- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Stanley Kubrick capped a meteoric apprenticeship as an independent filmmaker in the 1950s with Paths of Glory, an incisive and expert distillation of a vintage novel about trench warfare in World War I. Released in 1957, when Mr. Kubrick was 29, the movie failed at the box office but enormously enlarged his reputation. It also began a partnership with leading man Kirk Douglas that led to “Spartacus” a few years later. From that point on, there was no such thing as a minor or overlooked Kubrick production. He didn’t seem to waste an image or second while realizing “Paths of Glory,” which compresses the futility of a French offensive into 86 minutes. This revival is part of the “World War I and Dada” series at the National Gallery of Art. A Sunday screening at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building will be augmented by three Gaumont newsreels with authentic footage from the war years. Admission is free. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

After a four-year international tour, masterpieces from the Phillips Collection — including Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party” (1880-1881) — return this Saturday. An iconic work, “Luncheon” joins such famed paintings as El Greco’s “The Repentant St. Peter” (circa 1600-1605 or later) and Eugene Delacroix’s “Paganini” (1831) in the celebratory exhibit The Renoir Returns: A Celebration of Masterworks at the Phillips Collection. At the Phillips Collection, 1500 21 St. NW. Through July 30. 10 am. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays (noon to 5 p.m. Sundays June-September). 202/387-2151.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

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