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FEBRUARY 24 & 25
In this amiable 75-minute semi-documentary, Sam Fuller and Jim Jarmusch, cinematic mavericks of different generations, head for the Amazon to visit the projected location of a film Fuller was unable to make in the ’50s: Tigrero, slated to star John Wayne and Ava Gardner before the insurance companies refused to underwrite such stars’ possible misadventures in the jungle. With another low-budget cinéaste, Mika Kaurismäki, behind the camera, the voluble Fuller and the laconic Jarmusch screen some of Fuller’s 40-year-old footage for the local Karaja tribesmen, a few of whom remember the director’s previous trip. Both Fuller and Karaja prove quite adaptable: The tribe’s traditional rituals have survived the proximity of a casino-hotel and a military airstrip, while Fuller shows how he used some of his preliminary Tigrero footage in Shock Corridor. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6. (202) 785-4601. (Mark Jenkins)