WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The 1920s come roaring back into theaters this weekend with Baz Luhrmann’s lavish, hip-hop-laden retelling of The Great Gatsby.
But you don’t have to pay 3D ticket prices to see some real classics of the silver screen, including some films directed by Roman Polanski, Frank Capra and Charlie Chaplin. Plus, you can see the classic National Geographic special that put primate expert Jane Goodall in our living rooms for the first time.
Here’s the full list of free movies playing in and around DC for the week starting May 11th:
- 11am: State of Aloha (2009), a documentary about Hawaiian statehood on the occasion of the Aloha State’s 50th anniversary. Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. & Independence Ave. SW.
- 2pm: A double-feature kicks off a series devoted to independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke at the National Gallery of Art. First up: Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World (1962), an Academy Award-winning documentary about the legendary poet. That’s followed at 4pm by Portrait of Jason (1965), an emotionally-charged documentary about an African-American male prostitute. The series is called “Shirley Clarke: The Real Thing,” and it plays 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 “Dead Things”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7:30pm: Memphis Belle (1990), starring Matthew Modine in the story of the first World War II bomber crew to complete a full 25-mission tour of duty. But their last mission may be the most harrowing of all. A salute to the Air Force as part of the “Tribute to the Armed Forces” at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: The Golden Thread (Subarnarekha) (1965). A woman falls in love with an abandoned boy whom she and her brother took in as their own, but the brother is determined to find his sister a husband from a higher caste. Part of the series “The Revolutionary Cinema of Ritwik Ghatak” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 4pm: Tess (1979), starring Nastassia Kinski as a young peasant woman torn between two potential suitors. Written and directed by Roman Polanski and playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Galaxina (1980), a sci-fi spoof starring then-Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. This film was infamously released shortly before Stratten’s murder. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees (1965), the classic National Geographic special that introduced the world to the famed primatologist. Part of the Tuesdays at Noon series at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW.
- 7pm: Joana Vasconcelos: Coração Independente (2008), a documentary about the experimental Portuguese artist, Joana Vasconcelos. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 6:30pm: A series of short films by Nam June Paik, the Korean-American artist who’s considered the founder of video art, and some of his contemporaries. At the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F St. NW.
- 11am: State of Aloha (2009). Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian. See Saturday.
- 7:30pm: The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933), a Frank Capra-directed love story starring Barbara Stanwyck as a Christian missionary who falls in love with a warlord during the Chinese Civil War. Part of the series “Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “Partners in Crime”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7:30pm: Shoulder Arms (1918), starring Charlie Chaplin as a boot camp private who dreams of bursting through enemy lines and coming away a hero. A salute to the Army as part of “Tribute to the Armed Forces” month at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- Around dusk: The Breakfast Club (1985), the John Hughes classic about five high school kids who discover they have a lot more in common than they thought after a day in detention. It kicks off the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.