February 6, 2008
Free Screening of Film State of the Union at the National Archives
Washington, DC…As part of its Running for Office film series, the National Archives presents a special screening of State of the Union (1948, 122 minutes) on Saturday, March 1, at noon. Based on a Pulitzer Prize–winning play, State of the Union examines the impact of hard political reality on an idealistic industrialist who is drafted to run for the Presidency. Stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Angela Lansbury. Directed by Frank Capra. The Running for Office film series is generously supported by Chevy Chase Bank.
The Running for Office film series screenings are inspired by the new National Archives exhibition “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman” which opens in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC on Friday, February 8 and runs through August 17, 2008. Winter hours (through March 14) are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Spring hours (March 15 through Labor Day) are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily.
The screening is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater located in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Use the National Archives Building Special Events entrance on the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.
The “Running for Office” exhibition includes 44 exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Clifford K. Berryman, staff political cartoonist for The Washington Post and the Washington Evening Star during the first half of the 20th century, drew thousands of cartoons commenting on Presidential and congressional candidates, campaign issues, and elections of his era. The cartoons are part of the official Records of the U.S. Senate housed in the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives.
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