Golden Anniversaries features classic films celebrating their 50th anniversaries. This fourth edition of the event will highlight films from 1971.

Because in-person events remained problematic during the first half of 2021, Cinema St. Louis held free online conversations on the selected works, with people watching the films on their own but gathering virtually to discuss them. 

Film critics, film academics, and writers offered introductory remarks and then participated in discussions about the films. In addition to a fine selection of St. Louis-based experts, Golden Anniversaries featured a quartet of authors from elsewhere: Carrie Courogen (“A New Leaf”), Mark Harris (“Carnal Knowledge”), Novotny Lawrence (“Shaft”), and Charles Taylor (“McCabe & Mrs. Miller”).

During the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, which takes place from Nov. 4-21, CSL will offer a half-dozen in-person Golden Anniversaries screenings at the St. Louis Public Library on the fest's three weekends. The films featured are "A Clockwork Orange," "Duel," "The French Connection," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," and "Two-Lane Blacktop." Film critics and scholars will provide introductions and lead post-film discussions. For full information, visit SLIFF's Film Listings page.

We're also converting the final Golden Anniversaries presentation of 2021, a double bill of Werner Herzog's "Fata Morgana" and "Land of Silence and Darkness," to an in-person presentation in partnership with Webster University's Film Series.

If you missed the previous Golden Anniversaries presentations, the introductions and discussions are archived on CSL’s YouTube channel.

Essays on several of the films also appear on The Lens, CSL's blog.  An introductory essay on the era that Golden Anniversaries explores can be found here.