The National Archives will present a new historical survey series, "War and Society," beginning Thursday, May 5. The eight programs are composed of 16 half-hour teaching films about the relationship between history and film documentation produced by the Open University of London in association with BBC Television.
The aim of the series, originally designed for university film students, was to illustrate the uses, abuses and limitations of motion pictures as documentary evidence for historical research and interpretation. The topics covered include the origins and effects of World War I, the Nazi movement, the Resistance, the strategic bombing of Germany, the role of women in Britain and France during both World Wars and of black GIs in World War II.
Screenings at the Archives Building's fifth-floor theater are scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. A free printed program may be obtained by writing to the Director, Audiovisual Archives Division, National Archives and Records Service, Washington, D.C., 20408.
"Billy Jack Goes to Washington," Tom Laughlin's sequel-cum-remake, i.e., a sequel to "The Trial of Billy Jack" combined with a remake of Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," will finally surface at a benefit world premiere on Friday, April 22, at the K-B Cinema.
Proceeds from the showing are ear-marked for a special tax-exempt fund that has been established to assist persons wounded during the Hanafi terrorist raids last month. The benefit committee is being chaired by attorney Albert E. Arent. Inquiries about the fund and premiere tickets will be answered by Janice Ribbentrop of Jeanne Viner Associates at 483-8370.
The cast of the Laughlin opus, which involved several weeks of location shooting in and around Washington, includes Lucie Arnaz, E.G. Marshall, Dick Gautier and Pat O'Brien. The Laughlins - Tom, wife Delores Taylor and daughter Teresa - recreate their original roles. A regular theatrical engagement for the film has yet to be announced.
Jennifer Mead is seeking mature voices, four male and four female, for an animated film called "Margaret Moore." The opening round of auditions is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the electronic music studio of Catholic University. The filmmaker promises several evenings work at low pay. Those interested are requested to call ahead at 347-4700.
The Biograph has opened a new cycle of revivals with a special holiday week double bill of Errol Flynn's greatest swashbucklers, the 1935 "Captain Blood" (the film that made Flynn a star) and the 1938 "Adventures of Robin Hood," graced by vintage Technicolor and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's stirring score, one of the obvious inspirations for John Williams' revival of the Big Movie Score in "Jaws." Action and Kurosawa fans should note the Biograph bill for May 23-25; "Seven Samurai" with "Sanjuro."
Robert Altman's new film "3 Women," which seems destined for a well-deserved controversial success, is scheduled to open Friday, April 29 at the K-B Cinema, a date that may fluctuate with the staying power of "Nasty Habits." Meanwhile, the first film directed by Altman protege Alan Rudolph, "Welcome to L.A.," arrives this Friday at the K-B Janus.