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Film poster for "The Anderson Tapes"--illustration with figure of Sean Connery in front of group of masked hoodlums
"The Anderson Tapes" (1971)

This Thursday (May 25th) at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

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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.

Film begins at 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm

Sean Connery and Christopher Walken in a scene from “The Anderson Tapes” (1971)

May 25 (7:00 pm)

“THE ANDERSON TAPES” (Robert M. Weitman Productions / Columbia, 1971).  Directed by Sidney Lumet.  Screenplay by Frank R. Pierson, from the novel of the same name by Lawrence Sanders.  With Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Alan King, Christopher Walken. (99 min, Technicolor, 35mm, archival print from the Copyright Collection)

A safe-cracker freshly released from prison plans an audacious heist of an entire apartment building. Released less than a year and a half before the unraveling of the Watergate scandal, “The Anderson Tapes” was prophetic in its focus on the omnipresent electronic surveillance, underlined by the authenticity of the technology displayed on screen (video recorders and cameras were provided by Ampex). The film was a resounding success, proving Sean Connery’s bankability outside of the James Bond franchise, and although he agreed to resume the Bond role in one more picture (Diamonds Are Forever, 1972), it was to be his last. Christopher Walken, in his first major role, plays the electronics expert known only as “The Kid.”



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