THE HIRSHHORN Museum continues its free film program with the second screening of Jackie Raynal's no-budget autobiographical film Hotel New York Friday at 8. Thursday at noon, an hour-long survey of New Spirit in Painting will highlight the works of George Baselitz, Sandro Chia, Julian Schnabel and others. And at 8 that night, the Hirshhorn will screen the Giancarlo Giannini comedy Where's Picone? Call 357-2700.

Director Istvan Szabo and actor Klaus Maria Brandauer will appear Sunday at the Washington premiere of Colonel Redl at the American Film Institute Theater. They will introduce and discuss the film at the 5:30 and 9 screenings. "Colonel Redl," which follows the rise and fall of the real-life Redl in the Austro-Hungarian Secret Police just prior to World War I, is the cncluding event in the third European Film Festival. For information, call 785-4601.

Elsewhere on the AFI schedule, a comprehensive 29-film retrospective of recent New Zealand cinema opens Tuesday at 6:30 with the Washington premiere of Michael Firth's Sylvia. Firth will introduce and discuss the movie, the story of educator Sylvia Ashton- Warner. All ticket holders will be admitted to a post-screening party at the New Zealand Embassy, to be hosted by Ambassador Sir Wallace Rowling and Lady Rowling.

The second screening in the festival is John Reid's Leave All Fair, a new film starring John Gielgud and Simon Ward, which will show Thursday at 9. Both films will show only once.

The Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates continue their "Cosmic Visitors" mini-festival with a screening of Robert Wise's 1957 sci-fi drama The Day the Earth Stood Still, Monday at 8. The film, which features alien beings hovering over our fair city, will screen at the Carmichael Auditorium in the American History Building. Tickets are $4 for members and $5.50 for non-members. Call 357-3030.

Beginning Tuesday and running through November 12, the Audio-Visual Division of the Martin Luther King Memorial Library will present a series of dance films covering everything from classical ballet to rope jumping. The first show will feature the documentary Dance Black America, highlighting the work of Alvin Ailey, the Magnificent Force breakdancers, Al Perryman's tribute to tapdancer Earl "Snakehips" Tucker, and the traditional African dancing of the Chuck Davis Company. The 90- minute film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room A-5 of the Library, which is at 901 G Street NW (at the Gallery Place Metro stop). All the programs are free; for a schedule, call 727-1271.

Gene Miller will be offering another course on TV Commercial Production through Open University on Thursday from 8:15 to 10:15. Using professional-quality, three-quarter-inch equipment, seminar participants will rotate as actors, directors, cameramen, etc. The course fee is $35 plus a $15 materials fee. You can register by calling 966-9606.

The Baltimore Film Forum will present a rarely screened Wim Wenders film, his adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, Thursday at 8. The screening will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, at the corner of Charles and 31st streets. Tickets are $2.50 for film forum and museum members and $3.50 for non-members. Call 301/685-4170 or 301/396-6314.

On Thursday at 7, the National Archives' mammoth "War Film" series will continue with a screening of the Museum of Modern Art's print of Lewis Milestone's 1930 anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front. What makes the showing extra special is the 25 minutes of footage originally excised from the film and now restored and replaced by MOMA. The screening is free and will be introduced by film historian David Parker of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress. The Archives is at Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street NW. For information, call 523- 3000.

Now here's a new slant on film courses: Judy Riggin of Northern Virginia Community College will be teaching a course called "Film and Literature" -- through the mail. Part of that institution's Extended Learning Institute, the course will cover film genres and literary adaptations. More than a dozen films will be covered, including Citizen Kane, Diva, Shane and On the Waterfront. No class attendance is required, and you can take up to five months to complete the course. How? By renting the films out at your local video mart. Successful completion of the course will earn three transferable credits in English. The cost is $17.75 per credit hour for Virginia residents and $77 per credit hour for out-of-state pupils. Call 703/323-3138.

According to the Washington-based Motion Picture Information Service, the area's 10 top- grossing pictures for the week ending September 19 were, in descending order, Back to the Future (on 18 screens in week 11); Compromising Positions (at 13 houses in week three); Hellhole (debuting on 20 screens); Pee-wee's Big Adventure (down one house to 16 in its sixth week); Silverado (passing the $1 million mark locally while moving from 12 screens to eight in its 10th week); Teen Wolf (moving from 15 to 12 houses in a full month of release); Cocoon (now comfortably over the $1 million mark in this area while losing a screen to 14 in week 13); Kiss of the Spider Woman (still at two houses in its fifth week); Year of the Dragon (losing a screen to 12 in week five); and American Ninja (halving its houses to 7 in its third week). Admissions dropped a full 22 per cent below the previous week, with barely a half million dollars generated at box offices.

PAGES OF FILM HISTORY -- Birthday greetings this date to William Conrad, director Arthur Penn, Jayne Meadows, Greg Morris and Shaun Cassidy. It was on this date in 1954 that "The Tonight Show" premiered on network television (with Steve Allen as host).

Those celebrating on Saturday include Marcello Mastroianni, William Windom, Arnold Stang and Brigitte Bardot.

Lotsa candles Sunday: Gene Autry, Greer Garson, Michelangelo Antonioni, Stanley Kramer, Trevor Howard, Anita Ekberg, Robert Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Larry Linville, and Madeline Kahn . . .