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Employing double exposure and stop motion, Max Reinhardt’s 1913 A Venetian Night was one of the first movies to use cinematic effects to transform a filmed version of a play—his own theatrical production, which he transplanted from the stage to the famously photogenic canals and streets of Venice. The 47-minute film will be shown with another one he made the same year, Isle of the Blessed, which the German director wrote for the screen and filmed on Italian beaches. Though Reinhardt was ultimately more noteworthy as a producer than a director, these early efforts helped establish the German expressionist style. At 6 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (MJ)