One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for May 29 through April 4

Reviews by Kelly Vance

Thu., May 29

The Mission Action in Hong Kong starring five trigger-happy bodyguards. Johnnie To directs (88 min., 1999). (PFA, 6:30)

Fulltime Killer Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai direct this video game- and pulp novel-influenced action flick (102 min., 2001). (PFA, 8:15)

Take My Picture Documentary on live music photographer Larry Wolfey. (924 Gilman, Berkeley, 7:00)

Fri., May 30

Berlin Alexanderplatz, Parts I-III Franz Biberkopf is thick and slow. Watching him grope his way through fifteen hours of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1982 film of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel is a painful experience. But it’s also a thorough summing-up of the director’s incessant themes of deceit, the desolation of the class system, and industrial-age hopelessness. Every woman we meet is a whore, and every man has an angle to play, however futile. Günter Lamprecht is pathetically superb as the big ox Franz; Elisabeth Trissenaar and Barbara Sukowa are two of the milestones on his way to the slaughter-house, and almost every member of Fassbinder’s stock company turns up, most notably Hanna Schygulla, Franz Schediwy, and Franz Buchreiser. A heartbreaker. — K.V. (PFA, 7:00)

Sat., May 31

Berlin Alexanderplatz, Parts IV-VII See Saturday. (PFA, 7:00)

Sun., June 1

Marathon Screening Seven hours of innovative and experimental shorts and features produced by Lynn Hershman between 1977 and 1944. (PFA, noon)

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death Peter Bate’s documentary examines King Leopold II of Belgium, who exploited the Congo at great human cost (84 min., 2003) (PW, 2:00)

Dirty Dancing This nostalgic romance has a bit more going for it than its dance numbers, namely the realistic pairing of young lovers Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, who actually look and talk like real human beings, circa 1963. The Catskills resort setting is the pick of the recent crop of such remembrances, and Jerry Orbach is good as the indulgent father whose daughter falls in love with a mambo instructor. Add the anachronistic ´80s-style (too sexy) dancing and you have what Flashdance should have been (100 min., 1987). — K.V. (EC, 2:00)

Wed., June 4

Running on Karma More Hong Kong action from Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai. This one’s a fantastical genre mash-up starring a Buddhist monk turned male stripper with the ability to see past lives and predict the future (93 min., 2003). (PFA, 7:30)

Richard Dawkins: Secular Humanist Taping of four speakers’ presentations at the Atheist Alliance International Convention 2007 in Washington, D.C. – including Dawkins along with Andy Thompson, Dan Dennett, and Sam Harris. (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)


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