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Having a devil of a time onscreen

The people who do the programming over at the Brattle have had an infernally good idea. White and gray are the colors of winter, and freezing cold is its temperature. So what better antidote than red, the devil’s favorite color, and the hellish heat of his home base?

The repertory series Dead of Winter: Satan on Screen starts at the Brattle Friday, with “Legend” (1985), featuring a demonic Tim Curry doing his damnedest (so to speak) to do in poor Tom Cruise. Curry looks as though he’s auditioning for the role of Hellboy’s less demure dermatologist. The series ends Jan. 24, with “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968). Satan isn’t exactly seen in Roman Polanski’s horror classic, but his presence sure is felt — or at least it is by Mia Farrow.

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