4

Design for Living — Ernst Lubitsch brought Continental "morals" to Puritan Hollywood at the height of the Depression (1933), filming Noel Coward's witty script about an artistic ménage-á-trois in a Paris garret. Gary Cooper was the shy one, as always; Fredric March was less shy by far; and Miriam Hopkins, a strong and clever actress, was the apex of the triangle (90 min.). — N.W. (PFA, 3:45)

Guys and Dolls — See Sat. (Cerrito, 5:00)

Rosita — Director Ernst Lubitsch's first American film, a silent romance starring Mary Pickford as a Spanish street singer (85 min., 1923). Bruce Loeb on piano. (PFA, 2:00)

Tue., Feb. 6

The Other Side — Documentary on the US-Mexico border, by Bill Brown (43 min., 2006). Followed by two shorts: Portrait #2: Trojan by Vanessa Renwick (5 min., 2006) and A Bridge Over the Drina by Xavier Lukomski (17 min., 2005). (PFA, 7:30)

Wed., Feb. 7

Lunchfilms — A compilation of do-it-yourself docs on the subject of lunch, by various artists, curated by Mike Plante (64 min., 2006). (PFA, 7:30)

The Man with a Movie Camera — Dziga Vertov, born Denis Abramovich Kaufman, was one of the leading Russian film theorists of the early 20th century. His concept of "Kino Pravda" (cinematic truth) was never more compellingly illustrated than in this 1929 masterpiece, a documentary in name only, that takes us into the whirring, frenetic workings of a composite city (filmed in Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa) where a lone cameraman is shown dodging traffic and capturing reality. The parade of images is intensely, gorgeously stimulating, filled with elaborate tracking shots, double exposures, freeze-frames, and other extravagant uses of film language (67 min). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe. Judith Rosenberg on piano. Preceded by two shorts: The Last Laugh (excerpts) by F.W. Murnau (1924) and A Movie Trip Through Filmland by Paul Felton (23 min., 1921). (PFA, 3:00)

Race to Execution — Filmmakers Rachel Lyon and Jim Lopez take a look at the stories of two death-row inmates in this documentary (running time unknown). (Oakland Museum, 6:30)


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