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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 (Jan. 17): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" for videos of all genres. $3; free for artistes. For more info or advance reservations, e-mail Meg at email@example.com. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 18): Eddie Lama, a construction worker, explains how his encounter with a kitten converted him into an animal activist and vegetarian in The Witness. Eddie hasn't met my cat - no vegetarian she 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 19): Gerard Ungerman's Hidden Wars of Desert Storm offers interviews with Norman Schwarzkopf, Ramsey Clark, Scott Ritter, and others to present an anti-Iraq embargo view in its history of the Gulf War and its aftermath. For more info see http://hiddenwars.org 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace - recently refurbished, with new seats installed - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The annual Berlin & Beyond German-language film festival concludes today with Utopia Blues (Stefan Haupt, Switzerland, 2001) 1:30 p.m. The State I Am In (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2000) 4 p.m. Director Xavier Koller in person with the Closing Night film, with party to follow, Gripsholm (Germany, 2000) 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Castro begins its annual "Wide Wide Screen" series of CinemaScope and other ultra-wide formats. Nicholas Ray's two mid-1950s masterpieces of family melodrama, Rebel Without a Cause (1955; 7 p.m.) and Bigger Than Life (1956; 9:10 p.m.), gain much of their power from Ray's kinetic smearing of bright colors - like James Dean's red jacket in Rebel and a field of yellow cabs in Life - across that wide wide screen. Check out this outstanding double bill and be convinced.
FRIDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Robert Altman, Ray's heir as a genre-bender in the 1970s, also used the wide Panavision format to great effect in his melancholy western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971; 7 p.m.) and his dream film of wandering souls in the American Southwest, 3 Women (1977; 9:20 p.m.). Given their thematic similarities, one wonders if David Lynch ever saw 3 Women before dreaming up Mulholland Drive.
SATURDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Robert Altman's country music satire Nashville (1975), uncannily prescient about American politics in the quarter-century since its making 1, 4:15, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - A pair of John Sturges' adventure epics, both featuring an angry young Steve McQueen: The Great Escape (1963; 12:30, 6:10 p.m.) and The Magnificent Seven (1960; 3:40, 9:20 p.m.).
MONDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' miscast but still exciting version of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical West Side Story (1961) 1, 4:15, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - A gangster melodrama, Party Girl (1958; 7 p.m.), is one of Nicholas Ray's weaker efforts but is beloved by buffs for its audacious color schemes. It screens with Daniel Mann's melo Butterfield 8 (1960; 9 p.m.), with Elizabeth Taylor.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY: The antics of petty thug Jean-Paul Belmondo propel Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (France, 1959; 7:15 p.m.), while Kirk Douglas' machinations keep a miner in the dark in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival, 1951; 9 p.m.).
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 17-23): Capt. Irving Johnson's Around Cape Horn (filmed 1929, narrated 1980; 7:15 p.m.) is a filmed record of a dangerous trip narrated and edited many years later. It screens with the popular recent feature The Endurance (George Butler, 2000; 7:55 p.m.; also Sun 9:25 p.m.), about a doomed Antarctic voyage.
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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: The original Ocean's Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960) screens through Jan. 27. Sinatra and his pals can't be any smugger than George Clooney and ensemble in the recent remake 6, 8:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. show on weekends.
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. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Marc Foster's Everything Put Together (1999); see Ongoing for review 5, 7:20, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 18-24): Stephanie Black's Life and Debt (2001). See Opening for review 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:40 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $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: Language is the theme of Jacqueline Goss' video works, which include So to Speak (2000) - with actors portraying Helen Keller and Genie "the wild child" - and Slapstickers (1999), a spoof of Dian Fossey and her gorilla. Plus new works. Artist in person 7:30 p.m.