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The restored Vertigo has gotten all the attention lately, but that 1958 film was preceded by three other James Stewart/Alfred Hitchcock collaborations, which this miniretrospective revives. The oddest is 1948’s Rope (Dec. 1 at 4:15 p.m., Dec. 6 at 5:10 p.m., Dec. 7 at 4:15 p.m.), a technical tour de force—it was shot in eight seamlessly connected 10-minute takes—in which Stewart plays a college professor who taught Nietzsche to two rich kids who have turned their miseducation to murder. 1955’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (Dec. 1 at 2 & 6 p.m., Dec. 6 at 6:45 p.m) improbably pairs Stewart with Doris Day for a remake of Hitchcock’s own 1934 spy thriller; in 1954’s Rear Window (pictured, Dec. 1 at 8:15 p.m., Dec. 6 at 9 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.) Stewart is a news photographer recuperating from a broken leg who presages both Peeping Tom and Blow Up by using his camera to spy on the neighbors, one of whom just may have committed murder. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute. $6.50. (202) 828-4000. (Mark Jenkins)