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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PRESENTS 'AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CINEMA' IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PRESENTS 'AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CINEMA'
 IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Library of Congress presents its most extensive retrospective showing of African American films in celebration of Black History Month -- starting Feb. 4.
 No other archive in the world can match the collection of films by and about African Americans preserved in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
 The free public screenings present 50 films of historical and cultural significance on 16 evenings. The films were produced between 1897 and the early 1970s.
 A supplemental series of free daytime screenings honoring the achievements of African Americans in the military, sports and the arts will be offered on Feb. 12, 19 and 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Details on this second series are available from the Affirmative Action Office at 202-707-5479 or the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at 202-707-5677.)
 During the past decade the Library of Congress has acquired and preserved the nation's largest collection of films, television programs and sound recordings relating to the history and achievements of African Americans. Past priorities have been directed at preservation and cataloging.
 Now that the conservation phase has largely been completed, the library is now able to present the most extensive retrospective of historic films relating to African American culture in its history. The films shown in "African Americans in the Cinema" represent a small fraction of the materials available for scholarly research in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
 Included in the evening series is a showing of "Within Our Gates," a long-lost anti-lynching film produced in 1920 by pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. "Within Our Gates," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, was recently discovered by the Library of Congress at the Filmoteca Nacional de Spana and returned to Washington. The library's Motion Picture Conservation Center is now preparing this rare film for full restoration.
 In addition to the film series, the staff of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division has compiled a comprehensive survey of historically important films produced by and about African Americans for inclusion in "The African American Mosaic," a Library of Congress anthology scheduled for publication in Fall 1992.
 Reservations for the films listed below may be made by telephone, beginning one week before any given show. Call 202-707-5677 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 15 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. All programs are free, but seating is limited to 64.
 Schedule of Free Film Screenings
 The Mary Pickford Theater
 Library of Congress
 Madison Building, 3rd Floor
 "African Americans in Cinema" -- February 1992
 Tuesday, Feb. 4 African Americans in Early Movies,
 7:30 p.m. 1897-1915
 Wednesday, Feb. 5 African Americans in Short Subject
 7:30 p.m. films
 Thursday, Feb. 6 "Within Our Gates" (1920) A long lost
 7:30 p.m. film by the film pioneer Oscar
 Micheaux
 Tuesday, Feb. 11 "Hallelujah" (1929) First Hollywood
 7:30 p.m. feature sound film with an African
 American cast.
 Wednesday, Feb. 12 "The Emperor Jones" (1933) Paul
 7:30 p.m. Robeson in his greatest dramatic film
 role.
 Thursday, Feb. 13 "The Blood of Jesus" (1941) A 1991
 7:30 p.m. Library of Congress National Film
 Registry selection. Preceded by a
 segment from the historic 1918
 production "The Birth of a Race."
 Tuesday, Feb. 18 "Native Son" (1951) Richard Wright's
 7:30 p.m. film adaptation of his 1940 landmark
 novel.
 Wednesday, Feb. 19 "Nothing But a Man" (1964) Important
 7:30 p.m. independent production about African
 American life in the South of the
 1960s
 Thursday, Feb. 20 "Shaft" (1971) Gordon Park's
 7:30 p.m. influential breakthrough into the
 world of the Hollywood feature film.
 Monday, Feb. 24 "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song"
 7:30 p.m. (1971) Melvin Van Peebles' angry
 indictment of American apartheid
 Tuesday, Feb. 25 "Five on the Black Hand Side" (1973)
 7:30 p.m. Oscar Williams film adaptation of his
 comic play about the effects of
 integration on the Black middle
 class.
 Wednesday, Feb. 26 "Killer of Sheep" (1977) Award-
 7:30 p.m. winning independent film by Charles
 Burnett. 1990 Library of Congress
 National Film Registry selection.
 Thursday, Feb. 27 "King -- A Filmed Record ...
 6 p.m. Montgomery to Memphis" (1970) A
 monumental documentary assembled from
 historical film footage taken
 throughout Dr. King's public life.
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