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to sept. 24

Benoît Jacquot and the Literary Screen

French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot is inspired by two things: literature and beautiful young women. The films that emphasize the latter, not too surprisingly, have been released more frequently in the United States. This two-part series allows local viewers to catch up on Jacquot’s literary works in September at the National Gallery of Art, followed by a retrospective of more contemporary films in October at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Of course, the themes and casts of the two kinds of movies sometimes overlap. Virginie Ledoyen, who captivated the camera through every frame of the director’s stateside breakthrough film, A Single Girl, also plays the orphaned heroine of Marianne, his adaptation of an unfinished Marivaux novel. And Isild Le Besco, whose unbridled presence was essential to A Tout de Suite, made her first Jacquot–film appearance in a supporting role in Sade, a whip-smart period drama about a highly dubious literary figure. The series begins with the Dostoevski–derived The Musician Killer (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3) and includes another Marivaux adaptation, The False Servant, as well as a film inspired by Mishima, School of Flesh. “Benoît Jacquot and the Literary Screen” runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW; see Showtimes for details. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)