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Among the most idiosyncratic major American-born directors, Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles had very different careers: The former emigrated to Britain, where he did pretty much whatever he wanted, whereas the latter traveled the world, usually failing to consummate the projects that most interested him. Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Robert Kolker has found a metaphysical link between the two filmmakers, however, as he’ll explain in his lecture, “Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick: Landscapes of Dread in the Spaces of Modernity.” The talk will be followed by a rare screening of Kubrick’s three-hour 1975 film, Barry Lyndon, a Thackeray-derived 18th-century costume epic that unites its supporters and detractors: Both accept that the movie’s opulently art-directed look is the whole point, but disagreements generally start immediately after that. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)