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Repertory film listings for April 10-16

Thu., Apr. 10

1973 Stylized documentary by Antonino Isordia about three disillusioned young Mexicans born in the title year (97 min.). Preceded by short: Comunicados (19 min., 1968). (PFA, 6:30)

The Man Who Left His Will on Film One of Nagisa Oshima's most perceptive and self-conscious films, this study of the sensibility of youth tells of a student making a film — which turns out to be his last will and testament, for he kills himself at the end of it. A brilliantly controlled work, Oshima's film is all the more remarkable in that he used no professional actors (93 min., 1970). — D.D. (PFA, 9:00)

Thrillville's 11th Anniversary Show With screenings of It! The Terror from Beyond Space and Journey to the 7th Planet, Mr. Lobo and the Queen of Trash in person, and musical act the Tomorrowmen performing on stage. (EC, 7:30)

Fri., Apr. 11

The Girl Can't Help It The garish colors somehow look best on a B&W TV (where Jayne Mansfield's glittery red dress can be imagined, rather than seen) and the frames, too, look best on a small box of a screen. Still, this remains one of the best of the '50s flicks celebrating that brand-new craze, rock 'n' roll. Mansfield, Tom Ewell, and Edmond O'Brien are moderately amusing as they spin out the inane plot of a hoodlum trying to turn his moll into a singer, but dig this, hepcats and kitties: Little Richard! Gene Vincent! Fats Domino! Eddie Cochran! It's a deliciously vulgar comedy (99 min., 1956). — N.W. (PFA, 7:00)

The Immortal Story Orson Welles' 1968 film, based on a fable by Isak Dinesen, is set in a mansion in the Portuguese colony of Macao at the turn of the 19th century (63 min.). (PFA, 9:00)

Sat., Apr. 12

Son of Paleface Frank Tashlin's 1952 parody of the Hollywood western (95 min.). (PFA, 4:00)

All Blossoms Again: The Films of Pedro Costa Aurélien Gerbault's portrait of director Pedro Costa, filmed during the shooting and editing of Colossal Youth (78 min., 2006). (PFA, 6:00)

Colossal Youth A documentary on the former residents of the Lisbon slum known as Fontainhas, directed by Pedro Costa (155 min, 2006). (PFA, 7:45)

Singin' in the Rain Only the best American musical of all time, which probably makes it the best musical, period. Every moment is indescribably delicious, from Jean Hagen's wicked parody of a lame-brained silent-movie queen to Donald O'Connor's unbelievable "Make 'Em Laugh" song and dance. With Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, and Cyd Charisse. Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (103 min., 1957). — N.W. (EC, 6:00)

Project YouthView Film Screening and Awards Night Eight shorts created by youth from around the Bay Area, plus long feature Darius Goes West. (Auctions by the Bay, Alameda, 7:00)

The Power of Community Documentary on urban organic farming. Followed by discussion. (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 7:00)

Sun., Apr. 13

It's All True Conceived as part of the war-time effort to promote hemispheric solidarity (and requested by RKO and the US government), Orson Welles intended the film to be a thought to have been destroyed. It turned up though in 1985 and has been restored as much as possible by Richard Wilson, Welles' original executive assistant. It includes footage of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (89 min., 1993). (PFA, 2:00)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? It already has, says Frank Tashlin in his brilliant satire of the age of Eisenhower — even before Rockwell Hunter (Tony Randall) becomes the hottest ad executive in town by signing up a bosomy movie star (Jayne Mansfield) to promote Stay-Put Lipstick ("For those oh-so-kissable lips!"). As Ernst Lubitsch was to the '30s, so Tashlin was to the '50s: a filmmaker gifted with uncanny insight into the ruling delusions of his day. Loud and beautifully vulgar in Deluxe-Color and CinemaScope, Rock Hunter is hilarious literally from the first frame (94 min., 1957). — D.D. (PFA, 5:00)

Singin' in the Rain See Saturday. (EC, 6:00)

San Francisco Women's Film Festival: No More Chick Flicks! Eight horror, suspense, and sci-fi shorts from female directors. (EC, 8:00)

Mon. Apr. 14

Lunafest A collection of nine short films by and about women. (PFA, 6:30)

Tue., Apr. 15

Schindler's Houses Documentary on the work of Austrian architect Rudolph Schindler, focusing on forty buildings clustered around Los Angeles (99 min., 2007). Director Heinz Emigholz in person. (PFA, 7:30)

Fight Club Anxious, neurotic office worker Edward Norton rediscovers his primal male self after bonding with boho rebel Brad Pitt and creating an underground bare-knuckle fisticuff society while female friend Helena Bonham Carter watches, in director David Fincher's exciting-but-stupid tour of a familiar grotty urban wasteland (139 min., 1999). — K.V. (PW, 9:15)

Wed., Apr. 16

Brightness For his third film, West African director Souleymane Cissé combines ethnography and a mythlike story of stolen magic to create a subtle and very beautiful sketch of the ancient Bambara culture. When a young man usurps his father's priestly powers, he must wander the sub-Saharan wastes before facing a showdown with the old man. Even without any knowledge of the Komo belief system (which is explained in an un-subtitled French intro), Cissé's subjective artistry is rich and easy to grasp despite its worldlessness. Brightness is a film poem, a tribute to his native Mali. Photographed brilliantly by Jean-Noel Ferragut and Jean-Michel Humeau (105 min., 1987). — K.V. (PFA, 3:00)

Artists and Models Those who find Jerry Lewis believable as soldier or vaudevillian may be amused (or maybe not) to see him cast by the amazing Frank Tashlin as a comicbook junkie whose fantasies inspire buddy Dean Martin's cartooning. Shirley MacLaine and Dorothy Malone are the models in Tashlin's typically oversized parody, a nightmare (literally in Lewis' case) of raging color, preposterous consumerism, and media-induced hallucination. Jean-Luc Godard called this film, admiringly, "an acme of stupidity." I call it a Laff Riot in Double-D Major. With Eva Gabor, Anite Ekbeg, and Jack Elam (109 min., 1955). — K.V. (PFA, 6:30)

It'$ Only Money A TV repairman fancies himself a detective in this lively film from Frank Tashlin (84 min., 1962). (PFA, 8:30)

Bush's Brain Based on Dallas Morning News writer Wayne Slater and Austin journalist James Moore's book about Dubya's right- and left-hand man Karl Rove, this doc is guilty of the same things of which it accuses Rove — using innuendo as fact while shouting whispers and hoping they'll drown out doubt. Not that there's any reason to disbelieve what we're told — that Rove bugged his own office in 1986, while running Bill Clements' gubernatorial campaign and ruining Mark White's, or that he helped spread rumors about Ann Richards' sexual orientation, "outing" her to oust her. But the movie, which feels as amateurish as a student film made for cable access, doesn't deliver the goods; the gotcha moment never comes. It's effective enough in portraying Rove as a conservative twit who ingratiated himself with the Bush family and did its nasty bidding, but it totally collapses by the end when it veers into the maudlin and manipulative by focusing on a family that lost a son in the Iraq war. — R.W. (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Screening of PBS documentary In Sickness and in Wealth, which examines links between health, wealth, and race. Followed by discussion. (Berkeley City College Auditorium, 7:00) 


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