- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Washington artist Sam Gilliam surprises his public again in his current Sam Gilliam, New Work at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery. Known earlier for his brilliantly colored draped canvases and later for his rectilinear “Slat” paintings, he combines both approaches in a new series of acrylics poured over vertical birch panels. Mr. Gilliam also presents encrusted concrete and paper constructions raked with a comb. 2012 R St. NW, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through July 28. Free. 202/3328-0088 and marshamateykagallery.com.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

In 1964, director Rene Clement cast the young heartthrob Alain Delon in Joy House, an exceptional erotic thriller that critics seemed reluctant to embrace, perhaps because the term “guilty pleasure” had yet to be coined.

Known as “Les Felins” in France, the movie was contrived cleverly to entrap Mr. Delon, a playboy on the run from a cuckolded mobster. He takes refuge as a chauffeur on the secluded Riviera estate of a smoldering American widow, Lola Albright, whose housekeeper is a competitively smoldering niece, Jane Fonda — two femmes fatales whose agendas Mr. Delon is slow to comprehend.

“Joy House” also reunited Mr. Clement with cinematographer Henri Decae, whose widescreen black-and-white pictorial schemes were often a cunning triumph.

The film is being revived on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Admission is free, but seating is limited. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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