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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 (Nov. 13): Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil co-star in a Gallic remake of A Close Shave, The Widow of St. Pierre (Patrice Leconte, France, 2000) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 16): The Widow of St. Pierre 2 p.m.

AMC KABUKI

1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is the site of the annual New Italian Cinema Events (NICE), with screenings through Nov. 24. Advance tickets $9 save as noted, available online at www.sffs.org, by calling (866) 468-3399, or by faxing a request for an order form to 561-5099. Directors in person for most programs. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): NICE opens with a tribute to filmmaker Mimmo Calopresti and screenings of The Second Time (1997) 7 p.m. and Notes of Love (1998) 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 15): Calopresti's I Prefer the Sound of the Sea (1999) 7 p.m. The Second Time 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Nov. 18): Federico Fellini's Jungian jamboree Juliet of the Spirits (Italy, 1965) 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 19): Children are smarter than their parents in Not Fair (Antonietta de Lillo, 2001) 7 p.m. A private eye wonders What Are You Looking For (Marco S. Puccioni, 2001) 9:30 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.

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): "Kucharathon," three short films by local underground legend George Kuchar, including The Sunshine Sisters (1972), "a love comic book of doomed women," and Blips (1970), "an enigmatic movie that's like an enigmatic enema" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 15): An "Open Screening"; BYOMovies. Free for filmmakers 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 16): So you've lost an election. Don't mourn; organize. Other Cinema offers a "Wobbly"-themed program with Travis Wilkerson's An Injury to One, about the suppression of the IWW 80 years ago. Also, Safety Orange by Juliana Fredman and Jim Davis takes on the prison industry and Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers and Christian Parenti analyzes "the hidden life of garbage" 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 17): 3rd I, a South Asian film group, screens several short documentaries made for PBS by Joe Rubin, including Bhutan: The Last Place, on the introduction of television there, Sri Lanka: Living With Terror, and more. Rubin in person 2 p.m.

BRAVA

2789 24th St. (at York), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for this series. This restored movie house, with two screens, hosts programs from the 18th annual Film Arts Festival. All programs $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): Portland actors collaborate with Vietnamese for a staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Opening Night film, A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002). Film only $10, film and reception $20 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): Unlocking the Heart of Adoption 6 p.m. Cul de Sac 8 p.m. "New Storytellers" -- shorts, including Giovanna Chesler's Beauteaus 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 15): Downside UP 6 p.m. "America Re/Visioned" -- shorts on political themes, including Angel Vasquez's A Change of Faith 7:30 p.m. "Manhandled" -- shorts about men, including Rock Schroeter's Guys and Dolls 9:30 p.m. Teddi Dean Bennett's narrative feature Love Will Travel (2002). Show your support, it was shot on film 11 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 16): "Kids Animation Mini-Festival," $5 11 a.m. "From Your Seat to the Street" (panel discussion), free 1 p.m. "In the Flickerflash" -- experimental shorts 3 p.m. Trailer Park Blues 5 p.m. David Schendel's Yank Tanks, documenting the old American cars still roaming Cuba 7 p.m. Security 9 p.m. Scumrock 11 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 17): Latino Film Festival (866/468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information) -- "Youth in Video", free 11 a.m. The Invisible Children, $5 1 p.m. Loco Fever 3 p.m. Herod's Law, with actor Damián Alcazar in person 5:15 p.m. Anita Takes a Chance 8:20 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for the Film Arts Festival, playing here Sunday. $8 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: Akira Kurosawa's Siberian epic Dersu Uzala (U.S.S.R., 1975), an impressive work of honor amid nature that inaugurated a new stage in the director's career 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The 2002 UnderSkatement Film Festival offers short films and videos depicting skateboarding, or at least influenced by the spirit of skateboarding. Call 970-8964 for more info 8 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Kote Mikaberidze's My Grandmother (U.S.S.R., 1929), a slapstick satire of bureaucracy and consumerism made by a poet turned filmmaker, plays with a live score by Beth Custer and ensemble. $12 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: The 18th Film Arts Festival offers five programs here today -- Paul Ginnochio's A Place Named Destiny, about the Destiny Youth Arts Performance Company of Oakland. $5 11 a.m. An African-American man runs for Congress in Dylan's Run 1 p.m. A biography of surfer Rell Sun, Heart of the Sea. $15 3:30 p.m. "First Person Female," a shorts program. $9 5:30 p.m. The Weather Underground, $10; $30 for film and Closing Night Party that follows 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: A man and a boy and a bike -- The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948; 7:10 p.m.), screening with Robert Bresson's spiritual voyage Diary of a Country Priest (France, 1951; 9 p.m.).

