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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (December 3-5, 2015)

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

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Love Actually (Universal, 2003)

Thursday, December 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Love Actually (Universal, 2003 – R-rated *)
The intertwining stories of more than twenty characters in London, England, are followed during the busy month leading up to Christmas in this romantic comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film received BAFTA nominations for Best British Film and Best Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson) and a win for Best Supporting Actor (Bill Nighy), who brilliantly portrays aging rock star Billy Mack. Also in the ensemble cast are Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley and Rowan Atkinson. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 135 minutes.

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The Shop Around the Corner (MGM, 1940)

Friday, December 4 (7:30 p.m.)
The Shop Around the Corner (MGM, 1940)
This romantic comedy, one of director Ernst Lubitsch’s most enduring works, takes place almost entirely within a store in Budapest shortly before World War II. James Stewart is the earnest, slightly awkward head salesman; Margaret Sullavan is the novice clerk who gets under his skin. What neither realizes is that they’re pen pals who have just begun to fall in love through each other’s letters. As the romance develops, Lubitsch uses point of view to let the audience in on each character’s experiences at just the right moment to heighten anticipation and empathy. The film was remade in 1949 as In the Good Old Summertime and in 1998 as You’ve Got Mail. The original was named to the National Film Registry in 1999. 99 minutes.

Saturday, December 5 (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?” 76 minutes.

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Gay Cinema/Lost Cinema: “Children of Loneliness” (1935)

Last year the Library published The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929, a sobering reminder of the astonishingly poor survival rate of this one sliver of motion picture history. And it’s not just silent features either. Although no comprehensive study has been done of shorts, features, and documentaries across all of film history, the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 19-21, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.) Gimme Shelter (Cinema 5 Distributing, 1970 – R-rated *) This astounding documentary follows the Rolling Stones on the last ten days of their 1969 North American tour which ended with a disastrous day-long free […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 12-14, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 12 (7:30 p.m.) William Wellman Double Feature Wild Boys of the Road (Warner Bros., First National, 1933) Historians estimate that more than 250,000 American teens were living on the road at the height of the Great Depression, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 5-7, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 5 (7:30 p.m.) Lafayette Escadrille (Warner Bros., 1958) Relying on his own World War I service in the Lafayette Flying Corps, director William A. Wellman also wrote the original story for what became the final film released […]