WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Barbara Stanwyck runs rampant through both Preston Sturges' devastating sendup of Puritan naiveté, as incarnated by Henry Fonda, in The Lady Eve (1941; 7:30 p.m.) and as the scheming and manipulative Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933; 6:10, 9:05 p.m.), perhaps the rawest film of all pre-Production Code Hollywood.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ronald Colman stars as a seeker of eternal truth in Lost Horizon (Frank Capra, 1937; 3, 7:30 p.m.) and as an amnesiac in Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942; 5:10, 9:40 p.m.). Given that the Gnostics hold that we once knew eternal truth but have forgotten it, these may in fact be the same movie.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 3): The San Francisco Cinematheque opens its fall season here with a program of films by local director Anita Chang, including the premiere of An elegy to our small selves, billed as "a linking of the human and animal, in part a response to 9/11." Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 4): The complete works of underground filmmaker Lech Kowalski screen over two weeks here, beginning tonight with D.O.A. (1980), a record of the U.S. Sex Pistols tour of 1978, followed by Gringo (aka Story of a Junkie, 1984), about a man's search for dope on the Lower East Side. $6 7, 9 p.m.
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