TUESDAY: Raoul Ruiz's meditation on Marcel Proust, Time Regained 7:30 p.m.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

50 Acacia (between Olive and Magnolia), San Rafael, (866) 468-3399 and www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, which screens video programs here Wednesday through Friday. $5.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): A tribute to Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás -- whose visa was held up by the U.S. government and whose appearances at this festival were canceled -- screens Part 1 of Solás' epic Lucía (1968), an hourlong episode dealing with the 1890s revolt against Spain 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): A video documentary on the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa on Gabriel Figueroa 1:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 15): The Bronze Screen is a new documentary on "100 years of Latinos Image in Hollywood" 7 p.m.

FINE ARTS CINEMA

2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com for regular programs; (866) 468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information, for the Latino Film Festival, screening here Friday through Sunday. Regular programs $7, Latino Film Festival shows $9 save as noted. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Akira Kurosawa's postwar look back at the prewar suppression of an anti-militarist professor, as seen by his daughter, No Regrets for Our Youth (Japan, 1946; 7 p.m.) makes an unusual double bill with John Huston's cynical comedy Beat the Devil (1955; 9:05 p.m.), with Humphrey Bogart.

FRIDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Honey for Oshún 6 p.m. Brave New Land 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Dare to Dream, with director Flavia Fontes in person. $5 1 p.m. Jewish Latin America: Argentina Memories and Terror, $8 3:15 p.m. The Back of the World, $8 4:45 p.m. Streeters, with director Gerardo Tort in person 6:30 p.m. If I Saw You, I Wouldn't Remember 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- "Back and Forth," a program on emigration, screens El Chogui and Beyond the Border, $5 2 p.m. Sweet Repose 4:15 p.m. Aliens to Themselves 6:15 p.m. Pellet 8 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Nov. 18-24): A funny double bill of paranoid presidential tales -- All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976; 7 p.m.) screens with Andrew Fleming's revisionist Dick (1999; 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 5:10 p.m.), a point-by-point parody of the earlier film with two spacey teenagers (Kirstin Dunst and Michelle Williams) revealed as the real architects of the president's (a perfect Dan Hedaya) fall.

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: Alfred Hitchcock's tale of romantic obsession, Vertigo (1958) 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1979) screens through Dec. 8 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

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

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) continue 8 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 14 & 15): Street musician Thoth plans to create "a world not unlike Tolkien's Middle Earth with its own language, culture and history." An Oscar-winning documentary from Sarah Kernochan 8 p.m.

MONDAY (Nov. 18): The "electronic dance community" discovers Better Living Through Circuitry 8 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 19): A Tuesday series of video sequels continues with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (Tobe Hooper, 1986), with Dennis Hopper taking on Leatherface 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ventura Pons' Food of Love (Spain, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 15-21): A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002); 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: The artists of San Francisco's Creativity Explored are profiled in Life Itself (Todd Herman and Francis Kohler, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival of ethnographic movies continues with An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson, 2002), about the lynching of a union organizer early last century, and Mamma Benz and the Taste of Money (Karin Junger, Burkina Faso, 2002), about the interaction of African textile sellers and Dutch businessmen 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Margaret Mead Festival -- Two Sudanese flee civil war and travel hundreds of miles by foot, only for one to arrive in Houston and the other to remain in a refugee camp in Kenya, in Benjamin and His Brother (Arthur Howes, 2002) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY: A series of Austrian Ulrich Seidl's documentaries continues with Good News (1990; 7 p.m.), which shows immigrants from Asia and South Europe trying to sell newspapers to indifferent Viennese, and Models (1998; 9:30 p.m.), about three would-be fashion superstars.

