Cool DC Events: Free Ken Russell Movies @ Library of Congress, 9/12, 19, 26

Thanks for this article go to one of our new part-timers, Haley, who in the words of big boss Sam “hipped me” to this series of Cool DC Events happening every week for the rest of September. DC-based film critic Pat Padua is hosting four of idiosyncratic director Ken Russell’s music films at the Library of Congress, one on each Friday of the month (sorry ladies, I’m too late to write about the Liszt one last Friday). And the best part is, they’re free!

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This week’s showing will be Russell’s 1970 film The Music Lovers, a biopic about the dark and twisted life of Tchaikovsky. Typical of Russell, it is a dramatic and flamboyant interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s life, from his disturbing and scarring childhood to his troubled marriage and hidden homosexual urges to his eventual suicide (not an 100% certain fact, but Russell takes the creative license). The LoC website reveals that the dream and fantasy sequences are set to Tchaikovsky’s music, adding an interesting commentary on his psyche and inspiration, possibly.

The film will be shown on Friday at 7pm in the Mary Pickford Theatre on Floor 3 of the LoC James Madison Building. It’s free but you need to reserve a space. And hurry, you never know if they’ll run out of room! Here’s the event page for information and the reservation link: http://www.loc.gov/concerts/filmscreenings-padua.html

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