WRC-TV film critic Arch Campbell kicks off his third annual "Cans Film Festival" on Monday at International Square, 19th and K streets NW, from noon until 2. Sponsors of the food drive, Temporaries Food for Christmas Foundation, have placed collection receptacles at 63 movie theater locations in the metropolitan area.

Holiday moviegoers last year donated 10,317 cans of food for the city's needy; this year's goal is to double that amount by the end of December.

Joining the jovial Campbell on Monday afternoon will be cast members of the Ford's Theatre's "Little Me," the Theodore Roosevelt High School Marching Band, dance troupe Feet First, one-man-band Bob Devlin, the Alexandria Choral Society and several local politicans.

For more information about drop-off locations or cash contributions, call Loretta Medlock at 965-7124.

If you missed the popular PBS series Brideshead Revisited several years ago, your chance for a marathon makeup session comes this weekend. The American Film Institute will screen the first six hours of the 11-hour program beginning at noon Saturday. The remaining five hours follow Sunday, beginning at noon in the 224-seat theater. Granada Television of England is picking up the cost of this rare showing. Tickets are free, but should be picked up now at the AFI box office. There will be a brief lunch break each day.

This is also the last weekend to catch the AFI's salute to "25 Years of Cuban Cinema." On Friday at 6:30 The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin screens; Parting of the Ways on Saturday at 7; and at 8:45 Tuesday, House For Swap.

The Marx Brothers leave their mark at the AFI with this Friday's double bill, Monkey Business and A Night at the Opera, starting at 8:30. Few movies are as imaginative as Buster Keaton's 1924 Sherlock, Jr., coupled with his Seven Chances (1925) this Saturday at 9 p.m. The 75-minute opener features one of Keaton's most incredible stunts -- riding solo atop the handlebars of a motorcycle speeding out of control. It wasn't until years later that a doctor informed Keaton that his constant headaches were from a broken neck received while shooting Sherlock, Jr.

Both flicks are silent, but Ray Brubacher will provide a live organ soundtrack. For more information: 785-4601.

The National Museum of American History's "America on Film" series takes a devilish twist with its December theme, "The Devil's Disciple: Hollywood's History." First on the three-movie menu is MGM's Naughty Marietta, made in 1935 and starring Jeanette MacDonald and Akim Tamiroff. It shows Wednesday at noon in Carmichael Auditorium. The 1925 version of The Last of the Mohicans and The Devil's Disciple will be screened December 11 and 18, respectively.

The National Museum of African Art will present Cry, the Beloved Country, a 1950 Zoltan Korda and Alan Paton production starring Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee on Saturday and Sunday at 3, each day. The screening coincides with the museum's major display of "Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton." The free showing will be in the museum's auditorium at 318 A St. NE. Call 287-3490 or 357-2700.

SHORT SUBJECTS -- The National Archives' (Pennsylvania Avenue at Eighth Street NW) war-film series at noon Friday features Nuremberg, a 76-minute account of the grim 1946 Nazi trials. A substantial portion of this film is actual footage taken from Nazi official's private libraries. Free . . . In conjunction with its exhibit of "The Woven and Graphic Art of Annie Albers," the Renwick Gallery will present a free showing Thursday of the eight- minute German Emigrant Artists and Authors in America, featuring 19th-century artists Heinrich-Baldwin Mollhausen and Albert Bierstadt and novelist Friedrich Gerstadker. Also on Thursday's schedule: German Handicrafts, a look at the exhibits of Frankfurt's Museum of Applied Arts. Showtimes are 11, noon and 1 at the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW.

As a Christmas bonus, the Renwick will show Christmas Customs Near and Far, a look at children's Christmas celebrations in Mexico, Germany, Sweden and Italy, shown free on Thursday. The program will repeat on December 19. . . Howard Hawk's 1938 Bringing Up Baby, with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, will be screened free at 5:30 p.m. Monday in American University's Wechsler Theater (third floor of the Mary Graydon Center), followed at 8:10 by the Czechoslovakian Transport From Paradise. For more information, call 885-2040 . . . More from Francois Truffaut at Georgetown's Biograph: This weekend's lineup includes the French director's 1973 Academy Award-winning Day For Night and his 1972 Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me, both showing through Monday. For times, call 333-2696.