June 15, 2015 Packard Campus Theater Features Live Music, Adventure and Classic Films

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The Paul Reisler Trio—with Reisler on guitar, Marshall Keys on sax and vocalist Lea Morris—will bring its jazz-folk-soul fusion music to the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater stage in Culpeper, Virginia, on July 11.

Brian Taves, Library of Congress archivist and author of the recently released "Hollywood Presents Jules Verne,” will present three features adapted from Verne novels: the rarely seen crime comedy “The Southern Star,” the Academy Award-winning “Around the World in 80 Days,” and Disney’s live-action fantasy adventure “In Search of the Castaways.”

An evening of classic jazz performances, curated and preserved by the Library’s video- preservation specialists, includes such legendary musicians as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Captured on both film and videotape, clips featured in the program date from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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 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 more than 7 million collection items. It provides staff support for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board (www.loc.gov/film), the National Recording Preservation Board (www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb) 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, publications 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, July 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Rambo Double Feature
“First Blood”
(Orion, 1982 *R-rated)
Sylvester Stallone portrays troubled Vietnam vet John Rambo, who—after being harassed and arrested by police in a small town—escapes into the woods and launches a war against the offending sheriff and his men. Rambo’s former commanding officer, Col. Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) is brought in to help defuse the situation. Ted Kotcheff directed this psychological action thriller, which was a great commercial success despite mixed reviews. Now regarded by many as an underrated and influential cult film in the action genre, “First Blood” spawned three sequels, all co-written by and starring Stallone.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

“Rambo: First Blood Part II” (Tristar Pictures, 1985 *R-rated)
Picking up where “First Blood” left off, John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret mission to document the possible existence of POWs in Vietnam. Although he is told to only photograph where the POWS are being held, Rambo—with the aid of female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao—embarks on a mission to rescue the prisoners. Richard Crenna returns as Col. Samuel Trautman in this blockbuster action film, directed by George Cosmatos.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Thursday, July 9 (7:30 p.m.)
“Battle of Britain”
(United Artists, 1969)
The Battle of Britain, which began 75 years ago in July, was the first major campaign of World War II to be fought entirely by air forces. Waged by the German Air Force Luftwaffe against the United Kingdom, the battle lasted for nearly four months and included the worst of the London Blitz. For this British-made film, producer Harry Saltzman and director Guy Hamilton assembled over 100 vintage planes and hired three of the greatest veteran flying aces of the battle—two British and one German—as technical advisers. The story alternates personal vignettes of commanders, flyers and civilians with vivid dogfight sequences. The all-star British cast includes Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw and Susannah York.

Friday, July 10 (7:30 p.m.)
“Live: The Paul Reisler Trio with Lea Morris and Marshall Keys”

Prolific songwriter and performer Paul Reisler will perform onstage at the Packard Campus Theater along with Marshall Keys on sax and vocalist Lea Morris for an evening of jazz-folk-soul fusion. Based in Rappahannock County, Virginia, Paul has written more than 3,500 songs, recorded 50 albums and taught songwriting to thousands of students through his Kid Pan Alley program. Keys is a fixture on the Washington jazz scene and has recorded eight albums of his music. Morris is a singer and songwriter whose “soul-folk” blends gospel, jazz, country and rhythm and blues with authentic, thought-provoking songcraft.

Saturday, July 11 (2 p.m.)
“You’ll Never Get Rich”
(Columbia, 1941)
The first of two musicals that paired Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, “You’ll Never Get Rich” (followed by “You Were Never Lovelier” in 1942) was a successful career move for both. Astaire proved he could carry a picture without his popular partner,Ginger Rogers, while Hayworth, after languishing in B movies at Columbia, was finally given a starring role in a big- budget film. Directed by Sidney Lanfield, this musical comedy with a story made up of a series of misunderstandings leading to romance features a Cole Porter score, bravura dancing by the two stars and Robert Benchley, who provides witty banter. Combining elements of a behind-the-scenes musical and a life-in-uniform military comedy, the film was a box-office success praised by Variety for being “a happy combination of music, dancing and comedy.”

