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2020 Archive of Screened Films


Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m.

THE MAD MISS MANTON (RKO, 1938). Directed by Leigh Jason. Screenplay by Philip G. Epstein, from a story by Wilson Collison. With Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer, Stanley Ridges. (79 min, black & white, 35mm).

Preceded by SWINGTIME IN THE MOVIES (Vitaphone, 1938). Directed by Crane Wilbur. With Fritz Feld, Kathryn Kane, John Carroll, Charley Foy, Jerry Colonna. (20 min, Technicolor, 35mm).

In this delightful who-done-it comedy, Barbara Stanwyck plays the title character, a New York City socialite who sets out with her female buddies, the "Park Avenue Pranksters," to solve a murder and thereby prove their worth to the community. Henry Fonda is the serious newspaper editor critical of the groupís escapades, labeling Miss Manton a "decorative, useless member of a rapidly vanishing class." The film was the first of three pairings of Stanwyck and Fonda, and the two play well against each other, her glamor and flirtiness sparring with his clean looks and pragmatic demeanor.



Tuesday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m.

BRIGHT ROAD (MGM, 1953). Directed by Gerald Mayer. Screenplay by Emmet Lavery, from the short story "See How They Run" by Mary Elizabeth Vroman. With Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Ann Sanders, Robert Horton. (68 min, black & white, 35mm).

We celebrate Black History Month with the first non-musical film made by a major studio to feature a predominately black cast. Dorothy Dandridge stars as a teacher in a small black elementary school in the South who takes an interest in a boy who has consistently taken two years to get through each grade. As the schoolís principal, Harry Belafonte makes his screen debut, as does eleven-year-old Philip Hepburn, who already had six years of stage experience and had acted on Broadway. The short story by first time author Mary Elizabeth Vroman was based on her personal experiences of teaching in Montgomery, AL. Archival print from the Libraryís Copyright Collection.


Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m.

The Music Division of the Library of Congress presents a screening of The Graduate (1967) as part of the 2018-2019 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress.

THE GRADUATE (Lawrence Truman Productions, 1967). Directed by Mike Nichols. Music by Dave Grusin and Simon & Garfunkel. Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, from the novel by Charles Webb. With Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross. (106 min, color, 35mm).

Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft star in this generational favorite about uncertain futures and the unplanned paths life can take. With a soundtrack featuring the songs of Simon and Garfunkel and additional music by Dave Grusin, The Graduate takes us back to "The Sound of Silence."

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