The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
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Thursday, March 16 (7:30 p.m.)
THE PIANO (Miramax, 1993, R-rated *)
One of the most highly acclaimed and hauntingly original motion pictures of the 1990s was written and directed by New Zealand-born Jane Campion, in her third feature film. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute Scottish woman who is sold by her father into marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman named Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill). Bringing her young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and her cherished piano with her, Ada is devastated when Stewart refuses to transport the piano over the rough terrain to their home, and trades it to Baines (Harvey Keitel), a fellow settler who has adopted Maori ways. Ada is determined to get her most cherished possession back with devastating consequences. The film accumulated dozens of international awards including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 121 minutes
Friday, March 17 (7:30 p.m.)
LOST IN TRANSLATION (Focus, 2003, R-rated *)
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star as two lonely Americans in Tokyo - a faded movie star there to make a beer commercial, and the young and neglected wife of a celebrity photographer, who develop an unlikely friendship as they deal with culture shock in Tokyo and commiserate about their unhappy lives. Sofia Coppola, who wrote, directed and produced the film, was nominated for Oscars in all three categories, winning for original screenplay. Bill Murray was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 101 minutes
Saturday, March 18 (7:30 p.m.)
GET YOUR MAN (Paramount, 1927)
Trailblazing director Dorothy Arzner’s career in feature films spanned from the silent era of the late 1920s into the early 1940s. In fact, she was the only female director working in the 1930s in the United States. This charming romantic comedy was Arzner’s third feature at Paramount and stars the “It Girl” Clara Bow at the height of her fame. Bow plays a New York tourist in Paris who falls for a handsome nobleman (Buddy Rogers), who, as it turns out, was betrothed in childhood to the daughter of a neighboring marquis. Bow soon hatches a plan to overcome that obstacle and get her man. This print is a carefully pieced together restoration by the Library of Congress from rediscovered nitrate stock, stills and intertitles and is the most complete version of the film we are ever likely to get. Also on the program is the 1914 Keystone comedy short “Mabel at the Wheel” directed by and starring Mabel Normand. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson.
Black & white, 60 minute feature, 18 minute short
Friday, March 24 (7:30 pm)
THE STUDENT NURSES (New World, 1970, R-rated *)
Roger Corman, renowned producer of low budget independent films, hired the wife and husband team of Stephanie Rothman and Charles S. Swartz, for what he envisioned as “a contemporary drama with a liberal to left wing viewpoint and some R-rated sex and humor. … It was important to the filmmakers and me that we have something to say within the films... I insisted each (nurse) had to work out her problems without relying on a boyfriend.” Rothman directed, and she and her husband produced and provided the original story. The film was an enormous box office success and was the first in the popular "nurses" cycle of exploitation movies. It has since become a cult film. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 89 minutes
Saturday, March 25 (2:00 p.m.)
SONGCATCHER (Lions Gate Films, 2000)
Maggie Greenwald wrote and directed this period drama set in 1907 that follows Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a professor of musicology, as she studies an Appalachian community that, due to its isolation, has kept alive centuries-old traditional folk songs from England. As she gains their trust and records their music, she confronts her own prejudices while growing to see this community as more than a quaint accident of history. Along the way, Greenwald tackles issues as timeless as cultural schism, shifting attitudes regarding sexuality and the preservation of historical and cultural legacy for subsequent generations. “Songcatcher” was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and both Emmy Rossom (in her film debut) and Pat Carroll were both nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for their performances. The film also stars Aidan Quinn and Jane Adams.
Color, 109 minutes
Saturday, March 25 (7:30 p.m.)
POINT BREAK (20th Century Fox, 1991, R-rated *)
The second of Kathryn Bigelow’s trilogy of action films (following “Blue Steel” in 1989 and preceding “Strange Days” in 1995) stars Keanu Reeves as rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah, who goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. The film co-stars Patrick Swayze as the charismatic gang leader and was praised for its outstanding surfing and skydiving sequences. In 2010, Bigelow became the first woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Director, for “The Hurt Locker.” *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 122 minutes
Thursday, March 30 (7:30 p.m.)
PAY IT FORWARD (Warner Bros., 2000)
Emmy Award winning director and producer (for “E.R.”) Mimi Leder helmed this drama based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. When given a class assignment to “make the world a better place,” 11-year-old Trevor (Haley Joel Osment), comes up with a plan based on networking good deeds which he calls "pay it forward" - the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying the favor back. Helen Hunt appears as Trevor’s alcoholic single mother with Kevin Spacey as his physically and emotionally scarred social studies teacher Eugene Simonet. Also starring Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi and Angie Dickinson.
Color, 123 minutes
Friday, March 31 (7:30 p.m.)
