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Befitting the month that the Academy Awards announce the

, Turner Classic Movies has run its now annual

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series spotlighting a different decade's Oscar winners every weeknight. It's a fun way to catch up on the classics-

On the Beach

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,

High Noon

, and

The Seven Samurai

air the evening of Feb. 27-but few nights pack the more than

eight-hour

punch that is this Friday's Feb. 29 schedule. Starting at 8 p.m., TCM screens a quartet of classic 1970s paranoid thrillers back to back, all in wide-screen letterbox format: Fred Zinnemann's 1973

The Day of the Jackal

, in which Edward Fox's suave assassin is so good at killing he

kisses

a woman into the big sleep; Sydney Pollack's 1975

Three Days of the Condor

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, in which Robert Redford kidnaps Faye Dunaway to hide out from his own intelligence employers; John Schlesinger's 1976

Marathon Man

, which arguably includes the prototype of the sophisticated cold-blooded serial killer in American cinema; and, finally, Franklin Schaffner's 1978

The Boys From Brazil

. Fortunately, the worst of the bunch airs last--time has not been kind to

The Boys From Brazil

or Ira Levin's source novel--but the first three offer some of the more entertaining moviemaking of the era.

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