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August 09, 1992|Kevin Thomas

Sharp, fast and funny, Allan Arkush's 1983 Get Crazy (KTLA Sunday at 6 p.m.) is 90 infectious minutes of nonstop mayhem and music, an exuberant, affectionate satire of the zany world of rock. Daniel Stern stars.

Martin Scorsese's 1975 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (KCOP Sunday at 6 p.m.) won Ellen Burstyn an Oscar for her fine portrayal of a 35-year-old widow pulling up stakes in a dreary Oklahoma town and commencing on an odyssey in search of a new life for herself and her precocious son.

Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is the well-regarded 1981 TV movie about the ill-fated Canadian beauty (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) who became a Playboy centerfold.

The slim, spotty but amusing 1991 TV movie Backfield in Motion (ABC Wednesday at 8 p.m.) is a sort of "Stepford Wives" in reverse, with Roseanne Arnold playing a rebellious single mother who organizes the blissful, submissive women of her community into a football team that competes aggressively in a controversial mothers-sons game. With Tom Arnold.

The Last Innocent Man (KCOP Friday at 8 p.m.), a 1987 made-for-cable movie, is an effective suspense drama in which an attorney (Ed Harris) becomes involved with the estranged wife of a man he is defending for murder.

One of the juiciest romantic comedies of the '80s, Moonstruck (CBS Friday at 8:55 p.m.) is the film which provided Cher a role that let her comic sensibilities out for a romp as a young widow whose dull life suddenly shifts 180 degrees under the spell of an extraordinarily full moon. An Oscar for Olympia Dukakis as Cher's clear-eyed mother as well as for Cher herself.

Ken Burns' Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (KCET Friday at 9 p.m.), yet another outstanding documentary from the maker of "The Civil War."

Mellow, beautiful, rich and brimming with love, the 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.) is one of Woody Allen's very best, revealing greater emotional complexity, more understanding of the foibles of others and less edgy about his own. At its heart are three sisters: Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest.

Louis Malle's superb, semi-autobiographical 1987 Au Revoir, Les Enfants (KCET Saturday at 9 p.m.) is a tale of innocence and betrayal set in a French provincial Catholic boarding school during the Nazi Occupation.

One of the all-time great films, Jean Renoir's 1939 The Rules of the Game (KCET Saturday at 11 p.m.), set at an aristocratic gathering at a country estate, contemplates the decline of the old order as the clouds of war gather.

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