Calendar of Events
American Film Institute Silver Theater
"Silent Cinema Showcase" (October 27-November 26) is an ambitious series of silent films all with live music accompaniment including the Alloy Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, Ben Model, Andrew Simpson, the Not So Silent Cinema, Christine Niehaus, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, Gabriel Thibaudeau, Coupler, and Stephen Horne. Titles include Variety (E.A. Dupont, 1925) with music by the Alloy Orchestra; A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926) with music by the Alloy Orchestra; The Lost World (Harry Hoyt, 1925) with music by the Alloy Orchestra; Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) with music by the Alloy Orchestra; The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925) with music by the Columbia Orchestra; Children of Divorce (Frank Lloyd, 1925), starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper with music by Andrew Simpson; "Slapstick Divas," a program of five short films with music by Ben Model and with an introduction by Steve Massa, author of the recently published Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy; The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927) with music by the Not So Silent Orchestra; "Keaton and Arbuckle Comedy Shorts Program," on the occasion of Buster Keaton's centenary screen debut with music by Ben Model and introduced by Steve Massa; Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929) with music by the Not So Silent Orchestra; a free screening of Wings (William Wellman, 1927) with music by Christine Niehaus; The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde, 1927) with music by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra; Humoresque (Frank Borzage, 1920) with music by Gabriel Thibaudeau; Our Heavenly Bodies (Hanns Walter Kornblum, 1925) with music by Coupler; Behind the Door (Irvin Willat, 1919) with music by Stephen Horne; Prix de Beaute (Augusto Genina, 1930) with music by Stephen Horne; Casanova (Alexandre Volkoff, 1927) with music by Stephen Horne; A Modern Musketeer (Allen Dwan, 1917) with music by Stephen Horne; Chicago (Frank Urson, 1927) with music by Andrew Simpson; Kid Boots (1926) with music by Donald Sosin; The Dixie Flyer (1926) with music by Donald Sosin; It (1927) with music by Makia Matsumura; and Get Your Man with music by Makia Matsumura. A series pass is available.
"Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard," co-sponsored by the National Gallery of Art does double duty as part of the Silent Cinema. Music accompaniement for this series is by the Alloy Orchestra. Titles are Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925); The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Lev Kuleshov, 1924); Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) and Outskirts (1933). See also the National Gallery of Art.
"Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration" is a series of films about migration shown at various locations. At the AFI in November is Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August, 1988); La Pirogue (Moussa Toure, 2012); and the animated An American Tail (Don Bluth, 1986).
The Joan Fontaine Centennial continues in November with Jane Eyre, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Rebecca and Suspicion.
The AFI and Freer Gallery of Art are locations for the 11th "Korean Film Festival DC 2017." At the AFI: Okja (Bong Joon-Ho, 2017); The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil, 2017); Bluebeard (Lee Soo-yeon, 2017); and The Merciless (Byun Sung-hyun, 2017). More at the Freer.
A special event in November is a documentary about Indian-American actor Omi Vaidya Big in Bollywood (Bill Bowles, 2001) and one of Vaidya's films Three Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009). Actor Omi Vaidya will introduce both films, with a Q&A after the documentary.
Other special events include a 50th anniversary showing of In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967); Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976); Wise Blood (John Huston, 1979) featuring an introduction and Q&A with writer and producer Michael Fitzgerald; "CatVideoFest 2017;" and the 19th "Animation Show of Shows" featuring 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films.
On November 13 is the "Meet the Press Film Festival," 16 short political documentaries, shown at Landmark's Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Q&As will follow the films. Times vary, see the website.
Freer Gallery of Art
A new series of Japanese classic films starts this month. On November 1 at 2:00pm is the great Japanese classic Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950).
