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Everyone knows McCarthyism, but not many people today know McCarthy. Yet the Commie-obsessed Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who died in 1957, is alive and demagogic as ever in the kinescopes of the televised Army-McCarthy Senate hearings, which began 50 years ago this month. In 1964, filmmaker Emile de Antonio distilled the 36 days of testimony to a contentious 93 minutes. Named for the phrase McCarthy used to interrupt the proceedings, Point of Order comes down to a shootout between the showboating McCarthy and his cocky attorney, Roy Cohn, and Sen. Stuart Symington and Army counsel Joseph Welch, the man who asked the immortal question, “Have you no sense of decency?” De Antonio went on to consider other big-league American bullies, including such inevitable subjects as Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. But he never topped this pioneering documentary, for which he shot not a foot of film. The film screens at 7 and 9 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)