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In this deconstructionist world, with everyone clamoring to know how everything is done, what actually gets done gets lost in the fixation on its doing. Take Hollywood. First, long before a movie arrives, there’s the gushing “behind-the-scenes” infomercial. (Jodie really respected the director’s vision! She couldn’t wait to sign on!) Next comes the “making-of,” with more details about the difficult process of creating monsters on computers. Then the 24/7 Web sites can’t wait to reveal that Brad isn’t doing his own stunts. Finally, the film arrives and tanks—because nobody cares anymore. But those who really love film know that the best thrill is seeing a movie before anybody else. With film journalist Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema, you don’t know what you’re seeing—or who the guest speaker is—until you show up. Past Talk Cinema–goers were among the first to encounter Brokeback Mountain, The Squid and the Whale, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Take your chances at 10 a.m. when Talk Cinema comes to American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $20. (800) 551-9221. (Dave Nuttycombe)