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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.



701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $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 (Oct. 2): The Goethe-Institut screens Frank Beyer's Nikolaikirche (Germany, 1995), about the collapse of the Communist East in 1989. $6 7:30 p.m.

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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