THE JAVANESE word for movie is "sorot," which literally means "projected radiance." Starting this weekend, the National Gallery of Art kicks off a series, entitled "Projected Radiance: The Cinema of Indonesia." Organized by the Asia Society, the Museum of Modern Arts and the UCLA Film and Television Archive under the auspices of the Festival of Indonesia, it's the first film series of its kind in the United States, and consists of nine films dating from the early 1950s to the present day.
At 6 Sunday, there's Usmar Ismail's "After the Curfew" (1954), shown with Abas Acub's "Three Fugitives" (1956). At 2:30 Sept. 22, Eros Djarot's "A Woman of Courage" (1989) will be shown; on Sept. 23 at 6, Asrul Sani's "A Fence with Barbed Wire" (1961) together with Teguh Karya's "Mementoes" (1972) will be screened. At 2 Sept. 29, it's Imam Tantowi's 1987 "Night of Mandang Kara," shown with Karya's "Behind the Mosquito Net" (1982). The series concludes at 6 on Sept. 30 with another double bill: Agus Ellyas's "My Father" (1988) and Ismail's "Three Daughters" (1957).
All films will be shown free at the East Building auditorium.
THE AMERICAN film Institute will show the 1966 cult movie "Seconds" by John Frankenheimer and Lewis John Carlino. It's about a middle-aged businessman (John Randolph) who undergoes a plastic-surgery transformation. As subsequently played by Rock Hudson, the businessman discovers some unexpected shocks about his new, rejuvenated lifestyle. "Seconds" was filmed in black and white by renowned cinematographer James Wong Howe.
The movie screens at the Kennedy Center at 8:30 Saturday and 6:30 Sunday. Admission is $6 ($5 AFI members). Call 785-4600 for full recorded schedule.