One-Night Stands for the week of November 29-December 5, 2006 

In this week's repertory picks: Che, samurai, and Andy Warhol.

Reviews by Michael Atkinson, Michael Covino, Dave Kehr, Kelly Vance, Gregory Weinkauf, and Naomi Wise

Thu., Nov. 30

The Troubling Remake — Historical documentaries and their restaged remakes are the subjects of this program, featuring works by Walid Raad and Jean Eustache (69 min.). (PFA, 7:30)

Fri., Dec. 1

The Motorcycle Diaries — Spanning much of 1952 and hundreds upon hundreds of kilometers across South America, this chapter of Ernesto "Ché" Guevara's storied existence concerns his misadventures at age 23. The movie starts out frothy, with prim Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and his lusty amigo Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) almost playing Latino Tom and Huck, until the motorcycle ceases to be their focal point and the road transforms them. — G.W. (Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 7:30)

Rules of the Game — Jean Renoir satirizes the French aristocracy on the eve of WWI in a brilliant tragicomedy made on the eve of WWII (106 min., 1939). — N.W. (PFA, 7:00)

Samurai Rebellion — A 1967 film by Masaki Kobayashi, concerning a samurai (Toshiro Mifune) having a midlife crisis (121 min.). (PFA, 9:10)

Sweet Relief: The Marla Ruzicka Story — Filmmaker Jennifer Abrahamson's doc looks at a California woman who challenged the US government. (Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, 7:30)

Sat., Dec. 2

Beauty and the Beast — The most accessible, even lovable, of surrealist poet Jean Cocteau's films spins out the ancient fairy tale about a fearsome beast and his captive, a lovely young woman, in exquisite, baroque images. Starring Josette Day and Jean Marais (95 min., 1946). — N.W. (PFA, 5:00)

La Belle Noiseuse — A lot of silence, spareness, and emptiness go into Jacques Rivette's four-hour movie about the way a once-celebrated painter (Michel Piccoli), who has put down the brush, gets charged up by a younger painter's girlfriend (Emmanuelle Béart) (239 min., 1991). — M.C. (PFA, 7:00)

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

Sun., Dec. 3

Harakiri — Masaki Kobayashi's Japanese equivalent of an anti-Western: an antisamurai epic about the meaninglessness of the traditional code of honor as embodied by a soldier who tries to avenge the forced suicide of his son-in-law (135 min., 1962). — D.K. (PFA, 6:40)

Kitka and Davka in Concert: Old- and New-World Jewish Music — The two singing groups join forces for this nostalgic trip down Jewish musical memory lane. (JCCEB, 4:00)

Tarzan and Jane Regained ... Sort of — Andy Warhol & Co. invaded LA in an attempt to pay tribute to Hollywood by remaking their favorite old-time genre movies — like this Tarzan spoof (80 min., 1963). (PFA, 2:00)

Tue., Dec. 5

War: The Visible Signs — Four shorts on the subject of war (78 min. total running time). (PFA, 7:30)

Wed., Dec. 6

Fremont Stories: Our Family Album — Documentary interviews collected by the Fremont Heritage Team. (Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., 7:00)

49 Up — Moving and ambitious, Michael Apted's Up documentaries began in 1964 as a BBC news program exploring an old Jesuit maxim: "Give me the child until he is seven, and I will show you the man." Forty-two years and six films later, we've come to know less about the English class struggle than we do about the thrashings of time, the melancholy of aging, and the beauty of workaday human resilience and intimacy (2006). — M.A. (JCCEB, 7:00)

Shadya — A seventeen-year-old Muslim girl from Israel competes in a karate championship, in this doc by Roy Westler (50 min., 2005). (Oakland Museum of California, 6:30)

Still Kicking — Doc profile of six Bay Area women of a certain age. (LP, 7:30)

Switch Off — Documentary on Chile's indigenous Pehuenche-Mapuche people, displaced by a hydroelectric dam. Directed by Manel Mayol (87 min., 2005). Introduced by Patrick McCully of the International Rivers Network. (PFA, 7:30)


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