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Eberhard Fechner’s 1976 film The Comedian Harmonists: The Documentary looks at history’s crushing effect on art and those who create it. Like Joseph Vilsamaier’s recent movie The Harmonists, Fechner’s film chronicles the rise and fall of the Comedian Harmonists, the enormously popular German singing group of the ’20s and ’30s. Fechner’s examination, however, doesn’t end when the Nazis force the group to dissolve because three of its six members are Jewish. Using interviews with four of the original singers as starting points, The Comedian Harmonists traces the separate, and largely disappointing, paths the members follow after 1933. The group’s transformationfrom aw-shucks crooners to artists creating in the shadow of intolerance to men trying to reinvent themselves as their former selvesstinks of tragedy. Even sadder than an artist who betrays his country, Fechner’s three-hour elegy suggests, is the artist betrayed by his country. At 1 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $7.50. (202) 518-9400. (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)