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On-screen, D.W. Griffith’s aptly titled 1931 film, The Struggle, tells the tale of a Prohibition-era alcoholic whose addiction to booze jeopardizes his marriage. Off-screen, the making of the low-budget talkie has its own sordid story: The final directorial effort of the highly controversial “Father of American Cinema” was fraught with studio problems, so harshly criticized upon its premiere that it never received a general release and such a financial failure that it drove Griffith’s company into bankruptcy and the director into exile for the remainder of his days. Even decades after Griffith’s death in 1948, The Struggle continues to find itself in the middle of a tug-of-war—between film nerds who insist that it’s an underappreciated work of realism and film nerds who maintain that it’s the self-indulgent work of an accused racist who had completely lost touch with his audience. Sneak in a bottle of hooch when The Struggle shows at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Matthew Borlik)