Heading into what’s sure to be one hell of political season, we take a step back to a time in the movies when the images were viewed in black-and-white—even if the issues were not. An era of fabled smoke-filled rooms, stakes as high as the political machinations were shady, party lines as blurred as the protagonists’ motives, and incidents as dire as the longevity of humanity itself. We’re talking campaign dirt, demagoguery, and the Cold War. File in and get with the program.
Sat-Sun, Aug 6-7, 2016
Up first: an allegoric tale of the effects of power on the human soul. In his first on-screen role, Andy Griffith stars as belligerent but charismatic Arkansas drifter Lonesome Rhodes, whose rapid trajectory to notoriety take an increasingly desperate turn.
Sat-Sun, Aug 13-14, 2016
When an errant transmission sends a crew of U.S. bombers on an irreversible mission to Moscow, the President (Henry Fonda) must decide between their fate and all-out nuclear war.
Sat-Sun, Aug 20-21 at 12:10pm, 2016
Newly nominated as Secretary of State, Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) faces bitter scrutiny on the Senate floor between adherents and opponents of the President who nominated him. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation
Sat-Sun, Aug 27-28, 2016
Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson square off as political adversaries during a presidential primary in this sardonic, insightful drama written by Gore Vidal that brings out the best, and worst, in American politics.
Sat-Sun, Sep 3-4 at 1:00pm, 2016
With one phone call, the Reds can transform a brainwashed Korean War hero (Laurence Harvey) into a deadly assassin—unless his fellow vet (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first.
Sat-Sun, Sep 10-11, 2016
When a military aide (Kirk Douglas) stumbles across a plot by his general (Burt Lancaster) to overthrow the presidency, he must decide whether to follow orders or save democracy.
Sat-Sun, Sep 17-18 at 1:15pm, 2016
The black-and-white of the newspaper page subs for the color palate of our final film, the artful retelling of Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate investigation, presented in a shiny new restoration just in time for its 40th anniversary.