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WEDNESDAY

In the dwindling American marketplace for French films, Bertrand Tavernier is one of the better-represented directors. Still, tonight’s screening is a rare reprise for his Que La Fête Commence, which translates literally as “Let the party begin” but was released in the U.S. as Let Joy Reign Supreme. This 1975 film, Tavernier’s second, is an extravagant costume drama set in 1719, starring Philippe Noiret as another Phillipe, the regent for young King Louis XV. The monarchy is beginning to crumble, and Breton secessionists threaten France’s unity as the regent stages another of the orgies that explain the film’s ironic title(s). At 7 p.m. at the Embassy of France, La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $5. (202) 944-6090. (Mark Jenkins)