Indies and Arties: Film, Italian Style

April 7, 2010

AFI SILVER CELEBRATES an auteur who needs no introduction. Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini — mid-century master of scathing social satire, gentle absurdism, scorching romance and mind-bending surrealism — is the focus of a showcase featuring some old favorites and some rarities. Catch the 1957 masterpiece “Nights of Cabiria” Saturday, Sunday or Thursday; and check out the rarely seen 1955 drama “The Swindle,” starring Broderick Crawford as a con man on the downslope.

» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; “The Films of Federico Fellini” through April 15; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

Strangeness From Spain
Experimental cinema from Spain isn’t all the freakishness of Salvador Dali. The past 50 years of avant-garde filmmaking from the country gets a ravishing showcase at the National Gallery of Art this month. Knowledgeable fans and curious dabblers should not miss Saturday’s offerings: “Animated Experiments: Rhythm, Light, Color” and “Investigations/Metacinema” at 2 p.m.; and “Arrebato (Enraptured)” at 4:30 p.m., Ivan Zulueta‘s brash 1980 movie about filmmaking itself as a form of transcendent vampirism.

» National Gallery of Art, 400 Constitution Ave. NW; “From Ecstasy to Rapture: A Journey Through Spanish Experimental Film” runs through Sat., free; 202-842-6799. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

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Clinton Yates · April 7, 2010