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TO JUNE 30
You’re familiar with the expression “It’s like herding cats”? Kitties are often used as a metaphor for creatures that are totally uncooperative—toddlers, teenagers, Russell Crowe—but whose intransigence is nothing next to that of the ordinary house cat. That’s why filmmakers happily work with dogs and chimps, even tigers, but leave cats alone. It also explains why some of the stars of this series are those most malleable of performers: cartoons. The animated The Aristocats (Friday, June 10) follows the adventures of a Parisian cat and her kittens, dumped in the country by a butler who will inherit his mistress’s fortune if the felines disappear. Blue-eyed Siamese Pyewacket joins James Stewart and Kim Novak in Bell, Book and Candle (Thursday, June 16), a comedy about a Greenwich Village beatnik witch who casts a spell on a potential lover. In The Cat From Outer Space (Thursday, June 23), the protagonist is trapped on Earth after the military grabs his spaceship and must turn to Ken Berry and Sandy Duncan for help. The Die Hard of kitty flicks, The Shadow of the Cat (Friday, June 24) is the tale (ha!) of a cat who turns vigilante after her human companion is murdered. Written by Psycho scripter Joseph Stefano, Eye of the Cat (pictured; Thursday, June 30) has a similar idea: A houseful of cats protect an old woman from her murderous nephew and his girlfriend. All the programs also feature shorts, including 1898’s Boxing Cats, and cartoons, featuring Sylvester, Krazy Kat, and more. The series runs through Thursday, June 30 (all films screen at 7 p.m.; see Showtimes for a weekly schedule), at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)