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Made in 1946, when French audiences needed some reassurance about their role in World War II, La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rail) reconstructed the anti-Nazi sabotage conducted by Breton railway workers as a prelude to the Normandy invasion. Director René Clément (whose Purple Noon was revived recently) enlisted actual workers instead of actors to play the parts, a tactic that echoed Italian neorealism of the period, but had little lingering impact on French filmmaking. At 7 p.m. at the French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. $5. (202) 944-6090. (MJ)