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NEW RELEASES
Donkey Skin (Not rated)

Director: Jacques Demy. With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin. (100 min.)

Sterritt **** Restored version of the great Demy's consistently entertaining, subtly perverse fairy tale about a princess who disguises herself as a scullery maid in order to avoid marrying her royal father. Tuneful, colorful, delightful. In French with subtitles. Playing in limited release.

Hitler's Hit Parade (Not rated)

Directors: Oliver Axer, Susanne Benze. With archival footage of the Nazi era. (76 min.)

Sterritt **** A compilation of entertainment materials from the Nazi period, showing there really was a "Hitler with a song in his heart," to quote Mel Brooks's sarcastic phrase in "The Producers," and that ordinary Germans whiled away their leisure hours with sentimentalism and nostalgia even as their government committed one atrocity after another. Fascinating and revealing. In German with subtitles. Playing in limited release.

Murder-Set-Pieces (Not rated)

Director: Nick Palumbo. With Sven Garrett, Gunnar Hansen, Valerie Baber, Ed Neal. (105 min.)

Sterritt *** An interesting effort to make the ultimate horror movie by imitating modern classics of the genre in a systematic way, putting actors from the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" into the cast for good measure. Be warned that the results are in aggressively awful taste from beginning to end, though. Playing in limited release.

Wall Street: A Wondering Trip (Not rated)

Director: Andreas Hoessli. With Richard Grasso, John Slade, Dawn Pisano, Ted Guttierez. (50 min.)

Sterritt ** Documentary about stock trading, with some vivid images but no clear perspectives or opinions on the material it presents. Shown with "Knock Off:

Revenge on the Logo," by Anette Baldauf and Katharina Weingartner, a documentary about product counterfeiting that has a similar lack of point of view. Playing in limited release.

White Noise (PG-13)
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