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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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. 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: The Intended (Kristian Levring, U.K., 2002). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 9-15): The Seagull's Laughter (Ágûst Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2001). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:45, 4:45 p.m.

ALLIANCE FRANAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (July 7): Abusive hunk moves in on middle-aged writer in Jeanne Labrune's Beware of My Love (France, 1998) 6 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.

FRIDAY (July 9): Bobby couldn't make it until he went fun-truckin' in The Van (Sam Grossman, 1976), screening with a Vegan Dinner Party at 6:30 p.m. , followed by the film at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 10): Two by "romantic" documentarian Jem Cohen, Lost Book Found (1996) -- NYC as seen by a pushcart vendor -- and Fugazi doc Instrument (1998) 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 (July 9): The signature Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical, Top Hat (1935) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 10): The signature Fred Astaire film, The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 11): Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004), a documentary attacking neoconservative foreign policy, gets an East Bay premiere as a warm-up for a late-summer opening 2 p.m. Top Hat 5 p.m. The Band Wagon 7:15 p.m.

BRIDGE

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. $8.

SATURDAY (July 10): John Waters' Female Trouble (1975) -- it's about Baltimore. Pre-show audiences participate in the filming of a new screen epic, Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ? midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 248-9377 and www.silentfilm.org for the Silent Film Festival, screening Saturday and Sunday. $8 for regular films, $13 for Silent Films, 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 THROUGH FRIDAY: Orson couldn't make it until he went fun-Ferris wheeling. An Orson Welles series concludes with his signature film as a screen star, The Third Man (Carol Reed, U.K., 1949) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: The ninth annual Silent Film Festival screens here for two days, with a full program of mostly hard-to-see silents, and with live music for most. See "Positively Silent" in Night & Day, Page 25, for more. The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur, 1919) 11 a.m. What Happened to Jones (William A. Seiter, 1926) 1:30 p.m. The Dragon Painter (William Worthington, 1919), with live benshi performance by Midori Sawato. $15 3:45 p.m. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rex Ingram, 1921). $15 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: Silent Films -- Shennü (The Goddess, Wu Yonggang, China, 1934) 11:30 a.m. Two comedies with Douglas Fairbanks, the short cocaine-fueled Holmes parody The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Christy Cabanne and John Emerson, 1916) and When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming, 1919) 1:45 p.m. Lady of the Night (Monta Bell, 1925) 4:15 p.m. The Circus (Charles Chaplin, 1928), with Sydney Chaplin in person. $15 8 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 12-14): Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and Suzy Parker are three young women in Manhattan seeking The Best of Everything (Jean Negulesco, 1959) in this sex and the city melodrama 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM

600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 677-8688 and www.sfsu.edu/~modgreek/filmfestival2.htm for information on this program. The San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 35mm prints here for five nights. $15.

WEDNESDAY (July 7): Bar (Aliki Danezi-Knutsen, 2001), on the parallel lives of two women named Lea, one in Uruguay and one in Cypress 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 8): A woman seeks love in Rescue Me (Stratos Tzitzis, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (July 9): A dysfunctional family explodes in Matchbox (Yiannis Economidis, 2003) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 10): Two con artists set out to fleece a casino in Ghost of Chance (Vangelis Seitanidis, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 11): Two women in the fashion world form an alliance against men in Risotto (Olga Malea, 2000) 7:30 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (July 10): A program on car art screens Harrod Blank's Driving the Dream (1998) and more 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 11): Allie Light and Irving Saraf's Possum Trot (1977) looks at the life-size puppets of Calvin and Rudy Black 2 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.

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