Press Release
Press Release · Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Press Release
September 22, 2004


National Archives Presents Centennial Tribute To George Stevens

Washington, D.C. . .The Foundation for the National Archives and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a George Stevens Centennial Tribute screening series on October 22 - 24, in the recently opened William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. This salute to director George Stevens premiers the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the William G. McGowan Theater. It also launches a new partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bring many of the Academy's programs to the Washington, DC, region for the first time.

The McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The public entrance is on Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and is fully accessible. Screenings are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by email (preferred):, or telephone: 202-501-5000.

In a career that spanned six decades, Stevens directed and produced some of the cinema's most enduring classics, including "Shane" and "A Place in the Sun" (both featured in this series), as well as "Giant" (1956). In addition to receiving 11 nominations for Academy Awards, he won two Oscars and was also presented with the organization's prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award.

Following is the schedule:

Friday, October 22

6 p.m. George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994). A video documentary with rare color war footage. (46 minutes)

8:30 p.m. The More the Merrier (1943). Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea face a housing shortage in this romantic comedy set in wartime Washington, DC. (104 minutes)

Saturday, October 23

5:30 p.m. George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985). A documentary about George Stevens, directed by George Stevens Jr., that features interviews with Hollywood legends such as Katherine Hepburn, Rock Hudson and Jimmy Stewart.

7:30 p.m. Shane (1953). Alan Ladd and Jack Palance in an antiviolence western. (118 minutes)

Sunday, October 24

5:30 p.m. Alice Adams (1935). Katharine Hepburn stars in this film version of a Booth Tarkington novel. (99 minutes)

7:30 p.m. A Place in the Sun (1951). Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift star in a movie about the dark side of the American Dream. (122 minutes)

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-501-5526 or 301-837-1700.


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