Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): The Girl on the Bridge 2 p.m.
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.)
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): NICE continues with a private eye wondering What Are You Looking For (Marco S. Puccioni, 2001) 7 p.m. A pop singer and a soccer star need redeeming in One Man Up (Paolo Sorrentino, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 21): One Man Up 7 p.m. A boxer seeks The Comeback (Franco Angeli, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): The Comeback 7 p.m. Three chumps swap identities in If I Were You (Giulio Manfredonia, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Victoria Abril and family hide out in a basement that they pretend is Our Tropical Island (Marcello Cesena, 2001) 2 p.m. If I Were You 4:30 p.m. A dozen Roman thirtysomethings demand Let's Have the Truth About Love (Francesco Apolloni, 2001) 7 p.m. Children are smarter than their parents in Not Fair (Antonietta de Lillo, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 24): Let's Have the Truth About Love 2 p.m. Our Tropical Island 4:30 p.m. Sophia Loren and Giancarlo Giannini star in Lina Wertmuller's Francesca and Nunziata (2001) 7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony with party to follow 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. 21): Indymedia's Urban Warrior (Matt Ehling, 2002), about the militarization of our police forces 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Jon Moritsugu's no-budget "dirty soap opera" Scumrock (2002) overlays the world of punk rock and low-budget film 8:30, 10 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 609-0343 for information, www.ticketweb.com for tickets. $20.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Cinefemme presents "Ecofemme," a two-hour presentation of shorts with feminist and ecological concerns from women filmmakers 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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.
THURSDAY: A special presentation, "Footsteps in the Fog," about Alfred Hitchcock's romance with San Francisco -- with an appearance by Hitchcock's daughter Pat -- precedes a screening of the director's obsessive-compulsive romance Vertigo (1958) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 22-27): A new print of Jean Cocteau's fantasy masterpiece Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946), with Jean Marais as the enchanted lover 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Nov. 20-24): 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.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): The Band and some of their friends perform and chat in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1979), screening through Dec. 8 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) continue. It's even better with beer 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 21 & 22): Shades of Sunset Boulevard (or The Player or Mulholland Drive) -- A down-on-his-luck actor attempts blackmail in a "psychological drama of thwarted ambitions on the dark fringe of Hollywood," Ocean Park (David Warfield, 2002) 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 25): Sonny JL Aronson explores the world of Punk Rock / Heavy Metal Karaoke 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 26): A Tuesday series of sequels continues with Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) 8 p.m.
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