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Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, March 21

Remembering Penny Marshall (1943-2018) - Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery.

In March, we celebrate the careers of two film greats, Burt Reynolds and Penny Marshall, who passed away in 2018. Earlier this month we honored Burt Reynolds with a screening of The Longest Yard. On Thursday, March 21, we remember Penny Marshall with a screening of A League of Their Own.

Poster for A League of Their Own

Poster from”A League of Their Own” (Parkway Productions / Columbia, 1992).

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (Parkway Productions / Columbia, 1992). Directed by Penny Marshall. Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandell, based on a story by Kim Wilson, Kelly Candaele. With Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Bill Pullman. (127 min, Technicolor, Panavision, 35mm).

Penny Marshall scored her second major hit as director (following “Big” in 1988) with this delightful story of the first women’s professional baseball league. A little-known chapter in American sports history, the league, established in 1943, was a reflection of the changing roles of women during wartime, and the film lovingly recreates both the era and its characters’ trailblazing stature. Don’t miss the closing credits with the original members of the women’s league playing an exhibition game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2012. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

For more information on our programs, please visit the Mary Pickford Theater website.

The Mary Pickford Theater is located on the 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20540.

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