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Free Movie Weekend: How ‘Life of Pi’ Director Got His Start

Acclaimed director Ang Lee’s latest film Life of Pi has been dazzling audiences for the last week and a half with its amazing special effects and 3D imagery.

But have you seen how expensive 3D movies are these days?

If you’d like to see how Ang Lee got his start on the big screen, you can do that for free this weekend, just because you live in the DC area.

And that’s just the tip of a huge iceberg of free movies you can check out in and around Washington this week. Here’s the full list, running Dec. 1-7:


  • 7:30pm: The Living Daylights (1987), starring Timothy Dalton in his debut as Agent 007, James Bond. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.


  • 1pm: Pushing Hands (1992). Ang Lee’s directorial debut, about a retired tai chi master who moves in with his son and American daughter-in-law in New York State. At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. Followed immediately by:
  • 3pm: The Wedding Banquet (1993). A gay man in New York marries a Chinese woman because she needs a green card, and he needs to keep his parents happy. Mayhem ensues when the parents get over-involved in the wedding planning. Also at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.


  • 6pm: Miracle on 34th Street (1947). The Christmas classic starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, the kindly department store Santa who convinces young Natalie Wood (and much of New York) that he’s the real thing. At the National Theatre.


  • 6:30pm: Shenandoah (1965), a Western starring Jimmy Stewart as a Virginia farmer who refuses to take a stand on the Civil War, until his son is taken into the fight. At the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium.
  • 7:30pm: Murderers’ Row (1966), a comedy spy spoof starring Dean Martin as secret agent Matt Helm, Ann-Margret as the girl he’s out to get, and Karl Malden as the bad guy. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.


  • 7pm: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994). Ang Lee’s American breakthrough about clashing generational cultures between a widow and his three grown daughters. At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.
  • 7:30pm: Pillow Talk (1959), the first of the classic Rock Hudson and Doris Day comedies. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.

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