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After being blacklisted in Hollywood, Joseph Losey moved to Britain, where he made his reputation with 1963’s Harold Pinter-scripted The Servant. Just two years before that, however, he was working for Hammer Films, specialists in low-budget horror and sci-fi. The result was The Damned, a film about experiments on radioactive children that Time Out calls “the strangest Hammer film ever made.” Shelved for almost two years in Britain (four in the United States) and usually shown in crudely abbreviated versions, The Damned nonetheless developed an abiding reputation. Now it’s been restored to the full 96-minute version rarely seen here. This afternoon’s program pairs a new 35-mm print of the elusive movie with Losey’s considerably artier 1963 film Eve, a baroque tale of a Welsh writer visiting Venice, where he’s bewitched by the title character, played by Jeanne Moreau. They screen at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)