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A handy day-by-day (aside from Wednesday) schedule all the movies you get to see for free in our fair District. Should come in handy with all that money you spent on airfares and food this weekend. And there are some gems out there, trust us. Or if you don’t trust US, trust the youtube trailers.

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Monday

Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live @ Library of Congress, 7 pm
As Part of LoC’s “Rock’n’Roll in the Fall” Series I wrote about last week:

In his final UK performance on August 30, 1970, the legendary guitarist with Mitch Mitchell on drums and Billy Cox on bass rip through such songs as “Lover Man,” “Foxy Lady,” “Ezy Rider,” “Purple Haze,” “Red House” “Machine Gun,” “God Save the Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” (118 minutes)

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Tuesday

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak @ Dr. Dremos, 8 pm
Just a few weeks of awesome z list movie fun left at Dr. Dremo’s. This Tuesday: Poor sexy Gwendoline (played by Raquel Welch’s sex-kitten daughter Tawni Kitaen) is looking for her father who got lost chasing some butterfly. So she chases after him across the world while getting into some very erotic situations. When she’s not fighting off hot musky sailors, she’s getting undressed and working on a wonderful tan. Sexy, sexy! Bondage and leather. Amazon women. Nuff said

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just check out the AMAZING trailer here:

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Water Flowing Together @ Museum of American Indian, 7 pm
Jock Soto (Navajo and Puerto Rican) left his family at sixteen to become a dancer and became a defining personality of the New York City Ballet. This documentary explores his life in dance, the role his Navajo background played in his life and art, and his identity as a gay man. Bonus:Discussion with filmmaker and film participant follows.

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Thursday

Madame X @ National Museum of Women in The Arts, noon
Not free per se, but free with museum admission (which we approve of, in our 2-for-1 approach to things) From the museum site, this “Cutthroat Island” predecessor sounds like the perfect companion movie to Gwendoline you saw at Dr. Dremo’s on Tuesday: This campy pirate adventure tale from 1977 features an all-female cast and Ulrike Ottinger’s signature use of exotic settings and fanciful costumes.
Sold!

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(the video below is not a trailer for the movie but I couldn’t resist posting it)

Friday

Beau Geste @ Library of Congress, 7 pm
Part of the “Silent Movie Fest” (also at AFI and Goethe Institut, where the movies are NOT free) with live music accompaniement. Three brothers flee from London after independently confessing to the theft of an expensive family heirloom. The men join the French Foreign Legion but instead of finding escape and adventure, enter a world filled with violence, deceit and murder. The brothers are later connected to an eerie mystery when their military garrison is found manned by dead men. Brenon’s silent version, originally released by Paramount as a “prestige” picture, played exclusively for a year in large US cities before being released nationwide. The film, the first of three based on Wren’s novel, was box office gold running in theaters for two straight years

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Lights of Night @ Freer / Sackler Galleries, 7 pm
Part of the retrospective “A Man Vanishes: The Legacy of Shohei Imamura, which started on November 9th and ends next week. When charged with the task of directing a film that would make a star out of pop singer Frank Ngai, Imamura jettisoned convention and created this madcap musical. Its wisp of a storyline involves repeated flashbacks to the hero’s affair with a woman on a tropical island, and its concern with Japan’s outsiders prefigures the filmmaker’s later work

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Saturday

Death of Mr. Lazarescu @ National Gallery of Art, 2pm
Part of the ever “cheerful” Romanian film series at the NGA.
A retired engineer shares his dour Bucharest apartment with three cats. One night he becomes ill and calls an ambulance. No hospital, however, is willing to accept him, and as the night wears on, his condition gets worse. This seemingly bleak scenario, awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2005 Festival de Cannes, depicts a universal theme—death and hospitals—with humanity and dark humor.

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Sunday

Stolen Desire @ Freer / Sackler Galleries, 2 pm
You guessed it! Another one in the Imamura retrospective: his debut film is a bawdy tale drawn from his fond memories of working in a theater troupe. In the film, actors from the sleazy side of Osaka tailor their acts-from Kabuki to striptease-to the tastes of the raucous audience in the small town where they perform. The two strong-willed women for whom the troupe’s director falls are early examples of the hearty, willful female characters that populate Imamura’s later films

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