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One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for January 22-28, 2009.

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Thu., January 22

Sans Soleil French experimental filmmaker Chris Marker directed this montage that juxtaposes the images of urban Japan with Africa in transition, Hitchcock's San Francisco as depicted in Vertigo, and the open spaces of Ireland (100 min., 1982). (PFA, 7:30)

Friday, January 23

Amarcord Federico Fellini's good-natured anecdotal homage to life in his native Rimini is both lyrical and affecting, and avoids the false nostalgia and pathos that could have befallen such a project. Magical imagery abounds, like those dazzling peacocks flying through the snow, or the villagers' night outing to see a grand ocean liner, lights ablaze, sail majestically past in the darkness — a scene reminiscent of Garcia Marquez's magical story "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship" (123 min., 1974). — M.C (PFA, 8:50)

Sat., January 24

Boogie Doodles: Animation by Norman McLaren A collection of eleven animated shorts by Norman McLaren, who used simple, handmade materials — in some cases even drawing or painting directly on film (total running time 55 min., 1939-1971). (PFA, 3:00)

The Docks of New York Josef von Sternberg's 1928 silent explores marriage and murder among sailors and waterfront hookers. Recognized as one of the earliest examples of von Sternberg's mastery of light and shadow. With George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Clyde Cook (96 min.). (PFA, 6:30)

Innocent Sorcerers Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda departs from his usual themes of historical significance to explore the human frailties of a young couple — a serious-minded doctor and part-time musician and a naive, but charming girl. They represent a new generation of young people who have never known the horrors of war (83 min., 1960). (PFA, 8:30)

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival A full day of live-action and animated shorts for children, plus a youth-directed documentary on Lake Merritt's gondolier and a conversation with the filmmakers. (Auctions by the Bay, Alameda, 11:00 a.m.)

Sun., January 25

Kinshasa Palace Director José Zeka Laplaine plays Kaze, a Paris-based Congolese immigrant (and filmmaker) who travels across Paris, Lisbon, Kinshasa, and Cambodia in search of his missing brother (75 min., 2006). (PFA, 2:00)

Journeys: Short Films from Africa Short films from Zaire, Ethiopia, and Sudan, all with physical and emotion journeys at their heart (total running time 74 min., 1997-2008). (PFA, 3:45)

The Goonies Filmmaker Richard (Superman) Donner's 1985 kiddie adventure sends juvie leads Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, and Corey Feldman in search of a pirate ship and buried treasure (114 min.). (EC, 2:00)

Farewell to Manzanar A 1976 fact-based drama about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, focused on the experiences of the Wakatusi family. Based on the book by James D. Houston and directed by John Korty (120 min.). (PW, 2:00)

Tuesday, January 27

Tire Dié (PFA, 7:30) "Social inquiry" documentary set in Santa Fe, Argentina, in which filmmaker Fernando Birri lets his subjects speak for themselves as they fight for their lives against poverty (1960). Preceded by a series of shorts on capitalism and poverty around the world (total running time 91 min.).

Wed., January 28

The Promised Land Andrzej Wajda directed this searing examination of turn-of-the-century Polish nobility. He centers his tale on three young men plotting their business affairs set against the industrial revolution in Lodz, near Warsaw, that turned that town into a boon for the rich and a hellhole for the poor. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont (168 min., 1975). (PFA, 7:00)

Planet Earth Two more episodes ("Fresh Water" and "Seasonal Forests") of David Attenborough's award-winning documentary television series, originally broadcast on the BBC in 2006 (total running time 100 min.). (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

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