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Past Screenings : 2008

Tuesday, April 1 (7:00pm)

Night of the Juggler (Jay Weston/Columbia, 1980). Dir Robert Butler. Wrt Bill Norton, Sr. & Rick Natkin, from the novel by William P. McGivern. With James Brolin, Cliff Gorman, Richard Castellano, Abby Bluestone, Dan Hedaya, Julie Carmen (100 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

The Big Town gets a rough going over in this chaotic chase film. From the South Bronx to 42nd Street (years before its Disney makeover), New York City's local color is the hero of this kidnaping yarn. The outstanding street photography is the work of Victor J. Kemper.

Wednesday, April 2 (7:00pm)

Jazz Film Series

Imagine the Sound (Sphinx Productions, 1981). Dir Ron Mann. (90 min, color, DVD)

preceded by:

Jazz--Rhythms of Freedom (JAK Films, 2007). Dir Mike Welt. (32 min, color, DigiBeta video)

Ron Mann's recently restored version of his now classic 1981 documentary features interviews and beautifully shot studio performances by four free-jazz firebrands: pianist Paul Bley, trumpeter Bill Dixon, saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Cecil Taylor.

Preceded by the short film Jazz--Rhythms of Freedom , one of 94 historical documentaries recently produced by Lucasfilm, which explores the use of jazz as a tool for liberation with profiles of contemporary musicians Billy Taylor, Kahil El'Zabar and Joe McPhee.

Thursday, April 3 (7:00pm)

Pinter by Pinter

The Caretaker ; U.S. release title: The Guest (Caretaker Films, U.K., 1964). Dir Clive Donner. Wrt Harold Pinter, from his own play. With Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence , Robert Shaw. (105 min, b&w, 35mm)

Shot on a shoestring budget in six weeks, The Caretaker involves a pair of brothers who engage a vagrant to mind a semi-derelict house. First performed in 1960, the play was Pinter's breakthrough success earning him serious recognition as a dramatist.

Friday, April 4 (7:00pm)

Pinter by Pinter

The Homecoming (American Express Films - Ely Landau Organisation, for The American Film Theatre, U.S./U.K., 1973). Dir Peter Hall. Wrt Harold Pinter, from his own play. With Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Michael Jayston, Vivien Merchant, Terence Rigby, Paul Rogers. (114 min, color, 35mm)

A philosophy professor returns from America with his wife to his North London home and family. The second film made for the National Film Theater project, this is a deliberately stage-bound filming of Harold Pinter's play reuniting the director and cast members from the original 1965 Royal Shakespeare Company production at London's Aldwych Theatre and the subsequent Broadway run. In characteristically uncompromising fashion, Pinter sets loose a savage familial corpus that bleeds all over the fixtures of the traditional drawing room drama.

Tuesday, April 8 (7:00pm)

Pinter by Pinter

Betrayal (Horizon Pictures, U.K., 1982). Dir David Jones. Wrt Harold Pinter, from his own play. With Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar. (95 min, color, 35mm)

First performed as a play in 1978, Betrayal tells the story of a literary agent (Kingsley) who discovers his wife (Hodge) and best friend (Irons) are having an affair. Pinter's love triangle unfolds over a nine year period and is told in reverse chronology, beginning in ashes and culminating with first sparks.

Wednesday, April 9 (7:00pm)

Jazz Film Series

Anita O'Day--The Life of a Jazz Singer (Elan Entertainment/UGO Productions, 2007). Dir Robbie Cavolina & Ian McCrudden. Producers Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden, Melissa Davis. (90 min, color, DVD)

Legendary jazz vocalist Anita O'Day (Anita Colton) became popular singing with the Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton Big Bands before carving out a long career as a solo artist. In this new documentary, the so-called "Jezebel of Jazz" looks back over her life and tells the story of her struggles in the music world and triumphs over addiction, with rarely seen film performances and interviews with Annie Ross, Margaret Whiting, Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel and Gerald Wilson

Friday, April 11 (7:00pm)

Bitter Sweet (British and Dominions Film Corp./United Artists, U.K., 1933). Dir Herbert Wilcox. Wrt Lydia Hayward, Wilcox, Monckton Hoffe, from the operetta by Noël Coward. With Anna Neagle, Fernand Gravey, Miles Mander, Clifford Heatherley, Esmé Percy, Ivy St. Hélier. (93 min, b&w, 35mm)

Noël Coward's operetta gets its first big screen treatment by Irish-born British producer/director Herbert Wilcox. (As for the MGM version, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, released in 1940, Coward wrote, "It is, on all counts, far and away the worst picture I have ever seen.") Wilcox intended Bitter Sweet as a star-making property for Anna Neagle, his lovely young protégée. Thanks to this film and others she made after it, Neagle became a show business institution in the U.K. Today Bitter Sweet has many other attractions beyond the leading lady's dewy appeal, principally its beguiling music and its evocation of a bygone world. The depiction of café life in Vienna is full of charm, but with a slight tinge of menace.

Tuesday, April 15 (7:00pm)


R. P. M. (Columbia, 1970). Dir Stanley Kramer. Wrt Erich Segal. With Anthony Quinn, Ann-Margret, Gary Lockwood, Paul Winfield, Graham Jarvis. (92 min, Eastmancolor, 35mm, print exhibits color fading)

A celebration of the multifaceted career of one of Hollywood's greatest "Sex Kittens" - actually, the one for whom the term was coined. What sets Ann-Margret apart from most of her contemporary movie goddesses was her versatility as a performer. She made her start as a dancer and then moved on to acting, eventually becoming a fine actress in her own right, with a career ranging from Viva Las Vegas and surf movies to Tommy and Grumpier Old Men. Her performance alongside Jack Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in her own show in Vegas, had an ongoing love affair with Elvis, and worked with Bob Hope for U.S.O. This mini series will focus on Ann-Margret's early films that have not been seen in decades. A real visual treat and the start of a long and successful career.

In R.P.M., in a complete change from his usual role, Anthony Quinn stars as a hip, progressive college professor who surprisingly gets promoted to dean to try to quell the swell of social unrest that is crippling the school. As a sociologist, he wants to test his theories by using his students as guinea pigs. Ann-Margret plays his girlfriend and confidante who tries to help him through this deepening mess. An amazing role-reversal for Quinn as he gets to show a much softer and more progressive side of his character.

Wednesday, April 16 (7:00pm)

Jazz Film Series

Brotherly Jazz--The Heath Brothers (DanSun Productions, 2006). Dir Jesse Block. Producer Danny Scher. (70 mins, color, DVD)

In a series of revealing interviews, Brotherly Jazz paints a vivid portrait of Philadelphia's hard-bopping Heath Brothers; bassist Percy Heath talks about his long tenure with the Modern Jazz Quartet; saxophonist/composer Jimmy Heath discusses his painful past and how he turned his life around; and youngest brother, drummer Al "Tootie" Heath admits that "had it not been for my older brothers, I might have gone astray and become a doctor or lawyer." The film features selections from a 2004 California concert that marked one of the last times the brothers performed together.

Thursday, April 17 (7:00pm)


Kitten with a Whip (Universal, 1964). Dir Douglas Heyes. Wrt Heyes, from the novel by Wade Miller. With Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, Peter Brown, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson, James Ward. (83 min, b&w, 35mm)


The Flintstones. Ann Margrock Presents (Hanna-Barbera Productions/ABC, 9/19/1963). Dir William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Wrt Harvey Bullock, R. S. Allen. Voices Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Ann-Margret. (30 min, b&w, 16mm)

Ann Margret is a very naughty girl. Kicked out of reform school and on the run, she is discovered in her nighty at the home of a wealthy married man (Forsythe), who instead of turning her in invites her to stay. Join us for the hijinks.

Shown with a classic Flintstones episode in which Fred and Barney find a very special babysitter to look after Pebbles. She even helps the two with their musical act and gets them a spot in a big show.

Friday, April 18 (7:00pm)


The Swinger (Paramount, 1966). Dir George Sidney. Wrt Lawrence Roman. With Ann-Margret, Tony Franciosa, Robert Coote, Yvonne Romain, Horace McMahon. (81 min, Technicolor, 35mm)


Simply Beautiful (Peckham Productions for Avon Cosmetics, 1966). (14 min, color, 16mm)

Filmed in dazzling Technicolor, The Swinger is a feast for the eyes and senses. Ann-Margret is the catalyst for all the action in this visual romp that has been called the first music video by the few who have seen it. More a series of vignettes than a cohesive whole, the film is an early portrayal of the 60's counter culture offering a free flowing slice of the new found freedom. Don't miss this visually unique and colorful testament to the charms of the birth of a new era later labeled the "Swinging Sixties."

Preceded by a Revlon instructional film which allows us to explore the efforts that go into keeping Hollywood actresses "simply beautiful." Filmed on Kodachrome 16mm stock this is one of the most visually stunning narrow-gauge color prints in the Library's collection.

Tuesday, April 22 (7:00pm)

Omnibus. VII, Vol. 9, The Medium (Robert Saudek Associates/NBC, 2/15/1959). Dir Gian-Carlo Menotti, William A. Graham. Wrt Menotti. With Claramae Turner, Lee Venora, Jose Perez, Beverly Dame, Donald P. Morgan. (60 min, b&w, U-matic video)


The Medium (Transfilm Productions/Lopert Films, 1951). Dir Gian-Carlo Menotti. With Marie Powers, Leo Coleman, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Beverly Dame, Belva Kibler; Donald Morgan. (84 min, b&w, 35mm)

As introduced by Alistair Cooke for the NBC television Omnibus production, "Nobody has done more to make opera be an American citizen than Gian Carlo Menotti. He doesn't write about medieval dukes, or hired assassins, or middle aged Italian heroines whose grief is as mountainous as their girth. He writes about The Saint of Bleecker Street, The Consul, The Telephone and today The Medium."

Most middle-aged U.S. citizens remember first seeing "The Medium" as a TV broadcast, thirteen years after the opera was composed. Subsequently, professional, amateur and university productions picked up on the success of this popular and accessible work. Menotti originally wrote the main role, Madame Flora, for the San Francisco Opera based contralto, Miss Claramae Turner, who sang the lead in the Omnibus production. Other singers include, from the concert and Broadway stage, the middle aged Lee Venora singing Monica, the role of the young daughter, and Jose Perez as the mime character Toby. The other smaller vocal parts were given to the singers who performed the same roles in the earlier film adaptation.

Following the first disastrous, then later successful Broadway production, originally staged as an Efrem Zimbilist, Jr. production in the mid 1940's, Menotti directed this Italian-made film adaptation in the early 1950's. He also provided additional incidental music which is usually required for cinematic versions of operas: an interesting percussive introduction for the opening credits and extra instrumental and choral music for the added street scenes. In this operatic film noir, Marie Powers takes on the dark role of Madame Flora with great success. In her film debut, a very young Anna Maria Alberghetti sings the role of Monica, and Toby is acted by Leo Coleman.

Wednesday, April 23 (7:00pm)

Jazz Film Series

'Tis Autumn--The Search for Jackie Paris (Outsider Pictures, 2006). Dir & Wrt Raymond De Felitta. Producer Peter Peterson. (100 min, color, DVD)

For a time in the 1950s and 60s, the Italian-American jazz singer and guitarist Jackie Paris seemed poised for stardom. He worked on 52nd Street during its heyday, won the Down Beat Critics Poll, toured with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, and recorded with luminaries Charles Mingus, Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce. Then inexplicably, Paris's career went into free-fall and he lapsed into undeserved obscurity. Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta searches out the 79-year old singer while he attempts a comeback and unravels the mystery behind the roller coaster career of this über-hip jazz singer.

