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Repertory film listings for Dec. 20-26

Reviews by Kelly Vance

Thu., Dec. 20

Fanny and Alexander — A children's story, full of ghosts, magic, and symbolism, from Ingmar Bergman in a reflective, self-conscious frame of mind. The childlike visions of artists are summarily praised in a tale of two families in turn-of-the-20th-century Sweden, told from the young protagonist's viewpoint. Reminiscent of the very best of Bergman's career, this is a wistful film, sad and dry despite the colorful wrapper (197 min., 1983). — K.V. (PFA, 7:30)

Sat., Dec. 22

White Christmas — Stagy musical schmaltz finds Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye putting on a show to help their old army general and his New England resort, a place which looks more like a Las Vegas showroom than a ski chalet. Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen supply the uncomplicated love interest while Irving Berlin handles the songs. Not a bad way to showcase a couple of tunes, though, even if Bing's big single had been on the charts years before. Michael Curtiz directed perfunctorily (120 min., 1954). — K.V. (EC, 6:00)

Stuart Little — Live-action adaptation of the classic E.B. White children's book about a mouse (voice of Michael J. Fox) and the family that adopts him. With Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, Hugh Laurie. Directed by Rob Minkoff (84 min., 1999). (RCE, 10:00 a.m., noon)

Sun., Dec. 23

White Christmas — See Saturday. (EC, 5:00)

Stuart Little — See Saturday. (RCE, noon)

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