The best film picks, Nov. 9

CorrespondentNovember 8, 2012 

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in "Double Indemnity."


  • More information Other Highlights: • Sunday night at the Rialto, the Cinema Inc. will be screening David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams’ classic disaster movie satire “Airplane!” (1980), starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen and Lloyd Bridges. It starts at 7, and season passes are $20. Details: 919-787-7611; • Monday night at Duke University, the Screen/Society’s Tropes of Home series is screening Bahman Ghobadi’s 2004 Kurdish drama “Turtles Can Fly” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). At the same venue Tuesday evening, the Cine-East: East Asian Cinema Series is showing Chiang Hsiu-chiung and Kwan Pun Leung’s 2009 documentary “Let the Wind Carry Me.” Also at Duke on Wednesday night, the Cine-East: Japan Foundation Film series is screening Toyoda Toshiaki’s 2005 drama “Hanging Garden” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Center. It will be introduced by Leo Ching, Associate Professor and Chair of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. All films start at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030; • Also Wednesday night, Cinema Overdrive presents Brian Trenchard Smith’s 1980 musical action spectacular “Stunt Rock” (aka “Sorcery”), starring Australian stuntman Grant Page as himself, at the Colony Theater. It starts at 8, and admission is $5.50. Details: 919-847-5677; • Thursday night at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum will present an evening of Silent Films with Original Live Music. The Ascolta Ensemble from Stuttgart, Germany, will provide the score for a series of short silent films, including the premiere of a piece by UNC Professor of Composition Allen Anderson that will accompany Hans Richter’s 1926 short “Filmstudie.” It starts at 7, and it’s free. Details: 919-967-8665;

Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “The Women of Film Noir” continues with a Universal Archive print of Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity” (1944).

The black-and-white classic, which stars Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson, was nominated for seven Oscars, but surprisingly lost in every category, mostly to Leo McCarey’s “Going My Way,” a film which is nowhere near as highly regarded these days.

“Double Indemnity” starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $5 ($3.50 for students and NCMA, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema members). Details: 919-715-5923;

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