Thursday, April 24 (7:00pm)

Roller Disco Cinema

The Unholy Rollers (Roger Corman Productions/AIP, 1972). Dir Vernon Zimmerman. Wrt Howard R. Cohen, from a story by Zimmerman and Cohen. With Claudia Jennings, Betty Anne Rees, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman, Charlene Jones, Alan Vint. (88 min, De Luxe color, 35mm)


Le Mariage de Thomas Poirot = Fun with the Bridal Party (Georges Méliès, France, 1908). Dir Georges Méliès. (7 min, b&w, 35mm)

And When She Was Bad [Trailer] (1973). (2 min 30 sec, color, 35mm).

Door to Door Maniac [Trailer] (1961). (2 min, b&w, 35mm)

Personal Health for Girls (Coronet Instructional Films, 1972). (13 min, color, 16mm)

1970's "Playboy Playmate of the Year", Claudia Jennings, shocked audiences and critics alike for her gritty and gut wrenching portrayal of Karen Walker, a woman who appears to have nitroglycerine pumping through her veins where blood should be. The Sexual Revolution and counter culture of the late 1960's & early 1970's have left Karen bored and disillusioned. 23 years old and stuck in a dead end job at a cat food plant, it would appear as there was little hope for her future. That is until the day that her boss made an unwanted advance. With frenzied anger she trashes the plant and loses her job.

Karen turns her vengeance to the sport of roller derby, where her breathtaking beauty makes her a shoe-in for a team. What they get is most unexpected, a gladiator of epic proportions. Soon she is leading "The Avengers" to countless victories. Loved by the crowds and hated by her teammates she goes on a kamikaze mission, laying her wrath upon all those on and off the tracks, slipping further and further into madness.

This is not a tale of redemption or absolution, nor a tale of deeper understanding of one's fellow human beings. This is a tale of a true non-conformist, a warrior of great magnitude. This is a tale of an unholy roller.

Helmed by Vernon Zimmerman as a follow-up to his debut film Deadhead Miles, The Unholy Rollers was edited by film icon Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas) and showcases a plethora of astounding camera techniques and fits of athletic prowess.

Preceded by a couple of trailers, a delightful comedy by Georges Méliès in which a turn-of-the-century wedding turns chaotic as the attendees are all wearing roller-skates, and a short intended for classroom viewing about how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle and be a proper young lady.

Friday, April 25 (7:00pm)

Iranian Film Series

Zir-e darakhtan-e zeyton = Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami Productions, Iran, 1994). Dir & Wrt Abbas Kiarostami. With Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Hossein Rezai, Zarifeh Shiva, Tahereh Ladanian. (103 min, color, 35mm, in Persian with English subtitles)

Through the Olive Trees is the final part of Kiarostami's Earthquake Trilogy, and the plot revolves around the production of the second episode, Life, and Nothing More..., which itself was a revisitation of the first film, Where Is the Friend's Home?. Like many of Kiarostami's films, it is filmed in a simplistic, naturalistic way, while also being a complex study of the link between art and life, constantly blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality. Rezai plays a local stonemason turned actor who, outside the film set, makes a marriage proposal to his leading lady, a student recently orphaned after the earthquake. She considers his offer insulting however, as he is poor and illiterate, and refuses to speak to him again. She continues to ignore him even when they are filming, as she seems to have trouble grasping the difference between her role and real life.

Tuesday, April 29 (7:00pm)

Iranian Film Series

Rang-e Khoda = The Color of Paradise (Varahonar Co., Iran, 1999). Dir & Wrt Majid Majidi. With Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farnaz Saffati. (90 min, color, 35mm, in Persian with English subtitles)

The Color of Paradise is a fable of a child's innocence and a complex look at faith and humanity. Visually magnificent and wrenchingly moving, the film tells the story of a boy whose inability to see the world only enhances his ability to feel its powerful forces. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the most successful (financially and critically) Iranian films released in the States.

Wednesday April 30 (7:00 pm)

Jazz Film Series

The Gig (Castle Hill Productions, 1985). Dir & Wrt Frank D. Gilroy. With Wayne Rogers, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duncan, Daniel Nalbach, Warren Vaché. (91 min, color, 35mm)

Frank Gilroy's often overlooked feature film concerns five white middle-aged amateur jazz musicians who accept an offer for a gig in the Catskills, only to find problems when they must fill out the group with a young, jaded black professional bassist (played by Cleavon Little). Cast also includes actors and amateurs, including Andrew Duncan, Jerry Matz, Daniel Nalbach, Wayne Rogers, Joe Silver and real-life trumpeter Warren Vache who plays his own music onscreen. Musicians on the soundtrack include Kenny Davern, Milt Hinton, George Masso, Dick Wellstood, John Bunch and Reggie Johnson.

Thursday, May 1 (7:00pm)

Iranian Film Series

Safar-i Qandahar = Kandahar (Makhmalbaf Film House - Bac Films, Iran/France, 2001). Dir & Wrt Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Nelofer Pazira , Hassan Tantai, Sadour Teymouri, Hayatalah Hakimi. (85 min, color, 35mm, in Persian, English & Polish with English subtitles)

Pazira plays Nafas, a reporter who was born in Afghanistan but fled with her family to Canada when she was a child. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when the family left the country, the sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to commit suicide during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who, for a variety of reasons, are returning to the war-torn nation. As she searches for her sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the Taliban regime has taken upon its people.

Friday, May 2 (7:00pm)

Iranian Film Series

Osama (Barmak Films -- LeBrocquy Fraser Productions - NHK, Afghanistan/Ireland/Japan, 2003). Dir & Wrt Siddiq Barmak. With Marina Golbahari, Khwaja Nader, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar. (83 min, color, 35mm, in Persian & Pashtu with English subtitles)

A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a male "legal companion." With her husband and brother dead, killed in battle, there is no one left to support the family. Without being able to leave the house, the mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling that she has no other choice, she disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called 'Osama,' the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity. Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first entirely Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban.

Tuesday, May 6 (7:00pm)

Roller Disco Cinema

Skatetown U.S.A. (Skatetown Co./Columbia, 1979). Dir William A. Levey. Wrt Nick Castle. With Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Patrick Swayze, Ron Palillo. (93 min, color, 35mm)


Roller Skating Safety (Charles Cahill & Associates/Aims Instructional Media, 1980). (15 min, color, 16mm)

Roller Skate Fever (Shaper-Panahi Productions/Pyramid Films, 1981). Dir Paul M. Shaper & Iradj Panahi. With Fred Dagher, Terry Caccia, Tom Peterson. (9 min, color, 16mm)

"Skatetown is a place of magic! Nobody leaves here the same as they came in!" cries the DJ aka "the Wizard". This is roller disco cinema at its finest! It is the Championship Disco Derby at Harvey Ross's (Wilson) mega roller disco palace, Skatetown, USA. Richie (Baio) persuades good boy Stan (Bradford) to sign up for the competition. Along for the fun is Stan's boy crazed sister Suzie (McCormick) who flirts with every man in the place. Winning the contest isn't so easy for Stan because Skatetown, USA is the turf of a skate gang called the Westside Wheelers. The leader of the gang is Ace played by future leading man Patrick Swayze (this is Swayze's first starring role). Another notable appearance is from future minor cult figure Dorothy Stratten (Playboy Playmate 1980) who plays the girl at the snack bar. The soundtrack is disco-tastic with hits such as Earth Wind and Fire's "Boogie Wonderland" and the Jackson's "Shake your Body." This film will definitely leave you wondering where you've put your roller skates.

Preceded by the amusing and dated Roller Skating Safety , in which the County Sheriff's Department of Glendale California goes over the do's and don't of roller skating, and Roller Skate Fever , a hypnotic, wordless film that captures the fantastic skills of rollerskaters on Venice Beach, California in 1981.

Thursday, May 8 (7:00pm)

Two by Loach

Family Life, a.k.a. Wednesday's Child (Kestrel Films, U.K., 1971). Dir Ken Loach. Wrt David Mercer, from his TV play "In Two Minds." With Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave, Malcom Tierney, Hilary Martyn, Michael Riddall. (108 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

In this rarely seen early drama by British director Ken Loach, the generation gap between an emotionally confused teenage girl and her rigid, puritan-minded parents serves as the backdrop for the film's austere "cinéma vérité" style. Janice, an otherwise normal young woman, suffers a breakdown after having an abortion and winds up in a state medical hospital. Her unruly behavior (she throws tantrums, destroys objects, and has extreme mood shifts) embarrasses her parents, who make weekly visits to demonstrate their love, in spite of Janice's unacceptable behavior. Reminiscent of European, documentary-inspired films of the '60's, Family Life focuses less on character development and drama, and more on revealing the subtle complexities that undercut family life.

Friday, May 9 (7:00pm)

Two by Loach

Black Jack (Kestrel Films, U.K., 1979). Dir & Wrt Ken Loach, based on the novel by Leon Garfield. With Stephen Hirst, Louise Cooper, Jean Franval, Phil Askham, Andrew Bennett, Packie Byrne. (110 min, color, 35mm)

Based on the novel by Leon Garfield set in Yorshire in 1750, Black Jack explores the lives of two young teens, Tolly, an orphan apprenticed to a draper, and Belle Carter, a young mentally disturbed girl who never fully recovered from a severe fever. The film begins with Tolly's discovery that the corpse he is guarding is not dead. Black Jack, a rogue who has escaped being hanged by lodging a spoon in his mouth to keep his neck from snapping, opens his eyes to see the schocked response of Tolly, who stands by the casket in disbelief. Without wasting any time, Black Jack grabs Tolly and they escape from the locked room. Meanwhile, Belle is being placed in an asylum so her parents can avoid public scrutiny of her unstable mental condition, which threatens to interfere with her older sister's social-climbing marriage. During her transport to the asylum, a staged accident frees Belle, and she and Tolly meet. Moving together across Yorshire, Tolly works for a doctor in a traveling medicine show as Belle slowly begins to recover.

Tuesday, May 13 (7:00pm)

La Leggenda di Faust = Faust and the Devil (Cineopera, Italy, 1948). Dir Carmine Gallone. With Italo Tajo, Nelly Corradi, Gino Mattera, Thérèse Dorny, Gilles Quéant, Cesare Barbetti. (87 min, b&w, 35mm, in Italian with English subtitles & voiceover)

Carmine Gallone (1866-1973), a prolific Italian film director, producer and sometime actor, adapts Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's drama using both the popular arias and tunes of the French composer Charles Gounod's opera, as well as Italian opera's perspective on the story, Arrigo Boito's orchestral sketches of "Mefistofele." The performers sing in Italian, which this U.S. release version (distributed by Columbia) translates via English subtitles, while the elder Dr. Faustus's thoughts are delivered in English voiceover. Gallone's cutting of Gounod's original five act opera into an 87-minute film was a major chore, similar to the one Tim Burton had to face when shooting last year's film version of Stephen Sondheim's operatic musical "Sweeney Todd." There's so much great music there, but something has to go.

Thursday, May 15 (7:00pm)

3:10 to Yuma (Columbia, 1957). Dir Delmer Daves. Wrt Halsted Welles, from the short story by Elmore Leonard. With Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana, Henry Jones, Richard Jaeckel. (92 min, b&w, 35mm)

In spite of its bigger budget and considerably longer running time, the recent remake of 3:10 to Yuma could not match the taut intensity of the original. In this memorable variation on High Noon, farmer Van Heflin, desperate to pay his debts, takes on an apparently simple job: escort a smooth talking but vicious bandit Glenn Ford to the Federal Prison at Yuma. One by one, Heflin's allies desert him as Ford's gang draws a tight ring around the isolated town, until only the town drunk stands between him and death. 3:10 to Yuma was one of the first, and best metaphysical westerns, with plenty of action and suspense in its moral universe.

