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Not Just Country Music

I recently returned from visiting Nashville, Tennessee, and while there visited the Ryman Auditorium. Being a fan of country music, I knew the Ryman was called “the Mother Church of Country Music,” and was the home for many years of the radio program The Grand Ole Opry, but I was very surprised to learn about  […]

When “Pre-” Met “Code” — Eighty Years Ago Today

Once upon a time, there was a period in American cinema—roughly 1930 to 1934—that with dewy-eyed nostalgia is celebrated as a last great flowering of bold, envelope-pushing, taboo-busting, sex-and-mayhem laden movies before the whip hand of censorship came down and put a stop to all the nonsense. These few years are shorthanded as the “pre-Code” […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 17-19, 2014)

Our focus this week is on the third edition of the film identification workshop Mostly Lost, including a special, additional Saturday program at the State Theatre. Thursday, July 17 (7:30 p.m.) Linda (First Division, 1929) Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport) directed this silent drama starring Helen Foster as Linda Stillwater, a bright young girl from […]

Confessions of a Seventh Grade Film Monitor

I know lots of people whose passion for collecting films—and by that I mean good old fashioned celluloid reels—was inextricably linked to their passion for sharing them with friends and family. We usually associate “living room cinema” with home movies, but back in the day there were also countless numbers of junior impresarios presenting programs […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 10-12, 2014)

This week the Packard Campus Theater presents a fond and howlingly funny triple tribute to actor/director/screenwriter Harold Ramis, who passed away last February. Thursday, July 10 (7:30 p.m.) Caddyshack (Orion, 1980, R-rated*) Harold Ramis made his directorial debut and co-wrote this comedy classic that follows the travails of a young caddy as he gets caught […]

Heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!

Last week my colleague Daniel Blazek told the interesting story of how the Library came to acquire audio transcription discs of 1960s-era Tonight Show broadcasts via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Of course, the very existence of these discs is, to say the least, unexpected—record discs of TV show audio?—and given the preservation […]

Where’s Johnny?

The following is a guest post by Daniel Blazek, Recorded Sound Technician, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center   The Tonight Show has become such a cultural institution in America that it is hard to imagine that early episodes were lost, as so many early television programs on tape were erased when subsequent broadcasts were taped over […]

“Mostly Lost” and the Art of Film Forensics

The following is a guest post from Rachel Parker, a Processing Technician in the Moving Image Section. “Welcome to the Packard Campus Theater. Please power up your laptops and portable devices and be sure to speak loudly enough during the film so that everyone can hear you.” Not a usual pre-movie show request, is it? […]