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Holiday Cinema at AFI Silver Theatre

A Holiday Film Festival Near Washington DC


Each year AFI Silver Theatre hosts HOLIDAY CINEMA, a holiday celebration featuring a variety of Christmas movies, including classic favorites, comedies and romantic holiday dramas. Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a few hours of family entertainment. AFI is located at 8633 Colesville Road, in the heart of the downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of Washington DC.


Dates: December 10 – 22, 2011

Fri, Dec 16, 7:00; Sat, Dec 17, 4:00, 8:45; Sun, Dec 18, 6:00; Tue, Dec 20, 6:45; Thu, Dec 22, 6:45. Guardian angel Clarence Oddbody saves George Bailey (James Stewart) from a Christmas Eve suicide by showing him how dismal life would have been in the small town of Bedford Falls for his family and friends had he never been born. With Donna Reed as George’s adoring wife, Henry Travers as the angel hoping to get his wings and Lionel Barrymore as the villainous Mr. Potter. The all-time Christmas classic may be Frank Capra’s finest work. “The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” – Chicago Reader. DIR/SCR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 130 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Dec 17, 6:45; Mon, Dec 19, 7:00; Wed, Dec 21, 7:00. For many, Alastair Sim’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in this film is the definitive performance of the iconic character. Miserly and mean-tempered, Scrooge is shaken to his core when he is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future, whose phantasmagoric revelations help him to see the error of his ways. DIR/PROD Brian Desmond Hurst; SCR Noel Langley, after the story by Charles Dickens. UK/US, 1951, b&w, 86 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Dec 16, 2:00; Sun, Dec 18, 3:00; Mon, Dec 19, 2:00; Tue, Dec 20, 2:00; Wed, Dec 21, 2:00; Thu, Dec 22, 2:00. Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet; Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Conducted by Pavel Klinichev; Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich Starring Nina Kaptsova and Artem Ovcharenko. “The Nutcracker” is a Christmas season fairy tale based on a novelette of the same name by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Synopsis: To punish the magician Drosselmeyer for having built the best mousetrap, the Queen of the Mice turns his young nephew Hans-Peter into a nutcracker doll. At Christmas time, Drosselmeyer sets a new kind of trap, luring the mice and their King away from the Christmas feast’s crumbs and into a toyland battle, where, with the help of Marie, a young girl about the same age as Hans-Peter, the spell on Hans-Peter might be broken.135 min., including one intermission.

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