Movies for the Week of May 13, 2005

There are plenty of interesting films playing this week. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to write about them (let alone see any), so I’ll just draw your attention to the Irish and San Francisco Documentary Film Festivals showing at the Roxie (the Documentary fest is also at the Woman’s Building). They both have interesting line-ups.

And I’ll tell you about three other shows you might enjoy:

Recommendation: The Royal Tenenbaums, Clay, Friday and Saturday, midnight. Wes Anderson’s modern comic epic explores a wealthy, dysfunctional family with three grown and disappointed child prodigies. Gene Hackman’s estranged patriarch is probably his funniest, and most sympathetic, villain.

Recommendation: Some Like It Hot, Film Night in the Park, Dolores Park, Saturday night. A few years ago, the American Film Institute called this the greatest American film comedy. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s definitely in my top ten. Warning: The presentation will be on DVD, not film.

Noteworthy: The Mark of Zorro, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday night. This is where it all began. Douglas Fairbanks bought the rights to a then-recent novel, projected his already-famous athletic comic hero into a romanticized past, grabbed a sword, and invented the movie swashbuckler. There are better Zorro movies (including Fairbanks’ sequel, Don Q, Son of Zorro), but no other catches the birth of a genre. Judy Rosenberg will accompany the movie on the piano.