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FRIDAY

A “black comedy” film that riffs on the JFK assassination? With a cameo by Liz Taylor? Gotta see it! Of course, Winter Kills isn’t on Blockbuster’s shelves. Nor was it in stock at Hollywood Video. This is not surprising, because the movie was nowhere near a success when first released, in 1979: It recouped only about one-sixth of its measly shooting budget. The film is based on a book by Richard Condon—who also wrote the more sober The Manchurian Candidate—and even the rave reviews at IMDb.com express as much confusion as appreciation over this story of a slain president’s younger brother (Jeff Bridges) investigating the conspiracy 19 years after the foul deed. That Winter Kills will soon appear as a two-disc DVD set suggests that it was ahead of its time. Directed by William Richert, the film features a crazy-quilt cast including John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Belinda Bauer, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone, and Toshiro Mifune as “Keith.” Winter Kills screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Dave Nuttycombe)