One-Night Stands for the week of November 22-28, 2006 

One shock after another: gluten, global warming, and TV horror hosts.

Fri., Nov. 24

Buena Vista Social Club — Wim Wenders followed Ry Cooder to Havana for what turned out to be a reunion of Cuban roots musicians, and this laid-back, leisurely doc is the film record of the trip — mambo heaven (101 min., 1999). — K.V. (Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 7:30)

The Cranes Are Flying — Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov's tale of a touching beauty (Tatyana Samoilova) caught up in all the horrors of war — a kind of 1941-45 War and Peace (95 min., 1957). (PFA, 7:00)

Monika — Ingmar Bergman's 1952 feature stars Harriet Andersson as a self-centered adolescent temptress who manages a brief romantic interlude with an errand boy (Lars Ekborg) before walking out (96 min.). — D.D. (PFA, 9:00)

Sat., Nov. 25

Paris Belongs to Us — Jacques Rivette's first film, made in 1958 and 1960. The myriad characters may or may not be part of an all-encompassing fascist plot, they may or may not be suffering from collective delusions — and there may or may not be a reason for performing Shakespeare's Pericles (142 min.). — D.D. Preceded by a Rivette short: Fool's Mate (28 min., 1956). (PFA, 7:30)

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

The Wizard of Oz — Unforgettable children's classic with young Judy Garland skipping out on dull old Kansas for the fantasy world of Oz, which lies just "Over the Rainbow"(101 min., 1939). — M.C. (PFA, 2:00)

Sun., Nov. 26

Kwaidan — The Japanese supernatural, directed in stunning color and striking images by Masaki Kobayashi. Four spectral tales unfold from the works of American Orientalist Lafcadio Hearn (161 min., 1964). — N.W. (PFA, 3:00)

Tue., Nov. 28

American Scary — Weird-looking talking heads aplenty in this affectionate doc tribute to local-TV horror hosts of the '60s and '70s. Among the subjects: Ghoulardi, Vampira, Svengoolie, Elvira, and Bay Area hosts Bob Wilkins and John Stanley (92 min., 2006). (PW, 9:15)

Ici et Ailleurs — Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's documentary on the Palestinian struggle, circa 1974 (60 min.). (PFA, 7:30)

Wed., Nov. 29

An Inconvenient Truth — This isn't just another lefty doc for the art-house set, but "by far the most terrifying film you will ever see," according to the ads, which feature a trio of smokestacks spewing what looks like the perfect storm. How much can a film of Al Gore's self-described global warming "slide show" do to lower the temperature? (2006). — R.N. (JCCEB, 7:00)

Riverglass: A River Ballet in Four Seasons — A short-tone poem on the Socca River in Slovenia and water in general, by Andrej Zdravic (41 min., 1997). Preceded by two shorts: H2O by Ralph Steiner (13 min., 1929) and Cold Pieces by Seoungho Cho (11 min., 1999). (PFA, 7:30)

The Shocking Truth About Gluten — The subtitle of this doc by the Bay Area's Ann Marks is "Why Bread Eaters Get Sick." (Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, 7:30)

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