The "Korean Film Festival DC 2017" begins November 3 at 7:30pm with Okja (Bong Joon-Ho, 2017) Come early at 5:30pm for exclusive curator tours of the newly opened gallery of Korean art plus Korean food and a cash bar. Stay after the film for a live video Q&A with Bong Joon-ho. Other films in the series: the corruption story Asura: The City of Madness (Kim Sung-su, 2016) on November 5 at 2:00pm; the documentary Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno (Jung Yoon-suk, 2017) on November 10 at 7:00pm; the political thriller The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi, 2016) on November 12 at 2:00pm with the director appearing in person; a social critique Come, Together (Shin Dong-il, 2016) on November 17 at 7:00pm; Picture of Hell (Park Ki-young, 2016) on November 19 at 1:00pm and the comedy A Quiet Dream (Zhang Lu, 2016) on November 19 at 3:30pm. A few more in December. See the AFI for more Korean films in this series.
Special events in November include Crossing the Empty Quarter (Simon Gallimore, 2017) with discussion by explorer Mark Evans and a reception following the film.
National Gallery of Art
"Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films" (November 5-December 10) is a series of films and TV work by Ghanian-British filmmaker John Akomfrah. On November 5 at 4:30pm is The Nine Muses (2011); on November 11 at 2:30pm is a program of four short films including The Genome Chronicles (2008), Memory Room 451 (1997), All That Is Solid (Melts into Air) (2015) and The Call of Mist Redux (2016). On November 18 at 2:30pm is Tropikos (2016) preceded by Peripeteia (2012) with an introduction by Aboubakar Sanogo. On November 18 at 4:00pm is The Stuart Hall Project (2013) with an introduction by Aboubakar Sanogo. More in December.
"The Warrior, the Reader, the Writer: Fantasy Figures in French Period Film" (November 25-December 1) is a three-film series complementing the Gallery's exhibition "Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures." On November 25 at 3:30pm is Fanfan la Tulipe (Christian-Jaque, 1952); on November 26 at 4:00pm is Farewell, My Queen (Benoit Jacquot, 2012) and on December 1 at 2:30pm is Beaumarchais, l'insolent (Edouard Molinaro, 1996).
"Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard" (October 13-November 12) is a series of some of the most important Soviet films from the 1920s. The series concludes in November with two "cine-concerts." On November 4 at 2:30pm is The General Line (Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov, 1929) with piano accompaniment by Andrew Simpson and on November 12 at 4:00pm is Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930) shown with Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929) with piano accompaniment by Andrew Simpson. Also see the AFI for more films in this series.
Special events in November include Immortality for All (Anton Vidokle, 2014-17), a trilogy about the now-forgotten 20th century philosophy known as cosmism, a doctrine that motivated many Soviet-era artists and thinkers on November 19 at 4:00pm, introduced by Anton Vidokle. There are two "cine-concerts" The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928) on November 24 at 2:30pm with Stephen Horne accompanying the film on piano; and Blue Jeans (John Hancock Collins, 1917) on November 25 at 1:00pm with accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton.
On November 18 at 5:30pm is Murder in a Nutshell: The Frances Glessner Lee Story (Susan Marks, 2017), about the forensics pioneer whose dollhouse-sized dioramas of true murder scenes can be seen in the new exhibition "Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death." A Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening in the Renwick's Grand Salon.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
On November 10 at 3:00pm is Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light, about African-Americans in Paris and Europe during the post-WWI period. Filmmakers David and Joanne Burke will join other panelists for a discussion after the film.
National Portrait Gallery
On November 30 at 6:00pm is The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930) starring Marlene Dietrich. A reception follows the screening.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
On November 18 at 3:00pm is !Women Art Revolution (Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2010), a documentary about the feminist art movement from the 1960s to the present.
