NOVEMBER 1

The final teleplay by the late Dennis Potter is a suitably apocalyptic sort-of sequel to Karaoke, which screened yesterday. It’s now 2368, and Daniel Feeld (Albert Finney), Karaoke’s dying TV-scriptwriter protagonist, has survived—or at least his head has, in a London lab where a team of scientists (including Frances de la Tour and Ciaran Hinds) is trying to capture its memories on videotape. This metaphor for the creative process—which recalls Resnais’ Providence, Wenders’ Until the End of the World, and even the lamentable Strange Days—is played out in a dystopian future, where the RON (“reality or nothing”) rebels battle the typically fascistic futuristic state, while powerful Hollywood sleazes (Diane Ladd and Henry Goodman) regard the scientists’ experiment only as a potential ratings-buster. Renny Rye’s film is richly allusive—the in-jokes include footage of Princess Di and a reference to Potter’s Pennies From Heaven—and boasts impressive production values. Still, the satirical notions of the future are too commonplace to justify the 200-minute running time. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)