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March 17, 1991

Two-lane Blacktop (A&E Sunday at noon), Monte Hellman's intriguing 1971 slice of existentialist Americana, with James Taylor, Warren Oates and Dennis Wilson.

KCOP Sunday Hitchcock Marathon: The Man Who Knew Too Much (9:30 a.m.), Rear Window (noon) and Vertigo (2:30 p.m.). These three '50s films represent the Master of Suspense at the height of his unique and formidable powers.

Woyzeck (Bravo Monday at 10:30 p.m.) Werner Herzog's nightmarish 1978 film of the Georg Buchner play is an effectively bleak and stylized foreshadowing of the Hitler atrocities as Klaus Kinski, cast as an army private, endures a starvation diet in a crazy experiment.

Torrents of Spring (CMAX Tuesday at 8 p.m.) In Jerzy Skolimowski's exquisite 1989 adaptation of Turgenev's 1872 novel, which is as romantic as its title, Timothy Hutton plays a weakling Russian nobleman bewitched by Nastassja Kinski's ruthless seductress. A treat for lovers of full-blown 19th-Century romanticism.

Open City (KDOC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.) The landmark Roberto Rosselini film, shot during Rome's actual liberation, launched Neo-Realism internationally and brought worldwide acclaim to Anna Magnani.

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