February 11, 2017 Library's Packard Campus Theater Celebrates Women Filmmakers

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The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will celebrate Women’s History Month by screening 15 features and a short, directed and/or written by women. The titles span from the silent era of comedy with Dorothy Arzner’s 1927 “Get Your Man” (a recent Library of Congress restoration) through the 21st Century with Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher” (2000) and Sophia Coppola’s comedy/drama “Lost in Translation” (2003).

The screenings also include three National Film Registry selections: Ida Lupino’s 1953 crime thriller “The Hitch-Hiker” (1998), Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (2005) and a recent addition to the 2016 Registry list, the female buddy-action road movie “Thelma & Louise,” written by Callie Khouri.

 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.

TThe 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 (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 (loc.gov/film/), the National Recording Preservation Board (loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/) and the national registries for film and recorded sound.

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Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater Schedule

Thursday, March 2 (7:30 p.m.)
“Sleepless in Seattle”
(TriStar Pictures, 1993)
Tom Hanks stars as widower and father Sam Baldwin in this romantic comedy, directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Inspired by the 1957 film “An Affair to Remember,” Sam, by way of a talk-radio program, gets involved in a long-distance relationship with unhappily engaged journalist Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). But will they ever actually meet in person? An all-star supporting cast features Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson.

Friday, March 3 (7:30 p.m.)
“Chocolat”
(Orion Classics, 1988)
French filmmaker Claire Denis made her directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical meditation on French African colonialism. Told through a series of flashbacks, a young French woman contemplates her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. The film was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Saturday, March 4 (2 p.m.)
“Little Women”
(Columbia, 1994)
This critically acclaimed fourth feature-film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic novel, of the same name, was helmed by Australian director, Gillian Armstrong. The story follows the four March sisters, at home with their “Marmee”, as they help the poor, fight to keep their family together, and find love, all while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. It underscores Armstrong's focus on portraying the intimate lives of strong female characters and their relationships with one another. The film, which stars Susan Sarandon as “Marmeee”, Winona Ryder as Jo, Trini Alvarado as Meg, Kirsten Dunst as Amy and Claire Danes as Beth, was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Winona Ryder, Best Costume Design for Colleen Atwood and Best Original Score for composer Thomas Newman.

Thursday, March 9 (7:30 p.m.)
“Rambling Rose”
(New Line Cinema, 1991, R-rated *)
Laura Dern stars as Rose, an amoral but basically good-hearted young woman who's taken in as a domestic servant during the Great Depression by the Hillyers, a progressive Georgia family. She proceeds to shake up the household and the narrow-minded town. Martha Coolidge directed the film based on a novel by the screenwriter Calder Willingham. Mother-daughter duo Laura Dern and Diane Ladd (who plays Mrs. Hillyer) were Oscar-nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The film also won three Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Diane Ladd. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Friday, March 10 (7:30 p.m.)
DOUBLE FEATURE
“The Hitch-Hiker” (RKO, 1953)
Acknowledged as one of the original “tough dames” of '30s and ‘40s movies, actress Ida Lupino eventually moved behind the camera to become one of the industry's few prominent female directors. After a series of films categorized as “women's pictures” (“Never Fear,” “Outrage”), Lupino took a hard turn with this hard-boiled tale based on real-life serial killer William Cook. Two men (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) make the mistake of picking up a tormented hitchhiker (William Talman). "The Hitch-Hiker" was added to the National Film Registry in 1998.