New films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are part of the 2017 "Film | Neu" film festival. The Opening Night film is The Young Karl Marx (Raoul Peck, 2017) from Germany and the Closing Night film is The Divine Order (Petra Volpe, 2017) from Switzerland. Other titles include LOMO-The Language of Many Others (Julia Langhof, 2017) from Germany; Beuys (Andreas Veil, 2017) from Germany; Western (Valeska Grisebach, 2017) from Austria/Germany; Welcome to Germany (Simon Verhoeven, 2016) from Germany; Night of a 1000 Hours (Virgil Widrich, 2016) from Austria; Hanna's Sleeping Dogs (Andreas Gruber, 2016) from Austria; In Times of Fading Light (Matti Geschonneck, 2017) from Germany; Marija (Michael Koch, 2016) from Germany; and a program of short films. All are shown at Landmark's E Street Cinema.
As part of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "95 Theses" is a program of films introduced by Anna Maria Boss of the Germany Historical Institute. On November 8 at 6:30pm is Bear Ye One Another's Burden (Lothar Warneke, 1988) from the GDR, set in the 1950s and preceded by an animated short film Copyright by Luther (Lew Hohmann, 1983) also from the GDR. On November 16 at 6:30pm is Luther and I (Julia von Heinz, 2017) preceded by a short documentary The Winged Serpent: Lucas Cranach the Elder (Lothar Barke, 1971) with an introduction by Amy Leonard of Georgetown University.
The "Germany Movie Night" film for November is Greetings from Fukushima (Doris Dorrie, 2016) on November 17 at 6:30pm.
National Air and Space Museum
"Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen" is a series of WWI films commemorating the entry to the US in 1917. The last film in this series is The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937) on November 11 at 7:00pm.
National Geographic Society
"Mountainfilm on Tour" is a selection of films from this year's annual festival. Two separate programs on November 3 and 4 at 7:00pm.
On November 6 at 6:30pm is a program of two short films: The American in Paris: The True Story of the American Hospital of Paris in WWI (Antony Easton, 2017) followed by At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in World War I (Jack Klink, 2017). A reception and opening of the exhibit about the American Hospital in Paris follows the film program. Reserve online.
Two films are shown as part of the "Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration." On November 14 at 7:00pm is Hope (Boris Lojkine, 2015) and on November 28 at 7:00pm is Welcome (Philippe Lioret, 2009). Reserve online.
The Japan Information and Culture Center
On November 8 at 6:30pm is Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase, 2015).
The "animizing" film this month is Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986) on November 17 at 6:30pm.
The Textile Museum at GWU
On November 9 at noon is Craft in America: Origins (2015) a documentary about contemporary crafts and their historical counterparts.
On November 11 at 2:00pm is We Were Soldiers (Randall Wallace, 2002) about a major battle between the US and North Vietnamese forces starring Mel Gibson. The film isintroduced by Joseph Galloway, co-author of the book We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young.
"Cinema Arts Bethesda" is a monthly Sunday morning film discussion series. On November 12 at 10:00am is the award-winning Frantz (Francois Ozon, 2016), set during WWI. Breakfast is at 9:30am, the film is at 10:00am and discussion follows, moderated by Adam Spector, host of the DC Film Society's Cinema Lounge and author of the column "Adam's Rib." A season pass is available.
National Museum of Natural History
"Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series" is a series of documentaries mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Discussion follows each program. On November 3 at 2:30pm is A Weave of Time (Susan Fanshel, 1986), about four generations of change in a Navajo family. On November 10 at 2:30pm is Photo Wallahs (David and Judith McDougall, 1991) about photographers of Mussoorie, a hill station in te Himalayan foothills of northern India. On November 17 at 2:30pm is Bontoc Eulogy (Marlon Fuentes, 1995), a mockumentary about a trip from the Philippines to the St. Louis World's Fair.
On November 30 at 6:30pm is How to Survive a Plague, about HIV survivors. A discussion afterwards features Peter Staley, AIDS activist and a figure in the film; Anthony S. Fauci and Vanessa M. Hirsch from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Juan Carlos Loubriel from Whitman-Walker Heath.
On November 1 at 8:00pm is Aida's Secrets (Alon Schwarz, 2016), a documentary about brothers separated while in displaced person camps after WWII and their discovery of each other and reunion with their elderly mother. Following the film is a Q&A with Alon Schwarz. Part of the "Films in Focus" series.
