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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 (Jan. 15): Michel Blanc's Grosse Fatigue (1995) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 18): Grosse Fatigue 2 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.

SATURDAY (Jan. 18): Doug Loranger's Bad Reception (2002) follows S.F. residents who've formed the San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna-Free Union (SNAFU) to resist neighborhood placement of wireless antennas. Discussion follows, presumably by no one who ever uses a cell phone 8 p.m.

CASTRO

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.

WEDNESDAY: 2003's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival of German-language cinema closes with Do It from Switzerland 2 p.m. Westend from Germany 5 p.m. Closing Night film is the highly popular Sissi (Ernst Marischka, Germany/Austria, 1955), with 17-year-old Romy Schneider as the young bride of Emperor Franz Josef (future Peeping Tom Karlheinz Böhm). Party to follow. $15 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: James Marsh's Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) tells us of dark doings in the Midwest of the 1890s 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: "Noir City," a 10-night, 20-film series of noir pictures set and in most cases filmed in San Francisco -- all in good, 35mm prints -- opens with The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941; 7 p.m.) and Delmer Daves' hallucinatory Dark Passage (1947; 9:10 p.m.).

SATURDAY: "Noir City" -- Ann Sheridan is a Woman on the Run (1950; 2, 5:30, 9:10 p.m.) through S.F.'s Playland at the Beach, in a film directed by longtime Orson Welles collaborator Norman Foster. Welles' own bizarre The Lady From Shanghai (1948; 3:40, 7:10 p.m.) also concludes at Playland.

SUNDAY: "Noir City" -- Joseph Santley's Shadow of a Woman (1946; 1:30, 5:20, 9:10 p.m.) has something to do with holistic medicine. David Miller's Sudden Fear (1952; 3:10, 7 p.m.) posits Joan Crawford in jeopardy from Jack Palance -- as if!

MONDAY: "Noir City" -- Two with sleepy noir icon Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947; 7 p.m.) and Where Danger Lives (John Farrow, 1950; 9 p.m.).

TUESDAY: "Noir City" -- George Raft's a Bay Meadows bookie in Race Street (Edward L. Marin, 1948; 7:20 p.m.), screening with the Produce Market melodrama Thieves' Highway (Jules Dassin, 1949; 9 p.m.).

FINE ARTS CINEMA

2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A winter season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY: Godfrey Reggio casts a jaundiced eye on 20th-century civilization in Koyaanisqatsi (1982; 7 p.m.), screening with Harmony Korine's plotless, jaundiced Gummo (1997; 8:45 p.m.).

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 16-22): The Fine Arts celebrates small film theaters with the comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (Basil Dearden, U.K., 1957; 7 p.m.), with Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford as elderly staffers; and small filmmakers with Chris Smith's American Movie (1999; 8:35 p.m.; also Sun 5 p.m.), documenting the making of a low-budget horror film.

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: James Bond vs. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, U.K., 1964) 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Mira Nair's colorful Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) screens through Feb. 9 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 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" Mondays through Fridays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: Underrated hack director Stuart Raffill's somewhat underated Star Wars knockoff Ice Pirates (1984). (It has zero reputation, but it's watchable, and Anjelica Huston's in it.) Later Raffill authored an E.T. knockoff, Mac and Me, infamous for its shameless plugs for McDonald's. It's time for a Raffill retro -- he's the Terrence Malick of tie-ins 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Writer/director Charles Brosseau-Fisher stars as St. John the

Baptist, a Hollywood film producer, in Frozen Hot, a blacksploitation parody said to inspire "helpless, baffled laughter" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Japanese robot sex porn -- Iku 8 p.m.

MONDAY: And there's a sexy German robot in Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Tsui Hark's literally jaw-dropping fantasy, Chinese Ghost Story (1987) 8 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 17-23): Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (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: A "New Iranian Cinema" series continues with The Deserted Station (Alireza Raisan, 2002; 7 p.m.), about an urban couple stranded in a village, and A House Built on Water (Bahman Farmanara, 2002; 9 p.m.), which follows a doctor's life and work. Water repeats on Friday.

THURSDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- A counterfeit note passes from hand to hand in Iranian Spread (Kianoush Ayyari, 2002). Repeats Saturday 7 p.m. A non-narrative look at Iran's "culture and soul," Yad-O-Yadegar (Mostafa Razzagh Karimi and Mojalal Varahram, 2002). Repeats Sunday 9:10 p.m.

FRIDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- A House Built on Water 7 p.m. Bemani (To Stay Alive, Darius Mehrjui, 2002), about the oppression of women in rural Iran 9:10 p.m.

SATURDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- The love of an Iranian worker and an Afghan refugee is told in Majid Majidi's Baran (2001) 7 p.m. Iranian Spread 8:55 p.m.

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of My Sister's Kids (Tomas Villum Jensen, Denmark, 2001), a comedy with subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. "New Iranian Cinema," suitable for teenagers -- I Am Taraneh, 15 (Rasul Sadr-Ameli, 2002), about a girl who defies social conventions 3, 5:30 p.m. Yad-O-Yadegar 7:40 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: "Ritual, Nature, and Potted Psalms," screens celebrated American experimental films of the 1940s 7:30 p.m.

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 California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 8:30 p.m. Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Doris Dörrie's Naked (Nackt) (Germany, 2002). See Opening for review. Call theater for times and other films.

FRIDAY: A series of Andrei Tarkovsky's Russian journeys to the dark heart of film art begins with his version of Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi tale Solaris (U.S.S.R., 1972), a remarkable work of human-alien encounter in hypnotic slow motion. Not to be confused with the recent, elliptical adaptation by Steven Soderbergh. See Ongoing for review 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Tarkovsky rings the bell with the medieval fresco Andrei Roublev (U.S.S.R., 1966) Sat 7:15 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Solaris 7:15 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Tarkovsky's first feature, Ivan's Childhood (U.S.S.R., 1964), about a Russian boy behind enemy lines in World War II 7 p.m.

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: The way voice, rhythm, and ritual connect with the spiritual is the subject of Sounds Sacred (Barbara Rick, 2001), in its local theatrical premiere. Filmmaker in person at evening screenings 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: A three-day series of musicals opens with Jacques Demy's all-sung The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), with Catherine Deneuve 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: Björk's take on Swan Lake, Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), features Deneuve 7, 9:50 p.m.

SATURDAY: Baz Luhrmann's insanely energetic Moulin Rouge (2001) stars Australia's answer to Deneuve, Nicole Kidman -- she's too thin, in more ways than one 2, 4:30, 7, 9:35 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Pan Nalin's Ayurveda: The Art of Being (video, 2001) seeks out holistic health care in India and Greece 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 21 & 22): Let's not have Nicole Kidman star in the American remake of Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck, Germany, 2002), about a control-freak chef; in Kidman's version, she'll only make watercress sandwiches and broth 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 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: A weeklong series of classics distributed by Kino commences with Fritz Lang's still-harrowing M (Germany, 1931) 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung are Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1997) 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, and Charles Vanel are unhappy together in Henri-Georges Clouzot's tale of adultery and murder Diabolique (France, 1955) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Inspector Clouzot's sad suspense story of doomed truckers, Wages of Fear (France, 1953) 2, 5, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: A neo-realist double bill of Open City (Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945; 3:45, 7:30 p.m.) and The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948; 2, 5:45, 9:30 p.m.), both prominently featuring the most honest of actors -- kids.

MONDAY: The tale of Orpheus is re-created in Rio at carnival time in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (France, 1959) 7, 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: Elem Klimov's bleak Soviet war epic Come and See (U.S.S.R., 1985) 6, 9 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: Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 17-23): Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 15): The Latino Film Festival screens its "Festival 2002 Jury Award Winners" including Ruth Behar's Goodbye Dear Love, about Sephardic, Cuban, and American Jews; Luis Prieto's Bambohelo, about the street life of Moroccan immigrant youths in Spain; and Brian Birdwell's When I Dream Dreams, a documentary about race prejudice in pre-1960s Texas. See www.latinofilmfestival.org for more. $8 7:30 p.m.

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