December 23, 2009 January 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., will showcase The Beatles, Disney cartoons and silent movies in its January film series, starting Jan. 7. The Packard Campus Theater will be closed on New Year’s weekend and the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

January’s film series will include movies with such luminaries as Gary Cooper, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby and Humphrey Bogart. 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

Programs are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film and music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Some screenings will also include short subjects before the main feature. 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. In case of inclement weather, check the reservation line about three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. For further information on the theater and film series, visit

The Packard Campus 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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Series Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. (Double Feature)

“Cat People” (RKO, 1942)
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables. Directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Simone Simon and Tom Conway, the film was named to the National Film Registry in 1993.

“The 7th Victim” (RKO, 1943)
A woman searching for her missing sister uncovers a satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village that might have been involved in her sibling's disappearance. Directed by Mark Robson, the film stars Tom Conway and Jean Brooks.

Friday, Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.

“Yellow Submarine” (United Artists, 1968)
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine to Pepperland in order to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies. Directed by George Dunning, this animated film features the voices of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2:00 p.m.

A Walt Disney Shorts Festival (Walt Disney Pictures)
Fourteen classic Disney cartoons are featured, including favorites with Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy and many more.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.

“Pennies from Heaven” (MGM, 1981)
A traveling salesman’s music-inspired dreams lead to tragedy. Starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, the film was directed by Herbert Ross.

Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.

“Road to Morocco” (Paramount, 1942)
Two castaways get mixed up in an Arabian nightmare when they are caught between a bandit chief and a beautiful princess. Directed by David Butler, the film stars Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. It was named to the National Film Registry in 1996.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.

“Children of Divorce” (Paramount, 1927)
In this silent film, a young flapper tricks her childhood sweetheart into marrying her. He is in love with another woman, but decides not to marry her because he fears it would end in divorce like his parents’ marriage. Live musical accompaniment will be performed by Andrew Simpson. Starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper, the film was directed by Frank Lloyd.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

“The Harder They Fall” (Columbia, 1956)
A cynical press agent exposes inhuman conditions in the boxing game. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger, the film was directed by Mark Robson.

Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (Orion, 1988)
A wickedly amusing look at modern love through the relationships of several neurotic women. Produced in Spanish with English subtitles, the film was directed by Pedro Almodovar and stars Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2:00 p.m.

Silent Comedy Shorts (1918-1928)
A program of classic Hollywood comedy short subjects featuring Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Ben Turpin, Our Gang, the Keystone Kops and many more. Live musical accompaniment will be performed by Ben Model.


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