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April 22, 1990

Pascali's Island (TMC Monday at 5:45 a.m.): Writer-director James Dearden's subtle, literate 1988 film from a 1979 Barry Unsworth novel stars Ben Kingsley as a Turkish spy, becalmed some 20 years on a Greek isle in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, whose serene life unexpectedly unravels with the arrival of a British archeologist (Charles Dance). (1:45)

Madam Satan (TNT Wednesday at 11:45 p.m.): Strictly for film buffs, this is a delirious 1930 Cecil B. DeMille talkie with an unforgettable finale, involving a costume ball aboard a blimp. With Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth. (2:15)

Dance of Death (Bravo Thursday at 10:30 p.m.): This is a 1968 film of the National Theater Company of Britain's splendid production of the 1901 Strindberg play, starring Laurence Olivier and Geraldine McEwan, brilliant as a formidably miserable couple who have been called "two of the most demonic characters in all literature." (2:18)

Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in "Valley Girl" Saturday at 6 p.m. on KTLA.

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