Hardened trail drivers, wandering vigilantes & enamored saloon owners converge this month to kick up a rowdy cloud of dust in Shane, 16 mm, color, 118 min.; Donnell Library Ctr. Auditorium, NY Public Library, 20 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 621-0609; 2:30, free.
Screening of Der Mann auf der Mauer (The Man on the Wall) about couple dealing with the effects of living next to the Berlin wall; Goethe Institut, 1014 5th Ave. (82nd St.), 439-8707; 6, free w/adm.
Today, 1981s Pixote screens at BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn, 718-636-4157; 5:30 & 8:30, $8.50, $5.
THE MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
Screening package incl. an excerpt from When Television Was Young, You Are There: The Crisis of Galileo, & The Defenders: "Blacklist;" 25 W. 52nd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 621-6600; 6 [repeats Fri. at 6, Sat. & Sun. at 4].
THE COOL WORLD: AMERICAN FILM & VIDEO 1950-2000
Akran, Richard Myers' first feature-length film; Whitney Museum of American Art, 954 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 570-3676; 2, $6 (free w/ adm.).
MARGARET MEAD FESTIVAL
Twenty-third annual doc. film & video festival. Black & White in Colour, an unsentimental portrait of Romani singer, Vera Bila; American Museum of Natural History, 79th St. (Central Pk. W.), 769-5800; call for times & price [through 11/20].
Errol Morris retrospective
Today, Mr. Death: The Rise & Fall of Fred A Leuchter, Jr. screens?a specialist in the manufacture of humane execution equipment; The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., 708-9480, 6. [11/26, 8:00]
Today, 1996s Arizona Dream; BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn, 718-636-4157; 5:30 & 8:30, $8.50, $5.
Gates of Heaven chronicles the creation & demise of a pet cemetery in Northern California (2:30), followed by conversation with Errol Morris conducted by New York Observer columnist Roy Rosenbaum (6:30) & screening of Stairway to Heaven; The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., 708-9480 [repeats Mon. at 6].
THE JOYFUL WISDOM (LE GAI SAVOIR)
Jean-Luc Godard's 1968 The Joyful Wisdom starring Jean-Pierre Leaud & Juliet Berto embarking on a series of late night dialogues; 91 minutes, color, in French with English subtitles; YMCA, 610 Lexington Ave. (53rd St.) 735-9791; 4, $7 [repeats 11/21].
FAMILY CLASSICS OF THE SILENT SCREEN
Five of Charlie Chaplin's two-reel comedies made between 1916 & 1917 are screened today, incl. One a.m., The Count, The Pawnshop, The Rink & The Cure; The New York Historical Society, Two West 77th St., 873-3400, 2, $6, $4 s.c./child. 12 & under.
THE LIFETIME SERIES
Films of Katherine Hepburn. The African Queen filmed in Africa starring Humprey Bogart, (2); David Lean's Summertime (4:30); American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. (36th St.), Astoria, Queens, 718-784-0077; $8.50, $5.50 st./s.c.
PERSONAL CINEMA SERIES
New indie & avant-guarde film & video projections by local artists, usually followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Tonight, Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe pres. How Strong the Children, If Spring, Then Hope, Also Winter, Everyone Must Tighten Their Belts, Queen of the Mist & La Blanchisseuse; Millennium, 66 E. 4th St. (betw. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), 673-0090; 8, $7.
Vernon, Florida, (2) followed by Stairway to Heaven; The Thin Blue Line, (5) first film known to solve a real-life murder mystery; The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Sts.), 708-9480, free w/mus. adm.
Sunday night Free movie series
Hall Bartlett's The Caretakers starring Robert Stack, Joan Crawford, & many more forgotten stars; A Different Light Bookstore, 151 West 19th St., (7th Ave.), 989-4850; 7, free.
Films of Katherine Hepburn. Today, screening of Long Day's Journey into Night starring Ralph Richardson & Hepburn (2); One of the first tv movies made in the 70s, The Glass Menagerie (4:30); American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. (36th St.), Astoria, Queens, 718-784-0077; $8.50, $5.50 st./s.c.
Errol Morris' A Brief History of Time documents Stephen Hawkins search for a grand unified theory of the universe (Sun. at 2 & Tues. at 6); Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (5); The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Sts.), 708-9480, free w/mus. adm.
LOLA & BILLY THE KID
Turkish director, Kutlug Ataman explores the underworld of Turkish rent boys & transvestites in Berlin; Columbia University's Miller Theater, 116th St. (B'way), rm. 201, 854.7799; 6, $10.
Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal en general (Love Affairs Usually End Badly), comedy of manners that becomes a triangular love story at French Institute's Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St. (betw. Madison & Park Aves.), 355-6100; 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 & 9, $7, $5.50 st.
New York's weekly DIY film festival. Tonight, screening of John T. Ryan's doc. on the Los Angeles goth music scene, Sincerity on the Sunset Strip?filmmakers are encouraged to share their shorts (under 15 mins.) for public viewing; Siberia Bar, 250 W. 50th St. (B'way), 977-9203; 9, $2 contrib.