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Film Programs
Jacques Becker: Poet of the Commonplace
Ali Baba

September 15 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

An unusual departure from his lyrical black-and-white productions, Ali Baba was a full-blown commercial blockbuster in color, complete with belly dancers, magnificent Moroccan architecture, and famous comedian Fernandel as the Arabian Nights hero who outwits the forty thieves. In his assessment of Becker’s oeuvre, François Truffaut evoked writer Jean Giraudoux to say that “‘there are no works, there are only authors,’ praising Becker’s technical competence” — Cecilia Sayad. (1954, subtitles, 93 minutes)

Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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