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Free Movie Weekend: MLK’s ‘The March’ and ‘The Obama Effect’ Highlight Flicks

by Nathan Hager
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — All the attention in Washington this long holiday weekend may be on the Inauguration, or Martin Luther King holiday volunteering opportunities, or maybe the Ravens.

But even at this busy time in the nation’s capital, DC’s best kept secret is still going full swing.

Here’s this week’s list of free movies in and around town, starting January 19th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Gueule d’amour (1937). A French Army hero gives up his career for a Parisian femme fatale. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 4pm: Maldone (1927). A field hand becomes a landowner through marriage, but finds true love with a gypsy. Silent with French intertitles translated live, with live music from pianist Andrew Simpson. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.

Sunday:

  • 12pm: Five shorts from Sixpack (all from 2012) conclude the National Gallery of Art’s monthlong series on the Austrian studio Sixpack. At the East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: The March (1964), a documentary on Martin Luther King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which culminated in his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Inducted to the National Film Registry in 2008. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 4pm: Lumière d’été (1943). A getaway in a mountain chateau ends in a bizarre masked ball. The film was controversial in its time for its depiction of class divisions. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 5:30pm: The Obama Effect (2012), starring Charles S. Dutton as an insurance salesman who gets obsessively involved in the Obama campaign after a serious health scare. At the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE.

Monday:

  • 8pm: Darktown Strutters (1975), a blaxploitation classic about a biker babe who dodges cops and the KKK in search of her lost mama. Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s monthlong tribute to women. Screening at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Thursday:

  • 6:30pm: The Red Badge of Courage (1951). The Stephen Crane Civil War classic adapted by director John Huston. At the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914). The son of an Earl gives the parson’s daughter a ring that gypsies say will make her wishes come true. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2012, this silent film will feature live music from Ben Model. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 7pm: A Modest Reception (2012). What happens when a couple from Tehran gives big bags of money to people in a poor town, while recording it all on cell phone video? In Persian with English subtitles, at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 7:30pm: A program of Mary Pickford short subjects, including The Informer (1912), directed by D.W. Griffith. With live music by Andrew Simpson, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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