September 15, 2015 Special Events and Sports Films at the Packard Campus Theater
Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Public Contact: Rob Stone (202) 707-0851
The Library of Congress Packard Campus will present two special events in cooperation with the historic State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia in October. On Oct. 9, legendary comedian Jerry Lewis will appear for a standup performance and Q&A, following a screening of his 1960 comedy classic “The Bellboy.” Lewis’ appearance is in celebration of the Library’s recent acquisition of his personal archive consisting of more than 1,000 moving-image materials and paper documents that cover the entire span of his remarkable career.
Country-music star Marty Stuart, a five-time winner of the Grammy Award, will appear in concert at the State Theatre with his band The Fabulous Superlatives on Oct. 23, with an opening act featuring the Western Flyers. Stuart will be at the Packard Campus Theater the night before the concert for an in-depth interview, to discuss his work as a musician, photographer and archivist.
This Packard Theater event is free, but there is a cost for the events at the State Theatre. Tickets are required for all three events, which are available through the State Theatre box office or at www.culpepertheatre.org.
Tracey Goessel, author of the newly published biography, “The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks,” will be on hand to introduce the showing of “Robin Hood,” one of the silent-film star’s most beloved titles. Composer and pianist Philip Carli will provide live musical accompaniment for the swashbuckler.
Other highlights during the month include a series of sports films curated by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab, and the “Back to the Future” trilogy with “Back the Future Part II” showing on the very day Marty McFly and Doc Brown find themselves in the future—Oct. 21, 2015.
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 loc.gov/avconservation/theater/. In case of inclement weather, call the theater information line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations.
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Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
“Reservoir Dogs” (Miramax, 1992, R-rated*)
With his directorial debut for “Reservoir Dogs,” Quentin Tarantino went from being an unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to one of the most influential filmmakers of the 1990s. In this often violent, chronologically scrambled crime drama, a botched jewelry store robbery is observed before and after the event. The ensemble cast includes Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker and Quentin Tarantino. New York Times critic Vincent Canby called it “a small, modestly budgeted crime movie of sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the-top dramatic energy.”
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Friday, Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
“Straw Dogs” (Cinerama Releasing Corporation, 1971, R-rated*)
Sam Peckinpah’s controversial psychological thriller stars Dustin Hoffman as pacifist American mathematician David Sumner and Susan George as his younger British wife, Amy. Fed up with the Vietnam-era social chaos in the U.S., they move to the isolated town in Cornwall where Amy grew up, but their presence provokes hostilities from the men in town that escalate from bullying to gang rape. David finally resorts to the horrific violence that he detests. Released theatrically the same year as “A Clockwork Orange,” “The French Connection” and “Dirty Harry,” the film sparked heated controversy over the perceived increase of violence in cinema. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. CANCELLED due to expected inclement weather
Saturday, Oct. 3 (2 p.m.)
“Lady and the Tramp” (Disney/Buena Vista, 1955)
Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel belonging to Jim Dear and his wife Darling, runs away from her comfortable home after the arrival of a new baby, soon followed by the insufferable Aunt Sarah and her two malicious Siamese cats. She runs into Tramp, a free-spirited outdoor mutt, and the two share an unlikely romance and adventure despite their differences. This was Disney’s first full-length cartoon based on an original story rather than an established classic and was the studio’s first Cinemascope animated feature. In addition to outstanding animation and visual effects, “Lady and the Tramp” features several memorable songs written by Sonny Burke and recording artist Peggy Lee. In the film, Lee sings: “He’s a Tramp,” “La La Lu,” “The Siamese Cat Song” and “What Is a Baby?” CANCELLED due to expected inclement weather
Thursday, Oct. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Errand Boy” (Paramount, 1961)
Following the great success of his directorial debut with “The Bellboy” (playing at Culpeper’s historic State Theatre in cooperation with the Library of Congress on Oct. 9 as part of “An Evening with Jerry Lewis”) Jerry Lewis wrote, directed and starred in this hilarious spoof of what goes on behind the scenes in a big Hollywood Studio. As simple-minded bumbler Morty Tashman, Lewis is hired by the big boss of Paramutual Pictures (Brian Donlevy) as a spy to find out why the studio is losing money. Lewis proceeds to wreak havoc as he wanders into a series of mishaps at the lot, looking for items to add to his report. The supporting cast includes such comedy favorites as Howard McNear, Sig Ruman, Benny Rubin, Fritz Feld, Doodles Weaver, Snub Pollard, Kathleen Freeman and Joe Besser. Also on the program are selections from the Library’s Jerry Lewis Collection.
Friday, Oct. 9 (8 p.m.)
“An Evening with Jerry Lewis” – Presented in cooperation with the Library of Congress at the State Theatre in Culpeper
Following a screening of Jerry Lewis’ classic comedy “The Bellboy” (Paramount, 1960), Lewis will be on hand for a Q&A/standup performance on the stage of the historic State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia. This is a ticketed event with an admission charge. Tickets can be obtained at the State Theatre box office or at www.culpepertheatre.org.
Thursday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
“Back to the Future” (Universal, 1985)
Writer-director Robert Zemeckis explored the possibilities of special effects in the 1985 box-office smash “Back to the Future.” With his writing partner Bob Gale, Zemeckis tells the tale of accidental time-traveler Marty McFly. Stranded in the year 1955, Marty (Michael J. Fox)—with the help of Dr. Emmett Brown (played masterfully over-the-top by Christopher Lloyd)—must not only find a way home, but also teach his father how to become a man, repair the space-time continuum and save his family from being erased from existence. In addition to all this, he must fight off the advances of his then-teenage mother. This sci-fi comedy adventure was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and led to two sequels, which are also scheduled this month. The film was selected for preservation in the 2007 National Film Registry.