Friday, May 16 (7:00pm)

Il Mondo di Yor = Yor, the Hunter from the Future (Diamant Film - RAI, Italy, 1983). Dir Anthony M. Dawson (=Antonio Margheriti). Wrt Dawson, Robert Bailey, from the novel by Juan Zanotto and Ray Collins. With Reb Brown, John Steiner, Corinne Clery, Carole Andre, Alan Collins (=Luciano Pigozzi), Sergio Nicolai. (90 min, color, 35mm, dubbed in English)


Tron [Trailer] (1982) (2 min, color, 35mm)
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze [Trailer] (1975) (2 min, color, 35mm)
Black Samurai [Trailer] (1977) (2 min, color, 35mm)
Warlords of the 21st Century [Trailer] (1982) (2 min, color, 35mm)
Creature [Trailer] (1985) (2 min, color, 35mm)


Spaced Vision (ABBA Productions, 1972). (2 min, color, 16mm)

On a strange and distant planet, not unlike a desert in Arizona, there is a peaceful clan of cave people that seem to have invented hair spray, the bikini and rouge, prior to the invention of the wheel. Without warning the clan is attacked in a haze of laser beams from UFOs. Out of the storm comes Yor, who gallantly saves the clan from the barrage! Who is this muscular platinum-blond man who speaks in a Southern Californian accent? Unfortunately, Yor does not seem to know.

The members of the hair-sprayed bikini clan notice the mysterious gold medallion on his waxed chest (it seems that Yor's clan may have also invented hair waxing). They tell him of a desert goddess who wears the same medallion. Yor decides that he must go on a quest to find her and learn his true identity. Along the way he encounters dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters, half-man half-beast creatures, sex hungry ape-men, an android army, spaceships, and an overacting John Steiner, proving that he has to eat (and eat he does by chewing ever scene that he is in).

A cornerstone of "Il cinema ridicolo" (Cinema Ridiculous), the film is often both intentionally and unintentionally humorous. Part of Italian cinema's long-running tradition of interpreting American blockbusters, Yor is an absurd take on multiple films and genres. The soundtrack by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis has to be heard to be believed. Seeing this in a theater is rare at best, and the notion of Library of Congress screening a 1980's film where a caveman uses a pterodactyl as a hang glider is almost as absurd as the film itself!

Preceded by a selection of trailers and an experimental short that has animated images projected off a woman while music from India plays. Hypnotic.

Tuesday, May 20 (7:00pm)

The Legacy of "Bojangles"

The Little Colonel (Fox, 1935). Dir David Butler. Wrt William Conselman, based on the novel by Annie Fellows Johnston. With Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Evelyn Venable, John Lodge, Sidney Blackmer, Hattie McDaniel. (80 min, b&w, 35mm)

In 1870's Kentucky, Elizabeth Sherman is evicted by her Southern father for deigning to marry a "Northerner." When Elizabeth returns home with her daughter Lloyd, "The Little Colonel," the ill-tempered codger (Lionel Barrymore) refuses to reconcile, although he slowly warms up to his determined grand daughter. Bill Robinson delights in his hoofing with the irrepressible Temple!

Wednesday, May 21 (7:00pm)

The Legacy of "Bojangles"

The Littlest Rebel (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1935). Dir David Butler. Wrt Edwin Burke, based on the play by Edward Peple. With Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt, Karen Morley, Bill Robinson, Guinn Williams. (73 min, b&w, 35mm)

When Shirley Temple's rebel officer father slinks back to his plantation to see his family, he is arrested. A Yankee soldier takes pity and arranges an escape. Everyone is captured and both soldiers are to be executed. Temple and "Bojangles" dance their way to Washington, DC to beg President Lincoln to intercede.

Thursday, May 22 (7:00pm)

The Legacy of "Bojangles"

Stormy Weather (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943). Dir Andrew Stone. Wrt Frederick Jackson, Ted Koehler, H. S. Kraft, from an original story by Jerry Horwin & Seymour B. Robinson. With Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson. (78 min, b&w, 35mm)


Celebrity Profile. The Nicholas Brothers--Flying High (Van Ness Films, 1999). Dir Steven Smith. Host Harry Smith. Narrated by Peter Graves. (60 min, color, U-matic video)

In Stormy Weather , dancing legend Bill "Williamson," just back from World War I, meets lovely singer Selina Rogers (Horne) at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he establishes his career. Years later, Bill's and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, as Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? This was Bojangles's biggest role--a part that he played with dignity and clarity--and his dancing was the most contextual. Concludes with an all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway.

Shown with a profile of Fayard and Harold, from their earliest appearances in 1920's Philadelphia, through the Cotton Club in 1932 and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 to the end of the 20th century, combating racism and inspiring generations of black entertainers.

Friday, May 23 (7:00pm)

A Rage to Live (Mirisch Corp. - Rage Productions/United Artists, 1965). Dir Walter Grauman. Wrt John T. Kelley, from the novel by John O'Hara. With Suzanne Pleshette, Bradford Dillman, Ben Gazzara, Peter Graves, Bethel Leslie, Carmen Mathews. (101 min, b&w, Panavision, 35mm)

Prior to her success as second banana in The Bob Newhart Show, Suzanne Pleshette, who died on Jan. 19 this year, appeared as the sexually insatiable society belle in this somewhat underrated melodrama. In this loose film adaptation from the novel by John O'Hara, Ms. Pleshette holds the screen as a remarkably self-contained yet clearly troubled young woman. Her steamiest scenes are with Ben Gazzara, who played sexual angst better than any young actor in the 1960's.

Tuesday, May 27 (7:00pm)

Wild River (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960). Dir Elia Kazan. Wrt Paul Osborn, based on the novels "Mud on the Stars" by William Bradford Huie and "Dunbar's Cove" by Borden Deal. With Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, J. C. Flippen, James Westerfield, Barbara Loden. (110 min, De Luxe color, CinemaScope, 35mm)

Elia Kazan had long wanted to make a motion picture about the New Deal. Wild River , his film about a Tennessee Valley Authority employee who tries to convince an elderly woman to leave her island home, turned out to be one of the director's finest. Anchored by Jo Van Fleet's masterly performance as the wise matriarch, it's a passionate and humane exploration of the costs of progress. Wild River was selected to the National Film Registry in 2002; we will be screening a pristine print donated to the Library by 20th Century-Fox.

Thursday, May 29 (7:00pm)

Two by Warhol

I, a Man (Andy Warhol Films, 1967). Dir Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey. With Tom Baker, Nico, Valerie Solanis, Bettina Coffin, Ingrid Superstar. (99 min, color, 16mm)


Fashion. Flowers (Manhattan Cable, 1980). (30 min, color, U-matic video)

The Pickford Theater is proud to present two of Andy Warhol's lesser-known feature films, complete with long takes, strobe-cuts (the glitches you hear in the soundtrack are deliberate alienating affects) and the unbearable loggorhea of Factory superstars. I, a Man follows Tom Baker as he meets a series of New York women for conversation, confrontation, copulation, and sometimes all of the above. The most notable of these females may be chanteuse Nico of Velvet Underground fame, but the most notorious is certainly Valerie Solanas, who a year later would shoot and nearly kill Warhol. Co-star Baker described the budding would-be assassin as "intelligent, funny, almost charming, and very, very frightened."

Shown with Flowers , from a series Warhol produced for Manhattan Cable television. In this episode, four different New York florists with four distinct approaches to the trade are interviewed.

Friday, May 30 (7:00pm)

Two by Warhol

The Nude Restaurant (Andy Warhol Films, 1967). Dir & Wrt Andy Warhol. With Viva, Brigid Polk, Julian Burrough, Taylor Mead, Allen Midgette. (100 min, color, 16mm, print exhibits some color fading)


Andy Warhol's TV. The Best of Andy Warhol's TV (Madison Square Garden Network, 1981). (30 min, color, U-matic video)

The Nude Restaurant was one of the first vehicles for Warhol superstar Susan Hoffman, aka Viva. For much of the film displays that quality which, according to biographer Victor Bockris, most endeared her to Warhol: "she complained endlessly about personal things that no respectable woman talked about in public, with an upper-class languor which Andy began to imitate in his own speech." Also starring Taylor Mead, who most recently has been seen in a segment of Coffee and Cigarettes.

Shown with The Best of Andy Warhol's TV , featuring Debbie Harry, David Hockney, and Fran Leibowitz, among others.

Tuesday, June 3 (7:00pm)

Tudors on Film

Anne of the Thousand Days (Universal, U.K., 1969). Dir Charles Jarrott. Wrt Bridget Boland, John Hale, Richard Sokolove, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson. With Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle, John Colicos, Michael Hordern. (145 min, Technicolor, Panavision, 35mm)

As one of the most interesting dysfunctional families ever, the Tudors of Great Britain continue to fascinate us even though they reigned more than 400 years ago. So if you can't get enough of The Tudors on Showtime or The Other Boleyn Girl, watch this series of Tudor-themed films, showing various interpretations of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, Edward, and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Anne of the Thousand Days is a largely sympathetic portrayal of Anne Boleyn which shows her life from the moment King Henry VIII first spies her on the dance floor. Immediately taken with her, he pursues Anne, but is rebuffed until he promises to marry her. Anne's ambitions soar, but her inability to give Henry a son dooms her. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won the award for best costumes.

Thursday, June 5 (7:00pm)

Red, White and Zero (Holly Productions for Woodfall/United Artists, U.K., 1967). Red and Blue . Dir Tony Richardson. Wrt Richardson, Julian More. With Vanessa Redgrave, John Bird, Gary Raymond, Michael York, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The Ride of the Valkyrie . Dir & Wrt Peter Brook. With Zero Mostel, Julia Foster, Frank Thornton. The White Bus . Dir Lindsay Anderson. Wrt Shelagh Delaney. With Patricia Healey, Arthur Lowe, John Sharp, Julie Perry, Anthony Hopkins. (97 min, b&w/color, 35mm)

Originally intended as a trilogy of stories by Shelagh Delaney, Red, White, and Zero was never released as such. When two of the three directors filmed non-Delaney subjects, UA shelved the project as there was no unifying theme.

In Lindsay Anderson's film of Delaney's quasi-autobiographical The White Bus , a young woman returning to her hometown joins a conducted bus tour, only to find herself increasingly cut off from her surroundings and other people. Here Anderson displays the melancholy satire and poetic surrealism that he would further explore in If... and O Lucky Man!

Peter Brooks' inexplicable romp The Ride of the Valkyrie features Zero Mostel running around the streets of London.

In Red and Blue , Tony Richardson's wistful, candy-colored Demy-inflected musical, Vanessa Redgrave is a wayward chanteuse who gets fatefully involved with gangster Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Red, White, and Zero received its belated Washington premiere when it was screened at the Pickford Theater in 2000.

Friday, June 6 (7:00pm)

Queen of Burlesque (Sigmund Neufeld Productions/PRC, 1946). Dir Sam Newfield. Wrt David Lang. With Evelyn Ankers, Carleton Young, Marian Martin, Craig Reynolds, Rose La Rose. (70 min, b&w, 35mm)


Tiger Fangs (PRC, 1943). Dir Sam Newfield. Wrt Arthur St. Claire. With Frank Buck, June Duprez, Duncan Renaldo, Howard Banks, J. Farrell MacDonald. (60 min, b&w, 16mm)

Killer show girls and crazed flesh eating tigers are at the center of our B-picture double bill. First, competition between dancers on the burlesque stage leads to blackmail and a series of murders in Queen of Burlesque . Variety noted this "routine murder" mystery as "adequate" but with "dialogue of questionable taste." The film boasts song and dance numbers popular in 40's burlesque houses and features the "original TNT girl" Rose La Rose in a supporting role. Then in Tiger Fangs , an East Asian rubber plantation is terrorized by tigers and the American government, in need of rubber for the war effort, sends a world famous explorer to investigate. The locals believe the animals are possessed by evil spirits but clues lead to the work of a Nazi saboteur.

