November 16, 2012 Cult Classic "Fandango" Among Cinematic Hits in December
Actor Marvin J. McIntyre Talks About the Film and His Career
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The December film series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will feature a special screening on Saturday, Dec. 8 of the 1985 cult classic “Fandango,” with a personal appearance by Marvin J. McIntyre. He plays spaced-out pilot Truman Sparks in the film. When Steven Spielberg saw “Proof,” a 24-minute film made in 1971 by University of Southern California film school student Kevin Reynolds, he commissioned him to write a feature-length script—which became “Fandango”—which Spielberg produced. This story about five soon-to-be college graduates who go on a last road trip together became a cult classic and gave Kevin Costner his first starring role.
Variety wrote that the “pic’s highlight is the comic mid-section dominated by hippie pilot and certifiable space cadet Marvin J. McIntyre.” After the screening, McIntrye, who resides in Madison County, Va., will answer questions about the film and will discuss clips from his other movies including “Pale Rider,” “Silverado,” “Back to the Future: Part III” and “Only the Lonely.”
The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond Movie franchise—“007@50”—will wrap up with entrees from Bondsmen Timothy Dalton in “The Living Daylights” and Pierce Brosnan in “GoldenEye.” In addition, Dean Martin stars as Matt Helm in the secret-agent spoof “Murderers’ Row.”
Holiday movies close out the month including the National Film Registry titles “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the 1925 silent version of “Ben Hur: A Tale of The Christ,” along with a new print from the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab of the four-star heartwarming romance, “Remember the Night.” Also representing the National Film Registry during the month is Doris Day’s and Rock Hudson’s first movie together, “Pillow Talk.” www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Short subjects will be presented before select programs. 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 www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.
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Saturday, Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Living Daylights” (United Artists, 1987)
Timothy Dalton as Agent 007 is assigned to aid in the defection of a KGB agent and must prevent an unknown sniper from killing that agent before he can reach the West. Directed by John Glen, this action spy thriller stars Maryam d’Abo and Jeroen Krabbe.
Thursday, Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
“Murderers’ Row” (Columbia, 1966)
Dean Martin stars as secret agent Matt Helm in this spy spoof, in which Helm must recover a stolen “helio-beam” with the power to destroy the earth. Directed by Henry Levin, the film also stars Ann-Margret and Karl Malden.
Friday, Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
“Pillow Talk” (Universal, 1959)
In Doris Day’s and Rock Hudson’s first film together, a single career girl develops a feud with a playboy composer with whom she shares a telephone party line, but has never met. Michael Gordon directed this romantic comedy that was selected to the National Film Registry in 2009.
Saturday, Dec. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
“Fandango” (Warner Bros., 1985)
Kevin Reynolds wrote and directed this poignant comedy-drama about five college students in 1971 Texas who go on a last road trip together as they face graduation, marriage and the draft for the Vietnam War. Kevin Costner appears in his first starring role along with Judd Nelson and Sam Robards. Madison County, Va., resident Marvin J. McIntyre, who played spaced-out parachute school instructor Truman Sparks to great critical acclaim, will answer questions after the screening. He will also introduce “Proof,” the 24-minute student film that he starred in, which was the basis of “Fandango.”
Thursday, Dec. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
“GoldenEye” (United Artists, 1995)
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead. Pierce Brosnan stars as agent 007 in this spy thriller, directed by Martin Campbell. The cast includes Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco and Judi Dench.
Friday, Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
“The City of Lost Children” (Sony Pictures Classics, 1995)
In this provocative fantasy-drama, a demented scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams. Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork and Judith Vittet star in this French film with English subtitles, which was directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film is R-rated. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Saturday, Dec. 15 (2 p.m.)
“Heidi” (20th Century Fox, 1937)
Shirley Temple stars in this classic children’s tale as an 8-year-old Swiss orphan who is taken from her beloved grandfather to live in a wealthy household as a companion to a spoiled, disabled girl. Directed by Allan Dwan, the film features Jean Hersholt and Marcia Mae Jones in the cast.
Saturday, Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
“Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” (MGM, 1925)
In this historic epic based on the novel by Lew Wallace, a Jewish prince is betrayed and forced into slavery by a Roman friend. After regaining his freedom, he returns for revenge. Directed by Fred Niblo, the film stars Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment for this silent film that was selected to the National Film Registry in 1997.
Thursday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
“A Christmas Story” (MGM, 1983)
An Indiana schoolboy in the 1940s dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. Bob Clark directed this family comedy starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin.
Friday, Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (RKO, 1946)
In Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas tale, an angel shows a compassionate but desperate businessman what life would have been like if he had never existed. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell star in this holiday classic. The film was selected to the National Film Registry in 1990.
Saturday, Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
“Remember the Night” (Paramount, 1940)
In this rediscovered heartwarming holiday film, New York assistant district attorney John Sargent feels sorry for Lee Leander, a cynical shoplifter who Sargent is scheduled to prosecute after the holidays. Instead he pays her bail and they travel to Indiana, where she falls in love with both John and his welcoming family. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in this romantic comedy-drama, directed by Mitchell Leisen and written by Preston Sturges. The Library of Congress Film Lab provided the new film print.