Library of Congress BIBLIODISCOTHEQUE #LCDisco

All films will be shown in the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. (view map) Doors open 30 minutes before screenings. For information: call (202) 707-5502. All events are free but require tickets, learn more

Popular dance music has a historic role in film soundtracks, whether disco, hip hop, or EDM. Take a trip through the Library’s film collections with a wide variety of feature films and documentaries that portray elements of dance culture’s evolution from the Disco era to the present. Part of Bibliodiscotheque, a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Presented by the Library of Congress Music Division, in association with the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017 at 7 PM

54 - Film Poster

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54 (1998)
Directed by Mark Christopher | 93 min.

Written and directed by Mark Christopher, this all-American drama retells the legacy of the iconic New York City nightclub, Studio 54. From A-list entertainers to minimum wage kids from Jersey just trying to make some extra cash, this film vividly portrays the lifestyle that defined the disco era. [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM

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Disco Revolution and Donna Summer - Film Posters

THE SECRET DISCO REVOLUTION (2012)
Directed by Jamie Kastner | 90 min.

Through interviews with leading disco influencers such as Gloria Gaynor and members of Kool and the Gang and Village People, this documentary stages the ultimate flashback to a time when the disco was not just a genre, but a lifestyle. [NR]

DONNA SUMMER: LIVE AND MORE… ENCORE (1999)
Directed by Dave Diomedi | 90 min.

This live-performance show, originally presented by VH1 in 1999, celebrates the one of the queens of disco, Donna Summers. Now, just over 40 years after one of her first major hit songs “Love to Love You Baby” was released her powerful voice and equally powerful performance continues to completely captivate. [NR]

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017 at 10 AM - 5 PM

Film posters - You Got Served and Queer as Folk

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QUEER AS FOLK [UK] – Complete Series Marathon
Created by Russell T. Davies | 7.5 hours

A British television series from the late 1990s and early 2000s, Queer as Folk follows the lives of three men who live life to the fullest, while portraying popular dance music and club culture from the period. Pop in to catch a couple episodes or join us for the full marathon! Presented in collaboration with Library of Congress GLOBE and Capital Pride. [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Logo - Pump Up the Volume

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 at 7 PM

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PUMP UP THE VOLUME (2001) – Complete Series
Flame Television Production Ltd. | 135 min.

Pump Up the Volume is an eye-opening documentary on the origin and evolution of house music since its birth during the mid-1980s. Starting out in the city of Chicago and ultimately propelling itself seas around the world to clubs across Europe, the film illuminates how house music and electronica arose from the ashes of disco. This screening will include all episodes of the documentary series. [NR]

Film posters - Saturday Night Fever

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017 at 7 PM - CANCELED

The April 27th screening of Saturday Night Fever at the Library of Congress has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977) – 40th Anniversary
Directed by John Badham | 76 min.

This 70s drama focuses on Brooklyn born Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, whose love for disco, dancing, and the night life keeps him sane in the dreary reality he faces day to day. Stephanie Mangano, a young dancer who begins to frequent the club, catches his eye and gives him hope that there’s more to his life than a dead-end day job and a fleeting night. [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 at 7 PM

Film posters - You Got Served and Queer as Folk

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YOU GOT SERVED (2004)
Directed by Chris Stokes | 95 min.

This film explores the competitive world of hip-hop dance crews and break dancing through the journey of its main characters Elgin and David. Based in Los Angeles, You Got Served puts into perspective the hardships that dance crews immersed in hip-hop culture endure in order to achieve their dreams. [PG-13]

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 at 1 PM

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Celia" The Queen and Directy Dancing: Havana Nights - Film Posters

CELIA: THE QUEEN (2008)
Directed by Joe Cardona & Mario de Varona | 96 min.

This documentary narrates the inspiring impact of renowned Cuban singer and front woman of Latin music, Celia Cruz. The biography recounts how Celia dedicated her life to bringing people together through her captivating compositions. [NR]

DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS (2004)
Directed by Guy Ferland | 86 min.

It’s 1958 and Katey Miller, along with her family, move from America to Cuba. Leaving her final year of high school behind and entering a completely new country in the throes of a revolution, Katey meets Javier Suarez, who ignites her passions through Latin culture and Havana life. The film provides an example of Latin dance music's appropriation by American popular culture. Presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society. [PG-13]

Film poster - ABBA: The Movie

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 at 7 PM

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ABBA: The Movie (1977)
Directed by Lasse Hallström | 95 min.

This 1977 documentary-styled cult film narrates the Australian tour of Swedish pop group ABBA. Released in conjunction with their 5th studio album, the tour highlights performances from their classic hits such as “Tiger” and “Dancing Queen” while also entertaining the viewer with the madness of touring life. Presented in association with the Embassy of Sweden, European Month of Culture, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. [G]

Prior to the film screening, music curator James Wintle will lectures on the influence of disco on European dance music and hosts a screening of ABBA: The Movie. Learn more about the lecture

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 at 7 PM

Film poster -  House Party

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HOUSE PARTY (1990)
Directed by Reginald Hudlin | 100 min.

With high acclaim and even higher energy, this cult classic epitomizes 90s music, dance, and culture. Starring Kid n’ Play, members of Full Force and Robin Harris, House Party narrates the story of your average kid who won’t take ”no” for an answer when the party of the year ensues. [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.