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Film pick: Christmas in July

Master of the screwball comedy Preston Sturges gets in the Yuletide spirit, sort of, with Christmas in July (1940), in which an office clerk thinks he's won $25,000 in a slogan-writing contest for Maxford Coffee. (His entry: "If you can't sleep, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk.") Friends and neighbors rejoice, and he spends a fortune on gifts. But the bunk's on him as the reality proves otherwise, and many wacky plot twists follow. ArtsEmerson screens it three times this weekend at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston | December 17 @ 9 pm; December 18-19 @ 7 pm | $10; $5 students | 617.824.8000 or artsemerson.org.

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