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Originally published Friday, September 18, 2009 at 12:06 AM

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At a Theater Near You

1-night stand for 'Wizard,' and a fantastic film fest

"The Wizard of Oz" celebrates its 70th anniversary on local screens. Also around town: Preston Sturges' "Unfaithfully Yours" and the 1972 cult classic "Harold and Maude."

Seattle Times movie critic

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, "The Wizard of Oz" will return to theaters one night only on Wednesday, showing with a taped introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne and some special behind-the-scenes clips. Participating local theaters include Pacific Place, Alderwood 7, Bella Bottega, Auburn 17, Kent Station 14 and Century Theatres Federal Way 16; tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at theater box offices or online at www.fathomevents.com.

Northwest Film Forum this Sunday presents the documentary "Speaking in Tongues," about bilingual education in America; the 3 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Also at NWFF this week: Sufjan Stevens' cinematic suite of music and images, "The BQE" (inspired in part by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), screens Sunday through Tuesday; the Crash Pad Series presents Shine Louise Houston's "Champion" on Tuesday night only; and an evening of vintage short films, "Heavy Visuals '69: Electronic Cinema and Experimental Films," will screen Wednesday. All take place at 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information on any of these events, call 206-267-5380 or see www.nwfilmforum.org.

Metro Classics continues its Wednesday-night "Liars, Thieves and Cheats" series with Preston Sturges' 1948 screwball, "Unfaithfully Yours," starring Rex Harrison as a conductor who wonders if his wife is having an affair. 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday only, Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

SIFF Cinema hosts the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival this weekend, with three days of horror, fantasy, animation and science-fiction film. The horror film "The Revenant" begins the festival tonight, with Saturday and Sunday bringing several themed packages of short films (including a locally made science-fiction double feature) and the feature-length films "Pig Hunt," "Until the Light Takes Us" and "Strigoi," with writer/director Faye Jackson present. A full festival pass is $65; day passes are $30, individual tickets $10. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; for more information, see www.siff.net or www.mifff.org.

And finally, this weekend's midnight show at the Egyptian is everyone's favorite cult comedy: 1972's "Harold and Maude," starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort as one of cinema's most unlikely couples. Tonight and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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