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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 16-18, 2018)

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

Christopher Strong (RKO, 1933)

Thursday, August 16 (7:30)
Christopher Strong (RKO, 1933)
After making a striking film debut in Bill of Divorcement (1932), RKO signed Katharine Hepburn to a long term contract and selected a story about a headstrong, individualistic woman for their new star’s follow-up feature. Playwright Zoe Akins adapted Gilbert Frankau’s novel about a prize-winning aviatrix who drifts into a potentially disastrous affair with the happily married British politician Christopher Strong (Colin Clive). To direct, producer David O. Selznick chose one of Hollywood’s few women directors, Dorothy Arzner. Actual newsreel footage of parades and famous flights added authenticity to the film which also features Billie Burke, Helen Chandler and Jack LaRue in the cast. 35mm archival print, 78 min.

Friday, August 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Flight (Paramount, 2012)
Denzel Washington stars as commercial airline pilot “Whip” Whitaker who astonishingly crash-lands his plane after it suffers an in-flight mechanical failure, saving nearly everyone on board. Hailed as a hero immediately following the incident, an investigation soon turns up evidence that sheds a negative light on the captain. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the action drama film received wide critical acclaim and earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination for John Gatins. Washington was nominated in the Best Actor category for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award. MPAA Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 35mm archival print, 138 min.

Now, Voyager (WB, 1942)

Saturday, August 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Now, Voyager (Warner Bros., 1942)
A resonant woman’s picture, Now, Voyager features Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale, a dowdy spinster terrorized by her possessive mother (Gladys Cooper) and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. While undergoing treatment at a sanatorium, a caring psychiatrist (played by Clause Rains) suggests that Charlotte go on a cruise, where she finds love with Jerry Durrance (Paul Henreid). The compassionate therapy and later improbable romance transforms her into a confident, independent woman. Davis and Cooper were both Oscar nominated and Max Steiner won for Best Music. Now, Voyager was Bette Davis’ biggest box office hit of the ’40s. It was added to the National Film Registry in 2007. 35mm archival print, 117 min.

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Voices of the Great Migration

This is a guest post by Tenesha Hare and Jasmyne Post, 2018 summer interns with the Junior Fellows Program in the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Tenesha is a senior at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, studying Political Science with a concentration in Government and Public Relations. Jasmyne is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring […]

At the Packard Campus — September 2018

  The Library of Congress Packard Campus celebrates 10 years of free film screenings with eleven Hollywood classics from the National Film Registry that were shown in the theater’s inaugural month of September, 2008. Since that time, more than 1400 events have been presented at the theater, ranging from feature films spanning two centuries with […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Aug. 9 – 11, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 9 (7:30 p.m.) La Strada (Dino de Laurentis Distribuzione, 1954) The legendary Federico Fellini directs his wife, Giulietta Masina, as Gelsomina in the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (August 2 – August 4, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 2 (7:30 p.m.) Mildred Pierce (Warner Bros., 1945) This quintessential Joan Crawford film features Crawford as a housewife turned successful restauranteur who sacrifices all for her ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth). Ranald McDougall wrote the screenplay for this melodrama, tinged with […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 26-28, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 26 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-Code Double Feature Downstairs (MGM, 1932) John Gilbert stars as an unscrupulous chauffer who, soon after getting hired by a Baron and his wife (Reginald Owen and Olga Baclanova), proceeds to exploit both the mistresses of the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (July 19-21, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 19 (7:30 p.m.) Destry Rides Again (Universal, 1939) Directed by George Marshall and starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, Destry Rides Again is set in Bottleneck, a lawless town run by corrupt saloon owner, Kent (Brian Donlevy), who finds himself […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (July 13-14, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, July 13 (7:30 p.m.) A Florida Enchantment (Vitagraph, 1914) At a Florida seaside resort Miss Lillian Travers, a young bride-to-be (Edith Storey) swallows a magic African seed which allows her to change gender in every way except outward appearance, much to […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — August 2018

Spanning ninety years, the August schedule for The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper features star-studded dramatic classics on the National Film Registry (Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce, Lana Turner in Imitation of Life and Bette Davis in Now, Voyager); a recent restoration of the 1922 Marion Davies historical romance When Knighthood was […]

Bob Hope Collection Update

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. I’m entering the home stretch of my project to process the manuscript materials in the Bob Hope Collection and wanted to present a brief look at what’s now available for researchers. Processed material has been entered […]