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Sergei Paradjanov only made eight feature films in his 34-year career, but that he produced even that many is astonishing, given the Armenian/Georgian director’s antipathy to his Soviet bosses and his long periods of internal exile and imprisonment. This retrospective culminates with his four mature films, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m.; Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.), The Color of Pomegranates (Dec. 18, 7:15 p.m.; Dec. 19, 6 p.m.), The Legend of the Suram Fortress (pictured, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.), and Ashkik Kerab (Dec. 19, 9:15 p.m.; Dec. 21, 6 p.m.), whose tales of poets, minstrels, wanderers, and martyrs are a riot of traditional imagery, arcane symbolism, and semidisguised autobiography. These are preceded by the Washington premieres of the director’s earlier films, including eccentric semisubversions of such Soviet genres as the World War II (Ukrainian Rhapsody, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.) and collective-industry film (Little Flower on a Stone, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6. (202) 785-4601. (Mark Jenkins)