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Originally published Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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Marx Brothers, Cary Grant, Hitchcock classics to screen

This week's art-house and film-festival screenings in Seattle include The Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup," Lina Wertmüller's "Seven Beauties," Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in "Charade" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."

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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" returns to the Varsity for a week's run this week, in a newly remastered high-definition format and screening with the new short film "Terry Gilliam's Lost Animations." Ni! Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

At Northwest Film Forum, Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick's "The Great Northwest" screens throughout the week; it's an experimental documentary that re-creates a 3,200-mile road trip taken in 1958 by four Seattle women. Also at NWFF: an hourlong "Music-Craft" concert film featuring Frank Zappa (circa 1973), the Talking Heads (1980) and the Kinks (1972 and 1982), at 10 p.m. Friday only; an evening of short films about youth skateboard culture, "On the Grind" and the local short "Emerald Concrete," at 7 p.m. Tuesday only; and a collection of Robert Breer's experimental short films, "Visions in Motion: A Memorial Retrospective, 1954-2000," at 7 p.m. Wednesday only. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave.; for more information on any of these programs, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.

Take the kids to see the Marx Brothers in "Duck Soup" at noon at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus), Saturday and Sunday; admission is just $4. Also at the Film Center: Lina Wertmüller's 1976 black comedy "Seven Beauties," screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday only. At SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, the National Theater Live series continues with "She Stoops to Conquer" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and 1 p.m. April 22, and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," screening in a new digital restoration, turns up at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For more information on any SIFF screening, see www.siff.net or call the box office at 206-324-9996.

The Seattle Latino Film Festival presents the local premiere of the Spanish-language (English-subtitled) drama "A Day in Orange," about three women in three different Latin American cities who are facing an unexpected pregnancy. 6 p.m. Wednesday at Seattle University's Wyckoff Auditorium at Broadway and 12th Ave., Seattle; admission is free. For more information, see www.slff.org.

The Grand Illusion continues its Cary Grant series with the charming 1963 Stanley Donen caper "Charade" — the film in which Audrey Hepburn strokes the famous cleft in Grant's chin and asks the immortal question, "How do you shave in there?" It screens nightly through Thursday. Also at the Grand Illusion, on Saturday night only: "John Zorn: Treatment for a Film in 15 Scenes," in which four different filmmakers shoot the same script by avant-garde musician Zorn. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.

The documentary "My Architect: A Son's Journey," about the complex professional and personal life of architect Louis Kahn, will have a free screening at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library. Tickets and reservations are not required. Microsoft Auditorium (Level 1), 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.spl.org or call 206-386-4636.

The romantic comedy "Losing Control," an audience favorite at last year's Tacoma Film Festival, returns for a week's run at the Grand Cinemas. Written and directed by Valerie Weiss, it's about a young scientist who conducts an experiment to find out if her boyfriend is "the one." Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; for more information, see www.grandcinema.com or call 253-593-4474.

"Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time," a Korean gangster/yakuza film that's been a box office hit in its home country earlier this year, opens today at Alderwood Mall Cinemas 16. The film stars Min-sik Choi ("Old Boy") and Jung-woo Ha ("The Chaser"). For more information, see www.namelessgangster2012.com.

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is one of my all-time favorites: Alfred Hitchcock's moody, romantic thriller "Vertigo," starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com. Oh, Madeleine, Madeleine ...

Moira Macdonald:

206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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