August 26, 2011 Wanderers, Inventors and Pioneers Headline Library's September Film Series

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The Mohave Desert, New York City, the American West and legendary South Bend, are just some of the locations highlighted in the film selections that will be shown at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation’s plush Art Deco theater in Culpeper, Va. This month’s screenings will include such cinematic stars as Joan Crawford, Preston Foster, Rick Moranis, James Franco, Anthony Perkins, George Marshall, Spencer Tracy and Henry Fonda.

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 The Packard Campus Theater will be closed September 2 and 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Programs during the month 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 show time. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before show time to confirm cancellations. For more information on the theater and film series, visit

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Series Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.
“The Wanderers”
(Orion, 1979)
Philip Kaufman directed this coming–of-age drama set in 1963 New York, about the Italian gang the Wanderers. Ken Wahl, John Friedrich and Karen Allen are among the stars of this R-Rated drama.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.
“Mildred Pierce”
(Warner Bros., 1945)
Joan Crawford won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a housewife-turned-waitress who finds success in business, but loses control of her ungrateful teenage daughter. Michael Curtiz directed this film noir drama that was added to the National Film Registry in 1996.

Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.
“Jewel Robbery”
(Warner Bros., 1932)
Kay Francis and William Powell shine in this romantic crime caper about a wealthy, married woman who becomes captivated by a debonair jewel thief. William Dieterle directed.

“Heat Lightning” (Warner Bros., 1934)
Mervyn LeRoy directed this crime drama about a woman and her kid sister whose lives are shaken when mysterious strangers show up at the gas station they run in the Mohave Desert. With Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak and Preston Foster.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2:00 p.m.
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”
(Disney, Buena Vista, 1989)
Rick Moranis stars as an inventor who accidentally shrinks his children with his latest contraption. Joe Johnston directed this family sci-fi comedy.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
“TV Back-to-School Night”

Episodes of popular high school television series including FREAKS & GEEKS (NBC-TV, 1999) starring James Franco will be shown.

Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
“The Black Hole”
(Buena Vista, 1979)
A research vessel in outer space in the year 2130 finds a missing ship commanded by a mysterious scientist on the edge of a black hole. Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins and Robert Forster star in this science fiction thriller directed by Gary Nelson.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
“How the West Was Won”
(MGM, 1962)
Henry Hathaway, John Ford and George Marshall directed this epic western about three generations of pioneers forging the American West. James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda, Carroll Baker and Gregory Peck are among an all-star cast in The Library’s "Civil War @150" September selection, which was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
“Knute Rockne, All-American”
(Warner Bros., 1940)
Pat O’Brien portrays the legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Lloyd Bacon directed this sports biography, co-starring Ronald Reagan, which was added to the National Film Registry in 1997.

Friday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
“Libeled Lady”
(MGM, 1936)
A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and a suave ladies’ man hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow star in this romantic comedy directed by Jack Conway.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.
“Don Juan”
(Warner Bros., 1926)
This swashbuckler about the legendary lover who fights to survive intrigue in the court of the Borgias is notable as the first silent film released with Vitaphone music and sound effects. Alan Crosland directed John Barrymore in the title role.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
“The Living Desert”
(Disney, Buena Vista, 1953)
This family nature documentary features dazzling footage of the American desert and its inhabitants. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2000, it was directed by James Algar and narrated by Winston Hibler.

Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
“Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”
(Dovzhenko Film Studios, 1965)
This heartfelt historic romance set during the early part of the 20th century is in the Ukrainian language with English language subtitles. Soviet-Armenian filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov directed the drama based on the book by Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky that features a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian Hutsul culture, traditions, music, costumes and dialect.


PR 11-156
ISSN 0731-3527