Tuesday, June 10 (7:00pm)

Tudors on Film

Young Bess (MGM, 1953). Dir George Sidney. Wrt Jan Lustig, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by Margaret Irwin. With Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh. (111 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

Young Bess focuses on the early years of Queen Elizabeth before she attains the throne. Elizabeth 's early life is hard as her father frequently banishes her from court, and she not only loses a mother, but also a succession of stepmothers. Henry's last wife, Catherine Parr, treats Elizabeth kindly and brings her back to court. Elizabeth falls in love with Thomas Seymour, brother of Henry's wife, Jane Seymour, but he marries Catherine Parr after Henry's death. Her close relationship with him, however, causes her to be taken into custody to testify against him. Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger were married to each other in real life when this was filmed.

Thursday, June 12 (7:00pm)

Borzage's Germany

Three Comrades (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938). Dir Frank Borzage. Wrt F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward E. Paramore, from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. With Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Guy Kibbee, Lionel Atwill. (100 min, b&w, 35mm)

Adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's novel set in post-World War I Germany, the tale follows the struggles of three war veterans who attempt to eke out a living running an auto repair shop and taxi service. Their friendship is strengthened by their shared love of a woman dying of tuberculosis. The ethereal presence of Margaret Sullavan's character bestows a sense of hope and transcendence in the face of poverty, disease and the threat of facism. It is considered to be her finest performance. Borzage's lush romanticism is skillfully realized by Joseph Ruttenberg's cinematography and Franz Waxman's score. This is F. Scott Fitzgerald's only screenwriting credit.

Friday, June 13 (7:00pm)

Borzage's Germany

The Mortal Storm (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940). Dir Frank Borzage. Wrt George Froeschel, Anderson Ellis, Claudine West, from the novel by Phyllis Bottome. With Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Robert Stack. (100 min, b&w, 35mm)

This is the most explicit anti-Nazi film to be released in pre-war America. The loyalties of a family living in a small Bavarian village become divided when news of Hitler's rise to power reaches them. Despite the one-dimensionality of its propaganda, it is a telling analogy for Germany as a whole and a compelling story of persecution.

Tuesday, June 17 (7:00pm)

Tudors on Film

The Prince and the Pauper (Warner Bros., 1937). Dir William Keighley. Wrt Laird Doyle, based on the novel by Mark Twain. With Errol Flynn, Billy Mauch, Bobby Mauch, Claude Rains, Alan Hale, Henry Stephenson, Barton MacLane. (118 min, b&w, 35mm)

Based on the novel by Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper shows two young boys living in very different circumstances who resemble one another. One is Edward, a prince and heir to the throne, while the other lives in poverty. When they meet by chance, they decide to trade places, but then are forced to stay in the roles they have adopted.

Thursday, June 19 (7:00pm)

Japan at War

Gekido no showashi--Okinawa kessen = The Battle of Okinawa (Toho, 1971). Dir Kihachi Okamoto. Wrt Kaneto Shindo. With Keiju Kobayashi, Tetsuro Tanba, Tatsuya Nakadai, Wakako Sakai, Mayumi Ozora, Yuzo Kayama, Ryo Ikebe. (150 min, color, scope, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles)

It is somewhat surprising that the recent focus on an American filmmaker depicting a World War II battle from a Japanese perspective (Clint Eastwood in Letters from Iwo Jima) did not translate into an increased interest in Japanese cinema's own take on the war. With a few notable exceptions, such as the anti-militarist films of Kon Ichikawa (The Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain) and Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition trilogy), the Japanese war movie is largely an unknown quantity in the West, in no small part due to the unavailability of some of the key works of the genre outside of Japan. Our modest attempt to shed light on the topic consists of two treatments of the same event, the bloody battle for the island of Okinawa (see also June 12).

Unlike Iwo Jima, its immediate predecessor, the assault on Okinawa was marked by a high civilian casualty rate - a third of the island's pre-war population died in the battle. Director Kihachi Okamoto, who had himself seen military service during the war, skillfully provides the big picture by detailing the historical timeline and introducing all the major players while at the same time portraying the harrowing human toll on the indigenous residents. The film, however, stops short of accusing the Japanese military for the civilan deaths, to this day a controversial subject in Japan. The cast includes several well-known names (even to Western audiences), including Tatsuya Nakadai as the U.S.-educated Col. Hiromichi Yahara, the highest ranking officer to survive the battle. The Japanese title translates as "A Tempestuous Chronicle of the Showa Period - Battle of Okinawa."

Friday, June 20 (6:30pm)

Tokyo Orinpikku = Tokyo Olympiad (Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad - Toho, Japan, 1965). Dir Kon Ichikawa. Wrt Natto Wada, Yoshio Shirasaka, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Ichikawa. With Abebe Bikila, Dawn Fraser, Billy Mills, Don Schollander, Anton Geesink, Joe Frazier, Avery Brundage, Emperor Hirohito, and a cast of thousands. (170 min, Eastmancolor, CinemaScope, 35mm)

"I tried to grasp the solemnity of the moment when man defies his limits, and to express the solitude of the athlete who, in order to win, struggles against himself. I wanted people to rediscover with astonishment that wonder which is a human being." -- Kon Ichikawa

Kon Ichikawa was the surprise choice of the Olympic Committee to document the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was one of Japan's top directors of dramatic films, not a documentarian, and he admitted to being no sports fan. Still, the challenge must have been irresistible. Ichikawa and his crew often found drama, wonder and humor throughout the games, and utilizing over 100 widescreen cameras, created a visually stunning and deeply humanitarian celebration of the human spirit expressed in athletics.

In it's initial U.S. release, Tokyo Olympiad was seen only in a severely truncated, re-edited version barely half the length of the original, and was also the victim of a hopelessly inept publicity campaign. We will see the film at its full length, in the restored, subtitled version released in the U.S. for the first time in the 1990s.

Tuesday, June 24 (7:00pm)

Tudors on Film

Mary, Queen of Scots (Hal Wallis Productions - Universal, U.S./U.K., 1971). Dir Charles Jarrott. Wrt John Hale. With Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport., Trevor Howard (128 min, Technicolor, Panavision, 35mm)

Mary, Queen of Scotland, and likely heir to the English throne, faces a tumultuous life as she battles the plotting of her lords to unseat her and fights to have her claim to the English throne recognized. She is imprisoned by her cousin Queen Elizabeth, who accuses her of treason. This film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Actress.

Thursday, June 26 (7:00pm)

Japan at War

Himeyuri no To = The Eternal Monument = Tower of the Lilies (Geneisha/Toho, 1982). Dir Tadashi Imai. Wrt Yoko Mizuki. With Komaki Kurihara, Yuko Kotegawa, Kumiko Oba, Yoshiko Tanaka, Tomoko Saito. (140 min, color, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Unlike The Battle of Okinawa (see June 5), which is primarily a large scale war epic, The Eternal Monument is more intimate in scope as it tells the story of a group of female high school students assigned to the island's army field hospitals. The picture is based on real life events which have over the years received several cinematic treatments, the first of which (1953) was also directed by Tadashi Imai. With its focus on suffering and self-sacrifice and its unabashedly sentimental celebration of the Japanese spirit, the film was obviously aimed at local audiences (it was a box office hit in Japan), and has never been released in the West. The title refers to the Okinawa monument commemorating almost 200 girls who perished in the battle.

Friday, June 27 (7:00pm)

Wake in Fright, a.k.a. Outback (NLT Productions - Group W Films, Australia/U.S., 1971). Dir Ted Kotcheff. Wrt Evan Jones, from the novel by Kenneth Cook. With Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thomspon. (96 min, color, 35mm)


Frightmare [Trailer] (1974). (2 min, color, 35mm)
Love and Bullets [Trailer] (1979). (2 min, color, 35mm)
Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary [Trailer] (1975). (2 min, color, 35mm)


Small Apartment (Andrew T. Betzer Films, 2008). Dir: Andrew T. Betzer. With Alex Wasinski, Alexandre Marouani, Julia Fragias. (8 min, color, 35mm)

John Grant is a mild mannered young schoolteacher in the desolate Australian outback town of Tiboonda. Summer vacation occurs and John is taking leave to heavily populated Sydney, where his girlfriend awaits. Along the way, he must stop in the town of Bundanyabba (or "Yabba") to catch a flight. Once there, John encounters a clan of people unlike anything he has ever known. They are charming people who inhale alcohol in equal quantities as they do air. Men who are quickly prone to violence and derive pleasure in it, including their main joy of hunting and slaughtering kangaroos. John slowly finds himself slipping further and further into the madness of his surroundings.

Controversial and unsettling, the highly praised Wake in Fright is often named by Aussie critics as "The Greatest of Australian Film Achievements". It was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. The script was penned by Evan Jones (Eva, These Are the Damned, King & Country) from the award winning novel by Kenneth Moore. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, who went on to a long and extremely successful career directing such films as First Blood, North Dallas Forty, and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Wake in Fright is a difficult film to see as all but a handful of prints have been lost or are incomplete. The print that will be screened tonight is an original in excellent condition.

Preceded by a selection of trailers and the short Small Apartment . In the latter, a middle-aged man, his son, and daughter-in-law explore love and perversion in 700 square feet of space. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

Thursday, June 26 (7:00pm)

Japan at War

Himeyuri no To = The Eternal Monument = Tower of the Lilies (Geneisha/Toho, 1982). Dir Tadashi Imai. Wrt Yoko Mizuki. With Komaki Kurihara, Yuko Kotegawa, Kumiko Oba, Yoshiko Tanaka, Tomoko Saito. (140 min, color, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Unlike The Battle of Okinawa (see June 5), which is primarily a large scale war epic, The Eternal Monument is more intimate in scope as it tells the story of a group of female high school students assigned to the island's army field hospitals. The picture is based on real life events which have over the years received several cinematic treatments, the first of which (1953) was also directed by Tadashi Imai. With its focus on suffering and self-sacrifice and its unabashedly sentimental celebration of the Japanese spirit, the film was obviously aimed at local audiences (it was a box office hit in Japan), and has never been released in the West. The title refers to the Okinawa monument commemorating almost 200 girls who perished in the battle.

Friday, June 27 (7:00pm)

Wake in Fright, a.k.a. Outback (NLT Productions - Group W Films, Australia/U.S., 1971). Dir Ted Kotcheff. Wrt Evan Jones, from the novel by Kenneth Cook. With Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thomspon. (96 min, color, 35mm)


Frightmare [Trailer] (1974). (2 min, color, 35mm)
Love and Bullets [Trailer] (1979). (2 min, color, 35mm)
Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary [Trailer] (1975). (2 min, color, 35mm)


Small Apartment (Andrew T. Betzer Films, 2008). Dir: Andrew T. Betzer. With Alex Wasinski, Alexandre Marouani, Julia Fragias. (8 min, color, 35mm)

John Grant is a mild mannered young schoolteacher in the desolate Australian outback town of Tiboonda. Summer vacation occurs and John is taking leave to heavily populated Sydney, where his girlfriend awaits. Along the way, he must stop in the town of Bundanyabba (or "Yabba") to catch a flight. Once there, John encounters a clan of people unlike anything he has ever known. They are charming people who inhale alcohol in equal quantities as they do air. Men who are quickly prone to violence and derive pleasure in it, including their main joy of hunting and slaughtering kangaroos. John slowly finds himself slipping further and further into the madness of his surroundings.

Controversial and unsettling, the highly praised Wake in Fright is often named by Aussie critics as "The Greatest of Australian Film Achievements". It was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. The script was penned by Evan Jones (Eva, These Are the Damned, King & Country) from the award winning novel by Kenneth Moore. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, who went on to a long and extremely successful career directing such films as First Blood, North Dallas Forty, and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Wake in Fright is a difficult film to see as all but a handful of prints have been lost or are incomplete. The print that will be screened tonight is an original in excellent condition.

