The Cinema Lounge
The Cinema Lounge meets August 15, 2016 at 7:00pm. Our topic is "The Films of Tim Burton." From Beetlejuice, to Batman, to Edward Scissorhands, to Ed Wood, Tim Burton has always presented a unique style and a distinct vision. With the upcoming release of Burton's new film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, what do we expect from Burton, and can he surprise us?
New location! The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, meets the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 7:00pm at Teaism in Penn Quarter, 400 8th St., NW in Washington, DC (closest Metro stop is Archives, also near Metro Center and Gallery Place). NOTE: We will meet in the downstairs area. You do not need to be a member of the Washington DC Film Society to attend. Cinema Lounge is moderated by Adam Spector, author of the DC Film Society's Adam's Rib column.
Calendar of Events
American Film Institute Silver Theater
"John Williams: AFI Life Achievement Award" (July 8-September 11) is a series of films featuring scores composed by John Williams. Titles in August are Black Sunday (1977), Superman (1978), Dracula (1979), The Fury (1978), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Part (1993) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. More in September.
"Keepin' It Real: 90's Cinema Now" (July 15-September 13) features films from the 1990s. Titles in August include What About Bob, Bound, The Last Boy Scout, Election, Scream, Slacker, The Long Kiss Goodnight, High Heels and Breaking the Waves. More in September.
"Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road" (July 11-September 14) features a number of 4k restorations. Titles in August include The American Friend, Wrong Move, The State of Things, Paris Texas, Tokyo Ga and Notebook on Cities and Clowns. The series concludes in September.
"Ken Adam Remembered" (July 9-September 14) is a tribute to the production designer who died recently at the age of 95. Titles in August are Moonraker, The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, Barry Lyndon, Gideon of Scotland Yard, and Night of the Demon. More in September.
"Glorious Technicolor" (July 9-September 14) presents Technicolor films from the silent era through the 1960s. Titles in August are Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Black Pirate, The Man from Laramie, The Naked Spur, Niagara, Drums Along the Mohawk, African Queen, Northwest Passage, The Mystery of the Eax Museum (1933), Ben Hur (1959) and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. More in September.
"Olivia de Havilland Centennial" celebrates Olivia De Havilland's 100th birthday. Titles in August are The Snake Pit and The Dark Mirror (1946).
"Looney Tunes" is a series of 8 programs of cartoons August 6-28.
Special engagements during August include Evil Dead 2 and L'Inhumaine (Marcel L'Herbier, 1924) with live music by the Alloy Orchestra on August 13 at 7:15pm.
Two King Hu 4k restorations are Dragon Inn (1967) and A Touch of Zen (1971).
Freer Gallery of Art
The Freer is closed for renovations. Films will be shown at varying locations.
The 21st "Made in Hong Kong" film series concludes in August with The Blade (Tsui Hark, 1995) at 1:00pm on August 6; Terra Cotta Warrior (Ching Siu-Tung, 1990) on August 6 at 3:30pm. On August 7 at 2:00pm American actor Bobby Samuels will appear in person to talk about his career as a stuntman in Hong Kong films and to introduce his film The Red Wolf (Yuen Wo-Ping, 1995). On August 20 at 2:00pm is Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015) and on August 21 at 2:00pm is A Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles, 2014), a documentary about director Jia Zangke. All are shown at the Warner Brothers Theater in the National Museum of American History except for A Guy from Fenyang which is at the National Portrait Gallery's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.
National Gallery of Art
"The Grandest Spaces: Picturing Museums" (July 16-August 28) includes recent films on museums in London, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Saint Petersburg. On August 7 at 4:00pm is Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015), preceded by the short film Hubert Robert: A Fortunate Life (Alexander Sokurov, 1996). On August 20 at 2:00pm is The Great Museum (Johannes Holzhausen, 2014); on August 20 at 4:00pm is James Benning's Natural History (James Benning, 2014); and on August 28 at 4:00pm is Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, 2002).
