Oct. 31--Halloween films: Not a whole lot of action because the holiday falls on a Thursday, but here's an itinerary for you: 6:30 p.m. -- see F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 vampire film "Nosferatu" (Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. (415) 454-1222. www.cafilm.org). Then, go to your favorite multiplex and see Kimberly Pierce's newest version of "Carrie." That'll take you to about 10:30 or 11. Get a quick bite to eat, and then see a midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 267-4893. www.landmarktheatres.com). Return home, watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Sleep.
Taiwan Film Days: The annual weekend of current Taiwanese cinema opens Friday with a party and two screenings of "Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast," a fictional crowd-pleaser about chefs who show up at outdoor banquets with nothing but cooking utensils and come up with a menu based on the banquet's theme and ingredients provided. It closes Sunday night with "When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep," a quirky romantic comedy that opens with our hero awakening to a Post-It note affixed to his forehead from his girlfriend, who is breaking up with him. Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F. (415) 346-2288. www.voguesf.com.
Fassbinder's Favorites: The major retrospective of the great German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, which continues at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2700. www.ybca.org) and Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu) has an interesting sidebar at the PFA: Films that inspired Fassbinder. First up is Douglas Sirk's 1950s melodrama "Written on the Wind" (8:50 p.m. Friday, after a 7 p.m. showing of Fassbinder's "Chinese Roulette"), starring Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone as a self-destructive brother and sister who ensnare Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall into their twisted orbit. Later: Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket" (Nov. 15), Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (Nov. 22) and Nicholas Ray's "Johnny Guitar" (Dec. 14).
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