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Director Jack Clayton came to prominence as a practitioner of British social dramas such as A Room at the Top, but he’s best remembered as the master of the domestic creep-out. Scripted by Harold Pinter from Penelope Mortimer’s novel, The Pumpkin Eater is not exactly typical Halloween fare. Still, this 1964 account of a marital breakdown is a horror film of a sort: A woman (Anne Bancroft) takes a screenwriter (Peter Finch) as her third husband, only to have his career take off and her psyche crash. Moving from the working-class squalor of northern England to the posh London environs of Harrodswhere Bancroft stages a memorable breakdownClayton shows the influence of Antonioni and captures the unease of a newly swinging Britain. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free, but reservations are required. (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)