THE WIZARD OF OZ
#3 on AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals #10 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
"Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!" When Louis B. Mayer couldn't get Shirley Temple, he took a gamble and cast Judy Garland as Dorothy, the lonely dreamer from Kansas who runs away with her dog Toto and is transported over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz. Six Oscar nominations, with wins for Best Score and Best Song ("Over the Rainbow").
DIR Victor Fleming; SCR Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" byâ€¨L. Frank Baum; PROD Mervyn LeRoy. US, 1939, b&w/color, 101 min. NOT RATED
Wed, Nov 27, 3:00, 9:30; Thu, Nov 28, 3:00, 9:30; Fri, Nov 29, 11:00 a.m., 7:30; Sat, Nov 30, 10:30 a.m., Sun, Dec 1, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Dec 2, 5:00;
Tue, Dec 3, 5:00
With the upcoming release of SAVING MR. BANKS (the behind-the-scenes story of Walt Disney's decades-long courting of P. L. Travers, author of "Mary Poppins," to allow him to adapt her book for the screen), now is the perfect time to see this classic on the big screen. Julie Andrews stars as Mary Poppins, beloved nanny to the Banks family in her Oscar- winning screen debut. Dick Van Dyke is her oldest friend, a cockney chimney sweep. Adding to the film's charm are the many memorable Sherman Brothers tunes, such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Chim Chim Cher-ee"—the Oscar winner for Best Song.
DIR Robert Stevenson; SCR Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, from the books by P. L. Travers; PROD Walt Disney. US, 1964, color, 139 min. RATED G
Fri, Nov 29, 1:10; Sat, Nov 30, 6:30; Sun, Dec 1, 3:30
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it. A motley crew of Allied POWs plot to escape a Nazi prison camp in this rip-roaring WWII thriller. Led by Richard Attenborough, this all-star squad features Charles Bronson as a claustrophobic tunnel digger, James Garner as a talented "scrounger," and Steve McQueen as a cool loner ("the Cooler King") with an affinity for motorcycling. John Sturges' crisp pacing and deft action sequences combine with Elmer Bernstein's stirring score to make a rousing screen entertainment—an action drama with an existentialist spirit. Based on a true story.
DIR/PROD John Sturges; SCR James Clavell, W. R. Burnett, from the book by Paul Brickhill. US, 1963, color, 172 min. NOT RATED
#7 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills.
Fri, Nov 29, 4:00; Sat, Nov 30, 12:40
Chaos reigns in Bodega Bay when an avian invasion descends upon the town. Alfred Hitchcock's high-water mark for controlled atmosphere and mastery of cinematic technique, with methodical build-ups of tension and sudden visitations of terror from above. Tippi Hedren famously endured endless takes of harrowing bird attacks; Rod Taylor is her callow lover, Jessica Tandy his icy mother and Suzanne Pleshette his jilted ex, a local schoolteacher who bravely defends her own flock. Instead of providing a score, composer Bernard Herrmann supervised the sound design of the bird sequences—all blood-curdling screeches, sudden flutters and the whooshing of wings.
DIR/PROD Alfred Hitchcock; SCR Evan Hunter, from the story by Daphne du Maurier. US, 1963, color, 119 min. NOT RATED
JOHN F. KENNEDY: YEARS OF LIGHTNING
Fri, Nov 29, 9:45; Sun, Dec 1, 8:30; Mon, Dec 2, 9:15; Tue, Dec 3, 9:15
DAY OF DRUMS
In person: George Stevens, Jr.
This 1964 film, produced by the United States Information Agency (USIA), chronicles the 1,000 days of the Kennedy Administration, documenting accomplishments in the areas of foreign policy, the space race and civil rights; and offers intimate and poignant glimpses of Kennedy family life. Named one of the Ten Best Films of the Year by The National Board of Review. Narrated by Gregory Peck and produced by George Stevens, Jr.
DIR/SCR Bruce Herschensohn; PROD George Stevens, Jr. US, 1964/1966, color/b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED
Stevens, the widely honored film and television producer, former head of the USIA Motion Picture Service (1962-67), and founding director of the American Film Institute, will introduce the film.
