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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 30-31, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.

Billie Holiday. From the William P. Gottlieb Collection.

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.

 

 

 

 

The New Klondike (Paramount, 1926)

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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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 23-25, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Brian Taves, Library of Congress archivist and author of the recently released Hollywood Presents Jules Verne, introduces three features adapted from Verne novels. Thursday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.) The Southern Star (Columbia, 1969) In French West Africa in 1912, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 16-18, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. A triple helping of National Film Registry titles this week. 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 […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 25-27, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Four more delights from June’s guest programmer Larry Smith. Thursday, June 25 (7:30 p.m.) Baraka (The Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1992) Shot on six continents and in 24 countries, this non-narrative documentary directed by Ron Fricke explores the formation and […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 18-20, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. More treats from June’s guest programmer Larry Smith. Thursday, June 18 (7:30 p.m.) Animal Crackers (Paramount, 1930) The legendary family comedy act known as the Marx Brothers were stars in vaudeville and on Broadway before making their first film, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 11-13, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 11 (7:30 p.m.) **This screening is part of the “Mostly Lost” Film Identification Workshop. It is open to the public, but seating may be limited. Norma Talmadge Double Feature The Moth (Select Pictures, 1917) Norma Talmadge stars […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 4-6, 2015)

The following was co-written with Larry Smith, a Processing Technician at the Packard Campus. Larry Smith, a Processing Technician who has worked with nitrate film at the Library of Congress for the past 15 years, is the guest programmer for June. Prior to working at the Library, Larry was a theater manager-owner and projectionist at […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 28-30, 2015)

The following post was co-written with Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 28 (7:30 p.m.) Love, Betty: A Betty White Retrospective (1957-2015) Considered the reigning Queen of TV, Betty White will be showcased in this evening-long retrospective that will include full episodes of such White-starring series as 1957’s Date with […]

Is It Live or Is It Edison?

Today’s entry is a guest post by Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Research Center. I have always wondered about the Edison tone tests.¬† Is it really possible that an audience could not tell the difference between an Edison Diamond Disc being played on a phonograph and the live performer singing while standing next to […]