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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. 22): Gérard Depardieu is a bisexual petty thief who drops into the life of bored couple Michel Blanc and Miou-Miou in Bertrand Blier's Tenue de Soirée (Evening Dress, France, 1986) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 25): Tenue de Soirée 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.

THURSDAY (Jan. 23): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- $4; free for artistes. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 25): A "Girls on Film" screening of ³All About Desire,² progressive shorts by and about women of color 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: "Noir City," a 10-night, 20-film series of noir pictures set and/or filmed in San Francisco, continues with two works directed by Robert Wise, The House on Telegraph Hill (1951; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m.) and Born to Kill (1947; 3:20, 7:05 p.m.), the latter a particularly grubby little number starring the late Lawrence Tierney.

THURSDAY: "Noir City" -- Ann Sheridan stars in the soapy Nora Prentiss (Vincent Sherman, 1948; 7 p.m.), while Robert Ryan is haunted by The Woman on Pier 13 (Robert Stevenson, 1949; 9:10 p.m.), a once-famous example of Hollywood anti-communism.

FRIDAY: "Noir City" -- A ruthless photographer rises to the top of the S.F. shutterbugs in Shakedown (Joseph Pevney, 1950; 7:20 p.m.), screening with George Sherman's The Raging Tide (1951; 9 p.m.), with Richard Conte as a gangster hiding out among San Francisco fisherfolk.

SATURDAY: "Noir City" -- Traffic cop Tony Curtis tries to solve the murder of a North Beach priest in Pevney's The Midnight Story (1957; 1:40, 5:20, 9 p.m.), while Edward Dmytryk, fresh out of prison as one of the Hollywood Ten, directed a bitter tale of a serial killer -- starring anti-Red crusader Adolphe Menjou -- in The Sniper (1952; 3:30, 7:10 p.m.).

SUNDAY: "Noir City" -- The series concludes with two justly celebrated examples of great use of S.F. locations, Don Siegel's The Lineup (1958; 1, 5:15, 9:30 p.m.), with a conclusion shot on the old Embarcadero Freeway stub near what is now the Weekly offices; and Blake Edwards' Experiment in Terror (1962; 2:45, 7:10 p.m.), with Ross Martin as the scary asthmatic.

MONDAY: The life story of an early gay activist is told in Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay (Eric Slade, 2001) 7, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: The Frameline-hosted series "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema" offers an evening with Tilda Swinton, interviewed onstage by David Thomson. $12 8 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: 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.), documenting the making of a low-budget horror picture.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Fishers of Dar (Lina Fruzzetti, Akos Ostor, Steven Ross, 2002; 7 p.m.) documents the lives of Tanzania's fishermen. Celebrated Mexican director Arturo Ripstein's The Beginning and the End (1993; 7:45 p.m.) tells the story of a middle-class family struggling against poverty.

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.

DAILY: 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: It's an all-future-star cast (save maybe Judge Reinhold) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Modern Tribalism, billed as an "anthropological field trip into the primitive soul of the modern world," with scenes of piercing, tattooing, shamanism, and Burning Man 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Todd Hughes' post-apocalyptic The New Women 8 p.m.

MONDAY: An elderly vampire causes problems in Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Karate-chopping zombies cause even more problems in Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave 8 p.m.

MINNA STREET GALLERY

111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.

MONDAY (Jan. 27): The eighth season of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series," offering a program of international works on the last Monday of each month through October, opens tonight with 13 short films and videos, including Daniel Cavey's Dear XXX, Kota Ezawa's Simpson Verdict, and more 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: Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 24-30): Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (Iran, 2000). 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 UCB film history class open to the public offers an "Introduction to Film Terminology" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. A video program of "Suburban Stasis" 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of new prints of films from postwar Germany begins with A Call Girl Named Rosemarie (Rolf Thiele, 1958) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Two postwar German comedies, Film Without a Title (Rudolf Jugert, 1948; 7:30 p.m.) and Aren't We Wonderful? (Kurt Hoffmann, 1958; 9:20 p.m.).

SATURDAY: A "Panel Discussion," with free admission, on postwar German cinema 3:30 p.m. Peter Lorre's good political thriller The Lost Man (1951) 7 p.m. An anti-Nazi film from the postwar rubble, The Murderers Are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte, 1946) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of "The Best of Children's Storybooks" 1 p.m. For teenagers -- A Place Named Destiny (Paul Ginocchio, 2002), on the Oakland youth performers program 3 p.m. From postwar Germany, the musical Bonjour Kathrin (Karl Anton, 1955; 5:30 p.m.) and a cross-dressing comedy that inspired Some Like It Hot, Fanfares of Love (Kurt Hoffmann, 1951; 7:25 p.m.).

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: "Magus, Myth, and Lyrical Film," an avant-garde sampler. Part 1 features Kenneth Anger's biker epic Scorpio Rising (1963) and Bruce Baillie's Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964) at 7 p.m., while in Part 2 (8:45 p.m.) we find Marie Menken's Notebook (mid-1940s to late 1960s). Gregory Markopoulos' Twice a Man (1963) screens in both shows.

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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.

THURSDAY (Jan. 23): Hal Ashby's age-busting comedy Harold and Maude (1971) screens as a benefit for the Midnight Special Law Collective. If you want to be free, be free. $8 6:30, 9:15 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: An Andrei Tarkovsky series concludes with his autobiographical The Mirror (U.S.S.R., 1975) 7 p.m. Doris Dörrie's Naked (Nackt) (Germany, 2002) continues; see Ongoing for review. Call for other films and times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and 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: Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck, Germany, 2002), a good romantic comedy about a control-freak chef 2, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Documentarian Kirby Dick (Sick, Derrida) supervised and edited Chain Camera (2001), the results of 10 video cameras being passed along by L.A. high school students 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 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.

DAILY: A new print of Luchino Visconti's amazing Italian melodrama Rocco and His Brothers (1960), with five brothers from the country seeking a better life in Milan; see Opening for review 5, 8:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 1:30 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: Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 24-30): Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (Iran, 2000). 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. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 22): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival presents Amos Gitaiby's House (Israel, 1980), tracing history through the home's Palestinian and Jewish occupants over 40 years. $7 7:30 p.m.

STARTS SATURDAY: Weekly screenings of works by Swedish video artists begin today and continue through April 13. On Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Annee Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Continuous loop, free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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