THELMA & LOUISE (MGM, 1991, R-rated *)
Screenwriter Callie Khouri began her script for “Thelma & Louise” with a single sentence premise: “Two women go on a crime spree.” What emerged from her word processor and eventually from the screen became a feminist manifesto and a cultural flashpoint which eventually landed the film’s stars, in character, onto the cover of “Time” magazine. Directed by Ridley Scott and anchored by two powerhouse and career-defining performances from Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis (and a breakout early appearance by Brad Pitt), “Thelma & Louise” skillfully contrasts exceedingly well-done action movie tropes with a non-didactic social commentary before building to an unforgettable climax. Along the way, it also manages to be funny, insightful and even eloquent in its rage. Since its release, “Thelma & Louise” has become both a symbol and a sort of short-hand for post-second wave feminism. The film was added to the National Film Registry on December 14, 2016. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 130 minutes
Saturday, April 1 (7:30 p.m.)
OPEN THE DOOR RICHARD… RICHARD PRYOR’S COMPLETE APPEARANCES ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW
The Pride of Peoria, Illinois, Richard Pryor, is considered perhaps the greatest stand-up comedian of all time. While Pryor was an untamed force of nature in the 1970’s, his early years as a fledgling comic are lesser known and even lesser seen. While Ed Sullivan, the King of Sunday Night, initially dismissed Pryor - a mutual friend, veteran comedian Alan King, strongly recommended him. Pryor soon charmed Sullivan and appeared 14 times on his show from 1965 -1970. A master at characterizations, here we see the very early comedian trying on his many faces: the Samurai warrior, children in a Rumpelstiltskin play, the Signifier, the Weightlifter. As the 1960’s progress, before our eyes we witness Pryor’s transformation into the more radical street spokesman that was to emerge. We are pleased to present all 14 appearances of Richard Pryor on the Ed Sullivan Show, perhaps for the first time. The program will be introduced by
Dan Blazek, Packard Campus Recorded Sound Technician, who has given presentations about Richard Pryor at two ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) conferences in the past year.
Color, 90 minutes
Thursday, April 6 (7:30 pm)
THE FIGHTING 69TH (Warner Bros., 1940)
Two years after they appeared together in “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938), James Cagney and Pat O’Brien were again cast, respectively, as a cocky troublemaker and the clergyman who tries to bring him back into the fold. In “The Fighting 69th,” directed by William Keighley, the two go head to head on the battlefields of France during World War I, where Jerry Plunkett (Cagney), an arrogant braggart who refuses to follow orders, is court-martialed when his cowardice in battle causes the deaths of his fellow soldiers. O’Brien plays Francis P. Duffy (1871-1932), who served as chaplain for the 69th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the New York Army National Guard composed primarily of Irish immigrants from New York City. Two additional members of the original regiment portrayed in the film are William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan (1883-1959), a decorated World War I veteran and head of the Office of Strategic Services during the Second World War, and journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), killed by sniper fire in the Second Battle of the Marne. Also on the program is the 1934 Vitaphone short “Tin Hat Harmony,” starring Abe Lyman and his Orchestra.
Black & white, 90 minutes
Friday, April 7 (7:30 p.m.)
SERGEANT YORK (Warner Bros., 1941)
Gary Cooper, in one of his favorite roles, won his first Oscar for his dead-on portrayal of Tennessee pacifist Sgt. Alvin York who, in an Argonne Forest World War I battle, single-handedly captured more than 130 German soldiers. A stirring bit of Americana, which appeared six months before America entered World War II as a nation and inspired Americans through the later conflict, "Sergeant York" contains three main segments all masterfully directed by Howard Hawks: York's life in Tennessee, the war scenes, and post-war scenes in New York City where his newfound fame briefly tempts York not to return to his Tennessee home. The film was added to The National Film Registry in 2008.
Black & white, 134 minutes
Saturday, April 8 (7:30 p.m.)
WHAT PRICE GLORY (20th Century-Fox, 1952)
James Cagney stars as Captain Flagg with Dan Dailey as his nemesis Sergeant Quirt, American doughboys in France who both fall in love with the innkeeper's daughter (Corinne Calvet). John Ford helmed this Technicolor World War I comedy-drama based on the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings. The play was previously adapted for film in1926 with Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe in the leading roles. The supporting cast includes William Demarest and Robert Wagner.
Color, 111 minutes
Thursday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.)
RUBY IN PARADISE (October Films, 1993, R-rated *)
Ashley Judd made her big-screen debut as Ruby Lee Gissing, a despondent young Tennessee housewife who escapes to Panama City, Florida in search of freedom, independence and a better life. This leisurely paced character study was directed by Victor Nuñez who also wrote the screenplay, loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel “Northanger Abbey.” “Ruby in Paradise” won the 1993 Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival and Judd won an Independent Spirit Award as Best Female Lead Actress. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 114 minutes
Thursday, April 20 (7:30 p.m.)
THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (Warner Bros., 1980, R-rated *)
William Peter Blatty (“The Exorcist”) wrote, produced and directed this comedy horror thriller based on his novel “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane.” A new commanding officer (Stacy Keach) arrives at a remote castle serving as a facility for U.S. soldiers who have mental problems, or have gone AWOL. He attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out their crazy fantasies while combating his own long-suppressed insanity. Leonard Maltin described the movie as "hilarious yet thought-provoking, with endlessly quotable dialogue and an amazing barroom fight scene." The film also stars Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders and Neville Brand. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 118 minutes
Friday, April 21 (7:30 p.m.)
CRUEL & UNUSUAL COMEDY - THE BEST OF THE MOMA SERIES (1910s-1920s)
Since 2009, the Museum of Modern Art has presented five editions of “Cruel and Unusual Comedy,” a series that explores the vast subconscious of American silent slapstick comedy. These unruly and unpretentious shorts, made to be instantly consumed and forgotten, explore a wide range of discomforting social, cultural, political, and aesthetic topics that include ethnic stereotypes, domestic abuse, sexual identity, violence, and even the plague of Chaplin imitators. Film historians Ben Model and Steve Massa, working with MoMA curators Dave Kehr and Ron Magliozzi, have drawn on the Museum’s extensive holdings of hundreds and hundreds of silent comedies. The majority of films to be screened are archival rarities, many preserved from the only known copies. Among the featured comics are enduring favorites like Harold Lloyd in his early “Lonesome Luke’s Wild Women” (1917) and lesser-known figures such as Al St John in “Red Pepper” (1925).
Black & white, 120 minutes
Saturday, April 22 (7:30 p.m.)
SILENT COMEDIANS TALK! (1930s-1940s)
By the late 1920s, silent film comedy had evolved to a high art, reaching its peak in the features of Chaplin, Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Harry Langdon, in addition to shorts with Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Max Davidson. Overnight the wide-spread adoption of sound made their hard-earned artistry obsolete, and left them to scramble to adapt their comedy styles to the talking pictures’ new technology and pacing. Chaplin, the richest and most independent, was able to ignore the change and continue making silents, while others such as Harold Lloyd eagerly jumped into the new medium. Steve Massa and Ben Model will present the program which will include popular favorites like Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase.
Black & white, 120 minutes
Thursday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.)
MY MAN GODFREY (Universal, 1936)
In one of her greatest roles, Carole Lombard sparkles as a dizzy but good-hearted heiress in Gregory La Cava's comedic take and sometimes caustic commentary on the Great Depression. William Powell portrays Godfrey with knife-edged delivery, the forgotten man whom Lombard has turned into the family butler. Pixilated mother Alice Brady, beleaguered father Eugene Pallette, and snarky sister Gail Patrick round out the cast of one of the most exemplary screwball comedies of the 1930s. The cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff is a shimmering argument for the supremacy of black and white film. “My Man Godfrey” was added to the National Film Registry in 1999.
Black & white, 94 minutes
Friday, April 28 (7:30 p.m.)
THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION (20th Century-Fox, 1984)
“A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon,” is how Time magazine film critic Roger Corliss described this sci-fi adventure comedy, produced and directed by W. D. Richter. Peter Weller stars as the multi-talented Buckaroo Banzai – a neurosurgeon, nuclear scientist, and rock 'n' roller, who is called upon save the world from a hostile extraterrestrial invasion. The rather loose plot serves as backdrop for a series of bizarrely humorous set pieces, parodying both classic and contemporary sci-fi films. The cast of this cult favorite includes John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin and Jeff Goldblum.
Color, 103 minutes
Saturday, April 29 (2 p.m.)
PETER PAN (Universal, 2003)
Australian director P. J. Hogan (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) co-wrote and directed this adaptation of the classic play and novel by J. M. Barrie. Film critic Roger Ebert praised the American-British-Australian production writing: “[Hogan] stays closer to the J.M. Barrie book and also closer to the book's buried themes, which are sidestepped by most versions of ‘Peter Pan.’ This expensive new production, shot in Australia, is not simply a riot of pretty pictures, but begins with a Neverland that seems overgrown and pungent -- more like Louisiana than Middle-earth. … At a point when lesser films would be giving us swashbuckling by the numbers, Peter and Wendy dance in mid-air, emulating the fairy ballet.” Jeremy Sumpter stars as Peter Pan with Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy and Jason Isaacs and Olivia Williams as Mr. and Mrs. Darling.
Color, 113 minutes
Saturday, April 29 (7:30 p.m.)
TIMECRIMES (Magnolia Pictures, 2007 R-rated *)
Everyman Héctor (Karra Elejalde) is tricked by a scientist into entering a large mechanical device that turns out to be an experimental time machine, setting in motion a horrifying chain of events when he inadvertently runs into himself. Spanish filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Nacho Vigalondo (for the 2003 short film “7:35 in the Morning”) wrote, directed and costars (as the scientist) in this low-budget science fiction thriller - his feature film debut. Well-crafted with dark humor and bizarre twists, the film is in Spanish with English subtitles. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 92 minutes
Last Updated: 03/08/2017