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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 31 – August 2, 2014)

A program of animated shorts selected to demonstrate the concept and basic elements of sound design, as well as four acclaimed animated features, will be screened this week as part of the Film Foundation’s “Story of the Movies: The Animation Universe” development workshop for classroom teachers.  Held at the Packard Campus from July 31—Aug. 2, […]

Meet the Packard Campus Institute

The following is a guest post from Carla Arton, a Processing Technician in the Recorded Sound Section. Here at the Packard Campus of the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, we not only pride ourselves on providing excellent reference and preservation services for our collections, our staff also actively participates in ongoing professional development. In addition […]

Of Cantonese Opera and Guatemalan Marimba

This week we will explore the wealth of ethnic recordings that are available in the Library’s National Jukebox and other online collections.  The Jukebox includes some 10,000 recordings of 78-rpm discs made before 1926. To browse these recordings, visit the site’s browse all recordings page and click the headings “language” and “target audience.” Pictured at the right are Alfredo and Flora de Gobbi, a husband […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 24-26, 2014)

Thursday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.) Applause (Paramount, 1929) This early sound-era masterpiece was the first film for both stage director Rouben Mamoulian and cabaret star Helen Morgan. Many have compared Mamoulian’s debut to that of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane because of his flamboyant use of cinematic innovation to test technical boundaries. The tear-jerking plot boasts […]

Tales of the Unexpected

In a collection of 1.4 million film and video items, there are bound to be a more than a few oddities, those moments when your head tilts and eyebrows arch into that universal gesture of puzzlement and wonder. It happens a lot around here; rare is the week I don’t hear somebody talking about an […]

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 […]