"Black Maria at 35" presents selections from the Black Maria Film Festival. Program One is on August 6 at 1:00pm and Program Two is on August 6 at 3:30pm.
"The Landscapes of Bruce Bailie" is a three-part program of short avant-garde films on August 13 at 2:30pm, August 14 at 4:00pm and August 21 at 4:00pm.
"Shakespeare as Cinematic Experiment 1908-1921" (August 27-September 24) is a series of silent films, mostly short one-reelers of Shakespeare's work. On August 27 at 3:00pm is a cine-concert of Richard III (1911 and 1912) with Donald Sosin providing music accompaniment. More in September.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
On August 21 at 3:00pm is the award-winning documentary The Beauty of Questions (Leonard Feinstein, 1997), about artist Robert Irwin.
Museum of American History
Films in the "Made in Hong Kong" series are shown here. See the Freer.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Two films about artists are shown in August. On August 6 at 3:00pm is A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China (Philip Haas, 1988), a documentary with artist David Hockney tracing the Emperor's 1989 tour through a Chinese scroll. On August 20 at 3:00pm is Running Fence (Albert and David Maysles, 1978), about artist Christo's plan to build a 24-mile fence of white fabric in California.
Washington Jewish Community Center
On August 16 at 7:30pm is The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume, 2016), winner of 6 German Oscars.
On August 5 at 8:00pm is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams' score.
The Japan Information and Culture Center
On August 17 at 6:30pm is Sue, Mai & Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship (Minorikawa Osamu, 2012).
On August 5 at 6:30pm is Mobile Suit Gundam II Soldiers of Sorrow (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1981) and on August 12 at 6:30pm is Mobile Suit Gundam III Encounters in Space (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1982), both anime films.
On August 25 at noon is "From the Vaults: The National Park Service on Film," a selection of films to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Some of the films to be shown include The Wapiti of Jackson Hole (1939), Cradle of the Father of Waters (1938), and The Fountain of Life: Rocky Mountain National Park (1984).
On August 3 at 8:00pm is Free to Run (Pierre Morath, 2016), a documentary about the rising popularity of running. Part of the "Avalon Docs" series.
On August 10 at 8:00pm is Home Care (Slavek Horak, 2015) as part of the "Czech Lions" series.
On August 17 at 8:00pm is Down By Love (Pierre Godeau, 2016) part of the "French Cinematheque" series.
The "Reel Israel" film for August is Fire Birds (Amir Wolf, 2015) on August 24 at 8:00pm.
"cinePolska" is the newest in the Avalon's Wednesday film series. On August 31 at 8:00pm is Gods (Lukasz Palkowski, 2014).
Italian Cultural Institute
On August 3 at 7:00pm is Detective Montalbano, The Mud Pyramid (Alberto Sironi, 2015).
On August 24 at 7:00pm is Leopardi, il giovane favoloso (Mario Martone, 2014), a biopic of the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.
Library of Congress
The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress will start a new series of films showcasing the Library's collection and including newly preserved films. On August 18 at 7:00pm is a B Western double feature: Saddles and Sagebrush (William Berke, 1943) starring Russell Hayden and The Bandit Trail (Edward Killy, 1941) starring Tim Holt.
Anacostia Community Museum
On August 10 at 1:00pm is The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson, 2015), a documentary about the Black Panther Party.
On August 27 at 2:00pm is Risers (Andy Fernandez, 2012), a documentary about young immigrant artists. Filmmaker Andy Fernandez will participate in a Q&A after the film.
International Spy Museum
On August 24 at 6:30pm is The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe (Yves Robert, 1972).
Sixth and I Synagogue
On August 2 at 6:30pm is an outdoor screening of Back to the Future, shown at the Carnegie Libary 801 K Street, NW.
On August 10 at 7:00pm is Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary about education in the U.S. A discussion follows the film.
Reel Affirmations XTra
On August 19 at 7:00pm is Front Cover (Ray Yeung, 2015).
OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVALS
Every summer, numerous locations around the DC show films outdoors.