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NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 8
A second-generation neorealist, Francesco Rosi worked for Visconti and Antonioni before making his first film, La Sfida, in 1958. This retrospective picks up with the director’s second effort, 1959’s The Swindlers (pictured), an underworld drama and love story (Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.), and traces the director’s career into the ’90s with Neapolitan Diary, a “cinematic diary” of the director’s home town (Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.) and The Palermo Connection, a Mafia-and-politics drama that got little U.S. exposure despite being in English, starring James Belushi, and featuring a script contribution by Gore Vidal (Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.). Included are Rosi’s biggest American success, 1979’s Christ Stopped at Eboli, an elegantly austere treatment of Carlo Levi’s memoir of his World War II internal exile (Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.), and two other films of the period: Three Brothers, in which three middle-aged siblings become reacquainted at their mother’s funeral (Nov. 24 at 1 p.m), and Carmen, the director’s acclaimed version of the Bizet opera (Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)