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The National Gallery shares unique films in person and free of charge. Join us for recent restorations, classic art cinema, exceptional documentaries, and a variety of films by artists. Registration is required.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
This documentary essay by Dyanna Taylor, granddaughter of Dorothea Lange, blends journals, letters, private discussions, home movies, and – of course – photographs, to create a compelling account of the famous American photographer’s complicated history.
March 9 – 10
Celebrate Italian Cinema: Anna Magnani on Screen
Join us for three recently restored films that reflect the brilliance and power of Oscar-winning Italian actress Anna Magnani.
Film Songs for the New World
A special program of five recent short films by international, award-winning women artists, curated by the National Gallery’s film programmer Joanna Raczynska.
March 17 – April 14
Film Knots and Threads
A selection of work by contemporary artists and filmmakers who use metaphors and patterns of the handwoven and handmade to conjure associations between cultures, eras, and histories.
A Mirror of the Cosmos
A Mirror of the Cosmos explores how the Mar Menor lagoon, a beachside paradise located in southeastern Spain, is being pushed to the brink of extinction by the climate crisis.
April 6 – 13
Kinuyo Tanaka Retrospective
Japanese filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka (1909—1977) was a pioneering woman in a studio system that actively discouraged female directors. She made six groundbreaking features over the course of a decade, dismissing the passivity assigned to most female protagonists of the era and creating a small, radical oeuvre of progressive heroines.
Being in a Place
Drawing on a wealth of unseen archival material, including sound recordings, film rushes, offcuts and unpublished notebooks, Luke Fowler’s new feature film focuses on Margaret Tait, one of Scotland’s most enigmatic filmmakers.
The Art of Un-War
Internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko has dedicated his work and life to denouncing militarization and war. Maria Niro’s recent documentary, The Art of Un-War, follows Wodiczko’s trajectory from his birth in Warsaw during World War II and his expulsion from Poland by the communist regime to today.
About Film Programs
The National Gallery of Art’s year-round film program presents classic and contemporary cinema from around the world in a traditional theatrical setting. Through screenings, filmmaker discussions, and introductions by critics and scholars, the program encourages viewers to learn more about the history of the cinema, its relationship to other art forms, and the role of media in society. Enjoy innovative retrospectives, restored works of historical value, silent films with live musical accompaniment, new documentaries, and experimental media by noted artists on weekends, throughout the year.
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