The Bear (ABC, 8-10 p.m.): Even for the movies it's something unusual, and for prime-time TV, it's startling: a film that views things through the eyes of animals, to the extent that's possible. Dealing with an orphaned bear cub and a giant Kodiak bear that becomes its reluctant companion, this 1988 French production made a huge hit in Europe and received some rave reviews from American critics. Several years in the making, it boasts top talent and a big budget (around $100 million). Commencement speeches

(C-Span, 10:30-11:30 p.m., E.T.): President Clinton's address (live) at West Point.

(C-Span, Noon to 1 p.m., E.T.): Gloria Steinem's talk (live) from Wellesley College. * SUNDAY

The Indianapolis 500 (ABC, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., E.T.): The 77th running of auto racing's big event is aired live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with 1992's defending champion, Al Unser Jr., among the top drivers competing. Don't mention this in the presence of hard-core fans, but in case you can't spare the whole 4 1/2 hours to watch cars go round and round, it's OK to tune in and out of the event - you'll still be able to keep up with it. (The program will not be carried in the Indianapolis area.) * MONDAY

National Memorial Day Concert (PBS, 7:30- 9 p.m., E.T.): The 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial and the 40th of the end of the Korean War are both marked in this year's version of the traditional tribute, offered annually in honor of women and men who have served in the armed forces. Airing live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, the program includes music and the spoken word, and it has an agreeable lineup of stars, such as folk-singer Judy Collins, clarinetist Pete Fountain (a one-m an argument for New Orleans-style jazz), and the world-renowned Boys Choir of Harlem. Guest conductor Erich Kunzel leads the National Symphony Orchestra, and the host is E.G. Marshall.

Please check local listings for all programs, especially those on PBS.

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