Thursday, July 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“Make Way for Tomorrow”
(Paramount, 1937)
Director Leo McCarey’s progressive Depression-era drama—based on a play by Helen and Nolan Leary and a novel by Josephine Lawrence—follows a penniless elderly couple (Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore) forced by their self-absorbed children to live separately in order to save money. Challenging the tried-and-true conventions of late-1930s films, “Make Way for Tomorrow” presents the “golden years” with realism and tenderness. The film received only modest reviews and average box-office success in 1937, but the sensitive screenplay by Viña Delmar and touching performances by Bondi and Moore increased the film’s popularity among contemporary audiences. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 2010.

Friday, July 17 (7:30 p.m.)
“Rebel Without a Cause”
(Warner Bros., 1955)
This portrait of youthful alienation spoke to a whole generation and remains wrenchingly powerful despite some dated elements. The yearning for self-esteem, the parental conflict and the comfort found in friendships are all beautifully orchestrated by director Nicholas Ray, screenwriter Stewart Stern and a fine cast. This was James Dean’s defining performance and an impressive showing for Sal Mineo, who was nominated for the Academy Award for best supporting actor. Named to the National Film Registry in 1990, the film also received Oscar nominations for Natalie Wood as best supporting actress and for Ray’s screenplay.

Saturday, July 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Silence of the Lambs”
(Orion Pictures, 1991 *R-rated)
Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme won accolades for this chilling thriller based upon a book by Thomas Harris. Foster plays rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling who must tap into the disturbed mind of imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in order to aid her search for a serial murderer who tortures his victims. “Silence of the Lambs”—winner of Academy Awards for best picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay—has been celebrated for its superb lead performances, its blending of crime and horror genres, and its taut direction that brought to the screen one of film’s greatest villains and some of its most memorable imagery. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 2011.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Thursday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Southern Star
” (Columbia, 1969)
In French West Africa in 1912, a business entrepreneur pays a penniless American geologist, several other experts and fortune hunters to uncover a large diamond, known as the southern star. The geologist, along with his companion, finds the diamond and takes it back to the entrepreneur. A search ensues when both the diamond and the companion disappear. George Segal, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles star in this British-French, comedy-crime adventure based on the novel “The Vanished Diamond” by Jules Verne.

Friday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.)
“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”
(New Line Cinema, 2012)
This sequel to the 3D hit, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” (2008) merges Jules Verne’s titular novel with “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and the recently translated “The Golden Volcano”—and is a homage to Ray Harryhausen’s memorable 1961 film “Mysterious Island.” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” includes such screen firsts as the discovery of Nemo’s tomb and an ending that will surprise any Verne enthusiast. Directed by Brad Peyton, the film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Caine and Vanessa Hudgens.

Saturday, July 25 (2 p.m.)
“In Search of the Castaways”
(Disney/Buena Vista, 1962)
In this fantasy-adventure tale set in 19th-century England, French scientist Prof. Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) finds a floating bottle containing a note that he believes was written by the missing sea Captain Grant. The professor and the captain’s children, Mary (Haley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere), embark on a dangerous quest to find their father who vanished years before, somewhere along the Chilean coast. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley based upon Jules Verne’s 1868 adventure novel “Captain Grant’s Children.”

Thursday, July 30 (7:30 p.m.)
“Classic Jazz from the Library of Congress Archives” (1940s-1980s)

An evening of rarely seen performances by such legendary jazz musicians and singers as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gilliespie, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and many more will be presented on the big screen at the Packard Campus Theater. Curated and preserved by Library of Congress video-preservation specialists Bill Rush and John Grandin, the program will include Soundies (musical numbers shot on 16 mm and shown on coin-operated film jukeboxes in the 1940s), Snader Telescriptions (musical numbers produced for television in the early 1950s and used as fillers) and selections from local, network and public television programs; many of them have not been seen since the original broadcast.

Friday, July 31 (7:30 p.m.)
“The New Klondike”
(Paramount, 1926)
Based upon a short story by Ring Lardner and inspired by both the national baseball craze and the Florida land-boom speculation of 1925, this silent romantic comedy was directed by Lewis Milestone and was legendary writer Ben Hecht’s first film assignment. Partly shot on location in Miami, the story concerns small-town pitcher Thomas Kelly (Thomas Meighan), who is sent to spring training with a minor league baseball team in Florida but is fired by its jealous manager. Kelly is then persuaded to be the celebrity endorser for a Florida real-estate firm, and his former teammates invest money in the firm through him. The resentful team manager conspires with a crooked broker to sell Kelly and the investors some worthless swampland. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.

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PR 15-111
2015-06-15
ISSN 0731-3527