Preceded by a selection of trailers and the short Small Apartment . In the latter, a middle-aged man, his son, and daughter-in-law explore love and perversion in 700 square feet of space. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

Tuesday, July 8 (7:00 pm)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin = The Princess and the Warrior (X Filme Creative Pool, Germany, 2000). Dir & Wrt Tom Tykwer. With Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Król, Lars Rudolph, Melchior Beslon, Ludger Pistor. (135 min, color, scope, 35mm, in German with English subtitles)

German director Tom Tykwer's followup to the hugely successful Run Lola Run was a return to the more contemplative, dreamlike tone of his earlier Winter Sleepers. Set in the city of Wuppertal, the metaphysical Princess and the Warrior is heavily concerned with fate, chance encounters, sheer coincidence. Sissi (Potente), a nurse at a psychiatric hospital, gets hit by a truck on her way to the bank. Her life is saved by Bodo (Fürmann), an ex-army officer on the run from police. After her recovery, Sissi is determined to find her savior, and when she does, refuses to accept his rejection. (WK)

Thursday, July 10 (7:00 pm)

Two with Timothy Carey

The Oufit (MGM, 1974). Dir John Flynn. Wrt Flynn, based on the novel by Richard Stark. With Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Timothy Carey, Richard Jaeckel, Sheree North. (103 min, Metrocolor, 35mm)

Timothy Agoglia Carey (1929-1994) was one of the great American character actors, an indescribable original on and off screen. He was known to go to unusual lengths to get a role. Hoping for a part in Prince Valiant, he donned medieval robes and climbed a fence to brandish a knife at Henry Hathaway. At a casting call for The Godfather, he shot blanks at Francis Ford Coppola, who returned fire with glee. Carey didn’t get either of those parts, though Coppola kept trying to hire him anyway. Not satisfied with chewing somebody else’s scenery, Carey directed himself in the notorious underground film The World’s Greatest Sinner, and upon his death was working on a stage production of a play he called "The Insect Trainer," a salute to the irrepressible creative energy of flatulence.

Carey was best known for supporting roles in Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing and Paths of Glory. The Outfit reunites him with two fellow co-stars from The Killing, Marie Windsor and Elisha Cook. Robert Duvall stars as an ex-con set to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of gangsters (led by Robert Ryan, in his penultimate role). (PP)

Friday, July 11 (7:00 pm)

Two with Timothy Carey

Poor White Trash (American National Films, 1962). Dir Harold Daniels. Wrt Edward I. Fessler. With Peter Graves, Lita Milan, Douglas Fowley, Jonathan Haze, Edwin Nelson, Tim Carey. (88 min, b&w, 35mm)


Apryl and Her Baby Lamb (Atlantis Productions, 1956). With Apryl Lyna Brace, Peter Israel. (13 min, color, 16mm)

Poor White Trash (a.k.a. Bayou ) pits a soulful, menacing Cajun named Ulysees (Carey) against a boring Yankee architect played by Peter Graves. This drive-in classic provided Carey with his most substantial role outside of The World’s Greatest Sinner, and he takes full advantage of it, from his Brooklyn-on-the-Bayou accent to an incantatory dance sequence that ranks among the most unusual terpsichorean performances ever committed to celluloid.

Shown with Apryl and Her Baby Lamb , a children’s short film posessed of an unexpectedly sophisticated psychological structure akin to no less than Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. (PP)

Tuesday, July 15 (7:00 pm)

National Film Registry

The King Of Jazz (Universal, 1930). Dir John Murray Anderson. Wrt Edward T. Lowe, Jr. With Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Glenn Tryon, Jeanette Loff, Merna Kennedy, Stanley Smith, Slim Summerville, Otis Harlan, William Kent, Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys. (101 min, color, 16mm)

Paul Whiteman was probably the most well-known, easily recognized and most frequently caricatured musical performer anywhere during the 1920's. He had a meteoric and exponential rise to fame commencing with his Victor recording contract in 1920. His commissioning of "A Rhapsody in Blue" in 1924 and the discovery and fostering of great talent such as Bing Crosby and Bix Beiderbecke carved out a commercial and artistic immortal niche for Whiteman. His fame was at its peak and crest when he signed with Universal to make the motion picture The King of Jazz .

Shot in two-strip Technicolor, The King of Jazz was easily the best of the "revue" genre of early sound films trotted out by all of the major studios during the first years of the talkies. John Murray Anderson’s direction deftly combines the talents of the Whiteman Orchestra, animation, lavish sets and costumes and Paul Whiteman’s own natural, unaffected camera presence.

Of special interest are appearances by Bing Crosby (his first in motion pictures), Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang and virtuoso comic instrumentalist Willie Hall (trombone, violin and bicycle pump). (DS)

The screening will be introduced by jazz historian and Grammy nominee David Sager.

Thursday, July 17 (7:00 pm)

National Film Registry

Torrid Zone (Warner Bros., 1940). Dir William Keighley. Wrt Richard Macaulay, Jerry Wald. With James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O’Brien, Andy Devine, Helen Vinson, Jerome Cowan. (87 min, b&w, 35mm)


You Ought to Be in Pictures (Leon Schlesinger Productions/Vitaphone, 1940). Supervised by I. Freleng. Wrt Jack Miller. (7 min, b&w, 35mm)

Sweat oozes, passions boil, and wisecracks fly in this improbable comedy-adventure from Warner Bros. set on a Latin American banana plantation. James Cagney, bursting with wit and swagger, attacks the lead role with his usual gusto. Ann Sheridan, as a chanteuse and cardsharp, is a smart, appealing sparring partner. George Tobias nearly steals the show as a loopy revolutionary. James Wong Howe’s excellent cinematography and the Library’s resplendent print make Torrid Zone sparkle on the big screen. Also showing: You Ought to Be in Pictures , in which Porky Pig, abetted by an ambitious Daffy Duck, aspires to stardom in feature films. Will Porky be Bette Davis’s new leading man? (JO)

Friday, July 18 (7:00 pm)

Crime Wave (Warner Bros., 1954). Dir Andre De Toth. Wrt Bernard Gordon, Richard Wormser, from the story by John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins. With Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia, Charles Bronson. (73 min, b&w, 35 mm)


The Naked City [Trailer] (1948). (b&w, 35mm)
The Alpha Caper [Trailer] (1973). (color, 35mm)

'Doc' Penny and his gang rob a gas station and wind up killing a cop. They seek refuge with a former cell-mate, Steve Lacey, an ex-con trying to build a clean life. Sterling Hayden is the hardboiled, screwy detective who doesn't believe that Lacey can reform. Timothy Carey (see July 10 & 11) makes a brief appearance as a crazed thug. Gritty and fast-paced with excellent performances and innovative camera work shot on location in Los Angeles and Glendale, CA. Preceded by a selection of trailers. (LP)

Tuesday, July 22 (7:00 pm)

Summer Surfing

The Endless Summer (Bruce Brown Films, 1966). Dir & Wrt Bruce Brown. With Michael Hynson, Robert August, Sammy Lee, Butch Van Artsdalen, Lord (Tally Ho) Blears. (91 min, Technicolor, 35mm)


Gidget. Dear Diary--Et Al (Screen Gems/ABC, 9/15/1965). Dir William Asher. Wrt Ruth Brooks Flippen. With Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter, Pete Duel, Mike Nader. (30 min, color, 16mm)


Big Wednesday [Trailer] (1978). (color, 35mm)

Can you smell the coconut in the suntan oil? Can you feel those ocean breezes? Can you feel the freedom of wearing a bathing suit and little else? Come cool off from the dog days of summer with a really cool surf film series at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, a visual chronology covering the period from the early Sixties to the present and including films rarely seen in the D.C. area. Each film not only documents the essence of what it means to be a surfer, as well as the cultural importance of the California lifestyle, but also includes great musical soundtracks to further inspire the drive and inspiration of the surfing way of life.

The Endless Summer is the granddaddy of all surf films and is largely considered the masterpiece of the surf film genre. It was honored in 2002 by being selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry largely for the its impact on American culture. A travelogue of top surf spots around the globe, the film helped spread the California surf, sun and fun culture worldwide. It remains a cultural icon, a symbol of American freedom, and a testament to the romantic ideal of the California mythos of fun, surf, beautiful boys & girls and endless sunshine. This film has rarely been screened in the Washington area and we are lucky to have a copyright print of one of it's many re-releases.

Shown with the pilot episode of Gidget , a series of fun in the surf and sun from the early days of television in living color. The title character is in hot water with her boyfriend. She must fight to get him back and reestablish their standing as a dream couple. Her supportive father is there to help her cope. (CSPE)

Thursday, July 24 (7:00 pm)

The Keep (Paramount, 1983). Dir Michael Mann. Wrt Mann, based on the novel by F. Paul Wilson. With Scott Glenn, Alberta Watson, Jurgen Prochnow, Robert Prosky, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen. (96 min, Metrocolor, scope, 35mm)

In Romania, 1942, the German Army is sent to guard a mysterious citadel located on a strategic mountain pass. When soldiers begin to be savagely murdered, the SS finds an evil force trapped within the walls of the fortress which will do anything in order to escape. Based on a novel by F. Paul Wilson, directed by Michael Mann, and with music by Tangerine Dream, this cult classic has never been released on DVD. (CA)

Friday, July 25 (7:00 pm)

Asian Reflections (National Film Registry)

King of the Khyber Rifles (20th Century-Fox, 1953) Dir Henry King. Wrt Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Harry Kleiner. With Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie, Guy Rolfe, John Justin, Frank Lackteen. (100 min, Technicolor, CinemaScope, 35mm)

Talbot Mundy’s name is synonymous with fantastic adventure in the mysterious east. When Fox brought his most famous novel to the screen a second time, it was transformed into a widescreen Tyrone Power vehicle infused with a social consciousness story set against the Sepoy rebellion of 1857. Yet the film also resembled plans for a film Mundy had hoped to script in the 1930's which ran into prohibitive British censorship. King of the Khyber Rifles inaugurated a cycle of colonial adventure films with a revisionist interpretation of the imperialist ethic that Hollywood had celebrated in earlier decades. (BT)

This screening will feature a special introduction by MBRS Library staffer Brian Taves (PhD, University of Southern California), author of a new book on Mundy.

Tuesday, July 29 (7:00 pm)

Summer Surfing

Pacific Vibrations (John Severson Productions/American International Pictures, 1970). Dir & Wrt John Severson. With Jock Southerland, Billy Hamilton, Rolf Aurness, David Nuuhiwa, Merv Larson. (92 min, color, 35mm)


Kings of the Wild Waves (Seymour Borde Associates/Paramount, 1964). Dir Edward Depriest. Narrator Steve Ellis. With Greg Noll, Mickey Dora, Mike Hansen. (16 min, color, 35mm)


Skaterdater (Byway Productions/UA, 1965). Dir & Wrt Noel Black. With Michael Mel, Melissa Mallory. (18 min, color, 35mm)

Get stoked! This is a rare viewing of one of surviving original 35mm prints of John Severson’s Pacific Vibrations . There were only three 35mm prints, which opened to full houses in Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and San Diego in 1970. Afer hearing word of the film's success, the American International Pictures picked it up and showed it in various theaters in the country. John Severson, filmmaker and founder of Surfer magazine, revolutionized surf cinema by intertwining art, music and narration in his Surf Safari (1960). In 1970, he did it again with Pacific Vibrations . In Severson’s words, he wanted to make an "environmental surf film that celebrated the beauty of the ocean and our relationship, and at the same time, making the viewer aware that we needed to take care of this resource."

"Surfers are happy people!" Paramount introduced the mainstream public to big waves, surf lingo and popular surf places in the 1964 short Kings of the Wild Waves . Take a trip to Mexico and Hawaii to enjoy 30 foot swells and the tubes of Pipeline (Hawaii) with top surfers Greg Noll and Mickey Dora.

