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FILM NOTES

A new semester-long series, "International Film Survey," will open with a 7 p.m. screening of "Black Africa Girl" in Screening Room 112, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus. The 1966 film, directed by Ousmane Sembene, is about the exile and despair of a Senegalese maid taken to the Riviera by her employers.

On the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series this week will be "Elizabeth," R, starring Cate Blanchett as England's first Queen Elizabeth. Screenings will be at 8 p.m. next Saturday, plus 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, in the opera house at 9-11 Church St., Fredonia.

Movie Madness, the weekly series sponsored by Wyoming County Arts Council Gallery, will continue with "Little Annie Rooney," 1925, and "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," 1928, at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the gallery at 31 S. Main St., Perry.

"Charade," a 1963 Hitchcock-style mystery/comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Walter Matthau, will be screened at 8 tonight in the Screening Room, in the Century Mall behind Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The Screening Room will also present "Casablanca," 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, at 8 p.m. Thursday,/ Friday, Feb. 12 and 13, plus 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

Commercial films opening Friday in area theaters include "Hilary and Jackie," R, much-acclaimed film starring Emily Watson as the cellist Jacqueline du Pre; "Payback," R, Mel Gibson's latest punch 'n' crunch, "Little Voice," R, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn star in a harrowing comedy-drama about a shy young woman who can mimic great singers.

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