- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Federico Fellini’s greatest acting instrument was his wife, Giulietta Masina. They became a beloved cinematic team internationally in the middle 1950s with two fables about spiritual endurance in the face of misfortune and disillusionment, “La Strada” and “Nights of Cabiria.” A series at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre called “The Mastery of Fellini & Masina” is reviving four of their movies. Nights of Cabiria has its final showing tonight and La Strada is scheduled for showings tomorrow, Saturday and next Thursday. The series will also feature a reunion vehicle of the 1960s, Juliet of the Spirits, and 1980s, Ginger & Fred. In the latter, Miss Masina and Marcello Mastroianni co-starred as a venerable dance act. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7.50-$9.25. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

It’s been said that the great Paul Cezanne found “his personal Arcadia” in Aix-en-Provence, and the National Gallery of Art’s Cezanne in Provence makes this abundantly clear. He relived happy childhood experiences by painting family and friends, the nearby coastal village of L’Estaque, the rock-filled Bibemus quarry and his personal icon, le Mont Sainte-Victoire. The show marks the centenary of his death with special loans from all over the world. At the National Gallery, Constitution Avenue at Fourth Street NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 202/737-4215 or www.nga.gov.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

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