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Best known as the director of such tough-guy entertainments as The Maltese Falcon, John Huston was also something of a Merchant Ivory type. He made films for some 50 years, adapting novels by Stephen Crane, Herman Melville, Rudyard Kipling, and Flannery O’Connor. This retrospective includes only 11 of Huston’s movies, but that’s enough to give a sense of his range. Featured this week are two movies from the same era: 1957’s Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison and 1961’s The Misfits. The first is a World War II drama that returns to the essential setup of Huston’s The African Queen, with Deborah Kerr as a nun and Robert Mitchum as a macho Marine who must unite to evade Japanese troops on a small Pacific isle; the second is a latter-day anti-Western, as well as scripter Arthur Miller’s valentine to wife Marilyn Monroe, whose marriage and life were both about to end. The series runs to Thursday, Sept. 6, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.