SEPTEMBER 9-23

British director Jack Clayton made only nine films in his almost-40-year career, which ended with his death last February, and eight of them are included in this retrospective. Probably most influential was his first feature, 1959’s Room at the Top (pictured), a class-conscious view of an ambitious northerner distracted from his plans for advancement by his attraction to a married woman (Sept. 9, 3 p.m., with The Bespoke Overcoat, a short film based on a Gogol story). Karel Reisz, one of the directors inspired by Room, will introduce The Innocents, Clayton’s adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw (Sept. 16, 2 p.m.). Also included are such other Clayton efforts, all adapted from literature, as The Pumpkin Eater (Sept. 10, 6 p.m.), The Great Gatsby (Sept. 17, 6 p.m.), and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Sept. 23, 2 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. (202) 737-4215. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)

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