Ridley Scott's 1977 directorial debut, "The Duellists," screens at the N.C. Museum of Art on Friday night as part of its winter series, "Dressed to Impress: Costumes and Character in the Movies." Based on the short story "The Duel," by Joseph Conrad, the historical drama stars Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel as two officers in Napoleon's army who violently confront each other in a series of duels over the span of two decades. Although not as well-regarded as Scott's following films, the sci-fi classics "Alien" (1980) and "Blade Runner" (1982), "The Duellists" drew comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and won Scott the Best Debut Film award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. It starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
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