“The Actress” (MGM, 1953)
Ruth Gordon (1969 Oscar Best Supporting Actress for “Rosemary's Baby”) wrote this autobiographical comedy/drama based on her stage play "Years Ago." Directed by George Cukor, it stars Jean Simmons as the 17-year-old Ruth Gordon Jones who is determined to go to New York and become a famous actress. In a series of vignettes, we follow Ruth as she interacts with her obstinate father (Spencer Tracy), her soft-spoken yet peace-keeping mother (Teresa Wright), and her gawky college boyfriend (Anthony Perkins in his film debut). The film earned Gordon a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for her script and Tracy a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Saturday, March 11 (7:30 p.m.)
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
(Universal, 1982, R-rated *)
This iconic 1980s film combines the sympathetic treatment of adolescence with hilarious performances. Directed by Amy Heckerling, the film is based on a script by then-22-year-old Rolling Stone magazine writer (and later film director) Cameron Crowe, who spent nine months undercover as a high school student. The cast includes the young, soon-to-be-famous talent of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judge Reinhold, who are confronting their raging hormones as they hang out at the mall and experience jobs in fast-food restaurants. Sean Penn gives a memorable performance as the spaced-out surfer dude, Jeff Spicoli. The film also stars Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates and Ray Walston. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was inducted into The National Film Registry in 2005.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Thursday, March 16 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Piano”
(Miramax, 1993, R-rated *)
New Zealand-born Jane Campion wrote and directed one of the most highly acclaimed and hauntingly original motion pictures of the 1990s. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute Scottish woman who is sold by her father into marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman named Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill). Bringing her young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and her cherished piano with her, Ada is devastated when Stewart refuses to transport the piano over the rough terrain to their home and trades it to Baines (Harvey Keitel), a fellow settler who has adopted Maori ways. Ada is determined to get her most cherished possession back with devastating consequences. The film accumulated dozens of international awards including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Friday, March 17 (7:30 p.m.)
“Lost in Translation”
(Focus, 2003, R-rated *)
A faded movie star (Bill Murray) and a neglected young wife of a celebrity photographer (Scarlett Johansson) star as two lonely Americans in Tokyo, who develop an unlikely friendship as they deal with culture shock in Tokyo and commiserate about their unhappy lives. Sofia Coppola, who wrote, directed and produced the film, was nominated for Oscars in all three categories, winning for original screenplay. Bill Murray was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Saturday, March 18 (7:30 p.m.)
“Get Your Man”
(Paramount, 1927)
Trailblazing director Dorothy Arzner’s career in feature films spanned from the silent era of the late 1920s into the early 1940s. In fact, she was the only female director working in the 1930s in the United States. This charming romantic comedy was Arzner’s third feature at Paramount and stars 'it girl' Clara Bow at the height of her fame. Bow plays a New York tourist in Paris who falls for a handsome nobleman (Buddy Rogers), who, as it turns out, was betrothed in childhood to the daughter of a neighboring marquis. Bow soon hatches a plan to overcome that obstacle and get her man. This print is a carefully pieced-together restoration by the Library of Congress from rediscovered nitrate stock, stills, and intertitles. Also on the program is the 1914 Keystone comedy short “Mabel at the Wheel” directed by and starring Mabel Normand. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.

Friday, March 24 (7:30 p.m.)
“The Student Nurses”
(New World, 1970, R-rated *)
Roger Corman, the renowned producer of low-budget independent films, hired the wife and husband duo of Stephanie Rothman and Charles S. Swartz for what he envisioned as “a contemporary drama with a liberal-to-a-left-wing viewpoint and some R-rated sex and humor.” Rothman and her husband produced and provided the original story while she directed. The film was an enormous box-office success and was the first in the popular "nurses" cycle of exploitation movies.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Saturday, March 25 (2 p.m.)
“Songcatcher”
(Lions Gate Films, 2000)
Maggie Greenwald wrote and directed this period drama set in 1907 that follows Doctor Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a professor of musicology, as she studies an Appalachian community that, due to its isolation, has kept alive centuries-old traditional folk songs from England. As she gains their trust and records their music, she confronts her own prejudices while growing to see this community as more than a quaint accident of history. Along the way, Greenwald tackles issues as timeless as cultural schism, shifting attitudes regarding sexuality and the preservation of historical and cultural legacy for subsequent generations. “Songcatcher” was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and both Emmy Rossom (in her film debut) and Pat Carroll were both nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for their performances. The film also stars Aidan Quinn and Jane Adams.

Saturday, March 25 (7:30 p.m.)
“Point Break”
(20th Century Fox, 1991, R-rated *)
The second of Kathryn Bigelow's trilogy of action films (following “Blue Steel” in 1989 and preceding “Strange Days” in 1995), this 90s crime-thriller stars Keanu Reeves as rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah, who goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who are suspected bank robbers. The film co-stars Patrick Swayze as the charismatic gang leader and received a lot of praise for its outstanding surfing and skydiving sequences. In 2010, Bigelow became the first woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Director, for "The Hurt Locker."
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Thursday, March 30 (7:30 p.m.)
“Pay It Forward”
(Warner Bros., 2000)
Emmy Award-winning director and producer (for “E.R.”) Mimi Leder helmed this drama based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. When given a class assignment to "make the world a better place," 11-year-old Trevor (Haley Joel Osment), comes up with a plan based on networking good deeds which he calls “pay it forward”: the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others rather than paying the favor back. Helen Hunt appears as Trevor's alcoholic single mother with Kevin Spacey as his physically and emotionally scarred social studies teacher Eugene Simonet. The film also stars Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi and Angie Dickinson.

Friday, March 31 (7:30 p.m.)
“Thelma & Louise”
(MGM, 1991, R-rated *)
Screenwriter Callie Khouri began her script for “Thelma & Louise” with a single-sentence premise: “Two women go on a crime spree.” What emerged from her word processor and eventually from the screen became a feminist manifesto and a cultural flashpoint which eventually landed the film's stars, in character, on the cover of “Time” magazine. Directed by Ridley Scott and anchored by two powerhouse and career-defining performances from Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis (and a breakout early appearance by Brad Pitt), “Thelma & Louise” skillfully contrasts exceedingly well-done action movie tropes with a non-didactic social commentary before building to an unforgettable climax. Along the way, it also manages to be funny, insightful and even eloquent in its rage. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2016.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

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PR 17-019
2017-02-11
ISSN 0731-3527