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 (July 12): La Rupture 2 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY: The activist organization International ANSWER screens Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth (1954), a film by blacklistees about a mining strike in New Mexico that has turned out to be way ahead of its time in challenging racism and sexism 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: The Zag Men ("freaky robot lovers, musicians and video expressionists who perform live music to Film and video") play while screening Baby Music for Robot Children, a history of horror in cinema, Desperately Seeking Satan and Carl Diehl and Ryan Martin's When Robots Attack 8 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.
SATURDAY (July 12): John Waters anticipates contemporary reality TV as he envisions two families fighting to be recognized as "The Filthiest People Alive" in his 1972 super-underground Pink Flamingos. Why isn't he programming for Fox? Live pre-show entertainment includes a trash talent show. Why isn't Peaches Christ programming for Fox? midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $8 save as noted for regular programming; 273-1175, www.silentfilm.org and $12 save as noted for San Francisco Silent Film Festival programs. 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 & THURSDAY: A restored, three-hour print of Sergio Leone's epic Civil War western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, 1966). See Ongoing for review 8 p.m.; also Wed noon, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY: John H. Smihula's Hidden in Plain Sight (2003), about the controversial School of the Americas (SOA), screens as a benefit for the Film Arts Foundation and the film itself. $12 advance tickets www.hiddeninplainsight.org), $15 at the door 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens two days of programs; see Night and Day for more. "Alice in Disneyland" 11 a.m. Carmen (Cecil B. DeMille, 1915) 1:30 p.m. From Mexico, the 1912 comedy Anniversary of the Death of Enhart's Mother-in-Law and the religious drama Tepeyac (Carlos E. Gonzalez, 1917) 3:45 p.m. Leonard Maltin introduces King Vidor's The Crowd (1928), $14 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two by Germaine Dulac, the superb The Smiling Madame Beudet (France, 1922) and the surreal The Seashell and the Clergyman (1927) 11:15 a.m. Lon Chaney's grandson Ron Chaney introduces The Penalty (Wallace Worsley, 1920) 1:30 p.m. Two new silent films, Rock Ross' Stupor Mundi (1999) and Milford Thomas' Claire (2001) 4 p.m. "Talk About Funny!," a panel disucssion on the appeal of silent comedy, with clips, $6 7 p.m. Buster Keaton"s Go West (1925), $14 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 15-16): A one-take tour of Russian art and history is made by Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
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.
MONDAY-TUESDAY: See Urban Experience.
STARTS TUESDAY: The Hulk strikes back in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000), screening through July 27 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY (July 10): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues. Striding Cloud and Whispering Wind take on an evil warlord in Wai Keung Lau's SFX-heavy adaptation of a comic book, The Storm Riders (1998), while Hong Kong policewomen try to shut down a gang in She Shoots Straight (Corey Yuen, 1990). Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Paul Verhoeven's astronauts take on giant bugs in the bizarre Starship Troopers (1997).
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Tuesday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
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