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When, while filming her debut role as Joan of Arc, a 17-year-old Jean Seberg found herself lashed to a stake as she took a fireball full in the face and Otto Preminger indifferently rolled tape, what visions filled her pixie-cut head? Was she calmed by images of her future as an icon of the French New Wave? No, after finally getting out of Iowa, she was probably just glad to be on the team. Which would explain why she allowed Preminger to next cast her as a Givenchy-clad, daddy-obsessed brat in 1958’s Bonjour Tristesse, a movie about three shallow, conniving women and the man who occasionally loves them. But, Saint Joan or not, the eternally elfin Seberg could not have known the real sadness in store for her: the FBI-generated rumors that her baby’s daddy was a Black Panther; that child’s stillbirth and ghoulish open-casket funeral; the jump in front of a subway train; the deadly handful of pills in the back seat of a parked car, where her body would lie undiscovered for 11 days. See her merely pretending to be depressed at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Shauna Miller)