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2128 Center (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM. In addition to its regular programming, this theater is offering a 10-week midnight movie series starting this week. $6.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2): Steven Spielberg's adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) introduced Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones to a waiting world midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video now screen as part of a "Cine-Bistro" twice weekly, complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members on Wednesdays; $25 general, $20 members on Saturdays.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 30): Marcel Pagnol's Le Schpountz (1936), a comedy about filmmaking with Fernandel 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2): The gory thriller The Crimson Rivers (Mathieu Kassovitz, 2000) 2 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 (Feb. 1): The 2002 San Francisco Black Independent Film Festival screens at this venue for three nights. Tonight, the half-hour documentary Fillmore is followed by the "martial arts urban fiction/fantasy" Birth of the Hip-Hop Dynasty 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2): S.F. Black Independent Film Festival - The shorts Roll and The Wedding precede a feature, Ricco, billed as "Mystery/Suspense about police brutality and corruption" 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 3): S.F. Black Independent Film Festival - Three documentaries, Life Itself (disabled artists), Patience and Shuffle the Cards (James Baldwin), Alfonia (a funk composer/performer) 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. 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: A "Wide Wide Screen" series concludes with two Panavision noirs of the 1970s, both taking full advantage of the desert sunscapes of Southern California - Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973; 7 p.m.) and Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974; 9:15 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Opening Night of the fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival offers three programs, a "Short Film Sampler Platter" at 5 p.m., the post-apocalyptic Ever Since the World Ended (Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle, 2001; 7 p.m.), and Party 7 (Katsuhito Ishii, Japan, 2000; 9:15 p.m.). 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for more information. Also see Night & Day, Page 33, for additional coverage. All programs $8.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 1-7): Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies (Germany, 1996-2000); see Opening for review 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1:15, 4:30 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: 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.), about a literal manhunt on a desert island.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 1-7): A triple bill of documentaries, Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest (Coleman Romalis, Canada, 2000; 7:15 p.m.); Helen Nearing: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying (Polly Bennell and Andrea Sarris, 2000; 8 p.m.); Svetlana Village (Gunnar Madsen, 2001; 9 p.m.).
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: Stanley Donen's delightful musical Royal Wedding (1951) - the one where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling 6, 8, 10 p.m.; midnight show on weekends.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: To many, the greatest musical of all, Singin' in the Rain (Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) screens through Feb. 17. Just what does Moses suppose? 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 (Feb. 4): Wispy Maurizio Nichetti turns into a cartoon in Volere volare (Nichetti and Guido Manuli, 1991) 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The animated Metropolis (Rintaro, Japan, 2001). See Ongoing for review 5, 7:25, 9:50 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 1-7): Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There? (Taiwan/France, 2001). See Opening for review 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:35, 2:10 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a spring/summer "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): "Lemmonade," a tribute series devoted to the films of the late Jack Lemmon, opens with Some Like It Hot (1959), the evergreen Billy Wilder comedy in drag. Terrance Gelenter introduces the film, with discussion to follow 6:30 p.m.
741 Valencia (at 18th Street), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for information on the fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival, screening here for three nights. Also see Night & Day, Page 33, for additional coverage. $8.
FRIDAY (Feb. 1): IndieFest - you don't know what I got 5 p.m. The Journeyman 7:15 p.m. Bad Trip 9:30 p.m.