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This five-film program fills in the gaps in last year’s National Gallery retrospective of films by Miklos Jansco, the influential Hungarian director known for his long takes and elaborate camera movements. Jansco will introduce three of the films: the autobiographical Confrontation, his first color film and a controversial account of a late-’40s Communist crackdown on a Catholic school (pictured, May 25 & June 1 at 8:30 p.m.); Hungarian Rhapsody (May 30 at 8:30 p.m, May 31 at 4 p.m.); and Allegro Barbaro (May 31 at 8:30 p.m., June 1 at 3 p.m.), a two-part fictionalized biography of a right-wing Hungarian nationalist who battled Communists in the ’30s but who later became an enemy of Hitler. Also included in the series are Elektreia, Jansco’s elaborately stylized version of the Elektra legend, told in just 12 shots (May 27 & 29 at 8:30 p.m.); and Agnus Dei, his tumultuous account of the power reversals following Hungary’s first Communist revolution in 1919 (May 28 at 8:30 p.m, June 1 at 4:45 p.m.). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)