January 27, 2011 Oscar Winners Take Center Stage at the Packard Campus Film Series
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As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prepares to award top honors for the best in cinema in 2010, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will highlight several past Oscar winners during its February film festival. Showcased in the Packard’s plush Art Deco theater with superlative sound and state-of-the-art film projection, this month’s screenings will include such cinematic stars as Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Clint Eastwood, Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. In addition, the film series will feature 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. 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 six million collection items, including nearly three 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. 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 ScheduleThursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. “Whisky Galore” (Ealing Studios, 1949) The inhabitants of a Scottish island cannot resist the temptation of 50,000 cases of whiskey stranded on a ship that has run aground. Unfortunately, a Home Guard captain (an Englishman) stands in their way. Alexander Mackendrick directed this British comedy based on a true story. “Whisky Galore” stars Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton and Joan Greenwood. Friday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (Paramount, 1982) William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban are featured in this science-fiction adventure, directed by Nicholas Meyer. In this theatrical release of the popular television series, Captain Kirk leads his crew against an old enemy in the fight to control a world-shattering weapon. Also showing is “Star Trek: Space Seed,” which features the first appearance of Khan in this classic TV episode (NBC, 1967). Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (Columbia, 1936) Starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, this romantic comedy is a story about a small-town poet who has to deal with the corruption of city life after he inherits a fortune. The film earned Frank Capra an Oscar as best director. Thursday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. “TV’s Greatest Comediennes” “I Love Lucy: Lucy Does a TV Commercial,” starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and William Frawley (CBS-TV, 1952); “The Eve Arden Show: Liza’s Nightmare,” starring Eve Arden, Allyn Joslyn and Frances Bavier (CBS-TV, 1958); “The Carol Burnett Show,” starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner CBS, 1976); “Mary Tyler Moore: Chuckles Bites the Dust,” starring Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Edward Asner and Ted Knight (CBS, 1975). Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. “Unforgiven” (Warner Bros., 1992, R-rated) This Western drama won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Clint Eastwood, who won an Oscar for best directing, stars as a retired gunslinger who reluctantly takes on one last job to battle a corrupt town boss. Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman also star. “Unforgiven” was named to the National Film Registry in 2004. It is rated R for violence, profanity and sexual situations. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. “Cinderella” (Disney, 1950) In this Disney animated classic, a fairy godmother comes to Cinderella's rescue when her wicked stepmother prevents her from attending the royal ball. The voices of Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley and Verna Felton are featured in this film directed by Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske. Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” (Paramount, 1944) Preston Sturges wrote and directed this wartime romantic comedy. After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married, but with no memory of her husband's identity. Starring Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, William Demarest and Diana Lynn, “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” was named to the National Film Registry in 2001. Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. “Flesh and the Devil” (MGM, 1926) Clarence Brown directed this romantic drama about a femme fatale who comes between childhood friends after they return to civilian life following World War I. John Gilbert and Greta Garbo star in this silent film, which was named to the National Film Registry in 2006. Andrew Simpson will provide musical accompaniment. Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. “Le Fantome de la Liberte” (“The Phantom of Liberty”) (Euro International, 1974) A series of short incidents and scenarios arranged in the style of a surreal game where seemingly disconnected ideas are linked by chance encounters. Written and directed by Luis Buñuel, “The Phantom of Liberty” is in French with English subtitles. It is rated R for nudity, sex and violence. Also showing is Luis Buñuel’s 1929 fantasy short, “Un Chien Andalou.”