WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: "No guts! I want action!" cries heroine Annie Laurie Star (Peggy Cummins) in Joseph H. Lewis' great road noir Gun Crazy (1949; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (1945; 5:35, 9:10 p.m.). A good grimy crime drama about a milquetoast clerk who turns outcast criminal, Scarlet Street usually appears in poor grainy prints. You can expect the best possible print from this venue.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Vincente Minnelli's film musical debut, Cabin in the Sky (1943; 5:40, 9:45 p.m.), and his brilliantly entertaining backstage musical The Band Wagon (1953; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.). Oscar Levant's character in Wagon is loosely based on the film's co-author, the recently deceased Adolph Green.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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SATURDAY (Nov. 16): "Ideas in Animation" -- After a sojourn in Europe, Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble return with live music accompanying new animation. $10 7, 9 p.m.
UC Berkeley campus; 421-8497 for information and advance tickets for Wednesday's special event (also screening Thursday and Friday at the Palace of Fine Arts); 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for Film Arts Festival programs on Saturday.
DAILY (closed Mondays): Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.
THURSDAY (Nov. 14): The San Francisco Cinematheque presents films by Hans Richter, Race Symphony and Ghosts Before Breakfast (dada-esque films from Germany, 1928) and the multiartist surrealist jam session Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947). $7 7:30 p.m.