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APRIL 14

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In the wake of Little Indian, Big City, a temporary moratorium may be imposed on French filmdom’s claims for itself. Nonetheless, it was cinema’s first brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, who were the first to project moving pictures to a paying audience (in a Paris cafe 100 years ago), and France has had a special relationship with flickering images ever since. Actor/producer/director Jacques Perrin’s Les Enfants de Lumiere hails the brothers’ legacy by combining some 500 film clips (and the music of Michel Legrand, of course) into a celebratory montage Le Monde called a “joyous disorder.” Perrin will be on hand to discuss his film at this screening, at 6 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)