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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. 21): A monthlong tribute to Eric Rohmer continues with the last of his "Comedies and Proverbs" series, Boyfriends and Girlfriends (France, 1987) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 24): Boyfriends and Girlfriends 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.

SATURDAY (Aug. 24): James Longley's documentary Gaza Strip (2002) follows the life of a 13-year-old paper boy in Gaza City, in an acclaimed cinéma vérité style sans voice-over 8 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: Jean Gabin in Julian Duvivier's romantic melodrama Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937), screening in a new print. See Ongoing for review 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): A new, restored, version of Fritz Lang's visionary science-fiction classic Metropolis (Germany, 1927); see Opening for more 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FINE ARTS CINEMA

2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. The scheduled demolition of this Berkeley landmark has been pushed back, and there will be a fall season for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY: Closed.

STARTS THURSDAY: Mickey Lemle's popular Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001; 7:30 p.m.), tracing the self-made spiritual leader's recovery from a stroke, screens with Gustavo Mosquera's Moebius (Argentina, 1996; 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 5:40 p.m.), about the mysterious disappearance of a subway car. Program continues through Sept. 1.

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Run and gun with La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, France, 1990), at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2000), through Sept. 15 7:45, 9:45 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. 21): Bumblers try to make a film about Angela Davis in Doug E. Doug's Citizen James 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Aug. 22): A performance artist tries to save America in Existo 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 23): Feminists try pornography in Ladyporn 8 p.m.

MINNA STREET GALLERY

111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.

TUESDAY (Aug. 27): The "All Women Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 15 short films and videos by North American female directors including Oaklander Amy Hicks' Hatching Beauty, and from San Francisco, Tiffany Shlain's Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and J.D. Beltran's Telephone Stories 8 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 2000). 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.

WEDNESDAY: A program of "ephemeral" films curated by archivist Rick Prelinger screens some unusual educational movies, including Negro Colleges in Wartime (1944) and The Home Economics Story (1951) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Jean-Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen (France, 1984) reworks Bizet's tale of a cigarette girl to include Godard himself as her has-been filmmaker uncle. Scripted by Anne-Marie Miéville 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A young woman seeks out her unknown father in Frantisek Vlácil's Serpent's Poison (Czechoslovakia, 1982) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Doomed, romantic gangster Jean Gabin takes refuge in the Casbah of Algiers in Julian Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (France, 1937; 7 p.m.), screening with Jean Renoir's consistently underrated adaption of Gorky's The Lower Depths (1936; 8:50 p.m.)

SUNDAY: Frantisek Vlácil's Shadow of a Fern (Czechoslovakia, 1985), an adaption of Czech folklore about an ominous wood 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville at home, discussing the issues of our day, in their Soft and Hard (France, 1985), followed by Miéville's Reaching an Understanding (France/Switzerland, 2000), a four-way dialogue featuring Godard bursting into tears 7:30 p.m.

PARAMOUNT

2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (Aug. 23): Steven Spielberg's breakthrough Jaws (1975) -- without this film, no Hook, no The Lost World, no A.I., all the movies that have secured this director's reputation 8 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 9:15 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Siddhartha 6:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A series celebrating 25 years of the Mill Valley Film Festival continues with a rescreening of the 1982 MVFF premiere The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Robert M. Young's film about a legendary Texas-Mexican folk hero, played by Edward James Olmos 7 p.m. Also, Zhang Yimou's Happy Times (China, 2001) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: Happy Times 7 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 8:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Secret Ballot (Babak Payami, Iran, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Four 11-year-olds form an Order of Knights to fight evil, a battle that becomes complicated in the Icelandic film Benjamin Dove (Gisli Snaer Erlingsson, 1995). Earphones provided for English translation of the subtitles 2 p.m.

SUNDAY: A MVFF 25th-anniversary screening of Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! (France/U.K./India, 1988), about a 10-year-old boy abandoned to city life 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: Con artists get conned in the entertaining Argentine feature Nine Queens (Fabien Bielinsky, 2001). It's like a David Mamet film, only without the arch dialogue 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A musical slice of S.F. history, The Cockettes (Bill Weber and David Weissman, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: The Indian cricket spectacular Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001) 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 27 & 28): Kissing Jessica Stein (Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2002) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Michael Rubbo's Much Ado About Something (U.K., 2000); see Ongoing for review 8, 10 p.m.; no 10 p.m. screening Thurs; also Wed 4 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2000); see Ongoing for review 6 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Rivers and Tides 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for 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: D.W. Griffith's melodrama of persecuted motherhood, Way Down East (1920), surrounds an astonishing performance by Lillian Gish with several layers of ham and a famously thrilling ice flow sequence. Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Audrey Hepburn, an extraordinary talent showcased in the star-making vehicles Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.), screening in a new print, and Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954; 5:25, 9:40 p.m.). All we can do for a Kate Beckinsale is Pearl Harbor.

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, screens through Oct. 13 at noon.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 21): The Goethe-Institut presents a screening of Billy Wilder's scabrous Cold War comedy One Two Three (1961). $6 7:30 p.m.

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