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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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 25): The rarely shown experimental documentary Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere, Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville, France/Palestine, 1974) was well ahead of the curve for Western radicals in espousing the cause of the PLO, which commissioned the film during Godard's "Maoist" phase. It eventually proved to be more essay than propaganda, with sad and prophetic images of children in uniform 8 p.m.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY (Jan. 26-28): The collective Whispered Media's Boom: The Sound of Eviction (2001) uses interviews, footage of protests, and amateur films dating back to the 1950s to analyze the New Economy and its impact on San Francisco housing. For more info see www.whisperedmedia.org. $5-up sliding-scale admission Sat & Mon 8 p.m.; Sun 5 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 Castro continues its annual "Wide Wide Screen" series of CinemaScope and other ultra-wide formats with two westerns with wide open spaces, Sergio Leone's outstanding The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Italy, 1966; 1, 6:20 p.m.), with its splendid three-way showdown spreading across the screen; and Richard Brooks' The Professionals (1966; 4, 9:20 p.m.), with Lee Marvin, Woody Strode, Claudia Cardinale, and Burt Lancaster.
THURSDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Two mid-American melodramas of the 1950s, Joshua Logan's Picnic (1956; 7 p.m.), with William Holden, and Kim Novak at her most appealing; and Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running (1959; 9:15 p.m.), with some of the best screen work of Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.
FRIDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau team in Louis Malle's adventure Viva Maria! (France, 1965; 6, 10:15 p.m.). Also representing grrrl power of a sort is the second feature How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco, 1953; 8:20 p.m.), one of the first CinemaScope films, with Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, and a nearsighted Marilyn Monroe teaming up to win rich husbands.
SATURDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Elvis Presley struck a rebellious pose in his early feature Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957; 1, 5, 9 p.m.), while a 2000 reissue of Denis Sanders' Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970; 3, 7 p.m.) added four numbers to this Vegas-era documentary.
SUNDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Two late Audrey Hepburn vehicles, Stanley Donen's grown-up, time-traveling Two for the Road (1967; 1, 5:30, 10 p.m.) and William Wyler's caper film How to Steal a Million (1966; 3:10, 7:40 p.m.), with dashing young leading men Alan Bates and Peter O'Toole, respectively.
MONDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - A recently unearthed drama on the topic of child molestation, Cyril Frankel's Never Take Sweets From a Stranger (1960; 7:20 p.m.) screens with Richard Brooks' cool re-creation of an infamous mass murder, In Cold Blood (1967; 9 p.m.) - one of the last major Hollywood films released in black and white.
TUESDAY: "Wide Wide Screen" - Two by Billy Wilder. First, the brilliant Kiss Me, Stupid (1964; 7 p.m.), with a score of some of the Gershwin brothers' worst tunes, and deliciously sleazy acting from Dean Martin and Kim Novak. The frantic One, Two, Three (1961; 9:25 p.m.), with James Cagney, is a bad-taste Cold War farce with several hilarious passages.
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: Capt. Irving Johnson's Around Cape Horn (filmed 1929, narrated 1980; 7:15 p.m.) is a record of a dangerous trip narrated and edited many years later. It screens with one of last year's surprise hits, George Butler's The Endurance (2000; 7:55 p.m.), about a doomed Antarctic voyage.
THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 24-31): Jean-Pierre Melville's excellent gangster noir Bob le Flambeur (France, 1955; 7:15 p.m.), about an attempted robbery of a casino in the gray light of Paris, screens in a new print with The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest Schoedsack and Irving Pichel, 1932; 9:10 p.m.; also Sun 5:55 p.m.), about a literal manhunt on a desert island.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The original Ocean's Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960), with Frank Sinatra and his pals, who collectively couldn't possibly be any smugger than George Clooney and ensemble in the recent remake 6, 8:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. show on weekends.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: Stanley Donen's delightful musical Royal Wedding (1951) - the one where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling - screens through Feb. 3 6, 8, 10 p.m.; midnight show on weekends.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. A free series of Italian comedies continues.
MONDAY (Jan. 28): Luciano Salce's Fantozzi (1975) screens without subtitles 6:30 p.m.
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.