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Films on Film

All the President's Men

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula, USA, 138 minutes, Rating: PG

As a companion piece to These Amazing Shadows, we wanted to screen a seminal work that was recently accepted to the National Film Registry in 2010. This incredible film, winner of four Academy Awards, follows two young journalists, Woodward and Bernstein, as they uncover what seemed to be a minor break-in at the Watergate building in DC but instead turned out to be the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

American Grindhouse

Directed by: Elijah Drenner, USA, 80 minutes, Rating: MT

Spiritedly recounting the genealogy of American Exploitation Cinema, from early classics like Freaks and Reefer Madness to the days of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blaxploitation and beyond, the film is a subversive crash course on a lesser-known but equally influential side of American film history and features testimony from filmmakers including Joe Dante, John Landis and Larry Cohen.  Director to be in attendance for screenings

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Directed by: Craig McCall, UK, 90 minutes, Rating: TN

Essentially a master’s thesis on the life and work of famed cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Cameraman demonstrates for audiences the stunning work Cardiff created for the screen. Cinematographer of such seminal films as The Red Shoes, African Queen and Last Days of Pompeii, Jack Cardiff’s work in the film industry began in 1918 and has left the world with an unforgettable film legacy.  Director to be in attendance for screenings

Motor Psycho

Directed by: Russ Meyer, USA, 74 minutes, Rating: MT

Chosen as a companion for the documentary American Grindhouse, this Russ Meyer film follows two abused characters as they hunt down the gang of men who terrorized them. Meyer, a hero in the Grindhouse movement, knew how to challenge audiences with his gory films. Absolutely not for the faint of heart or squeamish, this film is a campy and ultra-violent example of the Grindhouse movement.

The Red Shoes

Directed by: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 133 minutes, Rating: MT

Winner of two Academy Awards, this Powell and Pressburger gem follows a gorgeous red-headed ballet dancer who is poised to become a superstar until she falls for the composer of a ballet called “The Red Shoes,” in which she is starring. When a year later she has the chance for stardom again, the struggle between her passion for dance and her heart proves to be too much and leads to a tragic decision.

These Amazing Shadows

Directed by: Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton, USA, 88 minutes, Rating: TN

The importance of archiving and protecting our country’s most significant films has never been made more evident than in These Amazing Shadows.  Highlighting the tremendous work that could have been lost forever if not for the important work of the National Film Registry, this film shows the remarkable diversity and significance of film in both everyday life and, more importantly, in the history of our country.

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