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.
THURSDAY: It's about America -- Francis Ford Coppola"s The Godfather (1972) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: It's also about America -- Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002). The first 10 minutes and the last two minutes comprise great cinema; in between them lie three hours of two miscast stars and a star-spangled ham Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:20, 8:40 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: David Gordon Green's poetic romance All the Real Girls (2003); highly recommended by this department 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 10 & 11): The premiere of We Interrupt This Empire ... (2003), a film by San Francisco video activists on various Iraq War topics, including protests, profiteering, and media coverage. Q&A after evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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 THROUGH MONDAY: The world theatrical premiere of David Anspaugh's Wisegirls (2002), a Mafia comedy with Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, and Melora Walters. See Ongoing for more. Call to confirm show times and possible second feature 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: An advance screening of Peter Sehr's Love the Hard Way (2003), with Adrien Brody and Pam Grier. A party follows the screening at the Capella, 270 14th St. Advance tix available at www.genart.org or at 284-9400. Film and party $10 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO 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 here, its home base.
SUNDAY (June 8): "Fear of Flying," a program of short films on "living in a surveilled world," screens three premieres by local filmmakers -- Bruce Landick's Deed Without a Name, David Sherman"s "anxiety-laced" The Graceless, and Konrad Steiner's landscape study be tw. Other films include Greta Snider's Flight, Le Ann Bartok Wilchusky's Skyworks, Wind & Fire, Scott Arford's Airports for Lights, Shadows and Particles, and Peter Rose's The Geosophist's Tears 7:30 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $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 & THURSDAY: The Stanford commemorates Bob Hope's 100th birthday with a three-week series of his films, continuing with Where There's Life (Sidney Lansfield, 1947; 7:30 p.m. ) and College Swing (Raoul Walsh, 1938; 5:55, 8:55 p.m. ), in support of Burns & Allen, Betty Hutton, Martha Raye, and other Paramount contractees.
FRIDAY: Woody Allen modeled his performance in Love and Death after Bob Hope's barber-turned-royal impersonator in Monsieur Beaucaire (George Marshall, 1946; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with My Favorite Brunette (Elliott Nugent, 1947; 5:50, 9:15 p.m.), with Hope a baby photographer who winds up on death row.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Hope's swashbuckling spoof The Princess and the Pirate (David Butler, 1944; 4, 7:30 p.m.), generally considered one of his best, screens with his butler role opposite Lucille Ball, Fancy Pants (George Marshall, 1950; 5:45, 9:15 p.m. ).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (June 6): Jack Palance is Fidel!, and Omar Sharif Che!, in Richard Fleischer's 1968 dramatization of the Cuban duo, which screens with the Defense Department-sponsored Red Nightmare (George WaGGner, 1952) 9 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6, $5 for the "Frame by Frame" series (Friday through Sunday). This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (June 4): The Goethe-Institut screens Part 2 of Heinrich Breloer's miniseries The Manns -- Novel of a Century (Germany, 2001), about those battling brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their friends and relations 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 6): It's not documentary, it's HBO! Film Arts Foundation and HBO offer a three-day series of new documentaries, "Frame by Frame," with proceeds benefiting FAF. Filmmakers and HBO executives in person at many screenings. For more, see www.HBO.com/framebyframe. Today, The Collector of Bedford Street (Alice Elliott) and Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston) 2 p.m. Kim Longinotto's film about female circumcision in Kenya, The Day I Will Never Forget 4 p.m. Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs, about efforts to save troubled dogs 6 p.m. Eleven adopted "special needs" children are My Flesh and Blood (Jonathan Karsh) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 7): "Frame by Frame" -- Peter Tetteroo's Welcome to North Korea 2 p.m. Seven refugees from Cuba are followed since their 1994 escape in Balseros (Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech) 3 p.m. Arlene Donnelly Nelson follows a photographer around the planet who persuades people to strip for his camera in Naked World 5:30 p.m. A schizophrenic filmmaker co-directed People Say I'm Crazy (John Cadigan with Katie Cadigan) 8 p.m.
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