AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective: John Williams

July 8–September 11, 2016


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John Williams' storied career as the composer behind many of the greatest American films and television series of all time boasts hundreds of credits across seven decades. His early work in Hollywood included working as an orchestrator and studio pianist under such movie composer maestros as Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Franz Waxman. He went on to write music for more than 200 television programs, including the groundbreaking anthology series ALCOA THEATRE and KRAFT TELEVISION THEATRE. Perhaps best known for his enduring collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, his scores are among the most iconic and recognizable in film history, from the edge-of-your-seat JAWS (1975) motif to the emotional swell of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) and the haunting elegies of SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993). Always epic in scale, his music has helped define over half a century of the motion picture medium. Three of Williams' scores landed on AFI's 100 Years Of Film Scores — a list of the 25 greatest American film scores of all time — including the unforgettable STAR WARS (1977) soundtrack, at number one. With five Academy Award® wins and 50 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar® nominations of any living person.

The television broadcast of the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring John Williams airs on TCM on September 12 during a night of programming dedicated to Williams. Before watching the program, enjoy this carefully selected retrospective of films featuring Williams' many memorable and moving scores.

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  • JAWS
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
    – Director's Cut
  • THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS
  • HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
  • THE KILLERS (1964)
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
  • THE COWBOYS (1972)
  • THE REIVERS
  • VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
  • HARRY POTTER
    AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
  • HARRY POTTER
    AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
  • HARRY POTTER
    AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
  • THE LONG GOODBYE
  • IMAGES
  • BLACK SUNDAY (1977)
  • SUPERMAN (1978)
  • DRACULA (1979)
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
  • THE FURY (1978)
  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
  • INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
  • JURASSIC PARK (1993)
  • A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1969)
  • STAR WARS:
    EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE
  • STAR WARS:
    EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
  • STAR WARS:
    EPISODE VI ­– RETURN OF THE JEDI
  • LINCOLN 
  • CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)
  • SCHINDLER'S LIST

 



John Carpenter Classics

July 8–14, 2016


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Genre filmmaker icon John Carpenter appears at the Lincoln Theatre on July 12 to perform his original soundtrack compositions. Catch these Carpenter classics — all written, directed, produced, edited and/or scored by Carpenter — on the big screen during that same week.

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  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
  • ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)
  • ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
  • ESCAPE FROM L.A.


Olivia de Havilland Centennial

July 8–August 14, 2016


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On July 1, screen legend Olivia de Havilland turns 100, and to commemorate this event, AFI Silver presents a selection of some of her finest films, including both of her Best Actress Oscar®-winning performances: TO EACH HIS OWN (1946) and THE HEIRESS (1949).

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  • TO EACH HIS OWN (1946)
  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
    (also part of Glorious Technicolor)
  • THE HEIRESS
  • HOLD BACK THE DAWN
  • THE SNAKE PIT
  • THE DARK MIRROR (1946)


Glorious Technicolor

July 9–September 14, 2016


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The first color motion picture process to be called "Technicolor" was invented in 1916. The process would be refined over the coming decades, with the original "two-strip," limited color palette process giving way to the full-blown, deeply saturated look of "three-strip" color. The vivid hues of Technicolor imbued emotional shading and color-coded leitmotifs to Hollywood's celluloid dreams. When used creatively, classic Technicolor could paint a picture of heightened reality for fantasies and adventures in exotic, historical or futuristic settings, or create a dream world in which lovers could swoon, sing and dance.

The recent publication of the definitive study, "The Dawn of Technicolor" by David Pierce and James Layton, and the occasion of Technicolor's centennial make this the perfect time to marvel at the unique beauty of these color films on the big screen.

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
  • BECKY SHARP
  • THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936)
  • IVANHOE (1952)
  • ANNE OF THE INDIES
  • THE RED SHOES
  • BLACK NARCISSUS
  • THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS (1941)
  • SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
  • SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
  • GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
  • FOLLOW THRU
  • THE GARDEN OF ALLAH (1936)
  • THE MAN FROM LARAMIE
  • THE NAKED SPUR
  • NIAGARA
  • THE BLACK PIRATE (1926)
  • LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
  • THE AFRICAN QUEEN
  • NORTHWEST PASSAGE
  • DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
  • BEN-HUR (1959)
  • THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T
  • MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
  • REDSKIN
  • A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
  • THE TOLL OF THE SEA
  • THE HARVEY GIRLS
  • MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954)
  • WRITTEN ON THE WIND


UCLA Festival of Preservation

Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art
July 9–19, 2016


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The UCLA Festival of Preservation showcases classics and seldom-seen gems of American film culture, newly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, spanning an entire century of moving image media. 

Films listed here screen at AFI Silver; for films screening at the National Gallery of Art, visit nga.gov.

AFI Member passes accepted.

  • BACHELOR'S AFFAIRS
  • THE LONG VOYAGE HOME
  • MEN IN WAR
  • MY BEST GIRL with short films


Ken Adam Remembered

July 9–September 14, 2016


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A giant in the field of production design, Ken Adam passed away in March of 2016 at age 95. Renowned as the designer of many of the most iconic, space-age-inspired locations in the James Bond films, including villain Ernst Blofeld's secret lair within a volcanic crater, the influence of Adam's work in filmmaking and beyond cannot be overstated. For Stanley Kubrick, he designed not only the iconic war room in DR. STRANGELOVE, with its oval table and drop lighting (the story goes that newly sworn-in President Reagan was disappointed to learn that it wasn't a real thing upon his first visit to the Pentagon), but also the genteel 18th-century country homes of BARRY LYNDON, for which he won his first Oscar®.

