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Movies to Tape

March 12, 1989

A Simple Story (Z Sunday at 3 p.m.): A masterly 1978 release from France's Claude Sautet in which a beautiful 39-year-old career woman (Romy Schneider) commences on a journey of self-discovery. With Claude Brasseur, Bruno Cremer. (2:00)

The Damned (Z Monday at 1:30 a.m.): Luchino Visconti's 1969 masterpiece, a powerful indictment of Nazi Germany in which the fate of a Krupp-like family allegorically encompasses the malaise of an entire culture. Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger star. (2:35)

Sunset Boulevard (Cinemax Monday at 6 a.m.): Billy Wilder's mordant masterpiece on Hollywood, past, present and future, starring an unforgettable Gloria Swanson as a demented queen of the silent screen. With William Holden, Erich von Stroheim. (1:50)

A Foreign Affair (Channel 5 Friday at 1:30 a.m.): Billy Wilder's sly, funny postwar satire with Marlene Dietrich, Jean Arthur and John Lund.

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