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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 8-11, 2017)

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

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Laura (20th Century-Fox, 1944)

Thursday, March 8 (7:00 p.m.)
Laura (20th Century-Fox, 1944)
Otto Preminger directed this haunting film noir about a police detective who falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.  Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney star in this classic mystery, which was selected for the National Film Registry in 1999.  Laura will be introduced by film historian and author David Bordwell, who is the current Chair in Modern Culture  of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Thursday, March 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Rambling Rose (New Line Cinema, 1991, R-rated *)
Laura Dern stars as Rose, a congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted young woman, who is taken in by the Hillyers, a progressive Georgia family, as a domestic servant during the Great Depression where she proceeds to shake up the household and the narrow-minded town. Martha Coolidge directed the film that was based on a novel by the screenwriter Calder Willingham. Laura Dern and Diane Ladd (who plays Mrs. Hillyer), daughter and mother in real life, were Oscar nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The film, which also features Robert Duvall and Lukas Haas in the cast, won three Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Diane Ladd. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

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The Hitch-Hiker (RKO, 1953)

Friday, March 10 (7:30 p.m.)
DOUBLE FEATURE
The Hitch-Hiker (RKO, 1953)
Among the original “tough dames” of ‘30s and ‘40s movies, actress Ida Lupino later moved behind the camera to become one of the industry’s few prominent female directors. After a series of films about social issues often categorized as “women’s pictures” (Never Fear, Outrage), Lupino took a hard turn with this gritty, hard-boiled tale based on real-life serial killer William Cook in which two men (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) make the mistake of picking up a tormented hitch-hiker (William Talman). Upon its release in 1953, the film earned Lupino strong reviews and prompted the occasional comparison to Hitchcock’s style. “The Hitch-Hiker” was added to the National Film Registry in 1998.

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The Actress (MGM, 1953)

The Actress (MGM, 1953)
Ruth Gordon (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner in 1969 for Rosemary’s Baby) wrote the screenplay for this autobiographical comedy/drama based on her stage play “Years Ago.” Directed by George Cukor, it stars Jean Simmons as the 17 year-old Ruth Gordon Jones who is determined to go to New York and become a famous actress. In a series of vignettes, we see Ruth interact with her obstinate father (Spencer Tracy), her soft-spoken mother (Teresa Wright), who tries to keep peace in the family, and her gawky college boyfriend (Anthony Perkins in his film debut.) Gordon was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for her script and Tracy won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Universal, 1982)

Saturday, March 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Universal, 1982, R-rated *)
Among the best teen comedies ever, this 1980s cultural icon combines a sympathetic treatment of adolescence with hilarious performances. Directed by Amy Heckerling, the film was based on a script by 22-year old Rolling Stone magazine writer (and later film director) Cameron Crowe, who spent nine months undercover as a high school student. The cast contains an appealing mix of soon-to-be-famous young talent (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold) confronting their raging hormones as they hang out at the mall and endure jobs in fast-food restaurants. Most memorable in the cast is Sean Penn as the spaced out surfer dude Jeff Spicoli. The film also stars Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates and Ray Walston. Fast Times at Ridgemont High was selected for preservation in The National Film Registry in 2005. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 26-29, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, January 26 (7:30 p.m.) Ball of Fire (RKO, 1941) When independent producer Samuel Goldwyn wanted to put together a top-notch film for his number one contract star Gary Cooper, he worked out a deal with Paramount to borrow their hottest screenwriting […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (June 24-25, 2016)

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 […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 10-11, 2016)

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 […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (December 10-12, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, December 10 (7:30 p.m.) The Lemon Drop Kid (Paramount, 1951) Bob Hope stars as The Lemon Drop Kid, a small-time New York City swindler who is illegally touting horses at a racetrack. When he accidentally cheats a notorious […]

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 (October 15-17, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, October 15 (7:30 p.m.) Back to the Future (Universal, 1985) Writer/director Robert Zemeckis explored the possibilities of special effects in the 1985 box-office smash Back to the Future. With his writing partner Bob Gale, Zemeckis tells the tale […]

Where the River Shannon Flows

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some sentimental Irish ballads to listen to with our green beer, and the name that is most synonymous with Irish ballads is John McCormack. John McCormack (1884-1945) was an Irish born American […]

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

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. More National Film Registry treats this week. Thursday, February 19 (7:30 p.m.) The Big Lebowski (Gramercy, 1998, R-rated *) From the unconventional visionaries Joel and Ethan Coen came this 1998 tale of kidnapping, mistaken identity and bowling. The Coens […]

You Won’t BELIEVE What They Said About Us!

The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center has garnered a fair amount of media attention over the years and 2014 was no exception. Here’s a selection of print and broadcast stories from last year that, taken together, provide a good overview of who we are and what we do. The announcement of new additions to the National […]