Do you remember that gang of friends you used to hang out with to ride bikes and skateboards? The one that always got you into trouble as you were running with the pack. Remember the dynamic a young girl brought into the group? Skaterdater is a wonderful whirlwind of all these elements in a musical and visual tribute to youth and skateboarding. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and won the first prize for short films at Cannes in 1966. Music is by Dave Allen and the Arrows. (JH)

Thursday, July 31 (7:00 pm)

In Name Only (RKO Radio Pictures, 1939). Dir John Cromwell. Wrt Richard Sherman, from the novel "Memory of Love" by Bessie Breuer. With Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, Katherine Alexander. (94 min, b&w, 35mm)

There is Cary Grant on horseback, watching Carole Lombard attempting to cast a flyrod in a lake that has no fish. As the two principals meet cute in the glorious sunshine of a Connecticut afternoon, we're inclined to expect a romantic comedy. This movie is nothing of the sort. Instead, the story is filled with marital disillusionment which includes a priceless scene where a wife admits to her husband that she married him for his money. The husband is played by Mr. Grant. John Cromwell, an underappreciated director, somehow makes this nonsense plausible -- and a pleasure to watch. (DN)

Friday, August 1 (7:00 pm)

An Evening with Marcel Marceau

Shanks (William Castle Productions/Paramount, 1974). Dir William Castle. Wrt Ranald Graham. With Marcel Marceau, Tsilla Chelton, Philippe Clay, Cindy Eilbacher, Larry Bishop. (92 min, color, 35mm)


A Fable (Mobil Oil Corp. International Division/Columbia, 1968). Dir & Wrt Rolf W. Brandis. With Marcel Marceau. (18 min, color, 35mm)

Beloved master of gimmicks William Castle's final work, as well as the late Marcel Marceau's only lead film role. In this macabre and near-silent fairy tale, the puppeteer Shanks (Marceau) learns from a scientist (also Marceau) how to reanimate the dead. Shanks then uses this knowledge to take revenge on his cruel stepsister and brother in law. Needless to say, things don't turn out well. Shanks was Oscar-nominated for Alex North's extensive score. Flawed yet ambitious, Castle's farewell to cinema is a strangely uncommercial (for him), off the wall and one of a kind experiment. (WK)

Shown with A Fable , with Marcel Marceau "in a film about the value of building friendships, and the dangers of insularity. The presence of a beautiful blonde neighbor contributes a vital, but innocent adult element as well." (Academic Film Archive)

Tuesday, August 5 (7:00 pm)

Summer Surfing

Big Wednesday (A-Team/Warner Bros., 1978). Dir John Milius. Wrt John Milius, Dennis Aaberg. With Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Patti d'Arbanville, Lee Purcell, Joe Spinell, Barbara Hale. (123 min, Metrocolor, Panavision, 35mm)

Big Wednesday was director John Milius's big attempt to achieve the fame that had eluded him but was cast upon his good friends Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Speilberg. Fresh from the success of writing the screenplay for Apocalypse Now, he was afforded the backing of Warner Bros. Big Wednesday was a labor of love for Milius, an avid surfer himself, as he tried to make a Hollywood film that truly honored the California surf culture and lifestyle, while also reflecting the sentiments of the late 1960's, the era of the Vietnam war and social change. The film incorporates great surf footage shot mainly at Baja, Sunset and California's Bixby Ranch beaches. In a cameo appearance, Gerry Lopez represents the new school of short boarders as Johnson (Vincent) and friends are left behind in the short board revolution of the late '60's. Although the film was not a huge box office success nor did it help Milius achieve fame, it is considered by many as one of Hollywood's best surf films. (CSPE)

Thursday, August 7 (7:00 pm)


Films were picked by matching shelf location numbers with the screening date (0807)

Shannon. King Leal Report (Screen Gems/Syndicated, 1961). Dir Fred Jackman. Wrt Norman S. Hall. With George Nader, Hal Smith, Jan Arvan, Doodles Weaver, Edwin Rand, Pat Healy. (25 min, b&w, 16mm)

Stingaree (RKO, 1934). Dir William Wellman, Wrt Becky Gardiner (screenplay), Lyn Riggs, Leonard Spigelgass (adaptation), based on the novel by E. W. Hornung. With Irene Dunne, Richard Dix, Mary Boland, Conway Tearle, Andy Devine, Henry Stephenson, George Barraud, Una O'Connor. (75 min, b&w, 35mm)

Friday, August 8 (7:00 pm)

Kill! (Procinex - Este Films - ICAR - Dieter Geissler Film Produktion, France/Spain/Italy/West Germany, 1972). Dir/Wrt Romain Gary. With Stephen Boyd, Jean Seberg, James Mason, Henri Garcin, Luciano Pigozzi, Memphis Slim, Curd Jürgens. (113 min, color, 35mm)

Emily Hamilton (Seberg) is a bored housewife of Interpol agent Alan Hamilton (Mason). That is until the day she becomes entwined in an international conspiracy after finding the trunk of her automobile filled with corpses while in Italy. Frightened and a bit excited, she turns to stranger Brad Killian (Boyd), an unorthodox vigilante, a man who lives only for bloody and brutal deaths of all drug smugglers. Clad in just a matching leather pants and jacket ensemble (a.k.a. shirtless), Brad wanders through Afghanistan and other exotic climates filling drug dealers and porn peddlers with eyefuls of his chest hair and stomachs full of lead. This is much to the chagrin of Emily's husband, despite the fact that he also has a sanguineous work ethic (the film begins with Alan shooting a man point blank in the face with a shotgun). The attitude is morally corrupt, the violence is gratuitous, the corpses are un-countable, and most other exploitation devices are used in an over the top and absurd manner (10yr heroin addicts from upper-class homes in London, for example).

Kill! (or as it is also known, Kill, Kill, Kill ) is the brainchild of writer-director Romain Gary. Gary, the only person to win the literary Prix Goncourt twice, was the husband of actress Jean Seberg. Gary's previous film, Birds in Peru (Les Oiseaux vont mourir au Pérou), was the first film to be given an "X-Rating" by the MPAA. The unique cinematography is by Edmond Richard, whose work includes Orson Welles's The Trial (1962), Marcel Carné's La Merveilleuse Visite (1974), and Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). Producer Alexander Salkind would go on to produce such classics as The Three Musketeers (1974), Superman (1978), and Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Rainbow Thief.

Kill! is a very hard movie to find, let alone see in a theater. The Library of Congress is showing a completely un-cut and beautiful 35mm print. (JS)

Tuesday, August 12 (7:00)

Summer Surfing

Riding Giants (Forever Films - StudioCanal - Setsuna - Agi Orsi Productions/Sony Pictures Classics, U.S./France, 2004). Dir Stacy Peralta. Wrt Peralta, Sam George. With Mark Foo, Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, Greg Noll. (105 min, color, 35mm)

Dropping 50 feet at 40 mph down a moving wall of water and you are riding a giant! Former professional skateboarder of the Z-boys fame Stacy Peralta’s documentary Riding Giants , takes the viewer on a journey through the origins of surfing and history of big wave riding with new and archival footage, home movies, and interviews. (JH)

Thursday, August 14 (6:30 pm)

Pre-Code Double Bill (National Film Registry)

Safe in Hell (First National, 1931). Dir William A. Wellman. Wrt Houston Branch, Joseph Jackson, Maude Fulton. With Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harolde, John Wray, Ivan Simpson, Victor Varconi, Nina Mae McKinney. (65 min, b&w, 35mm)


Red Dust (MGM, 1932). Dir Victor Fleming. Wrt John Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison. With Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall. (83 min, b&w, 35mm)


A Great Big Bunch of You (Harman-Ising Productions/Vitaphone, 1932). (7 min, b&w, 35mm) FPE 8144

One of classic Hollywood’s favorite plots was to put a so-called lady of easy virtue in an exotic setting, throw some men at her, and see what happens. While this may sound like a simple formula for misogynistic twaddle, pre-Code era films sometimes turned dross into gold. In Safe in Hell , Dorothy Mackaill, in a tough, uncompromising performance, plays a New Orleans prostitute holed up on a Caribbean island with a hotel full of male criminals. They see her as a tidbit for the taking, but we see them through her eyes. As Vantine, the lady with a past stranded at an Indochinese rubber plantation in Red Dust , Jean Harlow takes everything, from human hypocrisy to a smoldering Clark Gable, all in stride. Both films, although not explicit by today’s standards, are refreshingly frank in their depictions of desire and offer complex, sympathetic portraits of their women. Also showing: the Merrie Melodies cartoon A Great Big Bunch of You , in which a collection of junkyard rejects perform the lively title song. (JO)

Friday, August 15 (6:30 pm)

Asian Reflections

Kraft Television Theater. The Sea is Boiling Hot (NBC, 5/12/1958). Dir William Graham. Wrt Shimon Wincelberg. With Earl Holliman, Sessue Hayakawa. (60 min, b&w, 3/4" video)


Farewell to Manzanar (Korty Films/NBC, 3/11/1976). Dir John Korty. Wrt Jeanne Wakutsuki Houston, James D. Houston, John Korty, from the book by the Houstons. With Yuki Shimoda, Nobu McCarthy, Akemi Kikumura, Pat Morita, Clyde Kusatsu. (108 min, color, 16mm)

The effects of race and war are examined in two films. First is an NBC television show about two combatants isolated on an island, a Japanese and American, and how they must learn trust despite the barriers of language, and the Japanese must accept his nation’s defeat and surrender. Following this is the 1976 telefilm Farewell to Manzanar , the true story of a family sent to the Japanese internment camp in 1942 that was highly acclaimed upon its broadcast but has not been reissued in video. Farewell to Manzanar was filmed on location at the site of the California camp, and is notable for its spare style, almost resembling the neo-realism of the post World War II era, and avoiding the sort of Hollywood conventions that were found in another treatment of the same issue, the bigger budget theatrical feature, Come See the Paradise (1991). (BT)

Tuesday, August 19 (7:00 pm)

Keenen Ivory Wayans (National Film Registry)

Hollywood Shuffle (Conquering Unicorn/Samuel Goldwyn, 1987). Dir Robert Townsend. Wrt Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans. With Townsend, Wayans, Anne-Marie Johnson, Helen Martin, Starletta DuPois, Craigus R. Johnson, Angela Teek. (78 min, color, 35mm)


In Living Color. No 225, Best of Show No. 1 (20th Century Fox Television, 4/14/1991). Dir Paul Miller. Wrt Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans. With Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Allan Grier. (30 min, color, 3/4" video)

Keenen Ivory Wayans is a talented and successful director, writer, producer who also sits at the head of a family of popular comedians. His career took off in the late 1980's when he collaborated with Robert Townsend on the script for Hollywood Shuffle , a brilliant satire about the film and television industry’s treatment of African Americans actors on-and-off screen. Wayans also co-stars here with writer/director Townsend who made the film on a shoestring budget using his credit cards.

