As much as I love classic movies, there are a lot of movie genres I didn't grow up watching, but as I've gotten older, I've started getting into them. This weekend's movie at the International Museum of Art is one of the genres.

Seven Days of May from 1964 stars an old-school actor, Fredric March, playing a Cold War-era president who is trying to end the tension between the US and the Soviet Union with a nuclear disarmament treaty. He's got a general and a Joint Chiefs of Staff who don't want him to give an inch to the Soviets because they think it will make the United States look weak on the world stage. When the president decides to go ahead with the treaty, his aide finds out that his Joint Chiefs, led by the general, are plotting to overthrow him to keep him from signing the treaty. They have seven days, you know, in May, to stop the overthrow attempt.

I've seen this movie on tv and it is a really interesting film to watch. Unless you lived during the Cold War, and a lot of our kids and grandkids didn't, you won't be able to believe the action in this movie. All the fear of the Russians, imagine that, might sound like what is going on in our world today, but things were much different in the 60s. You will also be amazed at how familiar all the political games being played will seem.

Go see this movie, and then catch your breath by wandering around the International Museum of Art. You can get some really well-priced concessions and the movie is free.

WHAT: Seven Days in May
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana
COST: FREE