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July 27, 2012
Packard Campus Theater Features Marty, Hercules, El Cid
August makes for a hot month of cool films at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater in Culpeper, Va. The original version of "Total Recall" (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, will kick off the month’s film screenings on Aug. 2, one day before the remake starring Colin Farrell is scheduled to open nationwide. Tributes to Ernest Borgnine and Andy Griffith, both of whom passed away last month, are also in store with the Academy Award-winning and National Film Registry title "Marty" on Aug. 9 and the comedy classic "No Time for Sergeants" on Aug. 23.
Other highlights include a silent film weekend with Josef von Sternberg’s beautifully filmed drama "The Docks of New York," selected for the National Film Registry in 1999, and an evening of Mabel Normand comedies consisting of two shorts and the 1922 feature "Head Over Heels." Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment for both programs. The lineup also includes a 1933 pre-code double feature; an epic historical drama; a 2008 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film; the animated "Hercules"; the pop musical "Moulin Rouge"; the National Film Registry’s "The Maltese Falcon," the very first film programmed at the Packard Campus theater when it opened in September 2008.
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.
ll 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.
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Series ScheduleThursday, Aug. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
"Total Recall" (Tri-Star, 1990)
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this futuristic sci-fi thriller as a construction worker on Earth who willingly submits to a "vacation memory transplant" to the planet Mars, only to find himself hunted by killers and trapped in a web of conspiracy. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, this R-rated film also stars Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone.
Friday, Aug. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
PRE–CODE DOUBLE FEATURE
"Employees’ Entrance" (First National, 1933)
Caught in the throes of the Great Depression, an unscrupulous New York City department-store manager stops at nothing to get what he wants. How far will he go and will he get away with it? Roy Del Ruth directed this drama, starring Warren William, Loretta Young and Wallace Ford.
"Diplomaniacs" (RKO, 1933)
The comedians Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey portray two zany barbers sent to be envoys at the Geneva Peace Conference. This wacky musical-comedy, directed by William A. Seiter, features a pacifist Indian tribe, corporate crooks, vamps, henchmen, assassination attempts, dumb luck, chaos and politically incorrect musical dance numbers. Can the Diplomaniacs save the world from itself?
Saturday, Aug. 4 (2 p.m.)
"Hercules" (Walt Disney, 1997)
The son of Zeus is turned into a half-god, half-human boy who must prove his courage before he can return to Mount Olympus and regain his full god status. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, this animated family-action musical features the voices of James Woods, Danny DeVito, Bobcat Goldthwait and Samantha Eggar. Alan Menken provided the film’s original music.
Thursday, Aug. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
"Marty" (United Artists, 1955)
Ernest Borgnine won the Academy Award for the Best Actor category in this poignant story about a lonely butcher who seeks love despite the opposition of his friends and family. The film also won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Delbert Mann) and for Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay. Betsy Blair and Joe Mantell costar in this drama, which was selected for the National Film Registry in 1994.
Friday, Aug. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
"Moulin Rouge" (20th Century-Fox, 2001)
Baz Luhrmann directed this stylish musical set in Paris in 1900, with music drawn from familiar 20th-century pop tunes. Ewan McGregor portrays a poet who falls for a beautiful courtesan (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge, who is also coveted by a jealous duke.
Saturday, Aug. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
"El Cid" (Allied Artists, 1961)
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this mammoth production of the epic story of legendary 11th-century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz, called "El Cid." Diaz defends Spain from African Moors, ultimately unifying the strife-filled country without compromising his strict sense of honor. Anthony Mann directed the historical drama.
Thursday, Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Maltese Falcon" (Warner Bros., 1941)
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue—"The stuff that dreams are made of." Directed by John Huston, this classic mystery also stars Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. The film was selected to the National Film Registry in 1989.
Friday, Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
"Revanche" (Janus, 2008)
This highly acclaimed erotic thriller from Austria follows the lives of a prostitute, a well-meaning thug, a broken cop and his neglected wife. Tragic circumstances converge their lives when a daring bank robbery goes awry. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. Directed by Götz Spielmann, this crime thriller, produced in German with English subtitles, stars Johannes Krisch and Irina Potapenko. The film is not rated, but is intended for mature audiences.
Saturday, Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
"Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D." (British Lion, 1966)
The Daleks' fiendish plot in 2150 against Earth and its people is foiled when Dr. Who and friends arrive from the 20th century. Peter Cushing and Bernard Cribbins star in this sci-fi fantasy directed by Gordon Flemyng.
Thursday, Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
"No Time for Sergeants" (Warner Bros., 1958)
Andy Griffith stars as a good-natured country bumpkin who is drafted into the Air Force and turns the rigid military establishment upside-down with his naive ways. Myron McCormick, Nick Adams and Murray Hamilton are also featured in this comedy directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Friday, Aug. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Docks of New York" (Paramount, 1928)
Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1999, Josef von Sternberg’s atmospheric silent masterpiece is about a blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront who finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. George Bancroft, Betty Compson and Olga Baclanova star in this romantic crime-drama. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment.
Saturday, Aug. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
"Head Over Heels" (Goldwyn, 1922)
Mabel Normand stars as Tina, an Italian acrobat, who comes to New York after being signed by a playboy theatrical agent. To his chagrin, the agent discovers that the onstage beauty is a frump in reality. After a makeover, Tina contemplates a career as a movie-star vamp. Paul Bern and Victor Schertzinger directed this silent romantic comedy starring Adolphe Menjou, Lilyan Tashman and Raymond Hatton. Two Mable Normand silent comedy shorts also will be featured at the screening. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment.
Thursday, Aug. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Haunting" (MGM, 1963)
In this thriller, a team of psychic investigators moves into an old haunted mansion to study paranormal occurrences. Directed by Robert Wise, this horror film stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn.
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