January 30, 2014 February Film Schedule Spotlights Love and Romance
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Romance and comedy are the centerpieces of the February film program at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater and the State Theatre in Culpeper, Va. The full moon and Valentine’s Day will be observed with the multiple Academy Award-winning, romantic comedy “Moonstruck” at the Packard Theater while a matinee of the 1957 classic “An Affair to Remember” and an evening screening of the film it inspired, Nora Ephron’s “Sleepless in Seattle,” will be shown the following Sunday at the State Theatre. Unconventional National Film Registry title “Harold and Maude” and the 2001 German film “Mostly Martha” also are among the month’s romantic comedies.
A silent comedy weekend, featuring live musical accompaniment by New York-based Ben Model, includes the hilarious Harold Lloyd feature “For Heaven’s Sake” and an evening of Charlie Chaplin shorts that will be introduced by Michael J. Hayde, author of the recently published “Chaplin’s Vintage Year.”
Presidents Day will be commemorated with a screening of the National Film Registry’s “Young Mr. Lincoln,” directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Additional National Film Registry titles on the February schedule are “The Searchers,” also directed by Ford, and Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon.” For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film.
Short subjects will be presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice. Screenings at the Packard Campus are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section.
All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during regular business hours. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/. In case of inclement weather, call the theater information line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. The Packard Theater will be closed Feb. 15.
Admission to all programs in the “Library of Congress Presents” film series at the State Theatre is $6. For State Theatre information, visit its website (www.culpepertheatre.org External) or call 540-829-0292.
Seating at the Packard Campus Theater’s free screenings is on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, for a ticketing service charge, patrons can ensure admission to these shows by reserving tickets through the State Theatre website or by visiting the State Theatre ticket office at 305 South Main Street in Culpeper.
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Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
“Cool Runnings” (Disney/Buena Vista, 1993)
John Candy stars as U.S. bobsledding gold medalist Irv Blitzer in the improbable but true story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team—comprising a helicopter pilot, a reggae singer and a sprinter—which took part in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jon Turteltaub directed this family adventure comedy.
Thursday, Feb. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
“A Hard Day’s Night” (United Artists, 1964)
Richard Lester directed this exaggerated “Day in the Life” of the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania. The Beatles were fresh off their triumphant appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” when “A Hard Day’s Night” began production in the spring of 1964. By the time the film premiered in August, they were well on their way to revolutionizing popular music. This astonishing film—an exuberant romp whose style borrows directly from the French New Wave—was an important milestone in that conquest.
Friday, Feb. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
“Harold and Maude” (Paramount, 1971)
Countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become a cult classic of its era with this story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). With a mix of dark humor and romantic innocence, “Harold and Maude” blurs distinctions that separate people by class, gender and age. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1997.
Saturday, Feb. 8 (2 p.m.)
“The Love Bug” (Disney/Buena Vista, 1968)
After being mistreated by an evil race-car driver, Herbie—a frisky Volkswagen Beetle—is rescued by a good-guy racer (Dean Jones). Out of gratitude, Herbie enables his luckless new driver to win one race after another. Herbie and his crew race across California to get even with a crooked car dealer in this classic live-action Disney tale. Directed by Robert Stevenson, the film also features Michele Lee, David Tomlinson and Buddy Hackett.
Saturday, Feb. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
“Robocop” (Orion, 1987—R-rated*)
In a Detroit of the not-so-distant future, a mega-corporation contracts to run the police force introduces “Enforcement Droids” to replace human officers. Paul Verhoeven’s landmark sci-fi thriller stars Peter Weller as police officer Alex Murphy, who is brutally murdered by a gang of criminals and is subsequently revived as “RoboCop.”
*No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Thursday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
“Young Mr. Lincoln” (20th Century-Fox, 1939)
Henry Fonda portrays the future 16th President of the United States as he rises from a country boy born in a log cabin to a lawyer in Springfield, Ill., defending two young men unjustly accused of murder. Directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, the fictionalized biography received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Screenplay.” The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2003.
Friday, Feb. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
“Moonstruck” (MGM, 1987)
Cher won an Academy Award for her role as widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini, who lives with her Italian-American family in Brooklyn. She accepts a marriage proposal from Johnny (Danny Aiello), a nice but lackluster man. She, however, finds herself falling in love with his more passionate younger brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) when Johnny goes to visit his ailing mother in Sicily. Norman Jewison directed this classic romantic comedy, which also won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis) and Best Screenplay.
Thursday, Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Searchers” (Warner Bros., 1956)
John Ford directed John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a bitter Indian-hating Civil War veteran whose family is slaughtered. He sets off on a relentless search to find his only surviving niece, Debbie (Natalie Wood), who has been captured by Comanche Indians. The scenic western also stars Vera Miles, Ward Bond and Jeffrey Hunter. The film was added to the National Film Registry in its inaugural year of 1989.
Friday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
“For Heaven’s Sake” (Paramount, 1926)
Harold Lloyd stars as a blasé young millionaire who falls in love with a preacher’s daughter (frequent Lloyd co-star Jobyna Ralston) and uses his ingenuity and money to save their Bowery mission. Sam Taylor directed the silent comedy, which was Lloyd’s first feature for Paramount. Silent film comedy historian and author Steve Massa will introduce the program, which will include comedy shorts featuring Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment.
Saturday, Feb. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
“Chaplin’s Vintage Year” (Mutual, 1916-1917)
When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916, it was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. He turned out 12 outstanding comedy shorts in a row that have stood the test of time for nearly a century. Author Michael J. Hayde—whose book “Chaplin's Vintage Year: The History of the Mutual-Chaplin Specials” was named by Leonard Maltin as a “New and Notable Film Book” for 2013—will introduce a number of Chaplin’s Mutual comedies. Ben Model will provide musical accompaniment.
Thursday, Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
“Mostly Martha” (Paramount Classics, 2001)
Sandra Nettelbeck directed this gentle drama about an obsessive yet introverted chef (Martina Gedeck) of a popular Hamburg restaurant who suddenly finds herself the caretaker of her eight-year-old niece. Tensions between them mount until a handsome Italian sous-chef (Sergio Castellitto) arrives to lighten the mood. The film was produced in German and Italian with English subtitles.
Friday, Feb. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
“Enter the Dragon” (Warner Bros., 1973—R-rated*)
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee burst onto the American scene with this pulsating action flick, climaxed with a dazzling “Hall of Mirrors” sequence. Although Lee unexpectedly died shortly before the film’s release, “Enter the Dragon” became a huge hit and Lee garnered legendary status. Directed by Robert Clouse, the action-thriller was named to the National Film Registry in 2004.
*No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
State Theatre Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.)
“An Affair to Remember” (20th Century-Fox, 1957)
Director Leo McCarey remade his own 1939 film “Love Affair,” this time with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as the stars. Though both engaged to other people, they meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, they promise that if they’re still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire State Building. Clips from “An Affair to Remember” were used as "reference points" throughout the 1993 romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle,” which, likewise, concluded atop the Empire State Building.
Sunday, Feb. 16 (7 p.m.)
“Sleepless in Seattle” (TriStar, 1993)
Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 film “An Affair to Remember.” Tom Hanks stars as widower Sam Baldwin, the father of an eight-year-old boy, who, through a talk radio program, gets involved in a long-distance relationship with unhappily engaged journalist Annie Reed (Meg Ryan).