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Originally published Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

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Noir classic 'Laura' plays Northwest Film Forum

Revivals, festivals and special screenings of interest to Seattle film buffs this week of Friday, April 6, include a screening of the classic noir film "Laura"; Richard Linklater's 1993 last-day-of-high-school comedy "Dazed and Confused"; and a Cary Grant series at the Grand Illusion showing "North by Northwest."

Seattle Times movie critic

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As part of the series "Class Reunion: High School Through the Decades," the SIFF Film Center presents a one-time screening of Richard Linklater's 1993 last-day-of-high-school comedy "Dazed and Confused" at 9:30 p.m. Friday; Film Center at the Seattle Center campus. At the Uptown, SIFF's Ballet in Cinema series continues at 6:30 p.m. Monday with "Romeo and Juliet," a broadcast of London's Royal Ballet performing Kenneth MacMillan's choreography, recorded last month before a live audience. Also at the Uptown is "Scarface," with Al Pacino, which screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Critic/author David Spaner discusses global capitalism in Hollywood and the trend of indie filmmaking in a presentation called "Occupy Hollywood" on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Film Center. It includes a Q&A with screenwriter Stewart Stern ("Rebel Without a Cause"). For tickets and information on any SIFF event, see or call 206-324-9996.

The Grand Illusion continues its Cary Grant series this week with "North by Northwest," the 1959 Hitchcock classic with Grant (as the unfortunate Roger O. Thornhill), James Mason and Eva Marie Saint. It screens nightly — in 35mm — through Thursday; 206-523-3935 or

The Academy Award-winning documentary "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision," about the young architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will have a free screening at the Central Library at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets and reservations are not required. Microsoft Auditorium (Level 1), 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; for more information, see or call 206-386-4636.

One of the great examples of film noir (and a great film, period) screens at Northwest Film Forum this week: Otto Preminger's haunting 1944 drama "Laura," the story of a police detective becoming emotionally entangled in the case of a young woman's murder. It plays nightly through Thursday in a new 35mm print; if you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favor and go get caught up in its spell. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or of noir, the every-other-Thursday film-noir series at the Historic Everett Theatre continues this week with "The Spiritualist," a 1948 thriller about a woman who thinks she's seen the ghost of her dead husband. Tickets are $5. 7:30 p.m., 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; for tickets, see or call 425-258-6766.

Seattle Film Institute will have its Spring Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, preceded by free 9:30 a.m. workshops: a production workshop "Hardware Store Movie Lighting" and screenwriting workshops "The Power of Metaphors." 1709 23rd Ave., Seattle; for more information, see or call 206-568-4387.

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is Danny Boyle's 2002 plague drama "28 Days Later," playing Friday and Saturday. 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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