Enjoy Adam's imaginative, eye-popping designs in this selection of some of his finest work from a career that spanned six decades.

AFI Member passes accepted.

  • DR. NO
  • GOLDFINGER
  • THUNDERBALL
  • YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  • THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION
  • DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (1956)
  • THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  • MOONRAKER
  • THE IPCRESS FILE
  • FUNERAL IN BERLIN
  • BARRY LYNDON
  • GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD
    aka GIDEON'S DAY
  • NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957)
    aka CURSE OF THE DEMON
  • CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
  • THE LAST OF SHEILA
  • STRANGELOVE OR:
    HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING
    AND LOVE THE BOMB
  • THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE


Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

July 11–September 14, 2016


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Along with his compatriots Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders was one of the key names that defined the New German Cinema of the 1970s. This career retrospective includes new restorations of more than a dozen of his most essential films, including the '70s German films that established his career (ALICE IN THE CITIES, KINGS OF THE ROAD), the '80s art house hits that brought him his greatest international acclaim (PARIS, TEXAS; WINGS OF DESIRE), and several documentaries, both the obscure (TOKYO-GA, his meditation on Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu) and the famous (the Oscar®-nominated Cuban music crowd-pleaser BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB). And don't miss this opportunity to see the newly restored director's cut of UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, which at more than four hours nearly doubles the length of the badly truncated original release.

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  • THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK [DIE ANGST DES
    TORMANNS BEIM ELFMETER]
  • ALICE IN THE CITIES [ALICE IN DEN STÄDTEN]
  • KINGS OF THE ROAD [IM LAUF DER ZEIT]
  • THE AMERICAN FRIEND [DER AMERIKANISCHE FREUND]
  • WRONG MOVE [FALSCHE BEWEGUNG]
  • THE STATE OF THINGS [DER STAND DER DINGE]
  • PARIS, TEXAS
  • TOKYO-GA
  • NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES [AUFZEICHNUNGEN ZU KLEIDERN UND STÄDTEN]
  • WINGS OF DESIRE [DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN]
  • UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD – Director's Cut [BIS ANS ENDE DER WELT]
  • BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB


Keepin' It Real: '90s Cinema Now

July 15–September 13, 2016


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American moviegoers in the 1990s witnessed exciting and dynamic changes in cinema: the rise to prominence of American independent film; hip hop's emergence as a mainstream influence; more diversity on screen; the emergence of Hollywood's auteur action directors; and new waves of international cinema crossing borders like never before.

This year's '90s series includes debut feature films by Wes Anderson, Mary Harron, Nicole Holofcener, Julian Schnabel, John Singleton and the Wachowskis, plus landmark films from auteurs at the top of their game, including Pedro Almodóvar, the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Alexander Payne, Lars von Trier and Wong Kar-wai.

AFI Member passes accepted.

  • BOYZ N THE HOOD
  • NEW JACK CITY
  • BOTTLE ROCKET
  • FARGO
  • TRAINSPOTTING
  • BASQUIAT
  • I SHOT ANDY WARHOL
  • WHAT ABOUT BOB?
  • BOUND
  • FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
  • THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
  • THE LAST BOY SCOUT
  • ELECTION
  • SLACKER
  • SCREAM
  • COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY
  • CHUNGKING EXPRESS
  • BREAKING THE WAVES
  • HIGH HEELS
  • THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE
  • THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE
  • POINT BREAK (1991)
  • THE ROCKETEER
  • MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE
  • WALKING AND TALKING


Looney Tunes

August 6–29, 2016

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Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Last summer's series for Bugs Bunny's 75th anniversary played to packed houses of animation fans, young and old. This year, Bugs is joined by the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.

Enjoy these animation masterpieces on Saturday and Sunday mornings in August, presented on 35mm prints and back on the big screen where they started.

AFI Member passes accepted.



Silver Screens on Veterans Plaza


AFI Silver is excited to announce the launch of a FREE outdoor film series in downtown Silver Spring! Silver Screens is presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker, with support from the Montgomery County Department of Recreation and the Silver Spring Jazz Festival.

Aug. 12

FROZEN
Aug. 19 WHEN WE WERE KINGS
Aug. 26 BACK TO THE FUTURE
Sept. 9 PARIS BLUES Silver Spring Jazz Festival screening supported by
Montgomery County Department of Recreation

All screenings are FREE and are presented rain or shine! (The location is partially under cover of the pavillion.) Screenings take place on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring, at the intersection of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive. Films begin at sundown, between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. All films will be shown with subtitles.

  • Bring your own low-rise chair or a blanket to sit on.
  • Pack a picnic, grab dinner to go from one of many local restaurants, or purchase snacks and beverages from on-site vendor Whole Foods Market Silver Spring.
  • Beer from Denizen's Brewing Co. and wine from Adega will be available for purchase (must be 21+) at all screening dates except Aug. 12.
  • Parking is available at the Town Square Garage and the Wayne Avenue Garage (free in the evenings when you exit the garage after 8:00 p.m.)