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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) - The Michael Bay-directed Pain and Gain may be the big debut arriving in theaters this weekend, but the real pain is the price you have to pay for tickets!

This weekend, you can see films from such legendary directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Elia Kazan and Georges Méliès, all on the big screen, and all for free.

Here’s the full list of free movies playing in and around Washington for the week starting April 27th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Damn Yankees (1958), the film adaptation of the Broadway musical about an aging Washington Senators player who sells his soul to the Devil and leads his team to the World Series against the Bronx Bombers. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 2pm: The Birds (1963), the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Tippi Hedren as a beautiful socialite who falls victim to a plague of unexplained, terrifying bird attacks. Part of the “Universal at 100″ series at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 4:30pm: Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012). A collection of outtakes from prior diary films by Lithuanian avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Gone”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: Paper Moon (1973), starring Ryan O’Neal as a Bible selling con man and his real-life daughter Tatum in an Oscar winning role as a girl who may or may not be his daughter, as they take a drama-filed road trip during the Great Depression. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: The Cloud-Capped Star (1960), the story of a beautiful Pakistani refugee living in Calcutta under modest circumstances. Part of the series “The Revolutionary Cinema of Ritwik Ghatak” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4pm: High Plains Drifter (1973), starring Clint Eastwood as a gunslinging stranger who rolls into an Old West outpost and defends the townsfolk from outlaws. Part of the “Universal at 100″ series at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 6pm: Wild River (1960), the Elia Kazan-directed drama starring Montgomery Clift as a young Tennessee Valley Authority administrator who defends his plan to build a dam, with the help of African-American workers. Part of the series “Montgomery Clift: American Enigma” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2012), a documentary about Paul Naschy, the Spanish horror icon born as Jacinto Molina who’s drawn comparisons to Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: Americans on Everest (1954), the first-ever National Geographic TV special, about the first American expedition to the top of the world’s tallest mountain. Narrated by Orson Welles. Part of the Tuesdays at Noon series at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW.
  • 7pm: The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists (2012), a documentary about South Africa’s contemporary arts scene. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.

Wednesday:

  • 10am: American Graffiti (1973), George Lucas’s classic nostalgia trip through the 50s featuring the then-unknown actors Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard. Playing at The Alden at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.
  • 2pm: A selection of films by the visionary silent film illusionist Georges Méliès. A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1901), India Rubber Head (1901), The Mysterious Box (1903), The Marvelous Wreath (1903) and The Melomaniac (1903). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: My Father’s House (2011), a documentary about a Nigerian community struggling to practice Christianity in China. Presented in association with the National Museum of African Art at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.

Thursday:

  • 11am: State of Aloha (2009), a documentary about Hawaiian statehood on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. & Independence Ave. SW.
  • 12:30pm: The program Méliès: A Trip to the Moon and More replays at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7:30pm: So Proudly We Hail (1943), a World War II drama that focuses on the experience of war nurses at the front. Starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake. Part of the “Tribute to the Armed Forces” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 12:30pm: The program Méliès: A Trip to the Moon and More replays at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s the season 3 finale, “Last of the Time Lords”. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: Heroes for Sale (1933), a gritty drama about a World War I veteran who struggles to find work during the Great Depression. Part of the series “Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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