The following is a guest post by John Snelson of the Packard Campus.
Friday, July 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Dennis Hopper Double Feature
The American Dreamer (Corda Productions, 1971)
Filmed after Dennis Hopper’s breakout hit as writer-director and star of Easy Rider, and in the midst of his follow-up The Last Movie, this documentary was barely released. It is situated between a critique and a wake for Hopper’s ideals. The high-definition digital copy is on loan from Vinegar Syndrome distribution company and film archive. 90 minutes.
The Last Movie (Universal, 1971)
The Last Movie (Universal, 1971 – R-rated*)
Dennis Hopper wrote, directed and stars in this tale of a stunt man working on a Western being shot on location in Peru. When he stays behind after the crew leaves, he discovers that the villagers are ritualistically re-enacting the making of the film, but they don’t understand that all the violence they’d seen was make-believe. Seen as an allegory of Hollywood’s cultural imperialism, the film won the Critics Prize at the 1971 Venice Film Festival. The cast also includes Julie Adams, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Michelle Phillips and Dean Stockwell, with cinematography by László Kovács. The 35mm print is courtesy of the Academy Film Archives. 108 minutes. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
La Belle Noiseuse (MK2, 1991)
Saturday, July 30 (6 p.m.)
La Belle Noiseuse (MK2 Diffusion, 1991)
A renowned artist (Michel Piccoli) attempts to create his definitive painting of the female form with his wife as his muse. Unable to find his voice, he quits painting. Ten year later and at the age of 60, he attempts to finish the art piece with a new muse. Legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa named La Belle Noiseuse as one of his two favorite films made in the 1990s, calling it the best cinematic depiction of an artist struggling with his craft. This rare screening of Jacques Rivette’s four-hour masterpiece will be presented on 35mm and un-cut with an intermission. The film won the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. In French and English with English subtitles. Unrated, but contains adult subject matter. 238 minutes.
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The following is a guest post by David Gibson, a Processing Technician in the Moving Image Section. The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation has welcomed hundreds of visitors from all corners of the globe since its opening more than nine years ago. This year alone we hosted the 10th Orphan Film […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson and John Snelson, both of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 21 (7:30 p.m.) Santa Fe Trail (Warner Bros., 1940) After graduating from West Point, Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan) are both stationed at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Once there, they find that […]
The following is a guest post co-written by Jenny Paxson and John Snelson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 14 (7:30 p.m.) Four’s a Crowd (Warner Bros., 1938) The four in the screwball comedy Four’s a Crowd are a quartet of Warner Brothers’ biggest stars of 1938: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell and […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson and John Snelson, both of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 7 (7:30 p.m.) The Great Garrick (Warner Bros., 1937) In honor of Olivia de Havilland’s 100th birthday….James Whale directed this entertaining fictional comedy based on a real person, the great 18th-century British actor David Garrick. Before […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Friday, June 24 (7:30 p.m.) The North Star (RKO, 1943) Designed to gather sympathy for the Russian people and strengthen American support for the U.S. government’s alliance with the Soviet Union during World War II, Lewis Milestone’s 1943 drama focuses […]
The following is a guest post by Rachel Parker, of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.) Silent Movie Double Feature Whispering Shadows (Peerless Feature, 1921) After attending a séance, a young couple deals with the question of whether the dead have the power to warn their loved ones of impending danger. This unusual […]
The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. Recently I began the task of processing the papers for the Bob Hope Collection, held in the Recorded Sound Section, at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. The papers complement the moving […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Friday, June 10 (7:30 p.m.) Gaslight (MGM, 1944) Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer star in this classic chiller about a man who slowly manipulates his wife into believing she is going insane. This second adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 […]