- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 19, 2004

New Yorkers are reputed to be rudely indifferent to others, and New York painter David FeBland humorously captures this in his David FeBland exhibition at Fraser Gallery Bethesda. In “Accidental Couple,” he shows two city travelers squeezed together in a subway car, strangers but physically close to each other. She puts on her makeup while he lounges next to her, staring into space. In another painting, “Traveler,” the artist shows a woman at an airport, about to be frisked and looking uncomfortable. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 10. Free. 301/718-9651.— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Abel Gance’s Napoleon, the greatest movie spectacle from the twilight of silent movies, returns to the Kennedy Center this weekend under the auspices of the American Film Institute Theater. Unlike the auspicious 1981 revival, which borrowed the Kennedy Center Opera House, this will not be a gala event reinforced by a live symphonic orchestra. The AFI will screen a 35mm print of Kevin Brownlow’s restoration of the Gance epic, which debuted in 1927 and depicts Napoleon’s life from boyhood to the conquest of Italy. Carmine Coppola’s musical score, performed live during a cycle of revivals in 1980-81, has been preserved on the soundtrack. The running time is 235 minutes, not counting intermission, but many sequences are durably breathtaking. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. only. Admission is $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors (65 and over). 202/785-4600.

— Gary Arnold

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