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.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): Knives are tossed as Daniel Auteuil stars in The Girl on the Bridge (Patrice Leconte, France, 1999) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): The Girl on the Bridge 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is the site of the annual New Italian Cinema Events (NICE), with screenings through Nov. 24. Advance tickets $9 save as noted, available online at www.sffs.org, by calling (866) 468-3399, or by faxing a request for an order form to 561-5099. Directors in person for most programs. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): NICE continues with a private eye wondering What Are You Looking For (Marco S. Puccioni, 2001) 7 p.m. A pop singer and a soccer star need redeeming in One Man Up (Paolo Sorrentino, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 21): One Man Up 7 p.m. A boxer seeks The Comeback (Franco Angeli, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): The Comeback 7 p.m. Three chumps swap identities in If I Were You (Giulio Manfredonia, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Victoria Abril and family hide out in a basement that they pretend is Our Tropical Island (Marcello Cesena, 2001) 2 p.m. If I Were You 4:30 p.m. A dozen Roman thirtysomethings demand Let's Have the Truth About Love (Francesco Apolloni, 2001) 7 p.m. Children are smarter than their parents in Not Fair (Antonietta de Lillo, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 24): Let's Have the Truth About Love 2 p.m. Our Tropical Island 4:30 p.m. Sophia Loren and Giancarlo Giannini star in Lina Wertmuller's Francesca and Nunziata (2001) 7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony with party to follow 9:30 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 (Nov. 21): Indymedia's Urban Warrior (Matt Ehling, 2002), about the militarization of our police forces 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Ivan Jaigirdar's The Hate Man, Street Philosopher (2002) takes a look at Berkeley's unfriendly export 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 23): Jon Moritsugu's no-budget "dirty soap opera" Scumrock (2002) overlays the world of punk rock and low-budget film 8:30, 10 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 609-0343 for information, www.ticketweb.com for tickets. $20.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Cinefemme presents "Ecofemme," a two-hour presentation of shorts with feminist and ecological concerns from women filmmakers 7:30 p.m.
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: Eric Valli's Himalaya (Nepal, 2000) explores life in a tiny mountain village 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: A special presentation, "Footsteps in the Fog," about Alfred Hitchcock's romance with San Francisco -- with an appearance by Hitchcock's daughter Pat -- precedes a screening of the director's obsessive-compulsive romance Vertigo (1958) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 22-27): A new print of Jean Cocteau's fantasy masterpiece Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946), with Jean Marais as the enchanted lover 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Nov. 20-24): A funny double bill of paranoid presidential tales -- All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976; 7 p.m.) screens with Andrew Fleming's revisionist Dick (1999; 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 5:10 p.m.), a point-by-point parody of the earlier film with two spacey teenagers (Kirstin Dunst and Michelle Williams) revealed as the real architects of the president's (a perfect Dan Hedaya) fall.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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 (closed Mondays): The Band and some of their friends perform and chat in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1979), screening through Dec. 8 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) continue. It's even better with beer 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 21 & 22): Shades of Sunset Boulevard (or The Player or Mulholland Drive) -- A down-on-his-luck actor attempts blackmail in a "psychological drama of thwarted ambitions on the dark fringe of Hollywood," Ocean Park (David Warfield, 2002) 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 25): Sonny JL Aronson explores the world of Punk Rock / Heavy Metal Karaoke 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 26): A Tuesday series of sequels continues with Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations (required) and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an ongoing "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.
FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Ernst Lubitsch's black, brilliant comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942) stars Jack Benny as the impossibly vain actor married to the equally solipsistic Carole Lombard in the context of Nazi-occupied Poland 6:30 p.m.