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Manifesto & Montenegro (TMC Monday at 1:05...

Manifesto & Montenegro (TMC Monday at 1:05 a.m., Saturday at 12:30 a.m.): These two English-language sex comedies, from 1988 and 1981 respectively, by Yugoslavia’s impudent Dusan Makavejev, mix up amour, murder and politics in startling and disturbing ways. Their hearts are light, their vision very dark.

A Night in the Country With Pagnol (Bravo Tuesday at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.): Three ‘30s masterpieces by Marcel Pagnol, that earthy and compassionate movie poet of the French provinces, whose work was re-adapted in 1986 for “Jean de Florette.” The films here, partially adapted from the writings of Jean Giono, include, respectively, “Angele” (repeated at 12:30 a.m.), “Harvest” (with the young Fernandel) and “The Baker’s Wife” (with Raimu, in a performance that was a favorite of Orson Welles’).

Gloria (KCOP Wednesday at 10 a.m.): John Cassavetes’ nervy 1980 New York thriller about a kid on the lam and his moll protectress, offers another powerhouse showcase for Gena Rowlands. A Venice Film Festival Grand Prize winner, it’s one more underrated (in America) movie by one of our greatest, guttiest directors. (2:00)


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