June 25, 2013 Packard Campus July Films Spotlight Family Fun and Silent Classics
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London-based silent-film accompanist Stephen Horne will make his annual visit to the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation to perform during two of the July film screenings at the Library’s theater in Culpeper, Va. He will play for two highly acclaimed features: the 1925 version of “Stella Dallas” and “Love,” starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.
Two public television programs from the 1970s featuring legendary Blues artists—not seen since their original air dates—will be screened on July 25. The Library of Congress Film and Audio Labs recently completed digital restoration of the titles.
Children’s matinees include the first of the seven-picture canine series “Beethoven” and—back by popular demand— “Saturday Morning Cartoons.”
Rounding out the month is the 1999 French film “Beau Travail,” Rocky Graziano’s biopic “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” the 1940 version of Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice,” and this month’s selection for the year-long series showcasing films from 1933, Ernst Lubitsch’s “Design for Living.”
Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about each 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. The theater will be closed July 4-6. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.
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Thursday, July 11 (7:30 p.m.)
“Love” (MGM, 1927)
This silent film, directed by Edmund Goulding, stars Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina in a contemporary setting of Tolstoy’s classic novel. A respectable married woman and mother, she falls in love with dashing army officer Count Vronsky (John Gilbert) for whom she gives up everything, only to be cast aside. Stephen Horne will provide live musical accompaniment.
Friday, July 12 (7:30 p.m.)
“Stella Dallas”(Goldwyn, 1925)
In this rarely seen silent version of Olive Higgins Prouty’s popular novel, Stella—the daughter of a factory worker—marries Stephen Dallas who is an upper-class executive considered well above her station. Mismatched, they separate, and Stella raises and dotes on their daughter until she realizes that Stephen and his new wife can provide the child with opportunities that she cannot. Stephen Horne will provide live musical accompaniment for the drama, directed by Henry King. The film stars Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Alice Joyce, Lois Moran and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The print is courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Saturday, July 13 (2 p.m.)
A suburban family adopts a cute stray St. Bernard puppy they name Beethoven, that grows up to be a slobbery, colossal and destructive dog. Meanwhile, an evil veterinarian seeks to steal Beethoven to make the dog the subject of his insidious lab experiments. Directed by Brian Levant, this family comedy—starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt and Dean Jones—was the first in a series of seven films about the antics of the super-sized canine.
Saturday, July 13 (7:30 p.m.)
“Beau Travail”(New Yorker, 1999)
Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd, director Claire Denis’ lavishly praised masterpiece is set among French Foreign Legionnaires in East Africa. The story focuses on a drill sergeant (Denis Lavant) who jealously vows to destroy a sterling young recruit (Grégoire Colin). Elaborately choreographed military training sequences, shot under the scorching sun, are unforgettable. Produced in French with English subtitles, the film is unrated, but has adult themes and subject matter. The print is courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Thursday, July 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Somebody Up There Likes Me”(MGM, 1956)
Paul Newman stars in the true story of boxer Rocky Graziano’s rise from juvenile delinquent to world champion. Robert Wise directed the biography, which won Academy Awards for cinematography and art direction. Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart and Sal Mineo are also featured in the cast.
Friday, July 19 (7:30 p.m.)
“Pride and Prejudice”(MGM, 1940)
Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier star in this adaptation of Jane Austen's novel set in 19th- century England, about five sisters who try to find suitable husbands. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, this romantic comedy-drama won an Academy Award for the best art direction.
Saturday, July 20 (7:30 p.m.)
“The ‘Burbs”(Universal, 1989)
In this comedy-mystery directed by Joe Dante, an overstressed suburbanite (Tom Hanks) and his paramilitary-mad neighbor (Bruce Dern) struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
Thursday, July 25 (7:30 p.m.)
“Unseen Since the 70s: Legendary Blues Musicians on Television”
"Good Mornin’ Blues"(Mississippi Public Broadcasting, 1977)
B.B. King is the host of this 1977 television program, produced by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, with performances by Delta Blues musicians Johnny Shines, Walter E. “Furry” Lewis and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The Library of Congress Film and Audio Laboratories used original negative and production elements for this recent digital restoration.
"Homewood Barrelhouse"(KCET, 1970)
Produced for Los Angeles public television station KCET by renowned columnist and film critic Charles Champlin, this program re-assembled the Johnny Otis Review, including performances by Charles Brown, T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner. The digital remaster was archived from the 2-inch video master.
Friday, July 26 (7:30 p.m.)
“Design for Living”(Paramount, 1933)
Ben Hecht adapted Noel Coward’s play about two best friends in Paris, an artist (Gary Cooper) and a playwright (Fredric March) who both fall in love with an attractive independent woman portrayed by Miriam Hopkins. Ernst Lubitsch directed this risqué romantic comedy.
Saturday, July 27 (10 a.m.)
“Saturday Morning Cartoons”(1940s-1950s)
Mr. Magoo in “Trouble Indemnity,” Daffy Duck in “Duck Amuck” and Tom and Jerry in “Fit to be Tied” will be featured, including appearances by Droopy, Sniffles, Sylvester and Howdy Doody.