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December 09, 1990

Woman on the Beach (AMC Sunday at 10 a.m.) Jean Renoir's last Hollywood movie is a moody thriller, about a deadly erotic triangle centering on a blind ex-painter. Though ruinously cut by RKO, it's regarded by critic-filmmaker Jacques Rivette as one of Renoir's great works.

Moonfleet (TNT Tuesday at 10:15 p.m.) Another Hollywood obscurity revered in France is this somberly picturesque 18th-Century costumer, in a moonlit-seas Robert Louis Stevenson mood, by director Fritz Lang. John Houseman produced; Stewart Granger and George Sanders star.

Confidence (Bravo Thursday at 6 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) An unusual World War II romance by the masterful Hungarian director, Istvan ("Mephisto") Szabo; in it, a couple, thrown together to fool the Nazis, find themselves in the grip of both terror and love.

The Naked Spur (TMC Friday at 2 p.m.) Perhaps the best of the top-notch Anthony Mann-Jimmy Stewart Western cycle: a picaresque thriller in which wily killer Robert Ryan amiably spreads dissension among the trio bringing him in for bounty.

Movie Movie (ABC Sunday Dec. 16 at 2 a.m.). Two delicious '30's movie parodies, one on Busby-Berkeley style musicals, the other on "Golden Boy"-style fight pictures, by director Stanley Donen and writer Larry Gelbart.

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