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JULY 19

Marxist, Freudian, and inventor of the contemporary non-Hollywood costume epic, Bernardo Bertolucci has directed movies as powerful as The Conformist, as unendurable as Luna, and as bland as Stealing Beauty. Though the 56-year-old director (shown above with Liv Tyler and Roberto Zibetti on the set of Beauty) has erected such personal monuments as 1900 (originally five-and-a-half hours long), he also worked as Pasolini’s assistant director on Accatone and helped script the ultimate spaghetti western, Once Upon a Time in the West. Perhaps some of these contrasts will be explained in the video interview with the director, taped last December in New York, that will be screened tonight. If not, that will just give local film scholars Bruce Sklarew and Peter Brunette more to do in the panel discussion to follow. At 7 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 387-5161, ext. 3. (Mark Jenkins)