The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
The Blackboard Jungle (MGM, 1955)
Friday, January 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Blackboard Jungle (MGM, 1955)
Equally renowned for its gritty depiction of rebellious teenagers in an inner-city school and its theme song by Bill Haley and the Comets’, “Rock Around the Clock,” The Blackboard Jungle is a landmark film that defined an era. In 1955, rock ‘n’ roll was considered by many parents to be immoral and a bad influence on their kids. That concern, along with the violent images and coarse language in the film, appeared to be the threat people suspected when fights often broke out where the movie was being shown. In spite of this, the film was a box office success and earned four Academy Award nominations, including best adapted screenplay for Richard Brooks who also directed. Glenn Ford stars as a teacher assigned to the school who tries to make a difference, and the cast features a group of young, relatively unknown actors who went on to major careers – including Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow and Jamie Farr. The Blackboard Jungle was added to the National Film Registry on December 14, 2016.
NOTE: The Packard Campus Theater will be closed Saturday, January 21, 2017.
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It’s #14 of our unknown photos series! This time, we return to some photos that are of a musical nature–or so they seem. We welcome your suggestions regarding the names of the people in any of the shots below. As always, as they are identified, we will update this blog accordingly. As always as well, ”clicking” on any of the […]
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The following is a guest post by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board. Achieving excellent recorded sound quality is not only a matter of personnel and equipment but also the environment. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation there are eight rooms specifically designed for optimal sound recording. […]
Here is another set of unknowns. These gentlemen may be actors, or they may be directors, writers, producers. And some might not be affiliated with film/TV at all–perhaps they are captains of industry, or TV hosts, or local anchormen. Regardless, we welcome your thoughts as to who they might be. Please place your educated guesses in the […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, December 7 (7:30 p.m.) Tora! Tora! Tora! (20th Century-Fox, 1970) As a follow-up to the highly-regarded war film The Longest Day (1962), depicting the invasion of Normandy, Fox Studios set out to make a dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Seeking […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, December 2 (7:30 p.m.) Air Force (Warner Bros., 1943) Made at the height of World War II, this epic account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor focuses on the personal dramas of the crew of an Air Force B-17 bomber […]