October 22, 2010 (REVISED October 27, 2010) Library's Packard Campus Celebrates Vintage Silent Films in November

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Public Contact: Rob Stone (202) 707-0851
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The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will celebrate silent movies and the repatriation of 75 American films from New Zealand under the auspices of the National Film Preservation Foundation during its November film series.

The Packard Campus will also showcase movies from the Library of Congress National Film Registry. 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 www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.

Programs are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with 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, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 extension 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

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.

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 and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

Series Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
(United Artists, 1995)
A group of young computer hackers stumbles upon a computer virus that may have catastrophic effects. Together, they must take down the evil man who engineered the virus while being pursued by the Secret Service. Directed by Iain Softley, the film stars Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie.

Friday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
“Battle of Algiers”
(Igor Films, 1966)
Commissioned by the Algerian government, this film shows the Algerian revolution against the French Foreign Legion from both sides. Produced in French and Arabic with English subtitles, this Oscar-nominated film was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. “Battle of Algiers” stars Jean Martin and Brahim Hadjadj.

Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
“Across the Pacific”
(Warner Bros., 1942)
An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal. Directed by John Huston, this World War II drama stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet.

Monday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
A special Monday-night screening to celebrate the repatriation of 75 American films from New Zealand under the auspices of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
“Upstream" (Fox, 1927)
“Upstream” is a backstage comedy-drama about a Shakespearean actor and a woman from a knife-throwing act. This silent film was considered forever lost until it was recently discovered in New Zealand. Starring Nancy Nash and Earle Foxe, “Upstream” was directed by John Ford. Andrew Simpson will provide musical accompaniment.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
“A Century Ago: Films of 1910”

Journey back 100 years to 1910 and the continuing development of motion pictures in this fascinating program of short films organized and presented by Randy Haberkamp, director of Educational Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most prints are 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The program will last approximately 2 hours. Michael Mortilla will provide musical accompaniment.

Friday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
“The Naked City”
(Universal, 1948)
“The Naked City” is a step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York. Named to the National Film Registry in 2007, the film was directed by Jules Dassin. It stars Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff. Also showing is a Joe McDoakes comedy short titled “So You Want to Be a Detective” (Warner Bros., 1948).

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
“National Velvet”
(MGM, 1944)
A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild, but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes. Directed by Clarence Brown, the film was named to the National Film Registry in 2003. It stars Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury.


PR 10-244
ISSN 0731-3527