It’s Le Mois du Film Documentaire (French Documentary Month), but if you can’t get to the City of Lights, the Embassy of France is bringing two critically acclaimed French documentaries to Washington for a double screening this week. On Tuesday, get an intimate look at the life and work of Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist and sculptor, with “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine,” directed by Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach. A pioneering artist best known for her spider sculptures, Bourgeois was the first woman to receive a major retrospective at MOMA in New York. (She passed away in 2010, shortly after the biopic was shot.) On Wednesday, catch “Double-Blind,” directed by artistic collaborators and partners Sophie Calle and Greg Shephard, who videotaped their journey (and relationship) as they drove through the American West in a Cadillac. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road. Web: frenchculture.org.
A Christmas Carol
We just polished off the Halloween candy, but it’s officially the holiday season since “A Christmas Carol” opens Thursday at Ford’s Theatre, a beloved Washington tradition for more than 30 years. We all know Charles Dickens’ story, though it never gets old. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge insists that his counting house clerk Bob Cratchit work on Christmas Eve. Scrooge even turns down his nephew’s invitation to the family holiday party and turns away two men asking for a holiday donation for the poor. That night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of an old friend, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who show him what his life could have been had he been more kind — and how it could get worse if he doesn’t forswear his greedy ways. Will he change his heart before Christmas Day? Ford’s “A Christmas Carol” has been directed by Michael Baron since 2009 and again stars local actor Edward Gero as Ebenezer Scrooge. Thursday through Jan. 1 at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202/347-4833. Web: fords.org.