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Week of July 23, 2003

Hitchcock's America. Vertigo, 1958 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Jimmy Stewart as a retired police detective trying to overcome his vertigo and his obsessions. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park. NR

The Marriage of Maria Braun. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Maria marries Hermann Braun as the bombs are falling, the night before Hermann's shipped off to the Russian front. Later, she gets word her husband's dead, so she takes a job as a barmaid who caters to American GIs. As she rebuilds her life, Maria finds herself selling her soul for financial success, not unlike post-war West Germany. Screens at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue. NR

Satan's Brew. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A scalding, misogynist portrait of a "revolutionary" poet, Walter Kranz, who has nothing left but debts and a nagging wife. Writer's block has Kranz taking himself for symbolist poet Stefan Georg, adopting Georg's lifestyle and homosexual orientation. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue. NR

Veronika Voss. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Veronika, a former German film star, has seen her career suffer amid the turbulence of post-war Germany. Like her country, she's trying to convey the appearance of stability, but below the surface is a tale of drug use, medical malpractice and murder. Screens at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue. NR

The White Rose. Michael Verhoeven. This 1982 film recounts the heroic story of a small group of German students who resisted Hitler's fascist regime. Led by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, the White Rose Society was one of the few groups in Germany to defy the Nazis. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in the theater of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. For info, call 314-442-3711. The film is introduced by Lolle Boettcher, a Mendel Fellow and member of the education committee of the Holocaust Museum. NR

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