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Sometimes a piece of music or a scene from a film can transport you back into a memory so vivid that you feel as if you’re actually reliving it. Satoshi Kon’s 2001 animated feature Millennium Actress uses this idea to follow documentary producer Tachibana and cameraman Ida, who are interviewing reclusive ’50s film star Fujiwara Chiyoko. As the actress begins recounting her story to the pair, they find themselves zapped into scenes from her life and some of her famous film roles. Kon deftly blends goofy comedy and genuine melodrama, and he uses every stylistic device at his disposal to paint a colorful picture of Chiyoko’s charmed yet sad life. With Chiyoko’s movies running the gamut from historical epics to sci-fi, the film reads like a love letter to Japanese film history. It screens as part of the Freer Gallery of Art’s Anime Marathon (see Showtimes for a complete schedule; in conjunction with the 2004 National Cherry Blossom Festival) at 1:30 p.m. in the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. (Jason Powell)