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SEPT. 4–OCT. 1
There are a few glimpses of Holland and its culture in this series, including Jos de Putter’s It’s Been a Lovely Day (at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4), an account of a year on a Dutch farm, and Treasures of the Rijksmuseum (at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25), a look at the massive Amsterdam art collection that will be introduced by director Peter Delpeut. But de Putter and Delpeut’s visions are wider-ranging than that, often involving meditations on far-flung cinematic or pictorial traditions. Delpeut’s Diva Dolorosa (at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1) assembles excerpts from 14 fervid silent-era Italian melodramas to make one archetypal tale of delight and despair, and his Forbidden Quest (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17) is constructed primarily of clips from old naval and Antarctic-exploration pictures. Whereas Delpeut’s Felice…Felice (at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24) was inspired by photos of 19th-century Japan made by traveler Felice Beato, for Go West, Young Man! (at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17) he and co-director Mart Dominicus traveled the mountain states, visiting iconic locations, interviewing creators of the cowboy myth, and collaging snatches of classic Westerns. De Putter (whose Alias Kurban Saïd, screening at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, is pictured) will appear to discuss his The Damned and the Sacred (at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18), a documentary about a dance troupe in Chechnya; the series also includes his previous film about that battered country, The Making of a New Empire (at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10). The series opens Sunday, Sept. 4, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 1, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)