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APRIL 26-MAY 5
“Armin Mueller-Stahl: A Talent Beyond Borders”
Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl has had three careers in three countries: East Germany, West Germany, and the United States. Although this retrospective includes four films from the ’90s, it’s most notable for introducing some of the actor’s earlier work that’s unknown in the U.S. The oldest of these films is one of two subtitled especially for this series: Five Empty Cartridge Cases, made in 1960, follows five Spanish Civil War combatants, each of whom carries a different piece of a special plan. It’s shown with another of the actor’s East German efforts, The Escape, the account of an East German medical researcher’s attempt to reach the West (Sunday, April 26, at 5:45 & 4 p.m., respectively, National Gallery of Art). Among the other highlights are Agnieszka Holland’s powerful Angry Harvest, in which Mueller-Stahl plays a Polish man who hides a Jewish woman from the Nazis only to take advantage of her (Monday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center); The Movie Teller, featuring the actor as a narrator of silent films at a small-town cinema (Tuesday, May 5, at 6:45 p.m., DCJCC); and Bronstein’s Children, in which three concentration-camp survivors capture a former camp official 30 years later (Tuesday, May 5, at 8:45 p.m., DCJCC). Mueller-Stahl will appear for post-screening discussions of Utz (Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m, American Film Institute) and No Exit (Closed Society) (Sunday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m., NGA). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215; the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $8.50. (202) 518-9400; and the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)