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The best film picks, March 1

CorrespondentFebruary 28, 2013 

W.C. Fields is at his comic best in his legendary lush persona in the 1940 classic “The Bank Dick” playing Friday night at the N.C. Museum of Art.

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    • Wednesday evening at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s Cine East series focuses on Transnational North Korea with Yang Yong-hi’s 2009 documentary “Goodbye, Pyongyang” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7. On Thursday night at the same venue, the Screen/Society’s Feminism and Freedom Film series presents Ingrid Sinclair’s 1998 drama “Flame” at 7. Both screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety. • Also on Thursday night, the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill is hosting the Ackland Film Forum’s showing of Miranda July’s 2005 comic drama “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” presented in connection with the Ackland’s exhibition “More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s” (on view through March 31st). The screening starts at 7, and tickets are $4 or free with a UNC One Card. Details: 919-962-5481; www.varsityonfranklin.com.

W.C. Fields is at his comic best in his legendary persona in the 1940 classic “The Bank Dick” playing Friday night at the N.C. Museum of Art as part of the “Universal @ 100” Winter Film Series. Fields, who wrote the screenplay under the name “Mahatma Kane Jeeves,” stars as a wise-cracking unemployed ne’er-do-well who becomes a security guard after foiling a bank robbery. Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel and the Three Stooges’ Shemp Howard also appear in the comedy that critic Roger Ebert once wrote was “probably Fields’ best film.”

Film critic and writer Craig D. Lindsey will introduce the film at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923; ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

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