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MARCH 7-30

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Hotter than Tom Clancy in his time, Jules Verne invented “science fiction,” accurately imagined the future (well, some aspects of it), and wrote robust adventure yarns. Naturally, he was popular with those pop futurists who pioneered the cinema in the last years of Verne’s life (which ended in 1905), and remained so into the ’50s. This series includes several well-known Hollywood epics from that decade: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (March 8 at 8:30 p.m., March 12 at 6:45 p.m.), Journey to the Center of the Earth (March 15 at 2 p.m., March 16 at 6:30 p.m.), and Around the World in 80 Days (March 29 at 8 p.m., March 30 at 1 p.m.). Rarer are such films as the Czech multimedia piece, An Invention for Instruction (pictured, March 13 at 5:10 p.m., March 15 at 4:30 p.m.), a silent 1916 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (March 14 at 8:30 p.m., March 16 at 2 p.m.) and the series’ main event, a newly restored print of Michel Strogoff (March 7 at 8:30 p.m., March 9 at 5:15 p.m.). The latter, a three-hour silent epic (with live organ accompaniment) made by French-based Russian expatriates in 1926, offers an implicit defense of the Czarist era with every painstakingly hand-tinted frame. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)