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When Steven Soderbergh needed an actor to play an aging British career criminal just released from a lengthy prison stay for his film The Limey, he asked Terence Stamp. For Stamp, the job was old hat: The English actor had become an instant star as the hero in 1962’s Billy Budd, and he spent the rest of the ’60s appearing in a wide range of high-profile films, including crime dramas such as Poor Cow. In that movie, which screens tonight, Stamp plays a thief who becomes entangled in a love affair with his best friend’s wife; his character is eventually caught and sent to prison. Thirty-two years later, when Soderbergh needed footage for The Limey that would realistically depict Stamp’s life in the ’60s, he took scenes from Poor Cow. If those snippets piqued your interest, be sure to check out the real deal at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Jacob Long)