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Nobody does amour fou quite like director Andrzej Żuławski (Possession), and That Most Important Thing: Love, a rarely screened 1975 melodrama, is one of his best films. Romy Schneider stars as an aging actress who’s resorted to softcore exploitation movies. She’s caught in a love triangle with her husband (Jacques Dutronc) and a photographer-producer (Fabio Testi). High-pitched emotions are filmed with swooning camerawork and Georges Delerue’s sobbing score, and the operatic insanity is capped off by the once reigning king of over-the-top performers: Klaus Kinski, who, in the play-within-the-film, stars opposite Schneider in a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Though the movie’s original French-language version wasn’t released in the U.S. until last year, the AFI Silver Theatre offers this violently passionate romance in all its French glory in a digital restoration for the new age. Read more>>> The film screens at 9:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.50–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)


New York soul pop band Thirdstory performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

The National Museum of the American Indian opens Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal, an exhibition featuring historical documents and photos that goes in-depth with Native American removal from the Cherokee perspective. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

The Winter’s Tale, a production of Shakespeare‘s classic play about the kings of Sicilia and Bohemia, nears the end of its run at Folger Shakespeare Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $35–$79.

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