The free movie schedule is light this week, and not just because everyone’s probably going to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its first weekend in theaters.

The arrival of Thanksgiving week means the museums and libraries that show most of the free films around here will be cutting back on their schedules.

But there are still freebies coming to a big screen near you, including the film that earned “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence an Academy Award.

Plus, series of movie tributes to Will Ferrell, Joan Crawford and the streets of San Francisco wrap up this week.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Nov. 23rd.


  • 11am: The Making of Der Ring Des Nibelungen (2005). A documentary about the 100th anniversary performance of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at the 1976 Beyreuth Festival. A Wagner film at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
  • 2:30pm: Restless City (2011). A love forms between a Senegalese musician and the young woman he rescues from a New York City gangster. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 7:30pm: The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916). A love between an Italian peasant and a Spanish nobleman sparks a revolution. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 2pm: GF*BF (2012). Three rural students pursue their dreams in the big city, with revolution playing out Part of the 50th anniversary salute to Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1200 Independence Ave., SW.
  • 2pm: Silver Linings Playbook (2012). A man with mental health issues falls for a younger woman with problems of her own. A Sunday matinee at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). A story of family and romance at the 1904 World’s Fair. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4:30pm: Comizi d’amore (1964). A look at mid-60s Italian sexual mores. Part of a series of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). A dim-witted NASCAR champion’s dominance is challenged by a French Formula 1 racer. Part of the “Will Ferrell Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.


  • 2pm: Harvey (1950). Jimmy Stewart befriends a man-sized rabbit only he can see. Replays at 6:30pm. A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Forbidden teenage love as only Wes Anderson could envision it. A Monday matinee at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6pm: The Big Year (2011). Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson go birding. A fiction lover’s film companion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6pm: Flamingo Road (1949). A film noir about a carnival singer in a corrupt Southern town. The final film in the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 8pm: Incubus (1966). The horror film starring William Shatner that’s perhaps most famous for being made entirely in the invented language of Esperanto. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.


  • 4:30pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). The Peanuts gang learns the holiday is about more than just a big turkey dinner. Playing at the Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
  • 6pm: Dirty Harry (1971). A tough cop and his .44 Magnum go after the Scorpio Killer. Part of the series “Tales of the City: San Francisco” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: Teen Movie Zone at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE.
  • 6:30pm: Dolphin Tale (2011). The true story of a dolphin who loses her tail and gains a friend. A family movie at Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: Miss Navajo (2007). A documentary about a Native American pageant that judges young women on beauty inside and out. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 6:30pm: Prince Among Slaves (2008). The real story of a west African prince who’s sold into slavery in the US in 1788. A Muslim Journeys film at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 6:30pm: Manhattan (1979). Woody Allen’s search for love in all the wrong places. Retro Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
  • Thursday: No movies for Thanksgiving Day.


    • 2pm: The Gospel According to Matthew (1964). The life of Christ, the revolutionary. Part of a series of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
    • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.

    WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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