Calendar of Events
American Film Institute Silver Theater
"Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances" runs from February 3-March 5 and includes classic and new films such as The Awful Truth (1937), The African Queen, The Lady Eve, Two for the Road, Last Tango in Paris and Dirty Dancing.
In honor of the Charles Dickens (1812-1870) bicentennial, AFI presents "Dickens in the Cinema: A Bicentennial Retrospective." Films include A Tale of Two Cities (1935), David Copperfield (1935), Great Expectations (1946), and Oliver Twist (1948) with more to come in March and April.
"Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray" starts February 3 and ends April 12. Films include They Life By Night, Knock on Any Door, In a Lonely Place, Born to Be Bad, The Lusty Men, On Dangerous Ground, Johnny Guitar, Run for Cover; the series continues in March and April.
Gene Kelly, born in 1912, gets a well-deserved retrospective in his centenary year. "Gene Kelly Centennial Retrospective" includes films such as Cover Girl, Anchors Away, Singin' in the Rain, The Pirate, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, On the Town and more in March and April.
"Things to Come: The City Imagined on Film" is presented in cooperation with the National Building Museum's exhibit "Unbuilt Washington." The films present futuristic views of city life and urban design and include Just Imagine, Transatlantic Tunnel, Things to Come, Metropolis, Brazil with more in March.
"Soviet Shakespeare" is a short series of two Russian adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, both by Grigori Kozintsev: Hamlet (1964) and King Lear (1971).
Special events in February include The Best Man (1964), a documentary New Orleans Rising (John Patrick King, 2010), a new 35mm print of The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926) with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra, and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (Larry Cohen, 1977) with Broderick Crawford as Hoover.
Two opera on film events for February: On February 1 at 7:30pm is "Three Superstars in Berlin" with Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Jonas Kaufmann singing arias and duets. On February 20 at 11:45am is Puccini's "Il Trittico" performed by the Royal Opera House in London.
Freer Gallery of Art
The Iranian film festival concludes in February. On February 3 at 7:00pm and February 5 at 2:00pm is Goodbye (Mohammad Rasoulof, 2011); on February 10 at 7:00pm and February 12 at 2:00pm is Mourning (Morteza Farshbaf, 2011); on February 17 at 7:00pm and February 19 at 2:00pm is Here Without Me (Bahram Tavakoli, 2011), an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play "Glass Menagerie."
"Noodles and a Movie" is a special event for Chinese Lunar New Year, combining Taiwan celebrity chef Hou Chun-sheng's cooking and a screening of the film Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee) on February 15 at 6:00pm.
National Gallery of Art
The ongoing film series "American Originals Now" features independent filmmakers and the opportunity to discuss their work. For February, Amie Siegel's work will be shown. On February 11 at 2:30pm is DDR/DDR (2008) about the re-unified Germany and on February 18 at 2:30pm is a program of short films with Amie Siegel in person.
"PhotoFilm!" is a series exploring the use of still photographs in motion pictures. On February 25 at 2:30pm is "How Much Movement Does the Image Need?" -- a program of short films with the three film program curators present for discussion. On February 26 at 4:30pm is "Recall and Memory," another program of short films with the curators present. One more in March and others at the Goethe Institute.
Other art films and special events in February include Nathan the Wise (Manfred Noa, 1922) on February 4 at 2:30pm with Dennis James accompanying on theater organ; A Place in Berlin (Jurgen Bottcher, 2001), an experimental documentary about Berlin on February 5 at 4:30pm; Le Mystere Picasso (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1956) on February 8 at 2:30pm and February 9 and 10 at 12:30pm. A new film about influential designers Charles and Ray Eames Eames: The Architect and the Painter (Jason Cohn, 2011) is on February 12 at 4:30pm. A selection of new short films from France "Les Lutins du Court-Metrage," is shown on February 19 at 5:00pm.
National Museum of African Art
The African Art House Film Festival takes place on Thursdays in February. On February 2 at 6:30pm is Man On Ground (Akin Omotoso, 2011) from South Africa with director Akin Omotoso and actor Hakeem Kae Kazim participating in a Q&A after the film. On February 9 at 6:30pm is Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambety, 1973) from Senegal. On February 16 at 6:30pm is Aristotle's Plot (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1996) from Zimbabwe. On February 23 at 6:30pm is The Nine Muses (John Akomfrah, 2011), a documentary mixing archive material with original scenes with director John Akomfrah taking part in Q&A. All films are shown at Landmark's E Street Cinema.
Museum of American History
The new Warner Brothers Theater opens this month at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. On February 4 at 2:00pm is The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941), preceded by a lecture at 1:00pm in which NPR film commentator Murray Horwitz leads a discussion on the film's history. On February 4 at 7:00pm is Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948) with a pre-screening discussion at 6:00pm. On February 5 at 2:00pm is The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946) with a pre-screening discussion at 1:00pm.
On February 15 at 7:00pm is a one-hour preview of segments from Clinton, an American Experience Film documentary. The screening is followed by a panel discussion.
On February 29 at 12:00 noon is A Not So Still Life (Karen Stanton, 2010) about the artist Ginny Ruffner, who will participate in a discussion of the film.
National Portrait Gallery
On February 4 at 3:30pm is Good Hair (2009), a documentary in which Chris Rock reviews black hairstyles and attitudes. On February 18 at 1:00pm is The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Goran Olsson, 2011), a documentary about the Black Power movement and at 3:00pm is Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994).
