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At a time when cutting-edge CGI factories pump out films like Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, there’s something strangely compelling about British television and film producer Gerry Anderson’s science fiction and fantasy puppet work of the ’60s and ’70s. It’s not the formulaic storylines, as anyone who’s watched Anderson’s action-figure rescue teams thwart evil on land, on sea, and in the air can attest. And it can’t be Anderson’s development and practice of “Supermarionation,” the use of an electronic device that synchronizes the puppets’ mouths with a vocal trackand only adds to the characters’ already freakishly deadpan performances. The answer must lie in the mise-en-scène: Over the course of Anderson’s career, he has meticulously created detailed environments, from snowy mountain hideouts to deep-sea battle stations, setting new standards for miniature special effects and proportionately scaled environments. Supercar: Phantom Piper (1961), Fireball XL-5: The Doomed Planet (1962), and Thunderbirds Are GO (1966) will screen at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Chad Molter)