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Film Picks: NCMA Winter series presents ‘Lady in the Dark’

Mitchell Leisen’s 1944 film “Lady in the Dark” starring Ginger Rogers will screen Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Mitchell Leisen’s 1944 film “Lady in the Dark” starring Ginger Rogers will screen Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Paramount Pictures

NCMA Winter series presents ‘Lady in the Dark’

The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter 2016 film series, which showcases the best of dance on the silver screen, continues Friday with Mitchell Leisen’s “Lady in the Dark” (1944), starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland and Warner Baxter. The Oscar-nominated musical drama depicts Rogers as an editor-in-chief for a women’s magazine who undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why she suffers from headaches and daydreams, which are, of course, in the form of lavish production numbers. The film will be presented via a 35mm print from Universal Film Archive. It starts at 8 p.m. 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.

Other highlights

  • Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrotreasures film series presents a double feature of 1980s John Candy comedies that share the late filmmaker John Hughes’ imprint: “Uncle Buck” (1989), which Hughes wrote and directed; and Howard Deutch’s “The Great Outdoors” (1988), a Candy/Dan Aykroyd vehicle which Hughes scripted. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
  • Also Friday at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society presents the AMI (Arts of the Moving Image) Faculty Spotlight: Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat’s 2014 documentary “Speculation Nation,” at the Full Frame Theater on the American Tobacco Campus. . The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Monday at White 107, the Screen/Society’s AMI Showcase features “Experimental Shorts from the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival.” Tuesday at the same venue, the Screen/Society shows Jann Turner’s 2009 rom-com “White Wedding” as part of the African Film Festival. Wednesday, Nick and Mark Francis’ 2006 documentary “Black Gold” will show at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater as part of the 2016 Ethics Film Series. All four events begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
  • Thursday evening, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will show David Gordon Green’s 2014 drama “Manglehorn” at 7, followed by Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-nominated drama “Spotlight” at 9:30. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
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