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Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, August 15th

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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.

August 15, 2019 (7:00pm)


What better way to relax in the summer heat than with a pair of cool 1960’s caper flicks, rarely seen (especially on the big screen) and mostly forgotten (undeservedly so!).  Hip characters, slangy dialogue, and groovy soundtracks abound!

DUFFY (Columbia, 1968).  Directed by Robert Parrish.  Screenplay by Donald Cammell & Harry Joe Brown, Jr., from an original story by Cammell, Brown, Jr. & Pierre La Salle.  With James Coburn, James Mason, James Fox, Susannah York, John Alderton. (101 min, Technicolor, 35mm)

Poster from Duffy

Poster from “Duffy” (Columbia, 1968).


An American ex-pat is hired by two English half-brothers to hijack a boat carrying several million dollars of their father’s fortune.  Having starred in two campy spy comedies as secret agent Derek Flint, James Coburn was at the time “Mr. Cool” himself, and as such a natural choice for the title role of a master criminal turned laid-back hipster.  He is supported by an A-list British cast including a pair of hot new talents (Fox & York).  Co-written by filmmaker Donald Cammell (“Performance”) and filmed in and around Almeria, Spain, standing in for Tangiers, Morocco.  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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