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March 27, 2013
Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn Headline Films in April
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., celebrates "April in Paris" with a series of films that take place in the City of Lights. The movies include "Paris Blues," "An American in Paris," "Love in the Afternoon" and "Diva," plus a pair of children’s short films from France—"The Red Balloon" and "White Mane"—as well as a silent double feature consisting of the 1921 version of "Camille" and the 1927 comedy "A Gentleman of Paris."
Three screenings will pay tribute to the newly restored State Theatre in Culpeper, which is scheduled for a grand reopening in May. The Packard Campus will feature films from the local theater’s opening and closing years—"You Can’t Take it With You" (1938), "Free Willy" (1993) and "Once in a Lifetime," a rare early comedy about Hollywood during the transformation from silent to sound films.
A series highlighting films from 1933 will take a look at the era’s studio system with Warner Bros.’ "20,000 Years in Sing Sing" and RKO’s "Little Women." In addition, the March showing of Peter Bogdanovich’s depression era comedy "Paper Moon" has been rescheduled.
Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about each film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Short subjects will be presented before select programs. 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/.
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Series ScheduleThursday, April 4 (7:30 p.m.)
"Paris Blues" (United Artists, 1961)
Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier portray a pair of expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris, enjoying respect for their profession and the city’s freedom from racism. They fall in love with two American girls who are vacationing in France and must decide if they should move back to the U.S. with them or stay in Paris. Duke Ellington received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Martin Ritt directed this romantic drama, which co-stars Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll and Louis Armstrong.
Friday, April 5 (7:30 p.m.)
"An American in Paris" (MGM, 1951)
Gene Kelly stars as an opportunistic American artist living in Paris, discovered by a wealthy American gallery owner who sets her sites on him. Meanwhile, he romances a pretty French girl who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, this tour de force is filled with music by George Gershwin, including Oscar Levant performing the "Concerto in F" and the 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet danced by Kelly and Leslie Caron. The film won six Oscars and was selected to the National Film Registry in 1993.
Saturday, April 6 (7:30 p.m.)
"20,000 Years in Sing Sing" (Warner Bros., 1933)
Michael Curtiz directed this prison drama, starring Spencer Tracy as a hardened criminal at New York State’s maximum security prison who takes a murder wrap to protect his girlfriend’s honor. Based on the memoir of former warden Lewis E. Lawes, the film also features Bette Davis.
Thursday, April 11 (7:30 p.m.)
"Love in the Afternoon" (Allied Artists, 1957)
In this Paris-based romantic comedy, written and directed by Billy Wilder, a middle-aged playboy’s life is threatened and the young daughter of a private detective goes undercover to save the handsome, older stranger from himself. Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier and John McGiver star in the film.
Friday, April 12 (7:30 p.m.)
"Diva" (United Artists Classics, 1981)
When an 18-year-old opera fan secretly tapes the concert of a superstar diva, who refuses to be recorded, he accidentally winds up with another tape that identifies a top mobster involved in an international sex-and-drug ring. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, the thriller stars Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez and Frédéric Andréi. Produced in French with English subtitles, the film is R-rated. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Saturday, April 13 (2 p.m.)
"The Red Balloon" (Lopert Pictures, 1956)
This featurette about a boy who spends a magical afternoon with a red balloon that follows him across Paris won the Palme d'Or for short films in the Cannes Film Festival. Directed and written by Albert Lamorisse, it has a music score, but almost no dialogue.
"White Mane" (United Artists, 1953)
In a near-desert region of southern France, the magnificent stallion, White Mane, is the leader of a herd of wild horses. Only the young fisherman, Folco, manages to tame him, forging a strong friendship between the horse and the boy. This extraordinary short film by Albert Lamorisse is a work of technical sophistication and immense natural beauty. It was filmed in French with English subtitles and narration.
Thursday, April 18 (7:30 p.m.)
"Once in a Lifetime" (Universal, 1932)
In this hilarious adaptation of the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play, a trio of ex-vaudevillian connivers takes advantage of Hollywood’s state of panic when talkies arrive by pretending to be vocal coaches. Jack Oakie, Russell Hopton and Aline MacMahon star in this rarely screened gem.
Friday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.)
"You Can’t Take it With You" (Columbia, 1938)
Jean Arthur stars as a girl from a family of eccentric freethinkers who falls for the son of a conservative banker, played by James Stewart. This screwball comedy, directed by Frank Capra, was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Saturday, April 20 (2 p.m.)
"Free Willy" (Warner Bros., 1993)
When a homeless orphan is sentenced to clean up graffiti he has painted on Willy the whale's holding tank at a theme park, he unexpectedly bonds with the equally unruly orca. Directed by Simon Wince, the family drama-adventure—starring Jason James Richte—was the last movie played at the State Theatre in Culpeper, Va., before it closed its doors in 1993.
Thursday, April 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature
"Camille" (Metro, 1921)
Rudolph Valentino stars as a young law student smitten with a courtesan who gives up her glamorous lifestyle for him. Screenwriter June Mathis updated this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel "La Dame aux Camélias," by setting it in 1920s Paris. Directed by Ray C. Smallwood, "Camille" also stars Nazimova, whose production company made the film.
"A Gentleman of Paris" (Paramount, 1927)
A playboy marquis, engaged to a general’s daughter, makes the mistake of dallying with his loyal servant’s wife. Adolphe Menjou stars in this romantic comedy, directed by Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment for both features.
Friday, April 26 (7:30 p.m.)
"Little Women" (RKO, 1933)
George Cukor directed this faithful version of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, which stars Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee and Jean Parker. While their father is off fighting in the Civil War, the four March sisters who are left at home help the poor, fight to keep their family together and find love. The film won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Saturday, April 27 (2 p.m.)
"Damn Yankees!" (Warner Bros., 1958)
George Abbott and Stanley Donen directed this film adaptation of the Broadway hit, a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Ray Walston and Gwen Verdon star in this musical, which includes the songs "(You Gotta Have) Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants."
Saturday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.)
"Paper Moon" (Paramount, 1973)
Ryan O’Neal stars as traveling Bible salesman/con artist Moses Pray, who unexpectedly finds himself saddled with an orphaned young girl. They forge an unlikely partnership. Ryan’s daughter Tatum O'Neal won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Addie in her film debut. Peter Bogdanovich directed the comedy-crime drama set during the Great Depression. Madeline Kahn as Trixie Delight was also nominated for an Academy Award.
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