Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

All films will be shown in the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. (view map) Doors open 30 minutes before screening. For information: call (202) 707-5502. All events are free but require tickets, learn more

In addition to the films listed here, the Library offers regularly scheduled free screenings in the Mary Pickford Theater in Washington, DC and the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia.

May Film Series: Billy Strayhorn

Please Note: Once a date has been confirmed, the Library of Congress will alert all those who registered for the original event date via their email addresses. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you, your family and friends very soon.

In May we will screen two films that feature the music of Billy Strayhorn as part of our salute to the great musician.

Film poster: Paris Blues

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020 at 7 PM

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(tickets available 12/11/2020, beginning at 10 AM)

PARIS BLUES (1961) | 98 mins.

Martin Ritt, Director
Paris Blues is a classic love story about American expatriate jazz musicians in Paris, with memorable performances by figures including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Louis Armstrong. Billy Strayhorn’s significant contributions to Paris Blues went uncredited, with an Oscar nomination going instead to Duke Ellington for Best Music and Scoring.

Presented through the generous support of the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family
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Film poster: Anatomy of a Murder

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 at 11 AM

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ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959) | 160 mins.

Otto Preminger, Director
Otto Preminger’s epic courtroom drama featuring a stellar cast led by James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott and Ben Gazarra was nominated for seven Academy Awards. The music of Strayhorn and Ellington plays an important role in the film, which was one of the first blockbusters to highlight jazz and African American composers.

Presented through the generous support of the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family
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