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TO JANUARY 11
Hungarian director Bela Tarr has made only six films in his 19-year career, but then, one of them, the slow, stark, and brilliant Satantango, is twice as long as Titanic. Tarr’s bleak seven-hour epic was the subject of a marathon screening last weekend, but this brief retrospective still has two films left to offer. 1984’s Almanac of Fall (pictured, Jan. 10 at 2:30 p.m.) closely observes the tensions among two women and three men. The film, whose psychological acuity has been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s work in the ’60s and ’70s, was the last the director made before abandoning color for black-and-white. Although it’s set in a squalid industrial area, 1987’s Damnation (Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.) is considered less claustrophobic than most of Tarr’s work. The film’s account of four people scheming against each other has been seen as an essential harbinger of the Warsaw Pact’s collapse. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)