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In 1959’s North by Northwest, Cary Grant, a martini-soaked advertising director, awakes from a middle-class daydream into an underworld nightmare when he’s mistaken for a secret agent. A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at the height of his powers. At 6:30 p.m at the National Theater, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 783-3372. (Dave Kehr)