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This Thursday, (March 21) at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

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Poster for “Strange Days” (Lightstorm Entertainment / 20th Century Fox, 1995).

STRANGE DAYS (Lightstorm Entertainment / 20th Century Fox, 1995). Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks. With Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Vincent D’Onofrio, Michael Wincott. (145 min, color, widescreen, 35mm archival print from the Copyright Collection, R-rated).

On the eve of the 21st century, in war-torn Los Angeles, a former police officer hustling bootleg recordings of people’s memories and emotions uncovers a conspiracy involving the city police force. A dystopian thriller that divided opinions upon its release, “Strange Days” was a collaborative effort between Kathryn Bigelow and her ex-husband James Cameron, the latter’s involvement inevitably sparking discussions over the film’s authorship. Notwithstanding Cameron’s contributions to the script and the production’s technical aspects (a special camera was constructed for the innovative POV shots), Bigelow considered “Strange Days” her most personal film to date, “a synthesis of all the different tracks I’ve been exploring, either deliberately or unconsciously, ever since I started making art.”

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:00 pm. Starts at 6:30.

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