TUESDAY-THURSDAY

This year has seen the re-emergence of two figures who still powerfully evoke the Red Scare of the ’50s: Alger Hiss, recently profiled by his son in the book The View From Alger’s Window, and Elia Kazan, who won a lifetime achievement Oscar this spring while prominent Hollywood lefties glowered. Kazan named movie-biz communists (and people who were, like him, ex-communists) to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952—which got him dubbed “Hollywood’s #1 Rat” on the cover of the Village Voice but won approval on the Washington Post’s neo-con Op-Ed page. This week, the National Archives offers a briefing on the controversial director with three films—two by Kazan and one about him—and an author appearance. The Kazan-directed pictures are A Streetcar Named Desire (at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, pictured), made the year before his testimony, and 1954’s On the Waterfront (at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14), a union-corruption drama that some have seen as the director’s attempt to create a sympathetic portrayal of an informer. Richard Schickel’s 1995 documentary, Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey (at noon Thursday, July 15), tries to burnish the director’s reputation, which declined precipitously after the ’50s (and not just because of his HUAC testimony). Author Jeff Young will also appear (at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15) to discuss his book, Kazan—The Master Director Discusses His Films: Interviews With Elia Kazan, which, according to one reviewer, shows that the director’s “decision to name names was never very far from his artistic consciousness.” At the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 501-5000. (Mark Jenkins)