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TUESDAY

There are many explanations as to why Hollywood the town became Hollywood the motion-picture nexus, but in the early days of American cinema, there was no one place associated with filmmaking. You could make a movie in Brooklyn, or in Chicago, or in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. That’s where a A Woman in Grey, a 15-part serial, was produced in 1920, when the form was just seven years old. Arline Pretty plays a young woman in peril, but one who doesn’t wait for the hero to rescue her: At war with her adoptive mother, the heroine becomes a detective to investigate the whereabouts of her lost father. Although Woman is reportedly well shot and edited, it’s now most notable for an accident of history: It’s one of the few movie serials that survives intact. The six-hour, 15-chapter film will be shown in two parts, tonight and tomorrow, at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)