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

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

The Lost Weekend (Paramount, 1945)

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 film melded an expressionistic film-noir style with documentary realism to immerse viewers in the harrowing experiences of an aspiring New York writer willing to do almost anything for a drink. Despite opposition from his studio, the Hays Office and the liquor industry, Wilder created a film ranked as one of the best of the decade.  It won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor In a Leading Role (Ray Milland), and established Wilder as one of America’s leading filmmakers. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2011.

Friday, September 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Two-Lane Blacktop (Universal, 1971- R-rated *)
In the late 1960s, following the success of such youth-oriented fare as Easy Rider, Hollywood executives greenlighted a spate of innovative, low-budget films by young filmmakers influenced by European directors like Robert Bresson and Michelangelo Antonioni. One such film was the minimalist Two-Lane Blacktop, which follows two “gearheads” (singer-songwriter James Taylor and Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson) in their souped-up ’55 Chevy as they’re challenged to a cross-country race by a middle-aged driver (Warren Oates) in a Pontiac GTO. The leisurely pace set by director Monte Hellman and screenwriter Rudolph Wurlitzer bathes audiences in spare landscapes and car culture rituals that engender a myth of freedom promised by life on the road. Two-Lane Blacktop was added to the National Film Registry in 2012. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

The Lion King (Disney, 1994)

Saturday, September 9 (2 p.m.)
The Lion King (Disney, 1994)
A young lion cub hides from his colony after being blamed for his father’s death, but triumphantly returns when he realizes it his destiny to be King. The animated Disney feature won two Academy Awards: for its original score by Hans Zimmer and for the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, it is the highest-grossing animated film of the 20th century. The Lion King was added to the National Film Registry in 2016.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 17-19, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 17 (7:30 p.m.) Each Dawn I Die (Warner Bros., 1939) James Cagney stars as cocky reporter Frank Ross in this fast-paced crime drama directed by William Keighley. While investigating a crooked district attorney running for governor, Ross is framed for […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 10 – 12, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 10 (7:30 p.m.) Bombardier (RKO, 1943) Richard Wallace directed this WWII drama about the first training program for bombardiers of the United States Army Air Forces. Pat O’Brien and Randolph Scott star as the pilots in charge of training who clash […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 3-5, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 3 (7:30 p.m.) Pat and Mike (MGM, 1952) College phys-ed instructor Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn) enters into professional competition as a golf and tennis player but loses her confidence whenever her undermining fiancé is around. Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a likeable […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 27-29, 2017)

The following is  a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 27 (7:30 p.m.) Rio Bravo (Warner Bros., 1959) As legend goes, this Western, directed by Howard Hawks, was produced in part as a riposte to Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon. The film trades in the wide-open spaces of High Noon for the confines […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 20-22, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus Thursday, July 20 (7:30 p.m.) The Graduate (Embassy Pictures, 1967) Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry concocted a funny and satirical look at a certain slice of Americana and the generation gap that pervaded the era of the 1960s. This coming-of-age […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 6-8, 2017)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 6 (7:30 p.m.) Bonnie and Clyde (Warner Bros., 1967 – R rated*) Setting filmmaking and style trends that linger today, Bonnie and Clyde veered from comedy to social commentary to melodrama and caught audiences unaware, especially with its graphic and violent ending. Arthur […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 29, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.  Thursday, June 29 (7:30 p.m.) The Gazebo (MGM, 1959) Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford star as a married couple who are being blackmailed in this offbeat comedy involving murder and a backyard gazebo. Based on the hit Broadway play of the same […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 22 – 24, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 22 (7:30 p.m.) Copacabana (United Artists, 1947) Groucho Marx, in his first film without his brothers, stars as two-bit theatrical agent Lionel Q. Devereaux, whose overzealous promotion of his only client — fireball entertainer Carmen Novarro (Carmen Miranda) results in […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 18-20, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 18 (7:30 p.m.) Best in Show (Warner Bros., 2000) This satirical look at the world of championship dog breeding and competition tracks several canine contestants and their handlers as they prepare for the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Among the […]