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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 22 – 24, 2019)

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

Thursday, August 22 (7:30 p.m.)
High School (Zipporah Films, 1968)
Filmmaker Fred Wiseman employed the techniques of a burgeoning documentary style known as “direct cinema” to capture reality truthfully and without narration. Wiseman roamed freely through Philadelphia’s Northeast High School to document students continually clashing with administrators who confuse learning with discipline. Richard Schickel, writing in Life magazine, called this film a “wicked, brilliant documentary about life in a lower-middle-class secondary school.” This is one of Wiseman’s shortest documentaries, yet the impact is as memorable as his longer works. The film was added to The National Film Registry in 1991. Wiseman’s film Hospital, made two years later, is also on the Registry. 35mm film print produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab in 2015, 75 min.

L’Avventura (Janus, 1960)

Friday, August 23 (7:30 p.m.)
(Janus Films, 1960)
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation. The film won the 1960 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and went on to international box office success. 35mm film print courtesy of Janus films, 144 min.

Jumanji (Tristar, 1995)

Saturday, August 24 (2 p.m.)
Jumanji (TriStar, 1995)
When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite into their living room a man who’s been trapped inside the game for 26 years–and whose only hope for freedom is to finish the game. Robin Williams stars in this family adventure comedy that was adapted from the 1981 children’s book. The cast also features Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth and David Alan Grier. Jumanji was a box office hit and was followed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), with an upcoming film, Jumanji: The Next Level set to be released in December 2019. 35mm archival film print, 104 min.

Saturday, August 24 (7:30 p.m.)
The Dark Crystal (Universal, 1982)
Master Muppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz co-direct this puppet-animated, dark fantasy adventure film that tells the mythical tale of Jen, the last of the Gelfling race, who is charged with healing the Crystal of Truth after its mutilation ushered in an era of terror at the hands of the wicked Skeksis. Jen must find a missing shard in the observatory of an ancient astronomer before the Skesis are given the power to rule for all eternity. The screenplay was written by The Muppet Show veteran David Odell, based on a story concept by Henson. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking and the primary concept artist was fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive fairy and dwarf designs. A prequel television series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, will premiere on Netflix on August 30, 2019. 35mm archival film print, rated PG. 93 min.

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At the Packard Campus — September 2019

In September, the Packard Campus Theater celebrates the 80th anniversary of what film historians often rate as “the greatest year in the history of Hollywood” with eight films released in 1939, including two from the National Film Registry: Only Angels Have Wings and The Women. Two foreign films will be screened, The Marriage of Maria […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Aug. 16 – 17, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.  Friday, August 16 (7:30 p.m.) Beverly of Graustark (MGM, 1926) Marion Davies stars in this romantic comedy as Beverly, an American college girl, who gets talked into masquerading as her cousin, Oscar (Creighton Hale), who happens to be the Prince of Graustark, […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — August 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. Cleveland Cinematheque: Cleveland, Ohio https://www.cia.edu/cinematheque THE CROWD (1928) August […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, August 15th

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 9 -10, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, August 9 (7:30 p.m.) Dazed and Confused (Gramercy Pictures, 1993 – rated R*) Director Richard Linklater’s affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era is set during the bicentennial year of 1976, celebrating the joys of beer blasts, pot […]

Investigating Home Movies from the Prelinger Collection

This guest post was written by Madeline Mitchell, a 2019 Jr. Fellow in the Moving Image Section. When you say “home movies,” a specific image pops into my head. I see my brother at 3 years old playing with a kid’s golf set. He is the perfect combination of toddler cuteness and clumsiness and he […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 1 -2, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 1 (7:30 p.m.) King Kong (RKO, 1933) In this classic, filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), recent discovery Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and his team discover a giant prehistoric ape, dubbed Kong, while searching for locations on an uncharted jungle island. […]