Friday, Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“It Happens Every Spring” (20th Century-Fox, 1949)
Chemistry professor Vernon Simpson (Ray Milland) accidentally discovers a mixture that causes baseballs to repel wooden surfaces—such as baseball bats. He leaves academia behind to sign with a major league team as a pitcher, becoming a sensation as he throws screwballs doctored with his solution. Lloyd Bacon directed this baseball comedy that also stars Jean Peters, Paul Douglas and Ed Begley. Shirley W. Smith and Valentine Davies were nominated for an Academy Award for best writing, screenplay.
Saturday, Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
“Tin Cup” (Warner Bros., 1996, R-rated*)
Eight years after his smash-hit directorial debut for the baseball classic “Bull Durham,” Ron Shelton reunited with the film’s star for another successful romantic sports comedy, “Tin Cup.” Kevin Costner plays Roy McAvoy, a washed-up golf pro, who owns a second-rate driving range in West Texas. The beautiful Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) shows up for golf lessons one day and soon inspires Roy to try and qualify for the U.S. Open. Don Johnson and Cheech Marin appear in winning comic roles as, respectively, the hero’s nemesis and the hero’s guy Friday. Costner trained for the role with pro-golfer Gary McCord, who has a cameo appearance in the film as a golf commentator.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Wednesday, Oct. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
“Back to the Future Part II” (Universal, 1989)
“The Future” has arrived. Picking up where “Back to the Future” left off, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), his girlfriend Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to the future in the flying DeLorean time machine and arrive on today’s date—October 21, 2015. Their mission is to alter the course of events that have left the McFly family in ruins and has made bully Biff Tannen wealthy and corrupt, turning peaceful Hill Valley into chaos. Director Robert Zemeckis said that he had not originally planned a sequel for the first film, but its blockbuster box-office success made him reconsider. “Back to the Future II” was a groundbreaking project for effects studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for using the VistaGlide motion control camera system, which allowed an actor to portray multiple characters simultaneously on-screen without sacrificing camera movement.
Thursday, Oct. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
“An Evening With Marty Stuart” (Live)
Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy Awarding-winner musician Marty Stuart will make a two-night stop in Culpeper on Oct. 22 and 23. On Thursday, Oct. 22, Marty will be at the Packard Campus Theater to discuss his work as a musician, photographer and archivist. An in-depth interview followed by a question-and-answer session will make up the evening. (This is not a musical performance.) Then on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., Marty’s band—The Fabulous Superlatives—will join him on the stage of the historic State Theatre for a concert presented in cooperation with the Library of Congress. The Western Flyers will be the opening act. Although the Library event is free, tickets are required for both events and can be obtained at the State Theatre box office or at www.culpepertheatre.org.
Saturday, Oct. 24 (2 p.m.)
“We Are Marshall” (Warner Bros., 2006)
Based on actual events, “We are Marshall” deals with the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the team at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, along with five coaches, two athletic trainers, the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five. Matthew McConaughey stars as the new head coach Jack Lengyel, who rebuilds the team from the 18 surviving players and other university athletes. Supporting cast members include Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie, Ian McShane and January Jones. The movie was filmed on location in Huntington, where the premiere was held.
Thursday, Oct. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
“Back to the Future Part III” (Universal, 1990)
The final installment of the “Back to the Future” trilogy finds Marty (Michael J. Fox) digging the DeLorean time machine out of a mineshaft to travel back to the Old West of 1885 to rescue Doc (Christopher Lloyd), whose blossoming romance with Clara (Mary Steenburgen) makes him reluctant to return from the clutches of the villainous Tannen Gang. Also returning are costars Thomas F. Wilson as Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen, aka Biff Tannen, Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue. The two “Back to the Future” sequels were shot back-to-back over the course of 11 months in 1989 with the Western scenes in the third movie filmed on location in Monument Valley. The film also stars veteran Western film actors Pat Buttram, Harry Carey, Jr. and Dub Taylor as three saloon old-timers.
Friday, Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
“Robin Hood” (United Artists, 1922)
Silent film super-star Douglas Fairbanks stars as the legendary English folk hero who robs from the rich and gives to the poor in this rousing classic. Though not the first time Robin Hood appeared on screen, this lavish production was the first to present many of the components of the legend that became standard in later versions. Produced and written by Fairbanks and directed by Allan Dwan, this swashbuckling adventure was one of the most expensive movies made in the 1920s, featuring an enormous castle and an entire village constructed for the filming. Supporting players include Wallace Beery as King Richard the Lion-Hearted; Sam De Grasse as his evil brother, Prince John; Enid Bennett as Lady Marian; and Alan Hale as Little John—a role he repeated in the 1938 version of “Robin Hood,” starring Errol Flynn. Tracey Goessel, author of “The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks” (Chicago Review Press, Oct. 1, 2015), will introduce the film. Philip Carli will provide live musical accompaniment. The film was preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.
Saturday, Oct. 31 (2 p.m.)
“Bend it Like Beckham” (20th Century-Fox, 2002)
In this India-themed comedy-drama set in London, 18-year-old soccer enthusiast Jess Bhamra longs to play the game, but her orthodox Sikh parents forbid it because she is a girl. Jess befriends Jules Paxton, who plays for the local women’s team, and coach Joe, who is impressed with Jess’ skills and puts her on the team. Gurinder Chadha directed this popular family film that stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Juliet Stevenson. “Bend it Like Beckham” was a box-office hit and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for best British film.