March 27, 2011 Library Film Festival Showcases Star-Crossed Lovers and Alien Encounters

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Public Contact: Rob Stone (202) 707-0851

Adventure, romance, drama, comedy, science fiction, fantasy and music take center stage at the April film festival sponsored by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 silver-screen legends as Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara and Elizabeth Taylor, who recently died at the age of 79.

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

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 ext. 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

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 ( The Packard Campus is home to more than 6 million collection items. 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 and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at

Series Schedule

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
“Double Harness”
(RKO, 1933)
John Cromwell directed this comedy-drama, which stars Ann Harding and William Powell.

Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
(20th Century-Fox, 1985)
Directed by Ridley Scott, this fantasy adventure stars Tom Cruise and Mia Sara.

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
“Leave It to Blondie”
(Columbia, 1945)
Abby Berlin directed this comedy, starring Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton.

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
“Red River”
(United Artists, 1948)
John Wayne and Montgomery Clift star in this Western adventure. Directed by Howard Hawks, “Red River” was named the National Film Registry in 1990.

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
“Silent Comedy Shorts”
Laurel & Hardy headline in this collection of silent comedy shorts. Musical accompaniment will be provided by The Snark Ensemble.

Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
“The Merry Widow”
(MGM, 1934)
Ernst Lubitsch directed this musical comedy-romance, which stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.

Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
(Columbia Pictures, 1977)
Named to the National Film Registry in 2007, this sci-fi drama was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon.

Saturday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.
“Gone With the Wind”
(MGM, 1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming, this civil-war drama was selected for the National Film Registry in 1989. This Oscar-winning film stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
“A Place in the Sun”
(Paramount Pictures, 1951)
Directed by George Stevens, this romantic drama stars Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. It was named to the National Film Registry in 1991.

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
“The Shop Around the Corner”
(MGM, 1940)
Ernst Lubitsch directed this romantic comedy-drama. Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan., the film was named to the National Film Registry in 1999.

Saturday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.
“Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown”
(Paramount Pictures, 1980)
This animated family drama is based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Shultz.

Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
“Best of the CMA Awards Shows”
(ABC-TV, various years)
Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn are among the country music stars who are showcased.

Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
“How Green Was My Valley”
(20th Century-Fox, 1941)
Named to the National Film Registry in 1990, this family drama was directed by John Ford and stars Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara.

Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
“Only Two Can Play”
(British Lion Pictures, 1962)
Starring Peter Sellers, this comedy-drama was directed by Sidney Gilliat.


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