- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

It’s a treat for Washingtonians that the well-known realist painter John Winslow is showing new works at the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda. A native Washingtonian and former professor of art at the Catholic University of America, Mr. Winslow paints layered scenarios of paintings within paintings for scenes resembling stage sets. “I create characters in the works that resemble actors on a stage,” Mr. Winslow says. He named this particular exhibit “Air and Space” and dedicated it to the lives of flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. At the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Nov. 12. Free. 301/718-9651.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre commemorates the 50th anniversaries of two movies that brought exceptional stylistic authority to different genres. George Stevens’ popular classic Shane seemed to raise hero worship to a lofty plane in the chivalrous gunfighter portrayed by Alan Ladd. He appears out of the Wyoming landscape to help protect Jean Arthur, Van Heflin and Brandon de Wilde, a valiant little family of homesteaders, from malevolent ranchers, who resort to a hired killer played by Jack Palance. A one-week revival begins tomorrow. George Stevens Jr., who was a production assistant for his father on the film, will introduce the screenings on opening night.

A disarming evocation of professional criminals and their dependents in Montmarte, Jean Becker’s Touchez pas au Grisbi anticipated Jean Gabin’s characteristic middle-aged roles. He bears an amusing resemblance to Spencer Tracy in “The Father of the Bride” while portraying a gangster called “Max le menteur,” whose paternal and leadership skills are tested by the follies of associates. The specific “grisbi” (or loot) is 50 million francs in gold bars, coveted by rivals who target Max and his unwary partner, played by Rene Dary. The young Jeanne Moreau was cast as Dary’s faithless moll. “Grisbi” plays two weeks starting tomorrow.

The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students with valid IDs and senior citizens 65 and older. Call 301/495-6720.

Gary Arnold

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