- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Joan of Arc, a 200-object exhibit of idiosyncratic memorabilia and several fine paintings, partly recreates the life of the illiterate peasant who became a warrior-saint. The best works are the six by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, commissioned in 1906 by the railroad magnate Sen. William A. Clark of Montana for his billiards room. At the Corcoran, 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 21. $8 adults, $6 seniors and military personnel, $4 students. 202/639-1700.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

A holiday retrospective at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre devoted to Francis Ford Coppola reaches its epic recap phase this weekend. The director’s famously troubled and overblown Vietnam War saga of 1979, Apocalypse Now, screenwriter John Milius’ twist on Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” will be revived tomorrow through Monday, with a final showing next Thursday. The classic of 1972 that decisively elevated the Coppola career, The Godfather, has been reserved for Christmas week, with showings Dec. 22-24 and Dec. 26-28. Pivotal sequences are, of course, set during the Christmas holiday of 1945, when a murder attempt gravely injures the mobster patriarch Vito Corleone, portrayed by Marlon Brando. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $7.50 to $9.25. 301/495-6700.

The programming year at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater draws to a close on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a rare showing of D.W. Griffith’s last feature, The Struggle, an account of the ravages of alcoholism that co-starred Hal Skelly and Zita Johann. Though a box office failure in 1931, the movie retains considerable evocative interest, in part for location footage shot in the New York City of 75 years ago. Third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Admission free but seating limited. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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