.One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for August 7 through August 13, 2008.

Thu., August 7

Nightfall Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past, Cat People) could work wonders with a low budget. In this no-frills noir, hoarse-voiced Aldo Ray, the working stiff’s action hero, escapes with his life and a bag full of cash from two crooks on the lam (unctuous Brian Keith and sadistic Rudy Bond) while on a Wyoming camping trip, then spends the film running from both the hoods and a dogged insurance investigator (James Gregory). Along the way he picks up runway model Anne Bancroft in a bar. Nicely sour atmosphere and good wisecracks (sample: “Nice place. I’ll try not to bleed all over it.”), the latter courtesy of David Goodis (novel) and Stirling Silliphant (adaptation) (78 min., 1956). — K.V. (PFA, 6:30)

The Burglar Dan Duryea joins Jayne Mansfield in this 1957 crime pic — written by the great David Goodis — about a gang stealing a diamond necklace from a spiritualist, only to run afoul of a crooked cop. With Martha Vickers and Paul Capell. Paul Wendkos directs (90 min.). (PFA, 8:30)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas There are some wide-open spaces in the screenplay, and director Terry Gilliam slops on the vomit and hysteria a bit too thickly, but the Gilliam-Johnny Depp-Benicio Del Toro version of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic of New Journalistic dope-and-weirdness is one of the few movies — maybe the only one — to capture the middle-class recreational drug culture’s essential details perfectly. The question is: Do we really need to take this trip? Depp disappears into the character of Thompson, on assignment to cover a motorcycle race in Nevada in 1971. Del Toro is also a riot as the writer’s menacing attorney. Screenplay by Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies, and jilted helmer Alex Cox (118 min., 1998). — K.V. (PW, 9:15)

Fri., August 8

Marketa Lazarová Set in the 13th century, this 1966 film by Frantisek Vlácil concerns the romance between a Bohemian outlaw and the daughter of a village squire. Based on Vladislav Vancura’s novel. With Magda Vásáryová and Frantisek Velecký (162 min.). (PFA, 7:30)

Sat., August 9

Voyage to the Beginning of the World Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira takes a trip to his past, with Marcello Mastroianni playing Oliveira and actors from Oliveira’s later films playing actors from his earlier films (95 min., 1997). (PFA, 6:30)

The Night of the Iguana John Huston’s Mexico is a feverish place, where gringos like Fred C. Dobbs and Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon go to pieces under the hot sun. Richard Burton as Shannon rails and yells, beset by Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, and his personal devils in Tennessee Williams’ story (“Honey, the border I’m crossing over is the border of sanity”). At times in these yarns it’s hard to tell where Williams’ (or Traven’s) ethos ends and Huston’s picks up. But if you have the choice, trust Huston’s. Photographed by Gabriel Figueroa (118 min., 1964). — K.V. (PFA, 8:30)

Planet of the Apes The first — and the best — of the highly popular sci-fi series has astronaut Charlton Heston, sometime in the future, crash-landing on a planet where apes run the show and humans serve as their slaves. Obvious, but lots of fun, with Roddy McDowall charming as an ape scientist and with a wonderful shocker of an ending (112 min., 1968). — M.C. (EC, 6:00)

Sun., August 10

Aniki Bóbó A tale about children’s games in an adult world, with naturalistic lighting, non-professional actors, and locations found in the dockside areas of Oporto that anticipate the style of Italian Neo-Realist films. The first feature-length work by Manoel de Oliveira (Francisca, Doomed Love). With Nascimento Fernandes, Vital dos Santos, and Antonio Palma (70 min., 1942). Preceded by Oliveira’s short The Hunt (20 min., 1963). (PFA, 5:00)

Descent into Hell French director Francis Girod’s 1986 film about marital drama and the tenacity of the past is set in Haiti and based on the David Goodis novel The Wounded and the Slain (88 min.). (PFA, 7:00)

Planet of the Apes See Saturday. (EC, 5:00)

Tue., August 12

99 River Street Phil Karlson’s ’50s were a low-budget vision of choked-off aspirations and nervous honor overlaid with a matter-of-fact criminality. 99 River Street (along with Tight Spot and The Brothers Rico) is his best work, a bare-bones film noir with cab driver John Payne at the epicenter of betrayal, fists flying and eyebrows sagging. His sweaty, haphazardly sadistic scenes with goon Jack Lambert prefigure not only Peckinpah but Fassbinder as well. Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, and Frank Faylen round out the all-shopworn cast (83 min., 1953). — K.V. (PFA, 6:30)

Gunman’s Walk Phil Karlson’s 1958 western finds three protagonists entangled in tension in a lawless, wild, open land (97 min.). (PFA, 8:15)

Wed., August 13

Rite of Spring A very bizarre recreation of the Passion Play, with the usually repressed sex and violence right out there on the surface. Using nonprofessionals from the village of Curalha, Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira shot, produced, directed, and edited this film, which is a departure from his earlier documentaries (90 min., 1963). (PFA, 7:30)

The Power of Nightmares: The Phantom Victory Part two of a three-part documentary miniseries produced by Adam Curtis (Century of the Self) for BBC-TV. His challenging video essay draws disturbing parallels between the agendas of US neo-conservatives and Middle East Islamists, whom Curtis claims both benefited from the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2004). (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)


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