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Now Playing at the Packard Campus (October 17 – 19, 2019)

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

Thursday, October 17 (7:30 p.m.)
I Am Legend (Warner Bros., 2007)
This post-apocalyptic tale follows the seemingly last man on Earth as he struggles to survive while fending off the infected survivors of a devastating vampiric plague. A brilliant scientist, who raced to discover a cure for the man-made virus as humanity came crumbling down all around him, Robert Neville (Will Smith) was inexplicably immune to the highly contagious superbug. Now the entire population of New York City — and perhaps the world — has been transformed into carnivorous bloodsuckers that fear the light and live solely to spread their contagion to any remaining living creature that crosses their path. Based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, the book was previously adapted for the screen in 1964 The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price and the 1971 Charlton Heston action film The Omega Man. Rated PG-13. 35mm archival film print. 101 min.

Friday, October 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Onibaba (Toho/Criterion, 1964)
Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals the trio’s horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience. In Japanese with English subtitles. Unrated but contains material more suited for adults. 35mm film print courtesy of Janus Films. 103 min.

Poltergeist (MGM/UA, 1982)

Saturday, October 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Poltergeist (MGM/UA, 1982)
A close-knit family in a California suburb find their lives upended when their home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct their younger daughter. Steven Spielberg wrote and produced this classic horror film that was directed by Toby Hooper and stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins and Heather O’Rourke. The film was a critical and box office success with Vincent Canby of The New York Times calling it “a marvelously spooky ghost story with extraordinary technical effects that were often eerie and beautiful but also occasionally vividly gruesome.” Poltergeist was nominated for three Oscars and won the 1983 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film.  Rated PG. 35mm archival film print. 114 min.

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Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, October 17

Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery. Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. TEACHER’S PET After […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — November 2019

Packard Campus Theater Schedule for November, 2019 Four films that prominently feature the Berlin Wall, the guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, will be shown at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater in November to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. The titles […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 10, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, October 10 (7:30 p.m.) Kelly’s Heroes (MGM, 1970) Clint Eastwood stars as the title character in this anti-war comedy/bank-job caper directed by Brian G. Hutton. Kelly is the leader of a platoon of restless GIs in the chaos of post D-Day […]

James Farley and Early Radio Recordings

Today’s post is by Harrison Behl, Reference Librarian at the Recorded Sound Research Center. Shortly after the formation of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division in 1978, one of our first reference librarians, James Smart, compiled a listing of the radio broadcast recordings the Library had acquired to that point. Covering the years […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, October 10

In conjunction with the exhibit  Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote   Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.   SUFFRAGETTE A rare screen dramatization of the history of the women’s suffrage movement, an exceedingly underrepresented subject in cinema, this timely and stirring film portrays the personal and social awakening of a laundry worker […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — October 2019

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film  laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. The Paramount Theatre: Seattle, Washington SCAR OF SHAME (1927), […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (October 3 – 5, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, October 3 (7:30 p.m.) Vibrations, 1972 (WNET, 1972) Produced for PBS by WNET, Vibrations was a Music Magazine program that ran for only one season (1972-73) and covered a wide assortment of musical genres. The selected segments for this program include […]

Miss Peak Speaks

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center. The Library of Congress’s Recorded Sound Collection grows from many sources. Collection items include copyright deposits, purchases and donations. Donations are often the result of someone who thinks the Library would be a good place for their parent’s or grandparent’s record […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 26 – 28, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 26 (7:30 p.m.) They Made Me a Criminal (Warner Bros., 1939) John Garfield stars as Johnnie Bradfield, a world-champion boxer who goes on the lam after he is falsely accused of murder and ends up on an Arizona ranch run […]