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Repertory film listings for July 17-23

Thu., July 17

Manhattan A drama of rampant estrangement, with relationships crisscrossing in every direction possible — at least it seems that way. Woody Allen directs, coauthors (with Marshall Brickman), and stars alongside the old standbys Diane Keaton and Michael Murphy, with Mariel Hemingway as Allen's lovely seventeen-year-old girlfriend. It's very funny, very affecting, is filmed and edited beautifully, but there's something morally simplistic implied by the Gershwin score and black-and-white photography of Gordon Willis given the modernity of the situations (96 min., 1979). — M.C. (PFA, 6:30)

Annie Hall Woody Allen suddenly surpassed himself, abandoning his shrilly insistent nebbish humor in favor of a graceful new wrinkle on romantic comedy, very New Yorkish, wry, and quirky. A bright, witty script is captured in warm performances, including Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall, Colleen Dewhurst, and (as usual) Tony Roberts, along with one live lobster whose name is unknown (93 min., 1977). — N.W. (PFA, 6:30)

Welcome to the Dollhouse Alternately excruciatingly pathetic and excruciatingly funny — but always excruciating — Todd (Fear, Anxiety and Depression) Solondz' diary of a junior high pariah follows a well-worn path through adolescent agony, and does it with a fair amount of style. The predicaments Dawn Wiener (played to the nth degree by Heather Matarazzo) falls into have been parodied in teen movies from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Heathers. This doesn't faze director-writer-coproducer Solondz a bit. He just winds up "Wiener Dog," her hideous family, vicious classmates, and the two cockroaches she has a crush on, and lets them scuttle around in the suburban New Jersey landscape until we've finally had enough cruel sport. Heavy-handed but engrossing, the film also bears a strong resemblance to the cartoons of Lynda Barry (88 min., 1995). — K.V. (PW, 9:15)

Thrillville's Jumpin' Jewbillee Screening of Woody Allen's 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), plus live music from Meshugga Beach Party. (EC, 9:15)

Touching Home Logan and Noah Miller wrote and directed this poker-centric drama. Ed Harris stars (2008). (Temescal Street Cinema, 49th St. at Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 9:00)

Three Films by Abraham Ravett Experimental shorts pieced together from archival World War II footage and 16mm home video of interviews with Ravett's parents, both Holocaust survivors. Featuring Half Sister (22 min., 1985), In Memory (13 min., 1993), and The March (25 min., 1999). (Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Berkeley, 7:30)

Made in L.A. The story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles sweatshops who embark on a three-year mission to win basic labor protections from clothing retailer Forever 21. (Ellen Driscoll Theater, Oakland, 7:00)

Fri., July 18

Violent Saturday Classic Southwestern film noir from director Richard Fleischer. Set in Bisbee, Arizona, and starring Lee Marvin and Victor Mature (91 min., 1955). (PFA, 7:00)

Point Blank John Boorman's first critical success is a neo-noir thriller that spends itself in a lot of cold flash, but finds a few disturbing images (Lee Marvin doesn't shoot his unfaithful wife; he blasts up her bed with a .44). With Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, and John Vernon (92 min., 1967). — D.K. (PFA, 8:50)

Sat., July 19

A Woman in Love A rich man's daughter (Maria Felix) is wooed by a revolutionary general (Pedro Armendáriz) in Emilio Fernández' 1946 Mexican saga (99 min.). (PFA, 6:30)

Bigger Than Life Mild-mannered New England schoolteacher James Mason takes hydrocortisone (an experimental drug in 1956) for his arthritis and turns into a violent lunatic, in director Nicholas Ray's socially conscious drama, which sees Eisenhower-era family-style normality as the freakish flip side of the teacher's drug-induced delusions. The screenplay is by Cyril Hume and Richard Malbaum, from a New Yorker article by Berton Roueche — but the paranoia is all Ray's. Barbara Rush (the wife) and Walter Matthau (a football coach) costar (95 min.). — K.V. (PFA, 8:25)

Sun., July 20

The Thief of Bagdad Sabu stars as a young boy whose feats of magic outdo an evil magician in this Arabian Nights fable that is chock full of Technicolor special effects. Rex Ingram is delightful as the genie. Ludwig Berger and Michael Powell directed. Jane Duprez and Conrad Veidt costar (150 min., 1940). (PFA, 4:00)

The Red and the White The Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó, with his impeccable sense of wide-screen visuals and of the geometry of human motion, sets his film in Central Russia during the 1918 Civil War, which pits White Russians against Red Hungarians. Written by Jancsó, Georgi Mdivani, and Gyula Hernádi. Shot by Tamás Somló. With Tatyana Konyukhova, Krystyna Mikolajewska, and Mikhail Kozakov (92 min., 1967). (PFA, 7:00)

The Muppet Movie A pleasant romp with some expressive puppets making listenable music when they're not making ghastly puns, the film is often very funny. Mel Brooks improvises a superbly manic "mad doctor," and a love scene between a frog and a pig succeeds in totally demolishing the oft-parodied Clairol commercial. Nonetheless, this remains primarily a movie for kids and for fans of the TV Muppets: it's a little thin, and excruciatingly self-congratulatory (95 min., 1979). — N.W. (EC, 2:00)

Tue., July 22

Red River The quintessential American Western is invented before your very eyes, but it's quintessential because it transcends genre naiveté with its tough, brooding honesty about the American ethos. Set in vistas of ravaging beauty, John Wayne plays a pioneer rancher/capitalist/SOB who grows so attached to his profits and his methods that he nearly kills his sensitive adopted son (Montgomery Clift) for daring to suggest improvements. Actually, critical objectivity be damned: it's merely one of the great films of all time, and the more you see it, the richer it gets. In glorious black and white, directed by the immortal Howard Hawks, and if you don't want to see it, I'll meet you at sundown in the old corral (133 min., 1948). — N.W. (PFA, 7:30)

For the Bible Tells Me So A documentary on the Christian right's use of the Bible to denounce homosexuality. Written and directed by Daniel G. Karslake (95 min., 2007). (Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, 7:30)

Wed., July 23

McCabe and Mrs. Miller One of Robert Altman's finest movies, this lyrical Western about doomed love stars Warren Beatty as a gambler-hustler who opens a brothel in a small Oregon boomtown and Julie Christie as a whore. The snowy countryside is realized in lovely, melancholy images by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also with Rene Auberjonois, Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, and Keith Carradine (121 min., 1971). — M.C. (PFA, 7:30)


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