Today, a charming set of obscure films: amBushed (1992), Not My President (2001) & Malcolm McLaren?Not for Sale (2000); Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (2nd St.), 212-505-5181; call for sched. & times.
HELLO, GOOD-BYE: PILOTS, PREMIERES & FINAL EPISODES
See special episodes of All in the Family, Star Trek (pre-Kirk), The Fugitive, The Prisoner, Cheers (alternate ending), Welcome Back Kotter (screen tests) & more; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-621-6600; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 9/16].
MUPPETS FOREVER! THE LEGACY OF JIM HENSON
Incl. behind-the-scenes footage of The Muppet Show; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-621-6600; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 9/16].
1979 Mod classic based on Who album stars three-button suits, the Brighton riots, Phil Daniels & the yup-mesiter of all things wack, Sting; Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (Varick St.), 212-727-8110; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 7/5].
SOUNDS OF SILENTS
Museum screens silent films The Crowd, Nosferatu, The Wind, Ben-Hur & The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, all restored w/full orchestration; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-621-6600; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 8/12].
VILLAGE VOICE BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILMS & BEST FILMS OF 2000
Festival sponsored by v. overrated paper continues today at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Ashland Pl.), 718-636-4111; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 7/22].
Try to spot the impotent Oompa Loompa, today as part of "Best of the Screening Room" festival; Screening Room, 54 Varick (Canal St.), 212-929-4200; 3:30, call for price [repeats Thurs.].
SHAKING UP THE BOX
Celebrates decade of "Independent Television Service" (stuff you see on PBS). Today, Women's Tales from Modern Africa, Close Up on Bintou & more; Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 212-708-9750; call for times, prices & complete sched. [through 7/22].
WHEN WE WERE KINGS
Unforgettable doc. about classic "Rumble in the Jungle" between George Foreman & Muhammed Ali, starring Don King, James Brown, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer & George Plimpton (if you're not old enough to remember how the 1973 bout ended, let the film fill you in!); Makor, 35 W. 67th St. (Central Park W. & Columbus Ave.), 212-601-1000; 7:30 & 9:30, call for prices.
BAISE-MOI (RAPE ME)
Virginie Despentes' film, initially banned in France, opens today at Cinema Village. Yes, you will see hot French girls having real sex, shooting people & driving around, 22 E. 12th St. (B'way), 212-924-3363; call for times & prices.
BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR OR HUMANITY
Thirteen films by Kinji Fukasaku about the Yakuza begin screening today, w/introduction by Quentin Tarantino; BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Ashland Pl.), 718-636-4111; call for times & prices [through 7/31].
DANCER IN THE DARK, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Two very disturbing films starring Catherine Deneuve screen at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (2nd St.), 212-505-5181; call for schedule & times [through 7/11].
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Free outdoor screenings in Hoboken continue w/Billy Elliot, on the waterfront overlooking Hudson River; Erie Lackawana Plaza, Hoboken PATH Station, 201-420-2207; 9.
CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SHADOWS & LIGHT: ITALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Today, Night of the Shooting Stars (1982); Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave. (89th St.), 212-423-3500; 7, call for price.
LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2001
Week one of the festival kicks off w/world premiere of the film version of The Peony Pavilion-Part 1 (Sat.), second half screens on Sun.; Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St. (B'way), 212-875-5600; call for times, $20-$35.
VULGAR GENIUS: THE MOVIES OF MEL BROOKS
Just waiting to see how Robin Hood: Men In Tights is explained. Retrospective kicks off today w/The Twelve Chairs (1970), The Producers (1968) & Silent Movie (1976); American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. (36th St.), Astoria, 718-784-4520; call for times & prices.
HBO BRYANT PARK FILM FESTIVAL
Outdoor summer film fest continues today w/Double Indemnity, 1944 noir co-written by Raymond Chandler; Bryant Park, 42nd St. (6th Ave.), 212-512-5700 or www.hbobryantparkfilm.com; sunset, call for price.
WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA
Series celebrates French women as filmmakers. Today, Agnes Varda's One Sings, The Other Doesn't (1977) & The Gleaners and I (2000); French Institute, 22 E. 60th St. (betw. Madison & Park Aves.), 212-355-6160; call for times, $8, $6.