One Night Stands for the week of June 6-12, 2007 

Your basic eleven-hour movie. In French.

Movie theater abbreviations

AC = Act 1 & 2, AL= Albany, BA = Bal, BH = Blackhawk, BC = Brenden Concord 14, BP = Brenden Pittsburg 16, BS = AMC Bay Street, CA = California, CAPH = CinéArts Pleasant Hill, CB = Century Bayfair, CE = Central Cinema Alameda, CCC = CoCo Cinemas, CEPH = Century Pleasant Hill 16, CH = Century Hilltop, CN = Cinedome Newark, CRC = Crow Canyon, CS = Century Solano Drive-In, CSC = Chabot Space and Science Center, CUC = Century Union City 25, CWC = Century Walnut Creek, CF = Cinedome Fremont, E = Elmwood, EC = El Cerrito Speakeasy, GL = Grand Lake, JL = Jack London, N8 = Naz 8, OA = Oaks, OR = Orinda, P = Park, PM = Piedmont, PW = Parkway, RA = Regal Antioch, RH = Regal Hacienda, S = Shattuck,UAB = UA Berkeley, UAEB = UA Emery Bay, VL = Vine Livermore.

Reviewed by Don Druker, Kelly Vance, Richard von Busack, and Naomi Wise Thu., June 7

All About Darfur — Documentary on the Sudanese conflict, with testimonies by ordinary men and women from Sudan (running time unknown). (Zocalo Coffeehouse, 645 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, 7:00)

Beach Party — The original 1963 beach blanket blowout, a lodestar of youth-market entertainment, starring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. William Asher directs (101 min.). (Cerrito, 9:15)

From Saturday to Sunday (Ze Soboty Na Nedeli) — On the surface, the boy-meets-girl, boy-almost-loses-girl tale isn't much different from the studio films made in America at the time. But this 1931 Czech film by Gustav Machaty has the shadowiness and sorrowfulness of film noir. Mana, who calls herself Mary (Magda Maderovà) is a lowly typist who is twice mistaken for a whore; first by a fat, greasy businessman, and later by the blue-collar worker (L.H. Struna) with whom she shares a tryst during a rainy night (72 min.). — Richard von Busack (PFA, 5:30)

Maxed Out — James D. Scurlock wrote and directed this documentary on personal and governmental indebtedness in America (90 min., 2006). (PW, 9:15)

Such Is Life — A rarely seen Czech film, this realistic 1929 portrait of the lives of ordinary people in Prague is surprisingly austere for the Expressionist-drunk '20s. Director Carl Junghans bridges the gap with only slight lapses of objectivity in relating the story of an old washerwoman (Vera Baranovskaya), her drunken husband (Theodor Pistek), his mistress (Valeska Gert), and their pregnant daughter (Màna Zeniskovà) (73 min.). — D.D. (PFA, 7:00)

Fri., June 8

Eijanaika — Shohei Imamura's 1981 plebeian epic views the sweep of history from a lusty, lowbrow vantage point. The shogunate is dissolving, and a troupe of carnival performers in Edo (Tokyo) let their personal frustrations become the basis of a public upheaval encompassing samurais, scoundrels, farmers, and clowns. The title means, roughly, "What the hell" (151 min.). — K.V. (PFA, 7:30)

Sat., June 9

An American in Paris — If one had to pick a screen persona that defined the Hollywood-style American man for all time, in all his brash, charming, idealistic, glib, muscular, overheated glory, it would have to be Gene Kelly in Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris. If not then call it the finest musical ever made, and let it go at that. With Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, and music by George and Ira Gershwin. Written by Alan Jay Lerner (115 min., 1951). — K.V. (Cerrito, 6:00)

Out — Director Jacques Rivette's 1971 French New Wave multiparter stars Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto as characters involved in the staging of plays by Aeschylus, with a large ensemble cast. Codirected by Suzanne Schiffman (Parts 1-4: 396 min. plus dinner break; Parts 5-8: 347 min. plus dinner break). Episodes 1-4. (PFA, 2:00)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show — The original 1975 British rock music horror spoof (95 min.). (PW, midnight)

Under a Shipwrecked Moon — An old Finnish man returns to his family after a long absence, but before the gets there, there's some unfinished psychic business he must attend to — in a dream. And the family has issues of its own. Written, directed, and photographed by Antero Alli (98 min., 2003). (Kaleva Hall, 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley, 8:00)

Sun., June 10

An American in Paris — See Sat. (Cerrito, 5:00)

Out — Episodes 5-8. See Sat. (PFA, 2:00)

Tue., June 12

Stolen Desire — Shohei Imamura's first film shows what happens when the director of a traveling troupe of actors gets involved romantically with some of his players. Osamu Takizawa and Hiroyuki Nagaro star (90 min., 1958). (PFA, 7:30)

Wed., June 13

The Next Industrial Revolution — A documentary on the environment and human relationship to the Earth, with an eye toward the future (running time unknown). (Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 7:30)

The Warriors — Gangs on the run in the Big Apple. A refreshingly original angle, too: they're all integrated. Though shot on location in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, this movie may just as well have been shot on Jupiter for all the relation it has to reality. I don't mean to suggest it's surrealistic, either. With Michael Beck, James Remar, and Mercedes Ruehl. Misdirected by Walter Hill (90 min., 1979). — M.C. (PFA, 7:30)


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