Once again, knowledgeable and passionate curator Laura Boyes has programmed a wide-ranging slate of proven crowd pleasers and esoteric gems. Fittingly, this weekend's opener meets both standards: Jacques Tati's Playtime (1968), in which the filmmaker's alter ego M. Hulot wanders through a sterile, depopulated Paris. The New York Times' estimable Dave Kehr called this "one of the most visually inventive films of the '60s [and] also one of the funniest."
Elsewhere on this season's schedule, Boyes has planned tributes to Marlon Brando and Fay Wray, secured two newly-struck Hitchcock prints and will cap the season with a screening of Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love, a now-celebrated film that played here for a paltry week in two theaters back in 2001. Tati's Playtime shows Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. More info on the winter film series is available at www.ncartmuseum.org/events/films.shtml.