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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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.

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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14): A monthlong tribute to Eric Rohmer continues with the director's own tribute to A Good Marriage (France, 1982) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 17): A Good Marriage 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 (Aug. 16): Two Israeli anti-war films "to end the Occupation" include It Is No Dream (Benny Brunner and Joseph Rochlitz, 2002) and The Right to a Home and a Homeland (Amir Tekel, 2002). $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 18): Chris Marker's splendid documentary about Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin, The Last Bolshevik (1993) 5 p.m.

CASTRO

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 & THURSDAY: D.A. Pennebaker's long-unseen concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973), with David Bowie in glam mode; see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 16-22): Doomed, romantic gangster Jean Gabin takes refuge in the casbah of Algiers in Julian Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937), screening in a new print; see Opening for review 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

DAILY (closed Mondays): Run and gun with La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, France, 1990), screening through Aug. 25 at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" in its 40-seat theater. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14): A street gang turns political group in the documentary Black and Gold, about the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation of New York 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Aug. 15): Mark Osborne's Dropping Out, about a cheerful would-be suicide 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 16): Religion as revealed truth is the subject of Roger Majkowski's family drama Passing Stones 8 p.m.

LUMIERE

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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Benoit Jacquot's Sade (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program and 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: Rhythm and blues musician Louis Jordan is spotlit in the collegiate comedy-musical Beware (Bud Pollard, 1946), screening with the early jazz films Black and Tan (Dudley Murphy, 1929), with Duke Ellington, and Jammin' the Blues (Gjon Mili, 1944), with Lester Young 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A program of "ephemeral" films curated by archivist Rick Prelinger screens some unusual educational movies, including Safety: Harm Hides at Home (Roger Landoue, 1976), with Guardiana the Safety Woman, and Boredom at Work: The Search for Zest (1963) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A lonely man's life on the farm is the subject of Frantisek Vlácil's Smoke on the Potato Fields (Czechoslovakia, 1977) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: France's working-class hero Jean Gabin co-stars with the legendary Josephine Baker in Zouzou (Marc Allégret, 1937; 7 p.m.) and is the paterfamilias of the music hall in Jean Renoir's highly colorful and entertaining French Cancan (1954; 8:45 p.m.), in more or less the role Jim Broadbent played in Moulin Rouge. But quite differently played!

SUNDAY: A farm is taken hostage by a Nazi hit squad in the desperate days after the war in Frantisek Vlácil's Shadows of a Hot Summer (Czechoslovakia, 1978) 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Anne-Marie Miéville's We're All Still Here (France/Switzerland, 1997) features a dialogue from Plato, a monologue from Hannah Arendt, and Jean-Luc Godard in a major role. It screens with her short Mary's Book (1984), which accompanied all screenings of Godard's controversial The Book of Mary back in the 1980s 7:30 p.m.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Karmen Geï 7 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Sex and Lucia 9 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress Wed 9:15 p.m.; Thurs 8:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A "Filmmakers in Person" series screens "Imogen Cunningham: Three Views" -- three documentaries about the photographer, Never Give Up (Ann Hershey), Two Photographers (Fred Padula), and Imogen Cunningham, Photographer (John Korty), with all three filmmakers in person. The first program in a series celebrating the 25th year of the Mill Valley Film Festival 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Conrad Rooks' life of the Buddha, Siddhartha (1975) 6:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY: John Sayles' landmark independent feature The Return of the Seacaucus 7 (1980) 7 p.m.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: You'll wish you'd practiced your scales under the stern regime of The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, France, 2001) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: You'll wish you'd practiced your web-slinging more, or at least have been nicer to your kindly old uncle, while catching Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, 2002) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Super 8 footage shot in the 1970s by adventurous teen filmmakers Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson forms the spine of the new surf documentary The Far Shore (Gregory Schell, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Michael Rubbo's Much Ado About Something (U.K., 2000); see Opening for review 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 p.m. Rivers and Tides continues (separate admission) at 6 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m.

SHATTUCK

2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Benoit Jacquot's Sade (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program and times.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's evergreen North by Northwest (1959; 7:30 p.m.), with Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill -- "the O stands for nothing" -- screens with Billy Wilder's Sahara-set spy thriller Five Graves to Cairo (1943; 5:40, 10 p.m.), with Franchot Tone, and Erich von Stroheim as Rommel.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two of Billy Wilder's gentler screenplays, both with Gary Cooper, young and virile in Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939; 5:45, 9:40 p.m.), and haggard as a Howard Hughes-like millionaire in Love in the Afternoon (Wilder, 1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 3:25 p.m.).

WEREPAD

2430 Third St. (at 22nd Street), 824-7334, www.thrillville.net or www.werepad.com for more info. Screenings of rare 16mm prints of obscure or cult favorites. $7.

FRIDAY (Aug. 16): A triple bill of U.F.O.: Target Earth (Michael DeGaetano, 1974), Hercules in the Haunted World (Mario Bava, Italy, 1961), and simultaneous, side-by-side screenings of reels from Alexander Mackendrick's Don't Make Waves (1967) and George Sidney's The Swinger (1966), with Ann-Margret. Mackendrick's last film, a Hollywood comedy with Tony Curtis, has some witty passages and deserves a more respectful venue 9:30 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India noon.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14): A Latino Film Festival screening of El Faro (Eduardo Mignogna, 1998), about two orphaned sisters who travel through Argentina and Uruguay. $7 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Aug. 20): An Arab Film Festival screening, on projected DVD, of Youssef Chahine's An Egyptian Story (Egypt, 1982), about a successful film director haunted by his ideals 7:30 p.m.

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