October 17, 2016 Packard Campus Theater Presents Sounds and Silents
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November’s lineup at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater in Culpeper, Va., kicks off with the sounds of country music. They include an evening of highlights from “The Johnny Cash Show”—selected from the recently acquired Marty Stuart Archives Collection—a sold-out concert by Bluegrass stars Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and the 1964 Hank Williams biopic “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”
Silent films fill out the remainder of the month with a Zane Gray Western, a pair of World War I films restored by the Library of Congress and a number of comedy shorts and features dating from 1913-2011. Three outstanding silent film accompanists from Washington D.C., New York City and London—Andrew E. Simpson, Ben Model and Stephen Horne, respectively—will provide music for the films.
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-served basis. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994. 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, Nov. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
“Highlights from ‘The Johnny Cash Show’” (ABC, 1969-1971)
The ABC television network approached country music icon Johnny Cash to host his own musical variety show after the great success of his two live prison albums, “At Folsom Prison” and “At San Quentin.” The resulting series ran for 58 episodes and featured dozens of the top folk and country musicians of the day. Recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, the show also featured regulars June Carter Cash (his wife) and the Carter Family, The Statler Brothers, The Tennessee Three and Carl Perkins. This compilation of highlights from the show came from the Library’s recently acquired Marty Stuart Archives Collection Library of Congress and was digitally preserved and curated by Bill Rush of the Video Preservation Lab at the Packard Campus. Except for a number by Derek and the Dominos, which was included on a Sony DVD release in 2007, none of these performances have been seen for more than 45 years. The acts include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard and, of course, Johnny Cash.
Friday, Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
“Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in Concert” – SOLD OUT
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage return to Culpeper for this already sold-out concert. The Wall Street Journal has called Rhonda Vincent “The New Queen of Bluegrass.” She has garnered three Grammy Award nominations and has been named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s female vocalist of the year.
Saturday, Nov. 5 (2 p.m.)
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” (MGM, 1964)
Country music legend Hank Williams was only 29 years old when he died from heart failure exacerbated by pills and alcohol in 1953. Filmed with the cooperation of Williams’ widow, Audrey, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” was a sincere attempt to tell Hank’s story although certain aspects of his life were glossed over. Produced on a modest budget, it became one of the top- grossing films of the year. Directed by Gene Nelson, the film stars George Hamilton as Hank Williams and Susan Oliver as Audrey. Fifteen-year-old Hank Williams Jr. was tapped to provide the vocals for such country and western classics as “I Saw the Light,” “Jambalaya,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry” and the title song. The soundtrack album quickly sold more than one million copies, launching Hank Jr.’s career.
Saturday, Nov. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
“Wild Horse Mesa” (Paramount, 1925)
Jack Holt stars as trail rider Chane Weymer, who thwarts a dangerous scheme by an evil gang to capture a herd of wild horses by running them into a barbedwire corral. Also in the cast are Noah Berry, Billie Dove and a young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Based on the novel by the popular Western writer Zane Gray, “Wild Horse Mesa” was shot on location in Colorado. The story was filmed again in 1932, starring Randolph Scott, and in 1947 with Jack Holt’s son, Tim, in the leading role. The 1925 comedy short “West is West,” starring Billy West, will precede the feature. Andrew E. Simpson will provide musical accompaniment.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“On the Firing Line with the Germans” (War Film Syndicate Company, 1915)
In 1915, newsreel director and cinematographer Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the German army in Russia and Turkey and shot 16,000 feet of film. Edited to nine reels and released in November of 1915, it is the only existing, essentially complete World War I feature-length documentary. Thanks to the work of Cooper C. Graham and Jim Castellan, who spent years reviewing and logging each reel of known Durborough film in the Library of Congress’ nitrate film vaults and the National Archives film collection, the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab has restored the documentary. Its premier screening was held at the Pordenone, Italy Silent Film Festival in 2015. In addition to the historic and valuable material shot on the battlefields, the film has rare footage showing the first attempt by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom to stop the Great War. Stephen Horne will provide live musical accompaniment.
Thursday, Nov. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” (Universal, 1930, silent version)
The transition from the silent to the sound era in cinema did not happen overnight. Theater owners were faced with the high cost of installing the needed equipment and studios wanted to continue to release their films to the foreign market, which was easy enough to do by changing the title cards. One solution was to make two versions of a film, which is what director Lewis Milestone did with “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Many consider it one of the finest silent films of all time—and one that very few people know exists because the sound version is so famous. This vivid, poignant adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s eloquent pacifist novel about German boys’ experiences as soldiers during World War I stars Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Raymond Griffith and Slim Summerville. The film was restored in 1998 by the Library of Congress and added to the National Film Registry in 1990. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by London-based Stephen Horne for this rare screening of the silent version of the Academy Award winner for best picture and best direction.
Friday, Nov. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Her Night of Romance” (First National, 1924)
In the 1920s, Constance Talmadge was one of the biggest and most popular Hollywood stars, known for her bubbly presence in a number of comedies. In this romantic farce of mistaken identities, she stars as Dorothy Adams, an American heiress who disguises her identity while traveling in England with her father. She falls in love with Paul Menford (Ronald Colman), an impoverished nobleman who poses as a doctor in order to meet Dorothy. Directed by Sidney Franklin, the film is just the right mix of silliness and sophistication that made Talmadge’s career. The film’s success spawned a sequel, “Her Sister from Paris,” reteaming the director, two stars and screenwriter Hanns Kraly—a longtime collaborator with Ernst Lubitsch—for another farce of false identities and romantic complications. The 1924 comedy two-reeler “Short Kilts,” starring Stan Laurel and James Finlayson, will precede the feature. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment.
Saturday, Nov. 19 (2 p.m.)
“Silent Comedy Shorts” (1913-1928)
Silent film accompanist Ben Model returns to the Packard Campus Theater to present an afternoon of mostly rare silent comedy shorts ranging from the “greats” to the “forgottens.” Titles include “Too Much Parcel Post” (Pathe 1913), starring Charles Arling as a beleaguered country postman; Bobby Burns and Walter Stull in the Pokes & Jabs one-reeler “Pressing Business” (Vim, 1915); Marcel Perez as Tweedledum in “A Scrambled Honeymoon” (Eagle, 1916); Charlie Chaplin in one of his finest Mutual comedies, “The Fireman” (1916); “The Grocery Clerk” (Vitagraph, 1919) with Larry Semon in the title role, and “One Day in Hollywood” (Selznick Distributing, 1924), featuring Hank Mann, Galey Henry and Buddy the Dog.
Saturday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Artist” (Weinstein Company, 2011)
Winner of five Academy Awards including best film, this delightful silent film follows the romance between silent-era superstar George Valentin as his career fades and rising young starlet Peppy Miller who makes the successful transition to the “talkies.” French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius wrote and directed “The Artist,” which stars Jean Dujardin (who took home the Oscar for best actor) and Berenice Bejo. The dog, played by a Jack Russell named Uggie, won the Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert called it “one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black-and-white.”