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MARCH 16-30

Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski had a proclivity for grand designs. Before he broke through to a Western audience with the visually sumptuous Three Colors: Blue, White, and Red, keyed to the stripes of the French flag, he made this starker series of 10 one-hour films exploring the themes of the Ten Commandments, all set in and around a drab apartment block in ’80s Warsaw. Direct, plain, and sometimes harrowing, these films are anything but abstract, despite their overriding schema. Screened this week will be the first two installments, “I Am the Lord Thy God, Thou Shalt Have No Other God But Me” (pictured) and “Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain.” At 4 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)