Week of July 2, 2003

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Petra is a successful fashion designer who constantly mistreats her slavish assistant. Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls for Karin and invites her to move in -- and a suffocatingly close love triangle unfolds. Screens at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue. NR

Combat Films of World War II. Objective Burma!, 1945 film, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Kirkwood Public Library, 140 East Jefferson. For info, call 314-821-5770, extension 0. NR

The Merchant of Four Seasons. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A fruit peddler watches his unexceptional life disintegrate. Screens at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue. NR

Midnights at the Tivoli. Wet Hot American Summer, directed by David Wain, features the fun and raunchiness of a summer camp set in 1981. Stars Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, among others. Also showing: Dazed and Confused. Screens midnight Friday-Saturday, July 4-5, at the Tivoli. NR

Summer Movie Series for Kids. The Wild Thornberrys Movie screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the Student Center of St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road. For info, call 314-595-4358 or 314-595-4294. NR

Under the Stars at Bar Italia. The Bicycle Thief, a 1948 neorealist masterwork directed by Vittorio de Sica, tells the story of impoverished Antonio, who finally lands a job posting bills. He needs a bicycle for work and trades the family linen for wheels. Then the bike's stolen. Screens at sundown Monday, July 7, at the outdoor patio of Bar Italia in the Central West End. Seating begins at 6 p.m. For reservations, call the Bar Italia events manager at 314-361-7010. NR