Smithsonian American Art Museum
On February 9 at 7:00pm is Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936), shown in the Kogod Courtyard. Annie Hall (Woody Allen) is on February 29 at 6:30pm.
Washington Jewish Community Center
The WJCC is one of six venues for the "Reel Abilities" disabilities film festival. On February 2 at 7:30pm is Ben X (Nic Balthazar) from Belgium. On February 3 at 1:00pm is Henry O! (Ziad H. Hamzeh), a documentary about a blind sports commentator. On February 5 at 11:00am is Shooting Beauty (George Kachadorian), a documentary about a fashion photographer, shown with Crooked Beauty (Ken Paul Rosenthal), a short documentary. On February 9 at 7:00pm is War Eagle, Arkansas (Robert Milazzo), the closing night film.
"A Deeper Look" follows January's Film Neu festival, in a look at the Film Neu directors' earlier works. On February 6 at 6:30pm is Grounding: The Last Days of Swissair (Michael Steiner, 2006) and on February 13 at 6:30pm is Black Box Germany (Andres Veiel, 2001).
The Goethe Institute takes part in the "Best of Input: Television Out of the Box" series on February 1 at 6:30pm. See for other locations and complete schedule.
The Goethe Institute takes part in "PhotoFilm!" a series exploring the uses of still photographs in motion pictures. The first two programs are at the National Gallery of Art. The third program is at the Goethe Institute on February 27 at 6:30pm "The Dancing Photo on Film." Three more in March.
National Geographic Society
See all of the Oscar-nominated films for Best Foreign Language Film February 17-19. On February 17 at 7:00pm is A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011) from Iran; on February 18 at 5:00pm is Bullhead (Michaël R. Roskam, 2011) from Belgium; on February 18 at 8:00pm is Footnote (Joseph Cedar, 2011) from Israel; on February 19 at 2:00pm is In Darkness (Agnieszka Holland, 2011) from Poland; and on February 19 at 6:00pm is Monsieur Lazhur (Philippe Falardeau, 2011) from Canada.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival Series, films about mountain sports and cultures, continues through February 4. See the website for titles and dates.
On February 21 at 7:00pm is a film for Valentine's Day: The Art of Love (Emmanuel Mouret, 2011) starring François Cluzet and Julie Depardieu.
The Japan Information and Culture Center
On February 24 at 6:30pm is The Cherry Tree in the Hills (Tetsuo Shinohara, 2008).
Arlington Arts and Artisphere
Films celebrating women filmmakers are shown on Fridays in February. On February 2 at 8:00pm is The Piano (Jane Campion); on February 10 at 8:00pm is Marie Antoinette (Sophia Coppola); on February 17 at 8:00pm is Monster (Patty Jenkins); and on February 24 at 8:00pm is Frida (Julie Taymor).
Other films shown at the Artisphere in February include Mongolia: Mining Challenges a Civilization, a short documentary. The Artisphere also shows films in the Reel Abilities Film Festival: Ben X on February 4 at 7:30pm and Henry O! on February 5 at 1:00pm.
The 8th annual Academy Award-nominated documentaries and shorts are shown at the Archives February 22-26. Documentary Feature Nominees: On February 22 at 7:00pm is Hell and Back Again (Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner); on February 24 at 7:00pm is Undefeated (TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas); on February 25 at 7:00pm is Pina (Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel) shown in 2D; on February 26 at 7:00pm is Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs); and on February 27 at 4:00pm is If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman). Live Action Short Film Nominees are shown February 25 at noon; Animated Short Film Nominees are on February 25 at 3:30pm and Documentary Short Subject Nominees are shown on February 26 at 11:30am.
This month's "Greek Panorama" film is Gold Dust (Margarita Manda, 2009), winner of several festival awards, on February 2 at 8:00pm. The February "Czech Lions" film is The Greatest Czechs (Robert Sedlacek, 2010) on February 8 at 8:00pm. The "French Cinematheque" film for February is House of Pleasures (Bertrand Bonello, 2011) on February 15 at 8:00pm. This month's "Reel Israel DC" film is The Fifth Heaven on February 22 at 8:00pm.
Italian Cultural Institute
On February 8 at 6:30pm is L'Uomo che verra (Giorgio Diritti, 2009), set in 1943.
Anacostia Community Museum
On February 5 at 2:00pm and February 24 at 10:30am is Enslavement to Emancipation (2009), a documentary about the lives of the enslaved and the work of early abolitionists and civil rights workers.
"Classics of the Silent Screen" is a new series beginning February 22 at 8:00pm with a selection of comedies including The Pawn Shop (1916) with Charlie Chaplin, High and Dizzy (1920) with Harold Lloyd, The Goat (1921) with Buster Keaton, Dog Shy (1926) with Charlie Chase, You're Darn Tootin' (1928) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Film historian Bruce Lawton will introduce the films and Ben Model will provide live music accompaniment.
University of Maryland, Hoff Theater
On February 3 at 5:00pm is Traffic in Souls (George Loane Tucker, 1913), about immigrants forced into the sex trade.
On February 3 at 7:00pm is Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), the inaugural event for the new Warner Bros. Theater. Shown in a newly restored studio print for its 70th anniversary, the film begins a three-day festival spotlighting Humphrey Bogart and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, will introduce the film and take audience questions.
Busboys and Poets
On February 2 at 6:00pm is Where We Take Our Stand: The Iraq Veterans Against the War (David Zeiger) with the filmmaker and one the main characters present to answer questions.
Short films are shown February 3 and 4 at Riot Act Comedy Theater. See the website for films and schedule.