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Repertory film listings for December 18-24, 2008.

Thu., December 18

Il Posto Ermanno Olmi made his debut with this film, an engrossing neorealist essay on how urban society and corporate consciousness degrade and dehumanize workers. A young man attains what is now known as an "entry-level" position at a huge, faceless corporation, and it's all downhill from there. The movie has charm, humor, sympathy, and honesty. The neorealist style, which had almost faded out of the Italian cinema by this time (1961), is sharp and biting (93 min.). — D.D. (PFA, 6:30)

The Fiancés A story of working-class love directed in 1961 by Ermanno Olmi, concerning a laborer who leaves his home and girlfriend in search of a better job (76 min.). (PFA, 8:30)

Fri., December 19

... All the Marbles Peter Falk, best remembered for his sharply etched roles in the fine TV series Columbo, stars as the down-and-out manager of two women wrestlers. Vicki Frederick, a Broadway dancer, and Laurene Landon, a former athlete, co-star as the wrestlers, along with Burt Yong in this comedy-drama directed by Robert Aldrich (113 min., 1981). (PFA, 6:30)

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Strong Costa Gavras overtones in this poli-psychological Italian drama by director Elio Petri, which details the disintegration of a police official who murders his mistress while making love to her, then all but dares his own officers to close in on him. Gian Maria Volonte, wearing his coldest sardonic smirk, stars as the guilty party, with Florinda Bolkan. First released in 1970, a full two years before Watergate (112 min.). — K.V. (PFA, 8:45)

Sat., December 20

Zabriskie Point Michelangelo Antonioni's uncomfortable after-the-fact attempt to portray American counterculture politics alternates between the draggy and the overly dramatic (112 min., 1970). (PFA, 6:30)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Robert Aldrich followed up the commercial success of his What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with an even more outrageous exercise in Hollywood necrophilia. It was camp before the word was invented, but it's somewhat better than that, too. Bette Davis is back, supported by Olivia da Havilland, Agnes Moorehead, Mary Astor, and Joseph Cotton (134 min., 1964). — D.K. (PFA, 8:45)

Sun., December 21

La Dolce Vita Federico Fellini at his most coherent, tracking Marcello Mastroianni through Roman high society in search of gossip and salvation, encountering Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, and the ghostly Nico (of the Velvet Underground) on the path of decadence. Lavish, powerful, and chic, the film introduced a "new" Fellini, who was turning his back on the bleak miseries of the poor to check out the sophisticated miseries of the rich and famous (175 min., 1960). — N.W. (PFA, 3:00)


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