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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (July 31): A Catherine Deneuve series continues with what the Alliance's Web site is calling "Beauty of the Day," which we can assume is Luis Buñuel's landmark Belle de Jour (France, 1967) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 3): Belle de Jour 2 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a summer "Midnight Mass" on Saturdays. $8.

SATURDAY (Aug. 3): Kids hunt pirate treasure in one of Steven Spielberg's more annoying, loud, and heavy-handed productions from his years as the King Midas of Candyland, The Goonies (1983). The kids include Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, and future hobbit Sean Astin. A live "Treasure Hunt" accompanies the festivities -- hunt for the reason screenwriter Chris Columbus established himself this early as the wrong person to direct Harry Potter midnight.


429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,; 621-0556 for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $7 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: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues with From Bombay to Tel Aviv 11:30 a.m. A free matinee screening of Weintraub's Syncopators 2 p.m. A Home on the Range and Song of a Cowboy 4:45 p.m. Que Vive 7 p.m. Unfair Competition 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Jewish Film Festival's Closing Night picture is Anna's Summer (Jeanine Meerapfel, Germany, 2000), with party to follow. $15 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Aug. 2-7): Karmen Geï (Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Senegal, 2000); see Opening for more 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.


El Rio Bar & Patio, 3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, for this program. $7. This once-a-month summertime alternative film and video series offers movies projected on a screen hung between a lemon and a fig tree in the back yard of this venerable neighborhood bar.

TUESDAY (Aug. 6): A three-month series of movies drawn from San Francisco's new Microcinema program "Independent Exposure" begins with a "Night Life Edition" of 17 short films, videos, and digital works from around the globe 8 p.m.


346 Ninth St. (between Folsom and Harrison), 552-8760,

FRIDAY (Aug. 2): A free "Open Screening" of "a spontaneous mix of independent works by local film and video makers" 7 p.m.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, $7. After a hiatus, Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house returns for some summer programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Claire Denis' acclaimed version of Melville's Billy Budd, set in the French Foreign Legion, Beau Travail (France, 1999; 9:50 p.m.; also Sun 5:45 p.m.) screens with John Huston's The Misfits (1960; 7:30 p.m.), set in the deserts of Nevada, with a lost legion of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Don't reveal the sensational secret of The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, U.K., 1992)! It's his sled! 8:30, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita (France, 1990) screens through Aug. 25 at 8:15, 10:15 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.


425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, Video screenings of Italian films.

TUESDAY (Aug. 6): A policewoman hallucinates when she sees particular works of art in Dario Argento's horror film The Stendahl Syndrome (1996). I thought Stendahl wrote books, actually 6:30 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY (July 31): Sonny JL Aronson's documentary of an unusual slice of NYC nightlife, Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Aug. 1): Two friends search for a lost buddy in Richard Schenkman's psychodrama Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God ... Be Back by Five 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 2): A nerd's robot sets him up on dates in Tom Sawyer's The Strange Case of Señor Computer 8 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nijinsky (Paul Cox, Australia, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Anne-Sophie Birot's Girls Can't Swim (France, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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 feminist decides to infiltrate the cheerleading squad in Jack Hill's The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Part 2 (Episodes 7-12) of France/tour/détour/deux/enfants (Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, France, 1978), a series of interviews with French children 7:30 p.m.


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