November 23, 2009 December Film Series Announced at the Library's Packard Campus Theater

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., celebrates the holidays and film preservation in its December film series, starting Dec. 3. The Packard Campus Theater will be closed on Christmas weekend.

December’s film series will include movies with such luminaries as Bette Davis, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Irene Dunne, John Gilbert and Diane Keaton. Titles from the Library of Congress National Film Registry are also in the lineup. Films named to the registry have been selected for preservation because they are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. For more information on the National Film Registry, visit

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

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Series Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

“Manhattan” (United Artist, 1979, R-rated*)
A television comedy writer in New York falls for his best friend's girl. Directed by Woody Allen, who stars with Diane Keaton, the film was named to the National Film Registry in 2001.
*No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or an adult guardian.

Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

“The Prisoner of Zenda” (Selznick International Pictures, 1937)
An Englishman on holiday in Ruritania must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped. Starring Ronald Colman and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., the film was directed John Cromwell. It was named to the National Film Registry in 1991.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2:00 p.m.

“A Walt Disney Shorts Festival” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Showcased are classic Disney cartoons and live-action short subjects, including some holiday favorites with Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy and many more.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

“Joy of Living” (RKO, 1938)
A Broadway musical star burdened with a houseful of leeching relatives falls for an eccentric charmer who teaches her to have fun.
Directed by Tay Garnett, the film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Irene Dunne.

Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

“Fanny and Alexander” (Embassy Pictures Corporation, 1982)
A widowed actress and her children suffer hardships when she marries a conservative church leader. Produced in Swedish with English subtitles, the film was directed by Ingmar Bergman and stars Pernilla Allwin and Bertil Guve.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.

“The Big Parade” (MGM, 1925)
The son of a rich businessman joins the army when America enters World War I. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with working-class soldiers and falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline. Named to the National Film Registry in 1992, this silent film was directed by King Vidor and stars John Gilbert and Renee Adoree. Live musical accompaniment will be performed by Andrew Simpson.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

“We’re No Angels” (Paramount, 1955)
After escaping Devil's Island, three offbeat prisoners help a good-hearted family outwit a scheming relative. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Ustinov, the film was directed by Michael Curtiz.

Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” (Warner Bros., 1942)
When acerbic theater critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home at Christmastime and ends up in a wheelchair, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. Starring Bette Davis and Monty Woolley, the film was directed by William Keighley.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (RKO, 1946)
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Preserved by the Library of Congress, the film was named to the National Film Registry in 1990. It was directed by Frank Capra and stars James Stewart and Donna Reed.


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