One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for June 19 through June 25, 2008.

Thu., June 19

Target Video A rare and noteworthy compilation of performances by Flipper, Dead Kennedys, the Nuns, Negative Trend, and other local Bay Area punk rockers by artist Joe Rees, aka Joe Target, who ran a San Francisco studio and excelled at capturing musical footage in the raw, like the Cramps playing Napa State Hospital or Crime’s gig at San Quentin (120 min., 1988). Rees in person. — K.V. (8:30, PFA)

The Big Lebowski Laid-back bowler and ex-radical Jeff Bridges watches some thugs, who think he’s someone else, piss on his carpet, which “really tied the room together,” then spends the rest of the movie, more or less, trying to avenge his carpet. This rambling, amiably goofy tale of mistaken identity from the Coen brothers features some radiantly hilarious dream sequences and manages to make bowling look like the most surreal of sports. But ultimately it’s like a bowling ball thrown with so little force it just rolls to a halt halfway down the lane. With John Goodman, Julianne Moore, David Huddleston and, in what amounts to cameos, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Ben Gazzara, and Sam Elliott. Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, directed by Joel (117 min., 1998). Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. — M.C. (PW, 9:15)

The Birth of California Shamisen Documentary on American musician Kevin Kmetz’s journey to master the Japanese instrument tsugaru shamisen. Kmetz in person. (EC, 9:15)

Light and Shadow A series of shorts, including experimental films by Katherin McInnis and Tom Gibbons the Hunger Artist. (Temescal Street Cinema, 49th St. at Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 9:00)

Fri., June 20

Three on a Match Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, and Warren William star in this 1932 melodrama about three women who renew their childhood friendship only to find suspense and tragedy. Also features Humphrey Bogart; directed by Mervyn LeRoy (63 min.). (PFA, 7:00)

The King and the Chorus Girl Joan Blondell stars in this Mervyn LeRoy-directed comedy about a romance with listless ex-king Alfred VII (Fernand Gravel) (94 min., 1937). (PFA, 8:30)

Sat., June 21

Fate Inspired by Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Fate is the first film in Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz’s “Tales of Darkness” trilogy (119 min., 2001). (PFA, 6:30)

Exiled This 2006 Hong Kong-produced gangster film by director Johnnie To, set in Macao, is an entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision. The action begins when two gangsters try to execute a former colleague, Wo; two others try to save him. After a shoot-out at his apartment where no one’s killed, all five sit down to a convivial dinner, planning a robbery to help provide for Wo’s family after the two assassins kill him. Throughout the film the characters, caught in the triad’s tentacles, seem almost interchangeable, their individuality lost in the narrative’s labyrinthine shifts. But the nihilism of their lives is countered by brief moments of emotion and visual poetry, which make the destruction and loss all the more poignant. In Cantonese with subtitles (113 min., 2006). — F.C. (PFA, 8:45)

Ragiñ Epu Mapu/Between Two Worlds: Voices of the Elders and the Youth Documentary on the Mapuche peoples’ struggle to retain their indigenous culture in the modern world of southern Chile. (LP, 8:00)

Sun., June 22

Santa Fe Refugee Freddy Wolff (Gabriel Barylli) longs for the western frontier and carries with him a train ticket Santa Fe, but gets dropped in an immigrant community in New York City instead (110 min., 1985). (PFA, 4:00)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Elia Kazan directs Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, Peggy Ann Garner, Ted Donaldson, James Dunn, and a large cast in a 1945 adaptation of Betty Smith’s novel of the coming of age of a girl in a Brooklyn tenement, circa 1900 (128 min.). (PFA, 6:30)

Wed., June 25

There’s Always a Woman A 1938 murder-mystery comedy-satire starring Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas as her inept detective husband (81 min.). (PFA, 6:30)

Three Girls About Town Leigh Jason’s 1941 manic and eccentric comedy set in a convention hotel managed by Robert Benchley (75 min.). (PFA, 8:15)

Root of All Evil Richard Dawkins’s documentary exploring the power of religion. (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

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