In honor of our nation’s birthday, we present an extensive series of films that record, examine, and mark key points in American history. From the Declaration of Independence to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this diverse selection of comedies, musicals, and dramas spans nine decades of American cinema and raises the question: how much of our heritage is formed by the cinematic stories we tell? In other words, which came first—the facts or the legends? With films like the bold ’n’ brassy Gold Diggers of 1933, the studio-system landmark The Best Years of Our Lives, and the artful but scathing meditation on the oil industry There Will Be Blood, the Dryden presents a cinematic portrait of our nation’s history and invites you to join us in celebrating the link between movies and our national mythology.
Wednesday, July 3, 8 p.m.
(Peter H. Hunt, US 1972, 169 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Young Mr. Lincoln
(John Ford, US 1939, 100 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 p.m.
(Buster Keaton, US 1925, 68 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m.
There Will Be Blood
(Paul Thomas Anderson, US 2007, 158 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, July 31, 8 p.m.
The Magnificent Ambersons
(Orson Welles, US 1942, 88 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, August 7, 8 p.m.
Gold Diggers of 1933
(Mervyn LeRoy, US 1933, 97 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, August 14, 8 p.m.
The Best Years of Our Lives
(William Wyler, US 1946, 172 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, August 21, 8 p.m.
(John Waters, US 1988, 92 min., 35mm)
Wednesday, August 28, 7 p.m.
(Wim Wenders, France/Germany/US 1984, 147 min., 35mm)