Special thanks to the following for making this screening possible: Warner Bros, HBO, the National Archives, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Kevin Smith Presents
In person: filmmaker David Andalman
1995. Takoma Park, Maryland. Teenager Jolie (Tyler Ross) is a magnet student who wishes he had more street cred. He wants an edge, like the gangsta crowd from Maple Avenue, or Henrietta (Shareeka Epps, HALF NELSON), whom he tutors, and is secretly his girlfriend—and not-so-secretly pregnant with another man's baby. Jolie tries out for the basketball team, hoping it will bring him closer to being something he is not: black. The debut feature from Takoma Park native David Andalman premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and features a breakthrough performance from newcomer Ross in addition to many locations—and a few faces—familiar to area residents.
DIR/SCR/PROD David Andalman, Mariko Munro. US, 2013, color, 82 min. RATED R
THE FRESHMAN (1925)
Dec 1—Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin
Dec 2 & 3—Recorded orchestral track composed & conducted by Carl Davis
Harold Lamb, a naïve, wide-eyed freshman, heads off to Tate University hoping to emulate his movie idol, The College Hero, and springboard himself to popularity. He even makes the football team—as a combination water-boy/tackling dummy. But he gets his chance to make a name for himself in the big game, when his football coach, with injured starters and a badly depleted bench, has no choice but to put Harold on the field. Will the spindly and bespectacled frosh make good, or be trampled underfoot by the rival team's rugged leatherheads? THE FRESHMAN was Harold Lloyd's most successful film of the '20s and is widely considered one of his best.
DIR/SCR Sam Taylor; SCR Ted Wilde, John Grey, Tim Whelan; PROD Harold Lloyd. US, 1925, b&w, 76 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Dec 1, 1:30; Mon, Dec 2, 3:20; Tue, Dec 3, 3:20
WHEN I WALK
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation with his family when, suddenly, he fell down and couldn't get back up. Just a few months earlier doctors had diagnosed him with multiple sclerosis, a fact with which the otherwise healthy young man had not yet come to terms. But now the disease could no longer be ignored. Picking up the camera and turning it on his declining body, Jason set out on a 1 worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery and love. An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, this is a life-affirming film driven by a young man's determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema. Official Selection 2013 Sundance, HotDocs Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR/PROD Jason DaSilva; SCR/PROD Alice Cook. US/Canada, 2013, color, 85 min. NOT RATED
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high-school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. Filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie (known for their indie features THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED and DADDY LONG LEGS) pick up the long-discarded footage shot by producer Adam Shopkorn and set out to track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach. A quintessentially American story, this fascinating documentary follows Lenny as he's filled with nostalgia and regret contrasting with the Cinderella story of his youth. Official Selection, 2013 Tribeca, Venice Days Film Festivals.
DIR Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie; PROD Adam Shopkorn. US, 2013, color, 88 min. NOT RATED
Mon, Dec 2, 7:15; Tue, Dec 3, 7:15
"I can't think of another film portrait of higher education that matches this one for comprehensiveness, intellectual depth and hope." –The New Yorker
Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his lens on the prestigious and once radical University of Berkeley in this epic documentary filmed over the course of the fall semester in 2010. Examining, in his trademark style, both the school's administrators and its students as the university faces severe budget cuts, Wiseman creates a holistic portrait of a community in flux. "As with Wiseman's best films, AT BERKELEY ultimately transcends its subject matter to get at something ineffable and yet so universal about existence, its promise, mystery, disappointment and drudgery all wonderfully mixed together." —Tim Grierson, ScreenDaily.
DIR/SCR/PROD Frederick Wiseman. US, 2013, color, 244 min. NOT RATED
#96 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
In person: Glenn Frankel, author of "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend"
THE SEARCHERS is perhaps John Ford's greatest film, and frequently cited as among the greatest films of all time. Along with RED RIVER, John Wayne's performance here ranks as his most complex, combining a commanding authority with darkest obsessions. Wayne's anti-hero Ethan Edwards is implacable in his efforts to track down the Indians who massacred his brother's family and took young niece Debbie hostage. Jeffrey Hunter, his adopted nephew and fellow searcher, is concerned that if they find Debbie, Ethan's intentions may be more murderous than merciful.
DIR John Ford; SCR Frank S. Nugent, from the novel by Alan Le May; PROD C. V. Whitney. US, 1956, color, 119 min. NOT RATED
About Glenn Frankel
Glenn Frankel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Washington Post Sunday magazine. He is also the author of three books: "Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel" (1994), "Rivonia's Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa" (1999) and "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" (2013). He currently serves as the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism.