- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Always noted for its superb collection of works on paper, the National Gallery of Art has mounted Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings. For the first time, the gallery is showing 100 of its drawings, including some by the French artists Eugene Delacroix and Edgar Degas. At the National Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution avenues Northwest. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 16. 202/737-4215.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

“Screening Shakespeare,” the Mary Pickford Theater’s survey of vintage Shakespearean movies and television productions, showcases examples from the late 1940s and early 1950s during the next few days.

The Pickford revives The Tragedy of Julius Caesar today at 7 p.m. This very rare item, an NBC special of April 1949, was a telecast of a live performance from the then-new Elizabethan stage in the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. the Pickford brings back Maurice Evans in Hamlet, telecast in April 1953 for NBC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame. The cast also featured Ruth Chatterton as Gertrude, Joseph Schildkraut as Claudius and Sarah Churchill as Ophelia.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bankrolled a prestigious Julius Caesar the same year, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and co-starring James Mason as Brutus, Marlon Brando as Marc Antony, John Gielgud as Cassius and Louis Calhern as Caesar. It screens Tuesday at 7 p.m.

All Pickford showings are free, but seating is limited. Third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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