- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Late 19th-century French artist Henri Rousseau, known for his haunting jungle pictures, is having a retrospective for the first time in 20 years at the National Gallery of Art. A self-taught artist, he painted many subjects such as the landscapes of Paris and its surroundings, portraits and allegories. Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris presents the most extensive gathering ever assembled of his iconic jungle depictions. At the National Gallery, between Third and Ninth streets on Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. 202/737-4215. Free.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Cabiria, which began production in 1912 and was released to international acclaim two years later, gave the Italian movie industry early bragging rights about epic moviemaking. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m. the National Gallery of Art will host a revival of this durably influential historical spectacle, which depicts the struggles of a Roman nobleman and two faithful servants during the Second Punic War. Director Giovanni Pastrone took his company from Tunisia to the Swiss Alps while staging pivotal sequences. The print is on loan from the Museo del Cinema in Turin, the most venerable film archive in Italy. This presentation, which will be augmented by a live piano score composed and played by Philip Carli, begins the Gallery’s annual series “From Vault to Screen,” which showcases film preservation efforts around the world. Admission is free, but an early arrival at the East Building auditorium is advisable. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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