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Now Playing at the Packard Campus (Oct. 19-21, 2017)

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

The Killers (Universal, 1946)

Thursday, October 19 (7:30 p.m.)
The Killers (Universal, 1946)
Director Robert Siodmak and screenwriter Anthony Veiller, both nominated for an Oscar, took the original Ernest Hemingway short story as the film’s opening point and developed it with an elaborate series of flashbacks, creating a classic example of film noir. Two killers shatter a small town’s quiet before an insurance investigator (Edmond O’Brien) digs up crime, betrayal, and a glamorous woman (Ava Gardner) behind the death of an ex-fighter (Burt Lancaster in his electrifying film debut). The noir aesthetic is heightened by the Miklós Rózsa score and Arthur Hilton’s editing, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. The Killers was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.

Friday, October 20 (7:30 p.m.)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (MGM, 1946)
Drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) takes a job at a roadhouse run by slovenly but likeable Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway). Nick’s sexy young wife, Cora (Lana Turner), takes an immediate liking to Frank, but he senses that she’s trouble and he keeps his distance–for a while. MGM bought the rights to pulp novelist James M. Cain’s hard-bitten murder romance The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1934, but it took 12 years to make it to the screen. Writer-producer Carey Wilson adapted a script that (somehow) passed by the censorious Hays Administration and director Tay Garnett turned out an electrifying drama enhanced by the charismatic performances of the two leads.

Saturday, October 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Film Noir Double Feature
In a Lonely Place (Columbia, 1950)
Humphrey Bogart portrays Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele. Brilliant at his craft yet prone to living with his fists, Steele undergoes scrutiny as a murder suspect while romancing insouciant starlet Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame). With jaded passion and paranoid force of character, Bogart perfectly plays the talented but psychologically unstable artist who will not accept his society, proving it with periodic violent, self-destructive confrontations. Director Nicholas Ray’s scathing Hollywood satire In a Lonely Place was added to the National Film Registry in 2007.

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Universal, 1982)

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Universal, 1982 – Rated PG)
The second half of this double feature will be an encore screening of director Carl Reiner’s film noir parody Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, closing out the series of seven of the films featured in the movie. For more details, see the October 5 listing.

 For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (October 12-14, 2017)

The following is a guest-post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.  Thursday, October 12 (7:30 p.m.) Johnny Eager (MGM, 1941) Robert Taylor plays Johnny Eager, a parolee who is pretending to go straight as a cab driver but is still connected to the mob. Through his parole officer, Eager meets sociology student Lisbeth Bard (Lana Turner), who […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 27; Sept. 29-30, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, September 27 (7:30 p.m.) Dom Flemons (Live)–SOLD OUT! Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award-winning, rootsy singer/songwriter with a bent toward Americana, folk, banjo, and jug band music. Flemons first came to the public’s attention as a member and co-founder of the African-American […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 21 -24, 2017)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Library of Congress. Thursday, September 21 (7:30 p.m.) Red Molly (Live)–SOLD OUT! Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave […]

Photo Blog #20: Lingering Mysteries

It’s number #20 in the Library of Congress’s movie mystery still blog.  Although the blog has been wonderfully successful (THANKS TO ALL!), this month we look back at some of our previously posted pictures in hopes that they can still be solved.  As always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase them in size […]

Thanks for the Memories, Jerry Lewis

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. As processing archivist for the Bob Hope papers, I frequently come across the early professional work of several icons of American entertainment, such as Doris Day, Judy Garland, and Desi Arnaz.  Jerry Lewis, whose collection likewise […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 7-9, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 7 (7:30 p.m.) The Lost Weekend (Paramount, 1945) A landmark social-problem film, The Lost Weekend provided audiences of 1945 with an uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, the […]