- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The National Gallery of Art’s The Artist’s Vision: Romantic Traditions in Britain highlights this strange and surrealist period from the late 18th through the early 20th century. The visionary William Blake and the iconic landscapist J.M.W. Turner were among the most important romantics, as were Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. At the National Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sundays. Through March 18. 202/737-4215.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The 17th annual edition of the Washington Jewish Film Festival concludes with almost 20 screenings over the next four days. The principal site for this international showcase of movies about Jewish history, society, controversies and faith is the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. This year’s selections include Oliver Hirschbiegel’s character study of a Hamburg journalist, Just an Ordinary Jew. Scheduled for today at 8:20 p.m. at Landmark’s Bethesda Row, the film stars Ben Becker as a protagonist named Emanuel Goldenberg, vexed by a well-meaning invitation to address a social studies class.

A Yiddish-language domestic comedy of 1937, The Living Orphan, will be shown Friday free of charge at 1 p.m. in the Goldman Theater. The juvenile lead, then known as Jerry Rosenberg, matured into the musical comedy songwriter Jerry Ross, who composed the scores of “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees!” with Richard Adler. The documentary feature The Rape of Europa, which chronicles the systematic theft of European art by the Third Reich, gets a free encore showing Friday at noon in the East Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art.

Admission for most festival programs is $10. Weekday showings before 6 p.m. are reduced to $6. Advance tickets are available through www.boxofficetickets.com. For a complete program see the festival Web site, www.wjff.org. 202/777-3248.

— Gary Arnold

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