The film is preceded by an episode from Wayans’ hit sketch comedy television show In Living Color that ran for five seasons (1990-1994) on the Fox network. The show broke the careers of a number of talented actor/comedians including Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx. (CSCH)

Thursday, August 21 (7:00 pm)

Keenen Ivory Wayans

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (Ivory Way/UA, 1988). Dir & Wrt Keenen Ivory Wayans. With Wayans, Dawn Lewis, Bernie Casey, Ja’net DuBois, Antonio Fargas, Steve James, Anne-Marie Johnson. (88 min, color, 35mm)

A former army man returns home to find his brother died from wearing too many gold chains. Wanting to clean up the "gold chain trade" that has overrun the neighbor he works to reunite a group of black action heroes including Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, and Issac Hayes. Wayans wrote, directed and stars in this hilarious parody of 1970's blaxploitation movies. (CSCH)

Friday, August 22 (7:00 pm)

A Dandy in Aspic (Columbia, U.K., 1968). Dir Anthony Mann. Wrt Derek Marlowe, based on his novel by the same name. With Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews, Peter Cook, Lionel Stander. (107 min, Technicolor, Panavision, 35 mm)


48 Hours to Live [Trailer] (1959). (b&w, 35mm)
The Journey [Trailer] (1959). (color, 35mm)

In this Cold War thriller with a mod touch, a Russian double agent is given the difficult task of hunting down and eliminating himself. The byzantine plot is nonetheless a nifty cat-and-mouse game marked by great performances and Mann's characteristic stunning visuals - in this instance, great use of locations in West Berlin and London. Mia Farrow is the Twiggy-esque love interest with outfits to die for. Anthony Mann died during production and Laurence Harvey completed the film. Preceded by a selection of trailers. (LP)

Tuesday, August 26 (7:00 pm)

Two More by Loach

Ladybird Ladybird (Parallax Pictures, U.K., 1994). Dir Ken Loach. Wrt Rona Munro. With Crissy Rock, Vladimir Vega, Sandie Lavelle, Mauricio Venegas., Ray Winstone. (101 min, color, 35mm)

At the 1994 Berlin Film Festival, actress Crissy Rock won the Silver Bear award for her role as Maggie Conlan, an unmarried and abused British woman who fights with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie, who has children from four different partners, bounces from one violent relationship to the next, unable to escape a pattern of domestic abuse. One night, she carelessly leaves her children alone at home and they are hurt in a fire. The incident is brought to the attention of Social Services and they take Maggie’s kids away, deeming she is an unfit mother. Maggie struggles to gain custody of her children, but is unsuccessful. One day she meets Jorge, a Paraguayan expatriate who is non-violent and a caring man. In time, Maggie and Jorge develop a positive relationship and begin to start a family. While Maggie finally appears to have achieved stability and happiness with Jorge, her personal life and his is turned up-side down when Social Services intervenes again and removes their new-borne child. Based on a true story, Ladybird Ladybird undoubtedly stands as one of Ken Loach’s most critically acclaimed and engaging docu-dramas. (KT)

Thursday, August 28 (7:00 pm)

Two More by Loach

Sweet Sixteen (Sixteen Films, U.K., 2002). Dir Ken Loach. Wrt Paul Laverty. With Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton, Michelle Abercromby, Michelle Coulter. (106 min, color, 35mm)

Like many of Loach’s main characters, Liam, a typical restless Scottish teen, finds himself alone in an environment of unemployment, dismal surroundings, and drugs. Living in the shipyard town of Greenock, Liam dreamily awaits the day of his mother’s release from prison, where she is serving a term for a crime actually committed by her drug -pushing boyfriend, Stan. Motivated by his mother’s unjust situation, Liam recognizes that he needs to take some action on her behalf. And, he begins to imagine himself capable of rescuing her from Stan, as well as her mean-spirited and foul-mouthed father. Convinced that he and his mother can start life afresh in a caravan park in the quiet village of Kilbride, Liam tries to find ways to fund the journey, but he winds up making enemies, and finds himself in trouble with the law. (KT)

Friday, August 29 (6:30 pm)

Before the Beatles: The Early Days of British Rock and Roll

Rock Around the Clock (Clover Productions/Columbia, 1956). Dir. Fred F. Sears. Wrt Robert E. Kent, James B. Gordon. With Bill Haley and His Comets, Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Henry Slate and Earl Barton. (72 min, b&w, 35mm)


That’ll Be the Day (Goodtimes Enterprises/Anglo-EMI, U.K., 1973). Dir Claude Whatham. Wrt Ray Connolly. With David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach, James Booth, Billy Fury, Keith Moon, Rosalind Ayres. (90 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

Rock Around the Clock was the first of numerous low-budget features produced by Sam Katzman to cash in on the sudden popularity of rock and roll. Cheapness is a virtue here though, as there’s little plot to get in the way of the music, and the unchoreographed dancing extras respond to rock and roll as though they really enjoy it! The film is said to have caused several spontaneous riots in British theatres when it was released there. UK teenagers had heard rock and roll, a bit, but the actual sight of it was apparently overpowering. Bill Haley and the Comets followed up with several English tours, becoming a vital part of the British rock and roll story.

The same year that George Lucas mythologized the end of the first rock and roll era in American Graffitti. British audiences got That’ll Be the Day , a gritty take on the same period in their own history. David Essex plays Jim MacLaine, a directionless young man adrift in late 1950's England, to whom little besides rock and roll makes any sense. Ringo Starr gives his best film performance as an aging teddy boy and carny making his way with Jim through the cheap flash of the holiday resorts where they work, to the accompaniment of a fabulous rock and roll soundtrack. (MB)

Tuesday, September 2 (7:00 pm)

Pinter: Take Two

The Go-Between (MGM-EMI - World Film Services, U.K., 1970). Dir Joseph Losey. Wrt Harold Pinter, from the novel by L.P. Hartley. With Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Leighton, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Edward Fox. (118 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

Continuing the Harold Pinter series from the previous schedule, this block focuses on a selection of the Nobel Prize winning playwright’s screenplay adaptations of novels by other writers.

T he Go-Between unfolds in 1900 where 12 year old Leo (Guard) is used to carry letters between clandestine lovers (Bates and Christie) engaged in an adulterous liaison. The narrative also runs back and forth in time, affording perspective on the adult Leo (Redgrave) and the modern world. (SS)

Thursday, September 4 (7:00 pm)

National Film Registry

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953). Dir Howard Hawks. Wrt Charles Lederer, based on the musical by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos (book), and Jule Styne and Leo Robin (music & lyrics). With Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan. (91 min, Technicolor, 35mm)


Duck Amuck (Warner Bros. Cartoons, 1953). Dir Charles M. Jones. Wrt Michael Maltese. (7 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

The Marilyn Monroe cult was born with a delightful movie musical. This incarnation of the quintessential gold digger Lorelei Lee launched a career, and an image, that is still shaping popular culture around the world. It sure didn’t hurt that the director, Howard Hawks, was a master and that the color process, Technicolor, is as dazzling as ever. Add to this the allure of top-billed Jane Russell, who gives one of her best performances as Lorelei’s protective pal. Both women shine in the musical numbers, whether it’s Russell ogling the guys in "Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love?" or Monroe putting over the gold digger’s manifesto, "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend." Also showing: Duck Amuck , in which Daffy suffers indignities perpetrated by a malicious unseen animator. (JO)

Friday, September 5 (6:30 pm)

Before the Beatles: The Early Days of British Rock and Roll

Play it Cool (Independent Artists/Anglo Amalgamated, U.K., 1962). Dir Michael Winner. Wrt Jack Henry. With Billy Fury, Anna Palk, Michael Anderson Jr., Dennis Price, Richard Wattis, Helen Shapiro, Shane Fenton and the Fentones, Bobby Vee, Jimmy Crawford, Danny Williams. (81 min, b&w, 35mm)


It’s Trad Dad ; U.S. title: Ring-a-Ding Rhythm (Amicus Productions/Columbia, 1962). Dir Richard Lester. Wrt Milton Subotsky. With Craig Douglas, Helen Shapiro, Felix Felton, Arthur Mullard, Alan Freeman, Gene Vincent, Brook Brothers, Chubby Checker, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Gene McDaniels, Del Shannon, John Leyton, Mr. Acker Bilk, The Temperance Seven, Kenny Ball. (78 min, b&w, 35mm)

In Play it Cool , Liverpool rocker Billy Fury plays "Billy Universe," leader of the Satellites, a young, scuffling rock band who are headed for the top—just ask them! In the meantime though, they’ve got to help a runaway heiress find her singer-boyfriend in the nooks and crannies of Soho, where they encounter fellow British rockers Shane Fenton (later known as Alvin Stardust) and Helen Shapiro (who later toured with the Beatles), and American visitors Bobby Vee and Jimmy Crawford. Handsome, dynamic and personable, Billy Fury (1940-2003) was one of the best of Britain’s early rock stars. His singing style unabashedly echoed Elvis and Buddy Holly, but he still put his songs over with class and energy.

It’s Trad Dad refers to the British school of Dixieland Jazz known as "Trad" (for "traditional"), which in the 50's and early 60's held its own with skiffle and early rock and roll among the younger set in England. When the doddering Lord Mayor of an unnamed "New Town" suburban development finds his quiet cup of coffee disrupted by The Temperance Seven jazz band, he determines to expunge all of the younger generation’s loud music from his quiet, model community. Undaunted, two local teens mount their own show, seeking talent from the local Trad scene as well as among visiting American rock and rollers at the local TV station. This was the first feature film directed by Richard Lester, and his first collaboration with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor. Two years later, the pair would strike gold with A Hard Day’s Night. (MB)

Tuesday, September 9 (7:00 pm)

Pinter: Take Two

The Last Tycoon (Academy Pictures/Paramount, 1976). Dir Elia Kazan. Wrt Harold Pinter, from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. With Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Donald Pleasance, Ray Milland, Dana Andrews. (123 min, Technicolor, 35mm )

Film version of Fitzgerald’s unfinished, posthumously published novel marks the final directorial effort of Elia Kazan. Set in the late nineteen twenties and early thirties, De Niro plays movie mogul Monroe Stahr, a character closely modeled on legendary Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg. Boasting a remarkable cast, the production benefits immensely from Pinter’s restrained, enigmatic screenplay which melds his own distinctive style with Fitzgerald’s milieu. (SS)

Thursday, September 11 (7:00 pm)

National Film Registry (Audience Request)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Warner Bros., 1945). Dir Raoul Walsh. Wrt Sam Hellman, James V. Kern, from an idea by Aubrey Wisberg. With Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn, Reginald Gardiner, Guy Kibbee, John Alexander. (80 min, b&w, 35mm)

"If you ever saw it in the movies you'd never believe it," exclaims Jack Benny in the film's final line, commenting on his exploits as an angel sent to destroy Earth by blowing the trumpet at midnight. Benny often joked how the film was so bad that it ended his movie career, and it was indeed his final feature. A reevaluation of this much maligned work has been long overdue, and we are presenting it as a National Film Registry candidate at the request of members of the Pickford audience. To nominate a film for the Registry and have it considered for a screening at the Pickford Theater, please go to NFR Nominations (link to < >). (ZS)

Friday, September 12 (7:00 pm)

Before the Beatles: The Early Days of British Rock and Roll

What a Crazy World! (Capricorn Productions/Warner-Pathé, U.K., 1963). Dir Michael Carreras. Wrt Alan Klein, Carreras, based on the musical play by Klein. With Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, Susan Maughan, Marty Wilde, Harry H. Corbett, Freddie and the Dreamers. (88 min, b&w, 35mm)


Don’t Knock the Rock (Granada Television, U.K., 1964). Dir Phillip Casson. With Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Animals, Sounds Incorporated. (52 min, b&w, 3/4" video)

Joe Brown was the East End’s contribution to the early days of British Rock and Roll, and he’s still going strong. Most of us over here didn’t get a glimpse of him until recently, when he appeared in the George Harrison memorial concert. Brown was a favorite of the Beatles, a hot guitarist and showman with style and charisma who never forgot where he was from. What a Crazy World! finds him playing Cockney misfit Alf Hitchens, who hopes that music will be his ticket to the top.

