The Mary Pickford Theater is a free film theater located on the 3rd floor of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress / 101 Independence Avenue SE. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 6pm.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
“Simon and Laura” (1955)
A pair of squabbling stage actors on the cusp of divorce are hired to feature in a TV soap opera about a happily married couple. A witty satire of the then booming medium of television, “Simon and Laura” is an exemplary introduction to the work of Muriel Box, Britain’s most prolific female director. A forgotten pioneer, Box directed 14 films from 1949 to 1964 and wrote nearly twice as many screenplays (often in collaboration with her husband and producer Sydney Box), an output without peer for a woman working in the male dominated realm of post-World War II commercial cinema. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.