Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2015-2016

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 screening. For information: call (202) 707-5502. All events are free but require tickets, learn more

Film Nights with Pat Padua: "Time Capsule: 1966"

From folk rockers The Byrds to Ray Charles, as an actor, or from jazz avant-garde saxophone great Ornette Coleman to the puppet version of Cliff Richard and the Shadows, join us as we take a look at the variety of music films made fifty years ago.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016 at 7 PM

The Big T.N.T. Show (1966) | 93 min.
Directed by Larry Peerce

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Wall of Sound impresario Phil Spector produced this mid-‘60s variety program, a sequel to the successful T.A.M.I. Show (1964). The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ s David McCallum hosts a legendary lineup that includes Donovan, The Byrds, Ray Charles, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Roger Miller, The Ronettes, Joan Baez and show-stoppers Ike and Tina Turner. (103 min.)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016 at 7 PM

Lord Love a Duck (1966) | 105 min.
Directed by George Axelrod

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Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld star in this darkly comic tale of high school madness.  Composer Neal Hefti’s theme for Batman was  one of the signature sounds of the era, and he scores this film with a lively rock soundtrack peppered with duck calls.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 at 7 PM

Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) | 93 min.
Directed by David Lane

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Cliff Richard and the Shadows, in marionette form, are a space-age pop combo in this gorgeous wide-screen vehicle for Gerry Anderson’s popular British sci-fi program.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 at 7 PM (rescheduled from January 22)

Chappaqua (1966) | 82 min.
Directed by Conrad Rooks

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Scored by Ravi Shankar, Chappaqua is Conrad Rooks’ impressionistic, semi-autobiographical relic of the ‘60s. Saxophone legend Ornette Coleman makes a cameo appearance.

 

SciFi Film Series: Music for Martians

In space, nobody can hear you scream—but with a good composer and sound designer, the audience can! Join Solomon HaileSelassie for a tour of five films with soundtracks that are essential to the movie’s sci-fi success.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 at 7 PM

Predator (1987) | 107 min. *
Directed by John McTiernan

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This classic “us vs. the unknown” survival flick introduced audiences to the unique and disturbing utterances of the Predator. The difference between the hunter and the hunted is obscured during one of the great cinematic buildups in human/alien encounters onscreen, defined by the music of Alan Silvestri. *

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016 at 12 PM - Double Feature

Alien (1979) | 117 min. *
Directed by Ridley Scott
Total Recall (1990) | 113 min. *
Directed by Paul VerHoeven

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Two films with music by Jerry Goldsmith make for an intense double-feature. The genre-defining Alien is an intense thriller that shows that danger can come from within, while Total Recall suggests that memories may not be our own in a universe where virtual reality and a life on Mars indicate that all is not as it seems.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 at 7 PM

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) | 113 min.
Directed by Nicholas Meyer

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In the final film of the Star Trek franchise focused on the original crew, composer Cliff Eidelman was given ample space to explore the frontiers opened by the iconic theme music written by Alexander Courage for the TV series.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 at 7 PM

Sunshine (2007) | 113 min.
Directed by Danny Boyle

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John Murphy scored this modern psychological thriller about the power of humanity to save itself—or not. Brilliant imagery is supported by excellent sound design in this ode to the power of the Sun.

* [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.