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September 27, 2011 (REVISED October 5, 2011)
Thrills and Chills Highlight Library’s October Film Series
America’s favorite redhead Lucille Ball, legendary musicians from Woodstock and horror classics will top the roster of films and early television programs being screened in October at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. This month’s screenings in the plush Art Deco theater will include such notables as James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Elvis Presley, Ellen Burstyn, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
In addition, the film series will feature movies from the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Films named to the registry have been selected for preservation because they are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
Programs during the month are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Some screenings will also include short subjects before the main feature. Titles are subject to change without notice.
All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility funded as a gift to the nation by the Packard Humanities Institute. The Packard Campus is the site where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of motion pictures, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings (www.loc.gov/avconservation/). The Packard Campus is home to more than 6 million collection items, including nearly 3 million sound recordings. It provides staff support for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the National Recording Preservation Board, and the national registries for film and recorded sound.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (Buena Vista, 1988)
In this live action-animation feature directed by Robert Zemeckis, a toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy are featured in the cast of this PG-rated mystery-comedy.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
"We All Love Lucy (And Desi Too) TV Night" (CBS & NBC, 1957-1970)
An evening of television shows starring Lucille Ball and/or Desi Arnaz will be featured. The programs will complement the Library’s "I Love Lucy: An American Legend" exhibition on display in the James Madison Building. Programs include "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1957), "The Lucy Show" (CBS, 1965 & 1968), "The Mothers-in-Law" (NBC, 1968) and "Here’s Lucy" (CBS, 1970).
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
"Little Caesar" (Warner Bros., First National, 1931)
Edward G. Robinson stars as a small-town hoodlum who goes to the big city and climbs the ranks of organized crime until he reaches the top. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Glenda Farrell co-star in this Mervyn LeRoy-directed drama, which was selected for the National Film Registry in 2000.
Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.. CANCELED
"Raintree County" (MGM, 1957)
Near the beginning of the Civil War, a beautiful southern belle visits Indiana's Raintree County and sets her sights on an earnest abolitionist student who is engaged to another woman. Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint are the leads in this epic Civil War drama-romance directed by Edward Dmytryk
Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
"Love Me Tender" (20th Century Fox, 1956)
Elvis Presley made his film debut in this Civil War tale of conflicting politics among sons in a Southern family, and their mutual love for a woman. Deborah Paget co-stars in this musical drama directed by Robert D. Webb. NEW
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
"Woodstock: The Director’s Cut" (Warner Bros. 1994 release of the 1970 film)
The digitally remastered, widescreen version of the Academy Award-winning chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival includes 40 minutes of footage not in the original release. The Who, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie and Crosby, Stills and Nash are among the performers in this R-rated film. Directed by Michael Wadleigh, the documentary was named to the National Film Registry in 1996.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
"Silent Comedy All Stars"
Among the silent comedy shorts featured in this special Tuesday night screening are "The Goat" (1921), starring Buster Keaton, and "Two Tars" (1928), starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer-style Walker Theater Organ. CANCELED
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
"The Strawberry Blonde" (Warner Bros., 1941)
Set in New York City in the 1890s, this nostalgic story stars James Cagney as a young dentist infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger. Directed by Raoul Walsh, this romantic comedy-drama co-stars Olivia de Havilland and Rita Hayworth.
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
"I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (Warner Bros., 1932)
In this faithful adaptation of Robert Elliot Burns’ gripping autobiography, a WWI veteran wrongly convicted of a crime is forced to serve time in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang. This crime drama, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Paul Muni and Glenda Farrell, was selected to the National Film Registry in 1991.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
"Faust" (UFA, 1926)
F.W. Murnau directed this silent German film version of the legend of Faust, a successful scholar dissatisfied with his life, who makes a deal with the devil to exchange his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The horror-fantasy will be presented with live musical accompaniment by Ben Model on the Wurlitzer-style Walker Theater Organ.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
"Creature From the Black Lagoon" (Universal, 1954)
In this science fiction-horror film, a group of scientists try to capture a strange prehistoric beast lurking in the depths of the Amazonian jungle and bring it back to civilization for study. Directed by Jack Arnold, the film stars Richard Carlson, Julie Adams and Antonio Moreno.
Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
"The Exorcist" (Warner Bros., 1973)
The mother of a teenage girl seemingly possessed by a mysterious entity seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb star in this gripping horror film, directed by William Friedkin. "The Exorcist" was selected for the National Film Registry in 2010. The R-rated, 132-minute director’s cut will be screened.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.
"Hocus Pocus" (Disney/Buena Vista, 1993)
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star as three sister witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Kenny Ortega directed this PG-rated fantasy-comedy.
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