September 26, 2013 Library's Packard Campus and State Theatre Team to Showcase Classics
Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Public Contact: Rob Stone (202) 707-0851
Contact: Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]
Beginning in October, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will present two additional days of film programming in collaboration with the newly restored historic State Theatre in Culpeper, Va. Billed as “Library of Congress Presents,” these screenings offered by the State Theatre in association with the Library will highlight the National Film Registry and celebrate the nation’s rich cinematic heritage with titles from the Library’s vast collections. Regularly programmed on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, these ongoing cooperative screenings may occasionally be scheduled at other times as well.
The film program at the 560-seat State Theatre opens with one of the finest Hollywood features from the National Film Registry—the 1942 classic “Casablanca”—on Oct. 2. Other registry screenings during the month include “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
A series highlighting aviation films—“The Movies Take to the Air”—will take to the screen at both venues beginning with “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939) at the Packard Campus Theater and a special screening of the newly restored National Film Registry title “Wings” (1927) at the State Theatre. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment on the State Theatre’s restored, circa-1937 Bosendorfer piano.
On Oct. 4, the Packard Campus’ year-long tribute to the films of 1933, presented by Moving Images Section Head Mike Mashon, continues with the legendary “King Kong.” Film historian Ben Model will host an evening highlighting the television work of Ernie Kovacs and his wife Edie Adams on Oct.17. The next evening, Model will provide musical accompaniment for a program of silent comedy shorts featuring author Steve Massa, who presents a selection of titles to coincide with his newly published book, “Lame Brains and Lunatics.” A special live presentation, “Beauty of Bulgarian Dance and Music,” will take place on the Packard Campus Theater stage on Oct. 26.
The month concludes with a series of scary movies at both locations. “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” will cover a wide range of titles including spooky—but funny—comedies such as “Fright Night” (1985) and Bob Hope’s “The Cat and the Canary” (1939) at the Packard Campus Theater and a Universal horror classic double feature—“The Invisible Man” (1933) and “The Wolf Man” (1941) at the State Theatre.
Coming in November will be a series of films in recognition of National Adoption Month. The December calendar will finish off the year with a number of favorite Christmas and holiday movies.
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. All programs presented at the State Theatre are subject to an admission charge.
Seating at the Packard Campus Theater is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patrons wishing to ensure admission to Packard Campus screenings may acquire a ticket by going to the State Theatre website at www.culpepertheatre.org External; visiting the State Theatre ticket office at 305 S. Main Street in Culpeper, Va., or calling the box office at (540) 829-0292. Ticketing service charges will apply and seats will be held until 10 minutes before showtime.
For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during regular business hours. Inquiries regarding the new ticketing policy can be made directly to Moving Image curator Rob Stone at (202) 707-0851 or via email to [email protected].
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 Oct. 11-12. 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 nearly 7 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 www.loc.gov.
Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
“Only Angels Have Wings” (Columbia, 1939)
Howard Hawks directed this drama that examines the relationships among pilots who fly cargo over the treacherous Andes Mountains in South America. Cary Grant stars as the manager of the airfreight company with Jean Arthur as an entertainer who finds herself stranded in the Peruvian port town and decides to stay on. Richard Barthlemess, Rita Hayworth and Thomas Mitchell are standouts in the cast.
Friday, Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
“King Kong” (RKO, 1933)
Filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), his recent discovery Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), and his team discover a giant prehistoric ape—dubbed Kong—while searching for locations on an uncharted jungle island. The crew manages to subdue the primate and bring him to New York to exploit him in a stage show. Kong escapes, spreading destruction and mayhem. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack directed this classic beauty-and-the-beast adventure, which was added to the National Film Registry in 1991.
Saturday, Oct. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
“Airplane!” (Paramount, 1980)
In this parody of disaster movies, commercial airline passenger Ted Striker, a traumatized former combat pilot, is forced to land the plane when food poisoning strikes the crew and there's no one else on board who can do the job. Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are part of the comedy’s ensemble cast. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2010.
Thursday, Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
“Airport” (Universal, 1970)
Based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Hailey, this suspense thriller focuses on a 12-hour period at a major airport where manager Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) must deal with a powerful blizzard, a blocked runway and a mentally disturbed passenger (Van Heflin) who is carrying a bomb. Helen Hayes won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an impish stowaway. Directed by George Seaton, the film was nominated in 10 additional categories.
Thursday, Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
“An Evening of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams on T.V.” (1950-1962)
Comic genius and television pioneer Ernie Kovacs and his on-screen partner and wife Edie Adams first appeared on television together in 1951. From that time on, they were consistently on all four networks until Kovacs’ death in 1962. Ben Model, who curated two “Ernie Kovacs Collection” DVD box sets (2011 and 2012), will present a program of highlights of Kovacs’ television shows and Adams’ solo variety series, “Here’s Edie.”
Friday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Lame Brains & Lunatics” (1912-1926)
Steve Massa, author of “Lame Brains & Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy,” will present an evening of rarely seen silent-shorts films from 1912 to 1926. Drawn from the Library’s collection, the films give a look at forgotten comedy teams, early kids’ comedies and such unsung performers as Billie Ritchie and Marcel Perez, with special focus on neglected comediennes Flora Finch, Alice Howell and Wanda Wiley. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment.
Saturday, Oct. 19 (7:30 p. m.)
