Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 20): The Last Metro 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.
THURSDAY (July 18): Hot Pink screens "films and videos by queer women" including the "journey to success and self-acceptance" Tomboy (Donna Carter, 1997), the "erotic short drama" Sabor a Mi (Claudia Morgado Escanilla, 1997), and Pump (Abigail Severance, 1999), about a woman who discovers that not only has her girlfriend done her wrong, her red hair is from a bottle. Plus more, including live music by the junes. For more info see www.lesbianarts.org 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 20): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- $3; free for artistes. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer. $8.
SATURDAY (July 20): The Bridge, built over an Inner Richmond cemetery, undergoes a ritual exorcism in the jollity surrounding the suburban ghost story Poltergeist (1983), nominally directed by Tobe Hooper and ghost-directed by Steven Spielberg midnight.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Vittorio De Sica's neo-realist masterpiece of a cranky old man and his dog, Umberto D (Italy, 1952) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Castro owners California Central Theaters present an 80th-anniversary tribute to this cinema featuring live entertainment (banjos, singing, a saw player) and, appropriately, the Warner Bros. musical Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, 1933) with James Cagney as a dynamic producer of live entertainment for movie theaters. $8. Live performance 7 p.m., film 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 19-24): Conrad Rooks' adaption of Hermann Hesse's tale of spiritual enlightenment Siddhartha (1972), screening in a new print 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:15, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 19): A "Work in Progress" screening of Luis Fernandez de la Reguera's Rockets Redglare, a documentary on the New York underground actor and personality, featuring Steve Buscemi and Jim Jarmusch, who worked with him. Q&A session follows. Free 7 p.m.
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.
DAILY: Don't reveal the sensational secret of The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, U.K., 1992)! It's his sled! 8:30, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
TUESDAY (July 23): A detective story starring the director, Un maledetto imbroglio (Pietro Germi, 1959). No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 17): Grimy, cold Minneapolis is the setting for Wendell Jo Anderson's With or Without You 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 19): Shawn Durr's Fucked in the Face, a "gay serial killer slasher flick" 8 p.m.
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. $8.75.
STARTS FRIDAY: The martial arts classic Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu, Hong Kong, 1975) opens in a new print. 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.
WEDNESDAY: A "Higher Education" series of college-based films screens Jack Arnold's Monster on the Campus (1958), about a rare fish that causes problems, in a program hosted by the Parkway's Will "The Thrill" Viharo, complete with trivia questions and prizes 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A "Second Chance" series of PFA-screened films that were sold out or otherwise deserve another showing continues with So Dark the Night (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946; 7:30 p.m.), a moody detective tale set in rural France, and the late noir The Burglar (Paul Wendkos, 1957; 9 p.m.), with Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield as brother and sister. What gene pool is this?
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