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Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.

The John W. Kluge Center and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress present a screening of Hospital (1970), preceded by a Q&A with Alan Gevinson, Kluge Staff Fellow 2018, and Kluge Center Director John Haskell.

HOSPITAL (Osti Films / Zipporah Films, 1970). Directed by Frederick Wiseman. (84 min, black & white, 35mm).

Poster for Hospital

"Hospital" (Osti Films / Zipporah Films, 1970).

Frederick Wiseman’s Emmy-winning observational documentary on New York City’s Metropolitan Hospital goes behind the scenes of an overburdened institution, offering an unblinking look at the various roles the general hospital plays in modern society serving its mostly poor clientele. Without narration or interviews, Wiseman’s embedded camera captures highly dramatic interactions, heroic staff interventions, bureaucratic frustrations, and even bits of absurdist comedy coloring life-and-death situations. "I have a very strong feeling that it gets very close to ‘telling it like it is,’" Patricia Perrier wrote in American Anthropologist. “Hospital” was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994. Preserved in 2015 by the Library of Congress Packard Campus Film Preservation Lab from 35mm duplicate picture and track negatives in the Zipporah Films Collection.

Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Q&A: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Screening: 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m.

ONLY YESTERDAY (Universal, 1933). Directed by John M. Stahl. Screenplay by William Hurlbut, Arthur Richman and George O’Neill, based on the book of the same name by Frederick Lewis Allen. With Margaret Sullavan, John Boles, Edna May Oliver, Billie Burke, Benita Hume, Reginald Denny. (104 min, black & white, 35mm).

Lobby card for Only Yesterday

Lobby card for "Only Yesterday" (Universal, 1933).

A powerful pre-code melodrama chronicling the love of a single mother for the man who had fathered her child and then forgot her. Spanning the period from 1917 and America’s entry into World War I to the stock market crash of 1929, the film was nominally based on a bestselling social history of 1920’s America by the editor of Harper’s Magazine. Unofficially, however, the story was adapted from Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s novella "Letter from an Unknown Woman," which fifteen years later would serve as the source for Max Ophüls’s celebrated film of the same name. "Only Yesterday" marked the film debut of Broadway actress Margaret Sullavan and is undoubtedly one of the finest achievements of director John M. Stahl, "the master of melodrama" best known for a series of sophisticated women’s pictures produced at Universal in the 1930’s. Preserved in 2016 by the Library of Congress Packard Campus Film Preservation Lab from original nitrate negatives in the AFI/Universal Pictures Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Screened in conjunction with Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (Allied Artists, 1958). Directed by Howard W. Koch. Screenplay by Richard Landau and George Worthing Yates, from an original story by Aubrey Schenck and Charles A. Moses. With Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Donald Barry, Charlotte Austin. (83 min, black & white, CinemaScope, 35mm).

Lobby card for Frankenstein 1970

Lobby card for "Frankenstein 1970" (Allied Artists, 1958).

Twenty-seven years after creating Frankenstein’s iconic monster, Boris Karloff appeared as a descendant of Baron Frankenstein himself in this low-budget horror set in a distinctly late 1950’s looking future. Moving with the times, the Baron, hunchbacked and crippled from being tortured by the Nazis during World War 2, now uses an atomic reactor for his experiments and rents the family’s German estate to an American TV crew making a movie about his famous ancestor. Reflecting the writers’ efforts to update the Frankenstein story to the modern era, the film’s publicity trumpeted, "The One… The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age." Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The Music Division of the Library of Congress presents a screening of the biopic Howard (2018). This presentation is part of the 2018-2019 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress. A representative from the film will introduce this special screening.

HOWARD (Stone Circle Pictures, 2018). Directed by Don Hahn. (94 min, color, DVD).

Image of Howard

Image courtesy of IMDb

This new biopic gives fresh insight into the life and work of Howard Ashman, the lyricist for beloved musicals and films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors. Behind-the-scenes footage chronicles his work in the months before his untimely death due to complications from AIDS.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. All Music Division screenings are ticketed. Get free tickets from Eventbrite.

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