“Sorry, Wrong Number” (Paramount, 1948)
Barbara Stanwyck won an Academy Award nomination for her bravura performance as a neurotic invalid who accidentally overhears a phone conversation plotting her own murder. The story was expanded and adapted by Lucille Fletcher from her famous radio drama. Anatole Litvak directed the suspense thriller that also stars Burt Lancaster.
Thursday, Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Uninvited" (Paramount, 1944)
A pair of siblings from London purchases a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it carries a ghostly price. They soon are caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star in the fantasy mystery, directed by Lewis Allen.
Friday, Oct. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
“Fright Night” (Columbia, 1985 – R-rated*)
Tom Holland wrote and directed this violent horror-comedy about a teenage boy who discovers that his new neighbor is a vampire. When no one believes him, he turns for help from the host of a TV horror-movie show, a has-been actor famed for portraying a ghoul hunter. William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell are the featured. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Saturday, Oct. 26 (2 p.m.)
“The Beauty of Bulgarian Music and Dance” (Live)
The Kolorit Orchestra from Chicago and the New York-based Bosilek Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble will perform together for an evening of Bulgarian music and dance. The five orchestra musicians will play traditional instruments of the country such as the gayda, gadulka, kaval and tambura, while the women’s dance group will demonstrate folk dances from the various cultural regions of the country.
Thursday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Cat and the Canary” (Paramount, 1939)
When an eccentric millionaire dies, his lawyer assembles prospective heirs at the victim's Bayou mansion for the reading of the will. Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard star in this old, dark-house comedy thriller, directed by Elliott Nugent.
State Theatre Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
“Casablanca” (Warner Bros., 1942)
Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick, an elusive American nightclub owner in war-torn Morocco, who becomes unwillingly drawn into WWII when his old flame and her husband—a fugitive underground leader—show up. Michael Curtiz directed this Academy Award-winning drama featuring Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt and Claude Rains. “Casablanca” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1989.
Sunday, Oct. 6 (2 p.m.)
“The Wizard of Oz” (MGM, 1939)
Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale is transported from a farm in Kansas to the magical Land of Oz where she meets “Scarecrow,” “Tin Man” and “Cowardly Lion.” They help her find the Wizard who can send her home. Directed by Victor Fleming, this family adventure-fantasy was named to the National Film Registry in its inaugural year of 1989.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Spirit of St. Louis” (Warner Bros., 1957)
Billy Wilder directed James Stewart as Charles A. Lindbergh, beginning with his dubious airborne mail runs to the conception and creation of a transatlantic aircraft. Lucky Lindy’s 1927 solo flight from New York to Paris paved the sky for aviation advancement.
Friday, Oct. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
“Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes” (20th Century-Fox, 1965)
Set in 1910, English newspaper publisher Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) sets out to prove that Great Britain is No. 1 in the air. Putting up ₤10,000 as a prize, he invites the world's best pilots to compete in an air race from London to Paris. Hijinks and sabotage ensue in this light adventure comedy, directed by Ken Annakin. The international cast includes Benny Hill, Eric Sykes, Gert Frobe, Irina Demick, James Fox, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles, Stuart Whitman and Terry-Thomas.
Sunday, Oct. 13 (2 p.m.)
“Wings” (Paramount, 1927)
William A. Wellman directed this story of two all-American boys (in love with the same girl) who enlist in the Army Air Corps during WWI. Famous for the combat flying sequences, the action-adventure film was the first Oscar winner as Best Picture and stars Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston and Gary Cooper. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment. “Wings” was added to the National Film Registry in 1997.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Outlaw Josey Wales” (Warner Bros., 1976)
Clint Eastwood stars as ex-Confederate soldier Josey Wales, on the run from both his former unit and the U.S. Army regiment that killed his family, when he comes to rest in a quiet community and falls for pretty settler Laura Lee (Sondra Locke). Eastwood also directed this classic western, which was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996.
Sunday, Oct. 20 (2 p.m.)
“The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (Universal, 1966)
Don Knotts stars as a small-town, would-be reporter who seizes his big chance for a scoop by spending the night in a supposedly haunted house. Directed by Alan Rafkin, the comedy features Liam Redmond, Joan Staley and many familiar faces from 1960s sit-coms.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (Allied Artists, 1956)
Kevin McCarthy stars as Miles Bennel, a doctor in the small California community of Santa Mira, who discovers that residents are being replaced by duplicates hatched from alien “pods.” Don Seigel directed this sci-fi horror classic, added to the National Film Registry in 1994.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.) “The Invisible Man”
UNIVERSAL HORROR MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
After a drug experiment goes awry, scientist Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) becomes invisible and must hide out in the local inn with his face completely bandaged. By the time Griffin confides in his employer Dr. Kemp (William Harrigan) and his fiancée Flora Cranley (Gloria Stuart), it is too late—the drug has turned him into a homicidal maniac who must be hunted down. James Whale directed this horror classic, which was named to the National Film Registry in 2008.
“The Invisible Man”(Universal, 1933)
“The Wolf Man” (Universal, 1941)
Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) returns to his family estate in the English countryside after an 18-year absence in America. In the nearby village, he is bitten by a werewolf and survives to carry the curse himself. George Waggner produced and directed this horror tale. Curt Siodmak wrote the original screenplay. An outstanding cast includes Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers and Maria Ouspenskaya.