FREDERICK WISEMAN, who made such landmark documentaries as High School, Welfare, Law and Order, Primate and Meat, will be in town Friday to introduce "Law" and receive the Louis J. Hazam Award for Film and Television Documentary from the Washington Film and Video Council. Made in 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri, "Law" follows the local police in action. As with all Wiseman documentaries, it's an unobtrusive warts-and-all study of people, with no narrative commentary.
Wiseman is completing Missile, a two-hour film (cut from 60 hours of footage), about how the Air Force trains people to launch intercontinental missiles. "I was pleased to discover there's a safety system to prevent unauthorized launchings," says the low-keyed, amiable Wiseman. He expects "Missile" to appear on public television in the near future. Also coming to PBS from Wiseman is a four-part series on the handicapped -- Blind, Deaf, Adjustment and Work and Multihandicapped. Admission for Friday's 7:30 show (which includes a reception afterward) at Gallaudet University's Ely Center auditorium (Eighth and Florida NE) is $12 for nonmembers; $5 for students. 899-4781. Saturday, the National Gallery of Art will show a rarity -- the films of Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. A graduate of the Soviet State Institute for Cinema who eventually escaped governmental pressure, Tarkovsky died last year in exile. But he left a powerful body of work -- all experiments in cinematic storytelling. The Gallery will show eight of his nine films (missing is his 1959 short There Will Be No Leave Tonight) -- free. The series, arranged in chronological release order, kicks off at 2 with The Steamroller and the Violin, shown with Ivan's Childhood (My Name Is Ivan). It continues with Solaris (November 21 at 2 and November 22 at 6); Andrei Rublev (November 28 at 1:30 and November 29 at 6); The Mirror (December 5 at 2); Stalker (December 12 at 2, December 13 at 6), Nostalghia (December 19 at 2 and December 20 at 6); and his final (1986) The Sacrifice (December 26 at 2 and December 27 at 6). At the Gallery's East Building Auditorium; first come, first served. Series organizer Anna Lawton will introduce Saturday's films and those on November 28, December 12 and December 19. 737-4215.
This weekend,the American Film Institute launches the one-week series "New Voices in Soviet Cinema." Friday and Saturday (starting at 6:30), filmmakers Mikhail Belikov and Nana Djordjadze will introduce their films (Djordjadze on Friday, Belikov on Saturday). Djordjadze's 1986 Robinsonada -- also known as My Sweet Grandfather -- is a crazy-quilt story, full of music and whimsy, about a British telegraph engineer who falls in love with local woman Anna in 1920s Georgia. When the revolution occurs, he takes asylum next to his telegraph pole -- insisting he is on British property. There will be two Belikov films, Journey to Sopot (1985) and the 1981 The Night Is Short. "Night" is about a '40s war orphan who, seeking information about his dead father, discovers his country in the meantime.
Other Soviet films shown will be Alexander Sokurov's Lonely Man's Voice (10:30 Friday, 4 Saturday); Goderdzi Chokheli's In Search of the Bride (2 Saturday, 8:30 Sunday); Valery Ogorodnikov's The Burglar (4 Sunday, 6:30 Monday); Sergei Ovcharov's Believe It or Not (8:15 Monday, 6:30 Tuesday); Juris Podniek's Is It Easy to Be Young? (6:30 Wednesday, 8:30 Thursday; and Yuri Mamin's Neptune's Holiday (8:15 Wednesday, 6:30 Thursday). Admission is $6 for nonmembers, $5 for members.
Don't forget Ann and Eduardo Guedes' Rocinante at the Hirshhorn, a 1987 Berlin Film Festival entry featuring rocker Ian Drury and John Hurt. Friday at 8. 357-2700 . . . The Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater is showing the first 10 Academy Award- winning pictures: Friday at 7:30 it's Frank Lloyd's 1933 Cavalcade (based on the Noel Coward play). Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 it's Frank Capra's 1934 It Happened One Night; then Lloyd's 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty (Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30). Call for (free) reservations at 287-5677 . . . And 7:30 Sunday at the Reston Community Center Theater it's Percy Adlon's provocative Sugarbaby (the German title "Zuckerbaby" sounds better), a tragicomedy about an oversized female mortician who falls in love with a train conductor. Highly recommended. Pick up (free) tickets at the Center or Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun campus (Room 216). 476-4500 or 450-2571 . . . At American University's Mark Wechsler Theater, catch Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, his version of "Macbeth" (Monday, 8:10); Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life (Wednesday, 8:10); and Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion (Thursday, 5:30).