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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 30 – April 1, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

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. Also starring Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi and Angie Dickinson.


Thelma & Louise (MGM, 1991)

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, onto 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 an early breakout 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. Since its release, Thelma & Louise has become both a symbol and a sort of short-hand for post-second wave feminism. The film was added to the National Film Registry on December 14, 2016. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Ed Richard

Ed Sullivan and Richard Pyror

Saturday, April 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Open the Door Richard… Richard Pryor’s Complete Appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show
The Pride of Peoria, Illinois, Richard Pryor, is considered perhaps the greatest stand-up comedian of all time. While Pryor was an untamed force of nature in the 1970’s, his early years as a fledgling comic are lesser known and even lesser seen. While Ed Sullivan, the King of Sunday Night, initially dismissed Pryor, a mutual friend, veteran comedian Alan King, strongly recommended him. Pryor soon charmed Sullivan and appeared 14 times on his show between 1965 and 1970. A master at characterizations, here we see the very early comedian trying on his many faces:  the Samurai warrior, children in a Rumpelstiltskin play, the Signifier, the Weightlifter. As the 1960’s progress, before our eyes, we witness Pryor’s transformation into the more radical street spokesman that was to emerge. We are pleased to present all 14 appearances of Richard Pryor on The Ed Sullivan Show, perhaps for the first time. The program will be introduced by Dan Blazek, Packard Campus Recorded Sound Technician, who has given presentations about Richard Pryor at two ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) conferences in the past year.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 24-25, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, March 24 (7:30 pm) The Student Nurses (New World, 1970, R-rated *) Roger Corman, renowned producer of low budget independent films, hired the wife and husband team of Stephanie Rothman and Charles S. Swart, for what he envisioned as “a contemporary […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 16-18, 2017)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Library of Congress. Thursday, March 16 (7:30 p.m.) The Piano (Miramax, 1993, R-rated *) One of the most highly acclaimed and hauntingly original motion pictures of the 1990s was written and directed by New Zealand-born Jane Campion, in her third feature film. Holly Hunter […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 8-11, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 8 (7:00 p.m.) Laura (20th Century-Fox, 1944) Otto Preminger directed this haunting film noir about a police detective who falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.  Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney star in this classic mystery, which […]

The First Jazz Recording: One Hundred Years Later

Today’s post is by David Sager, Reference Assistant in the Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. A momentous happening occurred on February 26, 1917 at the Victor Talking Machine Company, although no one quite suspected so at the time. Among the artists to be recorded that day—consisting of operatic baritone Reinald Werrenrath and tenor Lambert […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (February 9-11, 2017

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, February 9 (7:30 p.m.) American Blues Masters (1945-2005) This program, curated from the Library’s vast collection of historic films and television programs, will feature 60 years of rare and classic blues performances dating from 1945 to 2005. Performers include Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (February 2-4, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, February 2 (7:30 p.m.) Beatlemania on American Bandstand (1964) This program will present a firsthand account of the effects that the Beatles had upon the youth of America in 1964, through performances culled from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.  Included is a compilation […]