Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (July 6): My Favorite Season 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (July 5): A program of works by animators Pu-Teng Chang and Ming-Yu Lin includes films on the themes of nature, technology, and alienation, including Brave New World (1999), Tai-Lang's Dream (2001), and the Claymation The Robot's Blood Is Black (2002) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 6): A program of personal documentaries includes Amy Happ's Resilience (1997), about the filmmaker's relationship with her stepmother, and more 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine. Closed Mondays.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
TUESDAY (July 9): A series honoring wire-haired, wire-framed-glasses-wearing comedian/director Maurizio Nichetti -- an Italian Woody Allen, only frailer -- concludes with Domani si balla (1982), about reporters stricken with a virus that makes them dance and laugh. No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 3): A performance artist leads a revolution against conservative repression in Coke Sams' Existo 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 4): Bikers kill Beatniks for fun and profit in John Michael McCarthy's The Sore Losers 8 p.m.
2948 16th St. (at Capp), 864-8855, www.thelab.org, $10-20 sliding scale.
WEDNESDAY (July 3): The "Transcinema Benefit Gala," a fund-raiser for the Lab's October Festival, offers a reception at 6 p.m., artist presentations and discussions at 8 p.m., and DJs and VJs from 10 p.m. to midnight with video previews from 30 artists.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.
DAILY: Notorious C.H.O. (Lorene Machado, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A Preston Sturges series commences with two of his early screenplays, Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1940; 7:30 p.m.), an effectively sentimental romance, and William Wyler's The Good Fairy (1935; 9:25 p.m.), a funny romantic triangle with Margaret Sullivan. To quote the film's funniest scene, "Go!"
SATURDAY: Preston Sturges' first two films as a writer/director, the dizzying political satire The Great McGinty (1940; 4:30, 8:30 p.m.) and a lower-key satire of commercialism, Christmas in July (1940; 7 p.m.), with a goofy performance by, of all people, Dick Powell.
SUNDAY: More Sturges -- The Good Fairy 5:30 p.m. Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen, 1937; 7:30 p.m.), with Jean Arthur as an unemployed woman mistaken as a Wall Street tycoon's mistress in a variant of Mark Twain's "The Million Pound Note."
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of films by Brazilian director Sergio Bianchi screens Should I Kill Them? (1982), a protest against the exploitation of Amazonian tribes 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
SUNDAY (July 7): A one-day Hip Hop Film Fest screens the world premiere of the locally made Street Legends. See www.hiphopfilmfest.com for more info. $6 3 p.m. Kevin Epps' San Francisco-filmed Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001), with filmmaker in person. $6 6 p.m.
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