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: "Shooting Stars: Bowie and Prince on Film"

Among the many legendary artists who have passed away this year are two musicians with significant careers in film. We remember David Bowie and Prince with a few lesser known titles from their work onscreen.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 at 7 PM

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JUST A GIGOLO (1978) | 90 min.
Directed by David Hemmings

In his first major role after The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bowie plays a World War I veteran who takes a job at a Berlin brothel run by Marlene Dietrich. Bowie called this rarely-screened film his “32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one.” [R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 at 7 PM

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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986) | 108 min.
Directed by Julien Temple

Bowie stars as an advertising executive in this stylish, candy-colored musical set in London in 1958. Director Julien Temple made his name in music videos, and the film’s musical numbers are among the most visually striking of the era.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 at 7 PM

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GRAFITTI BRIDGE (1990) | 95 min.
Directed by Prince

In this unofficial sequel to Purple Rain, Prince and Morris Day operate rival Minnesota nightclubs.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 at 7 PM

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SIGN 'O' THE TIMES (1987) | 85 min.
Directed by Prince

A document of the tour for one of Prince’s greatest albums, Rolling Stone recently called this his “great lost concert film.”

Toon Tunes with Solomon HaileSelassie

The world of film animation displays great variety in the techniques used to produce the images, and in how those images interact with the sound environment. We will explore four feature-length 35mm films and their music, along with a few classic animated shorts as an appetizer. Children are encouraged to attend the “Family Friendly Toon Tunes” on Saturdays; for those three events the ticket reservation limit has been increased to four to facilitate family attendance.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017 at 7 PM

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PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) | 134 min.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The multi-award winning anime classic features a stirring story supported by a star-studded cast (we will watch the English version), including Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillian Anderson and Keith David. Scored by Joe Hisaishi.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 at 7 PM

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SAT., FEBRUARY 11, 2017 at 12 PM - Family Friendly

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) | 84 min.
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

See the beloved Disney musical about Belle and her Beast, and the secrets of a rose. The fable features the music of Alan Menken with the lyrics of Howard Ashman in one of the most successful animated musicals of our time. Featured voices include Angela Lansbury, Robby Benson, Paige O’Hara, Rex Everhart and Jerry Orbach.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 at 7 PM

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 at 12 PM - Family Friendly

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) | 76 min.
Directed by Henry Selick

From the imagination of Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas offers a seamless marriage of music and animation, with stunning visuals and a soundtrack that hits just the right note of eeriness. The music and lyrics were written by Danny Elfman, who also serves as the singing voice of Jack Skelton. Other vocal talent includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens and Ken Page.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 at 7 PM

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 at 12 PM - Family Friendly

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BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993) | 76 min.
Directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm

Scored by composer Shirley Walker, who throughout the 1990s provided the music for several animated TV shows in the DC universe, this feature-length animated entry in the Batman franchise is a hidden gem. Actors include Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Stacy Keach, Abe Vigoda and Mark Hamill as The Joker.

Paris is Burning - Pride in the Library

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 at 7 PM

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PARIS IS BURNING (1990) | 111 min. [R-Rated]
Directed by Jennie Livingston
In a 2015 article in The Guardian, Ashley Clark noted, “Few documentaries can claim to have sparked as much discussion and controversy as Jennie Livingston’s debut Paris is Burning, the vibrant time capsule of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 80s.” The film explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan. It shifts among ballroom contests and shows and interviews with contestants, who belong to different “houses” that are like families to them, sharing their views on wealth, notions of beauty, racism and gender orientation. This film has greatly influenced popular culture and was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Presented in association with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.  
[R-rated] - No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.