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The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival continues through November 21 at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 871-6604, and through November 26 at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, 281-8788. Tickets for programs at the Music Box ($4 for matinees, $5.50 for evening programs) are available at the box office on the day of the show only; tickets for programs at Chicago Filmmakers ($4 for most) go on sale a half hour before the first show. Festival passes are $50 (good for all screenings) or $25 (good for six screenings only).

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

BECAUSE THE DAWN Amy Goldstein's 40-minute playful reworking of the vampire movie in feminist and lesbian terms, and in a contemporary Manhattan setting (1988). On the same program, Abigail Child's Both, Christine Vachon's The Way of the Wicked, and Jeanne Slater's Double Exposure. (Music Box, 7:00)

FUN DOWN THERE A bored young man leaves upstate New York for Manhattan's East Village, where he encounters sex, friendship, and street smarts. Roger Stigliano directed. (Music Box, 9:00)

THE LONG WEEKEND (O' DESPAIR) See Critic's Choice. (Music Box, 11:00)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

DORIAN GRAY IN THE MIRROR OF THE POPULAR PRESS Berlin undergrounder Ulrike Ottinger (Freak Orlando) directed this 150-minute parade of surrealistic tableaux, centered on an impossibly handsome young man (played by 60s fashion icon Veruschka) chosen by an evil publishing baron (Delphine Seyrig) to live out the fantasies of the public. With Irm Hermann and Magdalena Montezuma (1984). (DK) (Music Box, noon)

A STRANGE LOVE AFFAIR Shot in black and white by Henri Alekan and directed by Eric de Kuyper and Paul Verstraten, this 1985 Dutch film concentrates on the visit of a university film teacher to Belgium, where he finds the man he loved when he was younger. (Music Box, 3:00)

DESIRE Subtitled Sexuality in Germany 1910-1945, Stuart Marshall's English feature traces German attitudes toward homosexuality during those years. (Music Box, 5:00)

LE JUPON ROUGE Genevieve Lefebvre's 1987 French film, set in contemporary Paris, concerns three very different women (including Marie-Christine Barrault and Alida Valli), one of whom still suffers from her memories of the Nazi camps, who become involved in a passionate love story. (Music Box, 7:00)

APARTMENT ZERO Martin Donovan's second feature, set in Buenos Aires, is an exciting if occasionally overblown thriller centered on the relationship between a repressed cinephile (Colin Firth) and a charismatic American (Hart Bochner) who share the same flat, a number of neighbors in the same building (including a lonely wife, two English ladies, and an abused transvestite), and a string of serial murders that seem linked to the Argentine death squads. As various as all these strands may appear to be, Donovan ties them together into a provocative and haunting psychological horror story laced with black humor that is especially suggestive about the ambiguous profile of the American abroad. Baroque in style, with echoes of Hitchcock and Polanski (among others), and an impressively aggressive score by Elia Cmiral, this is a powerful, pungent work that shouldn't be missed (1988). (Music Box, 9:00 and 11:00)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19

LE JUPON ROUGE See listing under Saturday, November 18. (Music Box, 1:00)

SUMMER VACATION Awakening sexuality among four male adolescents, who are spending their summer vacation in a remote boarding school, is the subject of Shusuke Kaneko's poetic Japanese feature (1988). (Music Box, 3:00)

ANOTHER WAY A lesbian love affair, between a journalist and a secretary married to an army officer, conducted in the oppressive atmosphere of Hungary after the failed revolt of 1956. Karoly Makk (Love) directed. (DK) (Music Box, 5:00)

URINAL The audacious premise of John Greyson's Canadian feature is that a team of dead artists including Sergei Eisenstein, Langston Hughes, Frida Kahlo, and Yukio Mishima turn up in Toronto as guests of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wylie to explore the problems of police harassment of people having sex in public washrooms (1988). (Music Box, 7:00)

LOOKING FOR LANGSTON Isaac Julien's 40-minute English film is a frankly erotic, black-and-white meditation on the Harlem renaissance of the 30s. Part narrative, part polemical essay, part documentary on Langston Hughes, part lyrical art film, the film employs clips from various kinds of archival footage (including three Oscar Micheaux films), quotes from Hughes, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als, and James Baldwin (the latter read by Toni Morrison), and memorable glimpses of a period nightclub in which black and white men in tuxedos dance together. The results are certainly striking--stylistically, intellectually, and sensually (1988). On the same program, Stephen Cummins's Elevation from Australia, Matt Hayes's Chaero from Ireland, and Richard Kwietniowski's Ballad of Reading Gaol from Great Britain. (Music Box, 9:00)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20

TAXI TO CAIRO Frank Ripploh's sequel to his comic success Taxi zum Klo (1981) takes up the German director-hero's problems when he has to get married in order to prevent being disinherited by his mother (1988). (Music Box, 7:00)

LOVE, DEATH, AND LITTLE DEVILS Lothar Lambert, who in some respects qualifies as the John Waters of the Berlin underground and midnight movie scene, plays a bit actor who gets cast in a TV comedy about an undertaker--a film that Lambert actually made and that was actually broadcast in Germany prior to the shooting of this comedy. (Music Box, 9:00)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

MEN IN LOVE Marc Huestis's U.S. feature focuses on a utopian male community in Hawaii that is found by the hero when he travels there from San Francisco to scatter the ashes of his lover, an AIDS victim. (Music Box, 7:00)

EMERGENCY EXIT Thierry Michel's Belgian feature charts the spiritual and physical reawakening of a Belgian man who abandons his country and past for Morocco (1988). (Music Box, 9:00)

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