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THROUGH JANUARY 18
Director Robert M. Young (not to be confused with the initial-free Father Knows Best guy) started as a photographer and a documentarian, and even his most mainstream films are tempered by the political and anthropological concerns of his early work. The five remaining films in this series include three that are harrowing: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez tells the semimythic tale of a defiant Chicano who killed a Texas sheriff in 1901 (Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m.), Alambrista! follows an illegal Mexican-American immigrant who ultimately must confront his position between two cultures (pictured, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.), and Triumph of the Spirit is the true story of a Jewish-Greek boxer forced to fight literally for his life to entertain the Nazi overseers of Auschwitz (Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.). By comparison, Dominick and Eugene’s portrayal of the relationship between a retarded man and his protective brother is routine Hollywood stuff, but handled with a most un-Hollywood delicacy (Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.). The director’s most recent film, Caught (Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.), is an Oedipal noir. Young will appear at the screenings of Alambrista! and Dominick and Eugene. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)