With Beatlemania now taking hold of the world, Granada Television produced Don’t Knock the Rock special featuring three American rock and roll pioneers who toured Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s, meeting and inspiring the Beatles and many other artists: Gene Vincent, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Animals and backing band Sounds Incorporated are here as well, just to show how well they learned their lessons! (MB)

Tuesday, September 16 (7:00 pm)

Pinter: Take Two

The French Lieutenant's Woman (Juniper Films/UA, 1981). Dir: Karel Reisz. Wrt Harold Pinter, from the novel by John Fowles. With Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell, Leo McKern. (124 min, color, 35mm)

Parallel worlds are juxtaposed as the relationship of two actors is contrasted with that of the romantic protagonists they are playing on a film set and in Victorian England. Pinter introduced the screenplay’s story within a story structure in an attempt to approximate the self reflexivity of Fowles’ multi-layered novel. (SS)

Thursday, September 18 (7:00 pm)

The Amazing Dobermans (Rosamond Productions/Golden Films, 1976). Dir Byron Chudnow. Wrt Richard Chapman, William Goldstein, Michael Kraike With Fred Astaire, Barbara Eden, James Franciscus, Jack Carter, Billy Barty. (96 min, color, 35mm)

Fred Astaire plays Daniel Hughes, a bible thumping ex-con who has five crime fighting Doberman pinchers that he controls with a remote control. Hughes and his pack of dogs team up with a government agent going undercover in a circus act to catch a gang of racketeers. The film, marketed to children, boasts the lovely and talent Barben Eden wearing costumes that would make Jeannie blush. (CSCH)

Friday, September 19 (7:00 pm)

Before the Beatles: The Early Days of British Rock and Roll

Finders Keepers (Inter-State Films, U.K., 1966). Dir Sidney Hayers. Wrt Michael Pertwee. With Cliff Richard and the Shadows; Robert Morley, Graham Stark, Peggy Mount, Viviane Ventura. (94 min, Eastmancolor, 35mm)


Rhythm ‘n’ Greens (Inter-State Films, U.K., 1964). Dir & Wrt Christopher Miles. With The Shadows: Hank Marvin, Brian Bennett, John Rostill & Bruce Welch; Joan Palethorpe, Audrey Bayley, Sally Bradley, Wendy Barrie, Cliff Richard. (32 min, color, 35mm)

Sir Cliff Richard has been a British rock and roll legend from almost the very beginning of his career in the late 50's, and a major star throughout Europe as well. In the U.S., he’s mainly known for a string of pop hits in the late 70's and early 1980's. He was by far Britain’s biggest rock star of the pre-Beatles era, and one of its biggest during and after the Beatles era, though he didn’t find much success in America until the mid-70's. His earlier features with the Shadows usually find them performing in the highly orchestrated, non-rocking style of contemporary film musicals however, and Finders Keepers was first in which they got to work mostly in their own style. It’s a Cold War spoof that finds Cliff and the Shadows arriving in a Spanish sea side town too late to make their gig, but just in time to join the hunt for a missing atom bomb!

Cliff Richard’s crack back-up band the Shadows had a considerable career on their own, though this is the only time they got top billing in a film. Rhythm ‘n’ Greens is a delightful oddity in which the Shadows act out a guitar-driven history of Britain from the Stone Age on, with the help of narrator Robert Morley, and a special appearance by Cliff himself (as King Knut!). (MB)

Tuesday, September 23 (7:00 pm)

2 Days in the Valley (Redemption Productions - Rysher Entertainment/MGM/UA, 1996). Dir & Wrt John Herzfeld. With Danny Aiello, James Spader, Paul Mazursky, Teri Hatcher, Charlize Theron. (104 min, color, 35mm)

Film critic Roger Ebert appears to have an insider's perspective about how it's possible for the many characters in this movie to establish a connection: "The movie illustrates a world view shared by a lot of people in Los Angeles: If there are only six degrees of separation between any two people in the world, there are only two or maybe three separating everyone in the Valley from the rich and famous who light up the pages of the National Enquirer. A cop can become Joseph Wambaugh. A personal trainer can become Steven Seagal. A hooker can become Heidi Fleiss." (DN)

Thursday, September 25 (7:00 pm)

Preservation Showcase

The Case of the Curious Bride (First National, 1935). Dir Michael Curtiz. Wrt Tom Reed, based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner. With Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods, Claire Dodd, Allen Jenkins. (74 min, b&w, 35mm)


Jimmy the Gent (Warner Bros., 1934). Dir Michael Curtiz. Wrt Bertram Milhauser (screenplay), Laird Doyle, Ray Nazarro (story). With James Cagney, Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins, Alan Dinehart, Alice White, Arthur Hohl. (67 min, b&w, 35mm)

Two Michael Curtiz-directed films recently preserved from original nitrate negatives in the Library's United Artists Collection and first shown at the 2007 "Il Cinema Ritrovato" festival in Bologna, Italy. The Case of the Curious Bride , with Warren William as Perry Mason, is a witty and fast-paced whodunit with "the flair and vitality of a Feuillade serial" (Peter von Bagh). In Jimmy the Gent , Cagney gives one of the most breathtaking performances of his career as a fast-talking con-man tracking down heirs of people who have died without leaving behind a will. (ZS)

Friday, September 26 (7:00 pm)

Kamikaze 1989 (Regina Ziegler Filmproduktion - Trio-Film - Oase Film Produktions - ZDF, West Germany, 1982). Dir Wolf Gremm. Wrt Robert Katz, Gremm, based on the novel "Murder on the 31st Floor" by Per Wahlöö. With Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Gobert, Franco Nero, Brigitte Mira, Richy Müller. (106 min, color, 35mm, in German with English subtitles)

In the not-too-distant future, the apocalypse has yet to happen... but, may begin momentarily. It is a different world than one might expect. It is a world born directly out of the loins of the West Berlin punk sensibilities of the late 1970's/early 1980's and comic book archetypes. All drugs have been legalized, suicide and murder have become extinct (there are only "accidental deaths"), and television consists of nothing but one reality show where people compete to see who can laugh the longest. Neon is the only man-made lighting in existence, hair colors are of the more extreme nature and crimes against fashion have never been so cruel. All television, radio, movies, newspapers and other media are controlled by one man, the Ruper Murdoch-like "Blue Panther."

Out of this world comes police lieutenant Jansen (Fassbinder), sporting a leopard print suit with a red button-up, an 8 o'clock shadow, and rings around his eyes that one could hula hoop in. Jansen is called into action to investigate a series of bomb threats and "accidental deaths" at one of the Blue Panther's factories. His task: break the nebulous entity called "Krysmopompas", find the one-eyed assailant (played colorfully by Franco Nero), avoid unknown burly male assassins dressed in black lingerie, and muscle through the self-serving police propaganda machine. All this while maintaining his gruff, condescending and razor tongued attitude.

Kamikaze 1989 is a collaboration of several key practitioners of New German Cinema. Rainer Werner Fassbinder is considered by many to be the most powerful filmmaker to come out of post-war Germany. In sixteen years he directed and wrote (and many times also acted, edited and even photographed) forty-two motion pictures and one entire television series, as well as worked on thirty projects for other directors. This is Fassbinder's last screen appearance - he died of a massive drug overdose shortly after filming was complete. Wolf Gremm, who was staying at Fassbinder's apartment at the time of the director's death, has made several attempts at defining film as an experimental and communicative art, although most of his works have yet to make it to American shores. Kamikaze 1989 was filmed by the award winning cinematographer (and filmmaker) Xaver Schwarzenberger, who designed the complex look of the film by using almost entirely gelled and neon lighting.

Kamikaze 1989 is difficult to see outside of Germany. The Library of Congress is presenting an uncut 35mm print with beautiful color. (JS)

Friday, October 31 (7:00 pm)

Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006). A film by Paul Festa. (DVD)

Paul Festa’s 58-minute film captures the responses of 31 authors, musicians, filmmakers and dancers to Olivier Messiaen’s monumental organ work. The documentary subjects "put Messiaen’s project to the test," writes Festa. "Is it possible to portray, through time-bound, invisible sound, the spiritual, the architectural, the eternal? The result is a collective interpretation improvising its way through an aeshetic landscape defined by violent contradictions. Resolution abuts eternity, eroticism, ascetisim, spiritual ecstasy, physical torture. Together, the music and its interpreters conjure something like what Willim Blake famously called the marriage of heaven and hell."

Monday, November 17 (7:00 pm)

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fall at the Nation’s Library

Curated by Norman Middleton, Music Division

Heartland Reggae (1980). Dir James P. Lewis. With Natty Garfield, Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Ras Lee Morris, Judy Mowatt, Lloyd Parkes, Peter Tosh, Junior Tucker, and U-Roy. (90 min, 16mm)

A documentary of the One Love Peace Concert held in Kingston, Jamaica in 1978. In addition to the music, this film features the return to Jamaica of Bob Marley after a sixteen-month hiatus following an attempt on his life. Filmed live in Jamaica in 1977 and 1978. Also included are several sequences in which the Rastafarian lifestyle and philosophy are discussed; considered to be the definitive reggae film.

Monday, November 24 (7:00 pm)

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fall at the Nation’s Library: Frank Zappa Mini-Film Festival

Uncle Meat (1987) Written and directed by Frank Zappa. (100 min, VHS)

You’ll need a chicken to watch it! With Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, this off-beat melange of fiction, home movies and concert footage, tells the story of Uncle Meat (Don Preston–aka Dom DeWilde & Biff Debris–was Zappa’s keyboard player) who is trying to write a hit song but sometimes changes into a monster. Zappa could not find a backer, so the film sat unreleased until 1987. The concert footage was taken at the Mothers 1968 Royal Albert Hall show. Linda Ronstadt has a cameo.

Monday, December 1 (7:00 pm)

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fall at the Nation’s Library: Frank Zappa Mini-Film Festival

The Amazing Mr. Bickford (1987). Dir Bruce Bickford and Frank Zappa. (60 min, VHS)

Frank Zappa could not resist Bruce Bickford’s fascinating claymation and Zappa’s music–conducted by Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano no less!–combined with Bickford’s characters, make for a dazzling, violent, politically incorrect romp. This maze-like, surreal world explodes in nightmarish images patiently elaborated with plasticine and the stop-motion technique.


Does Humor Belong in Music? (1985) Written and directed by Frank Zappa. (57 min, VHS).

Whether or not you're a fan of Zappa's music, philosophy, or looks, you'll like this live performance of his 1984 band captured live in NYC. The video quality is superb, since Zappa got his hands on some of the first digital video recording equipment available at that time. Performance-wise, this was arguably the best ensemble of artists he'd ever assembled, and both the performance and the music are superb. Really great concert footage from a band that knows how to give it their all. If you've listened to some of Zappa's live recordings before (such as the 'You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore' series), this video allows you to really see the band in action. For Zappa fans, this is a must. For fans of rock concert videos, you can't go wrong here.

Monday, December 8 (7:00 pm)

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fall at the Nation’s Library: Frank Zappa Mini-Film Festival

200 Motels (1971). (98 min, 35mm)

Frank Zappa once said, "Touring makes you crazy." Directed by Tony Palmer, Charles Swenson, and Frank Zappa, the film was conceived while the Mothers of Invention were on tour and is a combination of live action and animation. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members’ main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid. In addition to the Mothers of Invention, the cast also features Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon, Pamela Des Barres, and Ringo Starr.

Tuesday, December 9 (7:00 pm)

A Labyrinth of Time (2006). (DVD)

Frank Scheffer’s brilliant documentary illuminates Elliott Carter’s musical development and projects his compositions in time, in a journey led by the composer himself. Beautiful pictures of the city of New York, of which Carter is a lifetimem citizen, are used as metaphors, building a juxtaposition of Carter’s music and its reflection on our democratic society.

Monday, December 15 (7:00 pm)

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fall at the Nation’s Library

Stop Making Sense (1984). Dir Jonathan Demme. With David Byrne, Alex Weir, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Bernie Worrell, Chris Frantz, Steven Scales, Lynn Mabry, Ednah Holt. (88 min, 35mm)

Expertly filmed and edited performance of a Talking Heads concert (over three nights) featuring leadsinger David Byrne. Everything works --the music, the lighting and the special effects.

The Mary Pickford Theater is programmed by Matthew Barton, Jennifer Harbster, Jerry Hatfield, Wilbur King, Steve Leggett, Karen Lund, Mike Mashon, David Novack, Jennifer Ormson, Pat Padua, Lynne Parks, Sam Serafy, Christel Schmidt, Zoran Sinobad, John Snelson, Chris Spehr, Brian Taves, and Kim Tomadjoglou.

Projectionists: Amy Gallick, David March, Jennifer Ormson, Mike Smith
Theater Managers: Jerry Hatfield, Christel Schmidt, Chris Spehr

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