- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 19, 2004

As part of its series on German Expressionist printmakers, the Robert Brown Gallery is showing 30 prints by Max Beckmann that include his better known prints “Der Hunger,” “Nackttanz” and “Prosit Neujahr 1917.” Praised as one of Germany’s most significant artists of the early 20th century (the Museum of Modern Art in Queens, N.Y., honored him last summer with a major show), Mr. Beckmann forcefully compressed spaces, distorted planes, stylized figures and energized lines. The gallery’s exhibit, Max Beckman: Drypoints & Lithographs, 1911-1923, covers his early work, the 1914 to 1915 prints from his service as a medical orderly in World War I (which resulted in a nervous breakdown) through the peaceful Weimar period that followed the war. At the Robert Brown Gallery, 2030 R St. NW. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, through June 26. Free. 202/483-4383.

—Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Theater commemorates the approaching Memorial Day holiday with a retrospective series called “America Celebrates the Greatest Generation.” Programs begin this weekend at both the AFI National Theater at Kennedy Center and the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Two titles will have extended revivals: David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai returns for two weeks at the Silver starting tomorrow. A week later Casablanca gets a two-week booking at the same locale. A single matinee showing of The Longest Day is scheduled for June 6 at the Silver.

The Kennedy Center selections begin this Friday and Saturday with William Wyler’s homecoming classic of 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives. This engagement also coincides with the centennial of the film’s famous cinematographer, Gregg Toland. The Great Escape, Stalag 17 and Terrence Malick’s movie version of The Thin Red Line also have revival dates at Kennedy Center this weekend. The subsequent Kennedy Center attractions will be They Were Expendable, The Big Red One, The Guns of Navarone, Patton and Saving Private Ryan.

AFI Theater programs are at $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for members, students and seniors 65 and over. Call the Kennedy Center box office at 202/795-4600 or the Silver box office at 301/495-6700.

— Gary Arnold

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