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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – AFI Movie Club

A pitch-black noir featuring stunning cinematography by the legendary James Wong Howe, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) stars Burt Lancaster – named by the American Film Institute among the greatest screen legends of all time – as the unscrupulous J. J. Hunsecker, who was included on AFI’s list of the art form’s notable villains. Visit...
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THE SEARCHERS (1956) – AFI Movie Club

Directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree John Ford and starring John Wayne – who was ranked by the American Film Institute among the greatest screen legends of all time – THE SEARCHERS (1956) appears on AFI’s original and 10th anniversary edition lists of the greatest films of all time, and was also named the...
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SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG (1971) – AFI Movie Club

Director, actor, screenwriter, editor, composer and producer Melvin Van Peebles is perhaps best known for today’s film, the iconic SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG (1971) – a watershed effort that heralded a new era of outspoken Black cinema upon its release. This landmark independent production – which Van Peebles funded privately – spoke unvarnished truth to...
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THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) – AFI Movie Club

Directed by Brian De Palma from a script by David Mamet, THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) features an all-star cast that includes Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith, as well as two recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award – Robert De Niro as Al Capone and Sean Connery in his Academy Award®-winning performance as...
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PLATOON (1986) – AFI Movie Club

Written and directed by Oliver Stone and featuring cinematography by AFI Alum Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979), PLATOON (1987) earned a place on both the original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest movies of all time as well as among the art form’s greatest thrills. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about...
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GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) – AFI Movie Club

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) stars Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel and more.  Leigh, Gable, de Havilland and McDaniel were nominated for Academy Awards® for their performances in the epic period drama, with Leigh winning Best Actress and McDaniel winning Best Supporting Actress. McDaniel made history as the first African American artist...
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AFI Announces 2024-2025 Canva Fellowship Recipients

Today, AFI announced the recipients of The 2024-2025 Canva Fellowship at the AFI Conservatory. This marks the second year Canva has joined with AFI to further their shared mission to educate and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to create visually impactful work. The scholarship will support one Fellow from each of the six disciplines...
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HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART I (1981) – AFI Movie Club

A madcap romp through human history as only he could tell it, HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART I (1981) stars and is directed, written and produced by the incomparable Mel Brooks – recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about...
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THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991) – AFI Movie Club

Adapted from Pat Conroy’s bestselling novel, THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991) recalls childhood spent on the South Carolina shore – unpacking memories both haunting and halcyon to heal old wounds and move forward in life and love. Nominated for seven Academy Awards®, the film was produced and directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Barbra...
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THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) – AFI Movie Club

Adapted from John Steinbeck’s now-classic novel only a year after its publication, THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) was selected for the American Film Institute’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American films of all time, with Henry Fonda’s portrayal of Tom Joad ranked among AFI’s greatest screen heroes, and the film itself counted...
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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) – AFI Movie Club

Appearing on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest love stories in the art form’s history, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) was produced by AFI Alum Ed Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) – who now helps to guide the mission of the American Film Institute itself in his role as Vice Chair for the AFI...
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PAPER MOON (1973) – AFI Movie Club

The story of a con man and his unlikely accomplice during the Great Depression, PAPER MOON (1973) was directed by Hollywood maverick Peter Bogdanovich – the iconic filmmaker, journalist and scholar who was a longtime friend of the American Film Institute. An essential voice among other great artists who helped to articulate AFI’s educational mission...
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