- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

In the first survey of one of Japan’s most significant living artists, Hiroshi Sugimoto, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents both the artist’s minimal images of seascapes, movie theaters and architecture and his more elaborate photographs of wax portraits, Buddhist sculptures and natural history dioramas. The Hirshhorn is co-organizing the exhibit of 120 photographs from 1976 to the present with Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. Such iconic works as 1993’s “Avalon Theater, Catalina Island,” are featured. Independence Avenue at Seventh Street Southwest. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through May 14. Free. 202/633-1000 or hirshhorn.si.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Classe Tous Risques, in revival at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre for a week, had a fleeting American release in a dubbed version titled “The Big Risk.” A commercial failure in France when initially released in 1960, the movie enjoyed a triumphant comeback a decade later. By that time its co-stars, Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo — here as gangsters who find a new rapport that proves the redemptive element in a deadly situation — were proven favorites, and its director, Claude Sautet, was embarked on a successful career in a genre of romantic comedy-melodrama far removed from the gangster thriller. It’s gratifying to see this chapter of their careers finally restored to an American art-house audience. The film deserves a secure niche among the underrated hard-boiled classics.

— Gary Arnold

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