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Celebrating the Oscars at the Nation’s Library

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The Heiress. Directed by William Wyler, 1949. Film Score by Aaron Copland.

This month the Music Division is excited to sponsor a special film series called Celebrating the Oscars at the Nation’s Library, curated by Music Reference Specialist James Wintle. Every Wednesday evening for the next four weeks, the public is welcome and encouraged to join us for screenings of the following Oscar-winning films:

March 9, 7:00pm

The Heiress (1949) Directed by William Wyler

Best Dramatic Score: Aaron Copland

March 16, 7:00pm

On the Waterfront (1954) Directed by Elia Kazan

Nominated for Best Dramatic Score: Leonard Bernstein

March 23, 7:00pm

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley

Best Original Score: Erich Korngold

March 30, 7:00pm

Elmer Gantry (1960) Directed by Richard Brooks

Nominated for Best Dramatic Score: André Previn

You can read more information about the film series here. James will give a brief introduction to each film and discuss how the scores fit into the Music Division’s collections (which, you may be surprised to know, feature quite strong holdings in film scores!). Whether you remember seeing these movies in the theater or have only heard the titles in passing, this film series promises to be a treat for all.


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