Golden Anniversaries features classic films celebrating their 50th anniversaries. The fifth edition of the event  highlights films from 1972.

This year, Cinema St. Louis will hold both virtual conversations and in-person screenings as part of Golden Anniversaries.

The free online conversations, with people watching the films on their own but gathering virtually to discuss them, will continue through October. The virtual programs will be available as livestreams through Eventive, and each online event has a link to register. These discussions will also be archived on CSL’s YouTube channel.

Free in-person screenings will begin in April and continue through October, with films playing on a Saturday afternoon every month at the St. Louis Public Library's Central Library. In addition, during the 31st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, which takes place from Nov. 3-13, CSL will offer a quartet of free Golden Anniversaries screenings — Martin Scorsese’s “Boxcar Bertha” (with Daniel Yezbick), Sydney Pollack’s “Jeremiah Johnson” (with Lynn Venhaus), Lina Wertmuller’s “The Seduction of Mimi” (with Susan Waugh), and Gordon Parks Jr.’s “Super Fly” (with Novotny Lawrence) — on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the library.

No tickets are required for the in-person screenings at the library. Free parking is available at the SLPL lot on 15th Street between Olive and Locust streets. The library will provide a token to exit.

Whether the event is held online or in person, film critics, film academics, filmmakers, and writers will offer introductory remarks and participate in discussions about the films. In addition to a fine selection of St. Louis-based experts, Golden Anniversaries will again feature authors from elsewhere, including returning presenters Novotny Lawrence (“Super Fly”) and Charles Taylor (“Lady Sings the Blues”) and new participants such as University of Missouri-Columbia professor Brad Prager ("Aguirre, the Wrath of God").

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.