But directing was his true talent, and he proved a master in multiple genres: 1944 noir Laura; 1947 Joan Crawford melodrama Daisy Kenyon; 1959 courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder; 1962 political thriller Advise and Consent; 1957 historical biopic Saint Joan, starring a then-unknown Jean Seberg (who later played the enfant terrible in 1958's Bonjour Tristesse); 1955 Frank Sinatra junkie drama The Man with the Golden Arm; and 1955's Carmen Jones, with Dorothy Dandridge leading an all-African American cast. This Pacific Film Archive series, loaded with restored and rare prints of all of the above and more, also tosses in a couple of unclassifiable gems: 1965's Bunny Lake is Missing (whodunnit?) and 1968's Skidoo (LSD dunnit!) (Cheryl Eddy)
7 p.m. (Laura) and 8:50 p.m. (Fallen Angel), continues through Dec. 20; $5.50$9.50
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft, Berk.
Secrets of the Shadow World
Season's greetings from George Kuchar! San Francisco's busy underground laureate is featured in a recent documentary portrait, an upcoming SF Cinematheque program of vintage 8mm restorations, and Yerba Buena's "Tropical Vultures" exhibit. Visit Yerba Buena this Saturday and your gallery admission is good for a special screening of Secrets of the Shadow World (1989-1999). A prime slab of the Kucharesque, this Rockefeller Foundation-funded (!) paranormal video dive incorporates reconnaissance with John Keel, the recently deceased author of 1975's Mothman Prophecies, along with essayistic inquiries into the ontology of digital imagery and Sasquatch droppings. (Max Goldberg)
2 p.m., Free with Gallery Admission
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission, SF
"You Are Her: Riot Grrrl and Underground Female Zines of the 1990s"
Matt Wobensmith's zine shop Goteblüd was the toast of the town at this October's New York Art Book Fair, with Holland Cotter of The New York Times singling it out in a report on the event. Wobensmith has already shared a lion's-size library of queer zines with curious local paper tigers via Goteblüd's first local show now, it's the paper tigresses' turn for a treat, thanks to "You Are Her," a pretty much astonishingly expansive though not if you know Wobensmith's dedication to the cause collection of riot grrrl and other female-centric 1990s zines available for viewing and reading. Behold copies of Bikini Kill, Double Bill, Girl Germs, Hey Soundguy (by Corin Tucker), I Heart Amy Carter and Jigsaw (by Donna Dresch), my first love Teenage Gang Debs, and Way Down Low. Behold Sassy in its glossy glory. Be glad you live in SF, where you can see this stuff for real for realz. (Huston)
Noon5 p.m. (show continues through Jan. 2010), free
766 Valencia, SF
"What About Me?!: New Faces in Contemporary Self Portraiture"
First off, kudos to the Peanut Gallery for its name. Second, the young space's latest show has a strong sense of variety.