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In the recent Australian film-school comedy Love and Other Catastrophes, all the students groan when the professor announces that he will devote the entire semester to Alfred Hitchcock. Yes, a lot of us have seen a lot of Hitchcock, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be learned from—or enjoyed in—the work of the “master of suspense.” This nine-film holiday-break retrospective features the usual suspects, from the romantic Rebeccaÿ20(Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m.) and To Catch a Thief (Dec. 12 & 13 at 8 p.m.) to the edgier Psycho (Dec. 12 & 13 at 9:45 p.m.) and North by Northwest (Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.) to the even quirkier but still classic Rope (Dec. 17 & 18 at 6:30 p.m.), Vertigo (Dec. 20 at 8:45 p.m., Dec. 21 at 6 & 8:30 p.m.), and Strangers on a Train (pictured, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2:15 p.m.). You don’t have to love ’em, but you have to admit there’s definitely a semester’s worth of film studies here. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)