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APRIL 11-MAY 11
Although generally a little overendowed with incident to be condensed into manageable movies, the novels of Victorian Britain have otherwise suited Hollywood quite well. The work of Dickens, Hardy, and the Brontes offered engaging stories, memorable heroes and villains, and straightforward morals—and, as an added benefit, they conferred a literary pedigree on their adapters. This series includes such musty versions of musty classics as Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (pictured, April 11 at 2:30 p.m., April 12 at 1:30 p.m.), George Cukor’s 1934 David Copperfield (April 27 at 1 p.m.), David Lean’s 1946 Great Expectations (April 18 at 2:30 p.m., April 20 at 1 p.m.), and Peter Godfrey’s 1948 The Woman in White (May 3 at 1 p.m.). But it also follows the genre into the ’60s, when Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw (filmed as The Innocents, May 4 at 1 p.m.) and Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd (May 9 & 10 at 2 p.m.) yielded edgier films. The series, which is linked to the gallery’s current exhibit of Victorian paintings, also includes two raw-boned adaptations from 1996: Michael Winterbottom’s Jude (May 2 at 2:30 p.m., May 4 at 6 p.m.) and Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (May 11 at 1 & 6 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)