The Film Society’s final retrospective of the year is a huge one — Let There Be Light: The Films of John Huston is a nearly month-long series on the prolific auteur, whose directorial career began illustriously in 1941 with The Maltese Falcon (screening here on 12/25 and 12/26) and ended in 1987 with the James Joyce adaptation The Dead (12/24, 12/26). While the program is almost entirely devoted to Huston’s work, there are a few ingenious, non-Huston-directed choices that bear his stamp: Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (12/22, 12/23), most obviously, with Huston’s legendary turn as Noah Cross; Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (12/27), featuring a Huston-esque Daniel Day-Lewis; and the great White Hunter, Black Heart (1/2, 1/5), which stars director Clint Eastwood in an audaciously stylized, Huston-aping performance. Today’s series-opening docket includes two of Huston’s best-liked works — the 1950 noir The Asphalt Jungle and the Bogart/Bacall team-up Key Largo — as well as his Montgomery Clift–starring biopic Freud: The Secret Passion.

Dec. 19-Jan. 11, 1 p.m., 2014