July 23, 2009 August Film Series Announced at the Library's Packard Campus Theater
Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Website: Packard Campus Theater
Cinema buffs who like John Wayne, Westerns and movie classics will enjoy the addition of two new themes to the film series lineup in August at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., starting August 1.
The six themes for the month include: “John Wayne—AND the West,” a look at the popular American genre—the Western—and the films of the iconic John Wayne; “Preserved by the Library of Congress,” presenting some of the latest preservation and restoration efforts to take place in the Library’s film laboratory; “Friday Night Foreign,” highlighting interesting films from around the world; “Saturday Silents,” a silent-film presentation with live musical accompaniment; “From Page to Screen,” an ongoing look at how Hollywood has treated literary classics from the written page to the silver screen; and “Culturally, Historically or Aesthetically Significant: Films from the Library of Congress National Film Registry,” showcasing important films that have been selected for preservation. For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
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. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 extension 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. 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 where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings.
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Saturday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
“Rio Bravo” (Warner Bros., 1959)
A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. Starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson, “Rio Bravo” was directed by Howard Hawks with music composed by Dimitri Tiomkin.
Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.
“On the Waterfront” (Columbia, 1954)
Ex-fighter Terry Malloy could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly on the waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. It takes the love of Edie Doyle, the dead man’s sister; to show Terry how low he has fallen. Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden, the film was directed by Elia Kazan with music composed by Leonard Bernstein. It was added to the National Film Registry in 1989.
Friday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.
“Rio Grande” (Republic, 1950)
A cavalry unit located on the Mexican border must control Indian uprisings.
Starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, the film was directed by John Ford and produced by Ford and Merian C. Cooper.
Saturday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
“Show People” (MGM, 1928)
In this silent film, a small-town girl tries to make it in Hollywood with hilarious results.
Starring Marion Davies and William Haines, the film was directed by King Vidor. Live musical accompaniment is performed by Andrew Simpson.
Thursday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
“My Darling Clementine” (20th Century-Fox, 1946)
When the Clantons steal his family’s cattle and kill his brother, Wyatt Earp signs on as sheriff of Tombstone and vows to bring them in. Starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Victor Mature, the film was directed by John Ford.
Friday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.
“Walkabout” (20th Century-Fox, 1971)
Two young children are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on “walkabout”—a ritualistic banishment from his tribe. “Walkabout” is an Australian film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Jenny, Lucien and John Agutter.
Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m.
“The Music Man” (Warner Bros., 1962)
Salesman/con man Prof. Harold Hill mesmerizes a small Iowa town with visions of a uniformed, marching boys’ band. Starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Ronny Howard, “The Music Man” was directed by Morton DaCosta and written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2005.
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
“Baby Face” (Warner Bros, 1933)
In this pre-code drama, a beautiful schemer sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire.
Starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, the film was directed by Alfred E. Green. It was preserved by the Library of Congress.
Friday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
“Roman Holiday” (Paramount, 1953)
A runaway princess in Rome finds love with a reporter who knows her true identity.
Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, the film was directed by William Wyler. It was added to the National Film Registry in 1999.
Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m.
“The Bargain” (Paramount, 1914)
Bandit Jim Stokes is wounded while fleeing from a stagecoach robbery. Stokes decides to go straight after falling in love with the rancher’s daughter who nurses him. Starring William S. Hart, it was directed by Reginald Barker. This 70-minute silent film was preserved by the Library of Congress. Live musical accompaniment is performed by Andrew Simpson.
“The Great Train Robbery” (Biograph, 1903)
This 10-minute one-reeler was preserved by the Library of Congress.
“Roping a Bride” (Selig, 1915)
Starring Tom Mix, this 10-minute one-reeler was preserved by the Library of Congress.
Thursday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
“The Shootist” (Paramount, 1976)
A dying gunfighter tries to set his affairs in order. The film is directed by Don Siegel and stars John Wayne, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard.
Friday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.
“The Last Picture Show” (Columbia, 1971, R-rated)
Changing times take their toll on highschoolers growing up in a small Western town.
Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, the film was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
It stars Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd and Ben Johnson.
Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.
“Footlight Parade” (Warner Bros, 1933)
A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, the film stars James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell. Preserved by the Library of Congress, it was added to the National Film Registry in 1992.