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Most followers of the French New Wave can identify the recurring themes of Alain Resnais’ best films: war, loss, and above all, memory. What’s less known is that the same themes often surface in the documentaries Resnais made before he became a feature filmmaker. Tonight’s Mary Pickford Theater program makes the association by pairing the director’s 1956 short about France’s national library—with the revealing title All the Memory of the World—and 1963’s Muriel. The latter film, one of Resnais’ knottiest, contrasts a middle-aged woman’s nostalgic remembrances of a former lover with her stepson’s haunted recollections of the Algerian War, and playfully sets the present in a place with no past: characterless Boulogne, which was almost entirely rebuilt after World War II. At 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Avenue SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)