Popcorn & Candy: See a Movie on 35mm and Don’t Pay Edition

Popcorn & Candy was DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.  If like me, you resolve each year to see more movies on 35mm, you’re in luck; with a bit of jostling, next week you can see three movies on celluloid, including Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated Phantom Thread, opening in 70mm at the AFI Silver Thursday night (check showtimes here). Even better, the repertory screenings of Grand Illusion and Autumn Leaves are free!



Next week the Mary Pickford Theatre at the Library of Congress (n.b.: I work there, but wasn’t involved in this programming) offers an archival 35mm print of this 1956 melodrama directed by Robert Aldrich. Joan Crawford stars as a middle-aged woman who falls for a younger man (Cliff Robertson) with “a disturbing past.” Upon its release, The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther dismissively called it “a new agonizer,” but a 2004 Slant piece encourages readers to put aside preconceptions of camp; “Aldrich brings all his hard edges to this woman’s picture. The collision of his tough style with the soapy material makes for a film that never loses its queasy tension. ”

Watch a clip.
Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theatre, third floor of the Madison Building, Library of Congress. Free. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.



Jean Renoir’s 1937 antiwar masterpiece was one of the first movies screened at the Old Greenbelt Theatre when it opened 80 years ago. As a part of the venue’s anniversary festivities, this Sunday they’re screening a 35mm print of the film – for free! The late Roger Ebert called it, ” a meditation on the collapse of the old order of European civilization. Perhaps that was always a sentimental upper-class illusion, the notion that gentlemen on both sides of the lines subscribed to the same code of behavior. Whatever it was, it died in the trenches of World War I.”

Watch the trailer.
Sunday, January 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, Maryland. Free.


FRANK SERPICO Post-screening Q&A with composer Bredan Canty (Fugazi)

New York City police officer Frank Serpico blew the whistle on institutional corruption in the ’70s, inspiring the classic film starring Al Pacino. In this 2017 documentary directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio, the reformer tells his story in his own words. Part of the Avalon’s Film in Focus series, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, who composed music for the film.

Watch the trailer.
Wednesday, January 10 at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW.



Next week the Washington Psychotronic Film Society offers this 1989 comedy-horror from director Michael Fischa (Death Spa). Susan Blakely stars as a bored housewife who meets a handsome  stranger (B-movie icon John Saxon) who, according to Psychotronic programmers, sends her “down an emotional and biological roller coaster, growing fur, fangs, and more than a bit feisty. It’s up to daughter Tina Caspary to save mom from a life of marital infidelity, domestic chaos, and house training.” Shown with the charming short Witch’s Night Out, an animated Halloween special from 1978 that features the voice talent of Gilda Radner and Catherine O’Hara.

Watch the trailer.
Monday, January 8 at 8 p.m. at Smoke and Barrel.


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