On November 15 at 8:00pm is the semi-fictional biopic Django (Etienne Comar, 2017), about the guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, for this month's "French Cinematheque" film.
On November 30 at 7:30pm is Score: A Film Music Documentary (2017), with Q&A after the film with writer/director Matt Schrader. Part of the Avalon's "Film Studies" programs.
A new documentary series "Exhibition on Screen" begins with the award-winning Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (David Bickerstaff) on November 12 and 14 at 10:30am.
Italian Cultural Institute
On November 13 at 6:00pm is Pizza, the Heart of Naples (Luca Verdone, 2017), a short documentary followed by a pizza tasting.
New York University Abramson Family Auditorium
On November 1 at 6:00pm is a selection of five short LGBT films from the "five Films4Freedom" film festival, followed by a panel discussion. Titles ae Crush (Rosie Westhoff); Bridging the Gap: Women Where We Are now (Lucie Rachel); Still Burning (Nick Rowley); Jamie (Christopher Manning); and Heavy Weight (Jonny Ruff). All are from the UK.
Two films are from the N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events) film series: Children of the Night (Andrea De Sica, 2017) on November 7 at 6:30pm and Lucky (Sergio Castellitto, 2017) on November 8 at 6:30pm.
Three film programs from the human rights film festival "Echoes of One World" Documentary Film Series are Arms Ready and Normal Autistic Film on November 13 at 6:30pm; and Lost in Lebanon and Nowhere to Hide on November 14 at 6:00pm and 8:00pm; and Plastic China on November 15 at 6:30pm.
Library of Congress
The Mary Pickford Theater
at the Library of Congress starts a new series of films showcasing the Library's collection and including newly preserved films. In November are two films starring Kirk Douglas who celebrated his 100th birthday last year. On November 2 at 7:00pm is The Devil's Disciple (Guy Hamilton, 1959) based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. On November 30 at 7:00pm is Last Train from Gun Hill (John Sturges, 1959), one of Douglas' finest Westerns.
Anacostia Community Museum
On November 16 at 11:30am is I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016), a documentary about James Baldwin.
"Capital Classics" at Landmark's West End Cinema
Classic films are shown at the West End Cinema on Wednesdays at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm. On November 8 is 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968); on November 15 is Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958); on November 22 is The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, 1938) and on November 29 is The Women (George Cukor, 1939).
On November 24 at 7:00pm and November 26 at 2:00pm is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002) in concert with the NSO performing John Williams' score.
"Davis & Crawford: A Fabulous Rivalry" is a series of four films starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. The two remaining films in November are In This Our Life (John Huston, 1942) with Bette Davis and co-star Olivia de Havilland as sisters. On November 12 at 4:00pm is Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945) with Joan Crawford as a single mother.
Join New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot and movie critic Nell Minow as they explore Bette and Joan's rivalry and some of their best performances.
On November 3 at 7:00pm is Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (M. Jay Roach, 1997) part of the audience-participation "Quote Along" (Yeah, baby!) series of films. Shown at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
National Academy of Sciences
On November 14 at 6:30pm is Chasing Coral with filmmaker Jeff Orlowski present to introduce the film. A panel discussion follows. Come early at 5:30pm for a reception. Location: Keck Center, 500 5th Street NW.
Reel Affirmations XTra
On November 10 at 7:00pm is Cold Breath (Abbas Raziji, 2017) from Iran, about a woman living as a man.
Busboys and Poets
On November 26 at 5:00pm is the documentary Chasing Trane (John Scheinfeld, 2016) at the 14th and V location.
George Mason University
On November 2 at 4:30pm is a "Visiting Filmmakers" program Whose Streets?, a documentary about Ferguson with co-director Sabaah Folayan present for discussion. On November 7 at 7:30pm is another "Visiting Filmmakers" program Fail State, a documentary about predatory for-profit colleges with film director Alex Shebanow present for Q&A.