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What with the gross ineptitude of the staff and the mysterious killer stalking the hallways, the Manhattan Hospital patients who die of natural causes in the waiting room should consider themselves lucky. Less fortunate is head surgeon Dr. Herbert Bock who—driven to the brink of suicide by a failed marriage, impotence, and estranged relationships with his children—finds his last hope for salvation in the spiritual ramblings of the spaced-out, acid-head daughter of a comatose patient. Although competently directed, Arthur Hiller’s 1971 black comedy The Hospital owes the majority of its success to Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning screenplay (the second of three, sandwiched between 1955’s Marty and 1976’s Network) and George C. Scott’s Oscar-nominated performance. The film screens at 6:15 p.m. at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)