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THURSDAY

1953’s Pickup on South Street, which opens with just-released con Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) dipping into a woman’s purse and withdrawing a strip of classified microfilm, could have become just another bit of broadly sketched anti-Commie polemic. But director Samuel Fuller’s extreme close-ups keep the viewer focused on the individuals caught in the political struggle. Despite her shady past, Candy (Jean Peters), the purse-carrying woman, is appalled when she realizes she had been duped by her ex-lover Joey (Richard Kiley) into passing secrets to the Communists. Of course, she eventually falls in love with the pickpocket who has thwarted her mission, literally knocking McCoy over the head to keep him from selling out his country. Finally, he does the right thing—but only after those dirty Reds make it personal. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark W. Sullivan)