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DID YOU KNOW? This Prolific Mystery Writer Was Born 100 Years Ago This Month. Her First Novel Was Adapted Into Various Productions for Stage and Screen, Including the Alfred Hitchcock Classic STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

In addition to creating fictional—and cinematic—serial killers such as Tom Ripley, she wrote the lesbian opus The Price of Salt, which provided the source material for Todd Haynes’ 2015 hit CAROL. Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921, to a mother who later claimed she tried to abort the pregnancy and to parents that divorced ten…

AFI Movie Club: RED TAILS

Celebrating the thrilling heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen – a group of Black military pilots in World War II, RED TAILS marked the feature directorial debut of Anthony Hemingway, leading an all-star cast that includes David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan, Leslie Odom Jr., Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, Method Man and Ne-Yo. The film was produced by AFI...

AFI Movie Club: QUEEN SUGAR

Created by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, QUEEN SUGAR is a groundbreaking television series about a trio of siblings who attempt to run their family's sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana after tragedy strikes. Hailed for its inclusivity onscreen and off, the show features the directing talents of AFI Conservatory alumni Neema Barnette...

AFI Movie Club: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER appears at #34 on AFI’s list of the greatest thrillers of all time, and the film’s diabolical Reverend Harry Powell, played by Robert Mitchum, is ranked #29 on AFI’s list of the greatest villains to make their mark on the silver screen. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER also stars AFI Life Achievement Award recipient...

AFI Movie Club: SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

Directed by Nancy Meyers, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE features the talents – and remarkable chemistry – of AFI Life Achievement Award recipients Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.   Watch Meryl Streep pay tribute to 45th AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Diane Keaton. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE stars, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, were previously paired in another AFI Life...

AFI Movie Club: MIDNIGHT RUN

An odd couple story with an edge, MIDNIGHT RUN stars AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Robert De Niro as bounty hunter Jack Walsh– and was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Martin Brest (AFI Class of 1973).  Watch Keegan-Michael Key announce today's film MIDNIGHT RUN. Watch MIDNIGHT RUN star Robert De Niro accept the AFI Life Achievement Award. MOVIE TRIVIA...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: STAND AND DELIVER

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on October 9, 2020. STAND AND DELIVER stars Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rosana De Soto – and is included on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS list of the most inspiring films of all time.   In this video from the AFI Archive, stars Edward James Olmos...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on April 9, 2020. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as romantic foils in Rob Reiner’s classic comedy, from an acclaimed script by Nora Ephron. It is celebrated across a number of AFI’s lists – and shows up at #6...

AFI Movie Club: AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is ranked #5 on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS list of the greatest love stories of all time.  Watch Cameron Crowe talk about the classic film AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is a remake of the 1939 RKO picture LOVE AFFAIR, starring...

AFI Movie Club: THE BLACK CANDLE

Narrated by AFI Directing Workshop for Women alum Maya Angelou, THE BLACK CANDLE traces the growth of Kwanzaa out of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the 1960s to its modern-day incarnation as a Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions around the world.  Watch director M.K. Asante go "Behind the Scene" and talk about filming THE BLACK CANDLE in this exclusive conversation. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? THE BLACK CANDLE marks the first feature documentary film created about Kwanzaa.  DID...

AFI Movie Club: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Directed by Bob Clark, the holiday classic A CHRISTMAS STORY follows Ralphie who is looking to navigate the all-important Christmas season so he can get the “Holy Grail” of Christmas presents.  Watch A CHRISTMAS STORY star Peter Billingsley go "Behind the Scene" and talk about filming the holiday classic in this exclusive conversation. Watch production designer Reuben Freed go "Behind the Scene"...

AFI Movie Club: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE was named 20th on AFI's Top 100 greatest American films of all time. It’s ranked # 1 on 100 Years…100 Cheers and #9 on 100 Years…100 passions, and George Bailey is listed at #9 on AFI’s 100 Heroes list. James Stewart is ranked #3 on AFI’s list of the greatest stars in cinematic history.  Go "Behind the Scene" with Jimmy Hawkins of IT'S A...
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