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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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ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Yossi & Jagger (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A weeklong Sergio Leone series commences with the uncut Once Upon a Time in the West (1969), pitting Charles Bronson against evil Henry Fonda, with kibitzing by Jason Robards 6, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: Leone's Civil War epic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968) screens in its new extended version, with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, respectively 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Leone's underrated tour/detour of the Mexican Revolution, Duck, You Sucker (1972), with a new ending "not seen in the U.S." promised 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double bill of Leone's spaghettis that started it all, A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 7 p.m.) and For a Few Dollars More (1966; 9:10 p.m.).

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): Jeanne Moreau is The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (Laurent Heynemann, 1991), her eye on young Luc Thuillier 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 20): The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea 2 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

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.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): "The Cutter's Christmas Ball" screens shorts with an emphasis on editing from students at the Academy of Art College 8 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Dec. 18 & 19): "The destructive nature of consumer culture" is explored in Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (Erik Gandini, Sweden, video, 1989), screening as a benefit for Argentina's Independent Media Center and for Whispered Media 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 20): A program of "New Experimental Works" includes Martha Colburn's premiere Secrets of Mexuality, plus David Duhig's Rhythm Changes, Melinda Stone's No Olvidados, Iffy Scam's Nostalgia, and more 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Dec. 22): The Clash guitarist is memorialized on the anniversary of his death in the "Joe Strummer Retrospective," which includes film clips and live cover bands 8 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Dec. 19): The Billy Wilder/Charles Brackett-scripted Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939) is a nice reworking of Cinderella with Claudette Colbert, John Barrymore as the Fairy Godfather, and Don Ameche as (not my first choice) Prince Charming 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 20): The e'er popular Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 21): Singin' in the Rain 5 p.m. Midnight 7:15 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 & THURSDAY: A new print of Federico Fellini's "Rimini Graffiti," I Vitelloni (Italy, 1954), an autobiographical film about the prolonged adolescence of young men in a small town. See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: "A Hed-Wigged Out Xmas" -- A meet-and-greet reception for John Cameron Mitchell and his angry inch 5:30 p.m., followed by a gala featuring Mitchell's reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," live music, and a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell, 2002) 7:30 p.m., is a benefit for the Stop AIDS Project. Advance tix available at 863-0611 or hostess2@earthlink.net; prices are $27.50 for the gala, $50 for the reception plus the gala.

SATURDAY: Francis Ford Coppola's original The Godfather (1972), an improved version of Mario Puzo's novel noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: David O. Selznick's lavish production of Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939), a faithful version of Margaret Mitchell's novel 1:30, 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941), an improved version of W.R. Hearst's life 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Jimmy Stewart's in an angry pinch in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.

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: Jacques Demy's deliriously romantic musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France, 1964) screens through Dec. 21 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed. No films scheduled until Dec. 26.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): A dedicated Communist youth befriends a gay artist in the Cuban breakthrough Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, 1994), a benefit screening for SF-Bay Area Friendshipment/Pastors for Peace. $8-15 7 p.m.

LUMIERE

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Yossi & Jagger (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

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