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Weekend Classics: Politics in B&W

Weekend Classics: Politics in B&W

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.



Completed Screenings

A FACE IN THE CROWD

A FACE IN THE CROWD

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.

FAIL-SAFE

FAIL-SAFE

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.

ADVISE AND CONSENT

ADVISE AND CONSENT

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

THE BEST MAN

THE BEST MAN

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.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

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.

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY

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.

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

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.

 

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