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May 30, 2012
America’s Space Race, War of 1812 Featured at Packard Campus Theater
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation’s June film series will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with screenings of two action-adventure films and an evening of rare television programs. The lineup at the Packard Campus theater in Culpeper, Va., will also include a salute to NASA, featuring a documentary and two historical dramas about America’s space program; a "Silent Film Week" of live musical accompaniment by three leading performers; a Saturday matinee of Disney’s "The Three Lives of Thomasina"; the Chinese romantic drama "In the Mood for Love"; and two titles from the National Film Registry—"Carmen Jones" and "Daughter of Shanghai." For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the 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/.
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.
Friday, June 1 (7:30 p.m.)
"In The Mood for Love" (USA Films, 2000)
In this Chinese romantic drama, two lonely, married people in 1962 Hong Kong are drawn to each other, but dare not pursue their feelings. Directed by Wong Kar-Wai, the film stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai.
Saturday, June 2 (7:30 p.m.)
"Carmen Jones" (20th Century-Fox, 1954)
Otto Preminger directed this contemporary version of the Bizet opera featuring modernized lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Dorothy Dandridge portrays the sultry factory worker who seduces a young soldier and then dumps him for another man. Harry Belafonte, Joe Adams and Pearl Bailey are also featured in the all African-American cast. "Carmen Jones" was selected for the National Film Registry in 1992.
Thursday, June 7 (7:30 p.m.)
"The War of 1812 on TV"
The military conflict between American forces and the British Empire in 1812 is comparatively underrepresented in literature, film and television. This special program features both fictional television series episodes and educational shows about General Andrew Jackson, Privateer Jean Lafitte, and the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key.
Friday, June 8 (7:30 p.m.)
"Captain Caution" (United Artists, 1940)
During the War of 1812, a young girl helps a soldier take command of her father’s ship after he is killed so they can fight the British. Victor Mature, Louise Platt and Leo Carrillo star in this action adventure directed by Richard Wallace.
Saturday, June 9 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Buccaneer" (Paramount, 1958)
Anthony Quinn directed this remake of the 1938 Cecil B. DeMille picture in which General Andrew Jackson is forced to rely on French buccaneer Jean Lafitte to stem the British invasion during the Battle of New Orleans. Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer, Charlton Heston and Claire Bloom star in this historic adventure film.
Thursday, June 14 (7:30 p.m.)
"Silent Shorts" (1910s-1920s)
A diversity of new prints of silent film short subjects produced by the Library of Congress Packard Campus Film Preservation Laboratory will be premiered, along with shorts from other film archives, including The George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art. Musical accompaniment is provided by Andrew Simpson, Ben Model and Phil Carli.
Friday, June 15 (7:30 p.m.)
"Redskin" (Paramount, 1929)
Richard Dix stars as Navajo brave Wing Foot, who returns to his tribe after attending college in the East, only to renounce their customs and beliefs. Victor Schertzinger directed this silent western adventure, which was partially filmed in Technicolor.
Saturday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.)
"Bare Knees" (Lumas Film, 1928)
In this new print from the Library of Congress Packard Campus Film Preservation Laboratory, a young married woman in a small town is visited by her sister, a single "flapper" who causes a scandal in town with her bobbed hair and short skirts. This silent comedy was directed by Erle C. Kenton and stars Virginia Lee Corbin and Donald Keith.
Thursday, June 21 (7:30 p.m.)
"Daughter of Shanghai" (Paramount, 1937)
Anna May Wong stars as a Chinese-American woman who tries to expose an illegal alien smuggling ring. Robert Florey directed the crime drama, which was added to the National Film Registry in 2006.
Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m.)
"Wait Until Dark" (Warner Bros., 1967)
In this thriller directed by Terence Young, Audrey Hepburn plays a recently blinded woman who is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is hidden in her apartment.
Saturday, June 23 (2 p.m.)
"The Three Lives of Thomasina" (Disney, 1964)
A cat named Thomasina is the catalyst that repairs the strained relationship between a young Scottish girl and her widowed, distant father. Patrick McGoohan and Karen Dotrice star in this family drama directed by Don Chaffey.
Thursday, June 28 (7:30 p.m.)
"For All Mankind" (Apollo Associates, 1989)
This Academy Award-nominated documentary was directed by Al Reinert. It features NASA footage and narration by astronauts taken on the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 1970s.
Friday, June 29 (7:30 p.m.)
"Apollo 13" (Universal, 1995)
Ron Howard directed this feature film about the ill-fated third Apollo space mission to the moon. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon portray astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert.
Saturday, June 30 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Right Stuff" (Warner Bros., 1983)
This story of the birth of America’s space program and the first Mercury astronauts, adapted from Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book, was directed by Philip Kaufman and features Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Dennis Quaid.
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