SUNDAY: Currently onstage in Cal Performances' Medea, star Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner appear in person with two of their filmed collaborations, a performance of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land (U.K., 1996) and The Last September (U.K., 1999), a drama about Anglo-Irish in County Cork, 1920. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended; charge by phone at (510) 642-5249 6 p.m.

MONDAY: Martin Scorsese goes for a mass audience in the thriller Cape Fear (1991), screening as part of a class on trials in film 3 p.m. A suburban family of the 1970s encounters Watergate-era angst in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Living Color," a program of new experimental color shorts, including Luis Recorder's two-projector film Yellow-Red & Blue-Violet (1999-2000) and Stan Brakhage's hand-painted Night Mulch (2002) 7:30 p.m.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

3301 Lyon (at Bay), 421-8497 for information and advance tickets for this special event (also screening Wednesday at Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley). $15.50.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 14 & 15): Warren Miller's ski adventure film Storm (2002) Thurs 6, 9 p.m.; Fri 6:30, 9:30 p.m.

PARKWAY

1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): Drama in the Desert (2002), a new digital documentary on "the sights and sounds of Burning Man." See www.desertdrama.com for more 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 19): Live 105's "Rewind Cinema" series screens This Is Spinal Tap (1984), with director Rob Reiner standing in for Martin Scorsese as he interviews the celebrated metal band 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. 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: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Eugene Jerecki, 2002) 6:45, 8:30 p.m. Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany, 2002) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 7 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

THURSDAY: Five gospel greats -- the Rev. James Cleveland & the Southern California Community Choir, Shirley Caesar, Walter Hawkins & the Hawkins Family, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Twinkie Clark & the Clark Sisters -- perform at Oakland's Paramount Theater in a concert recorded in 35mm and Dolby stereo 20 years ago. The result was Gospel (1982), now reissued, with filmmakers David Leivick and Fred Ritzenberg in person 7 p.m.

OPENS FRIDAY: Alias Betty (Claude Miller, France, 2001) and Naqoyqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 2002). See Ongoing for reviews. Heaven, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call for times.

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: Robin Tunney's under house arrest in Finn Taylor's Cherish (2002), an offbeat, San Francisco-set comedy-thriller with the best work being done by Tim Blake Nelson's bracelet tech 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Margaret's the Notorious C.H.O. in Lorene Machado's 2002 film of Cho's stand-up act 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: An extended family obsesses about body image in Nicole Holofcener's Lovely & Amazing (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: Wattstax (Mel Stuart, 1973), a concert film featuring Isaac Hayes, the Staple Sisters, and Richard Pryor 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

ROXIE

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

WEDNESDAY: Maurice Sendak and the ballet company Pilobolus combined their talents and the result was filmed in Mirra Bank's documentary Last Dance (2002) 6, 8, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY: Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002), billed as "The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq." Filmmaker in person 5:45, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Last Dance 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE

S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and its home base at the S.F. Art Institute.

SUNDAY (Nov. 17): A program of the "multi media art of Lynn Marie Kirby" features her Photons in Paris: Image encoding series and other works. Filmmaker in person 7:30 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: Ventura Pons' Food of Love (Spain, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 15-21): A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002); 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 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.

21 GRAND

449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263; 21grand@onebox.com. (Note -- no longer at its old 21 Grand Street address!)

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.

WHEELER AUDITORIUM

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.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): Warren Miller's ski adventure film Storm (2002). $15.50 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 16): The Film Arts Festival screens Livermore, $9 6 p.m. Radical Harmonies, $9 8 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.

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.

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