The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.
Thursday, March 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Public Broadcast Laboratory (1967-1968)
Public Broadcast Laboratory (PBL) was the first regularly scheduled educational television program aired nationwide, shown on National Educational Television (NET) stations. It premiered in 1967, offering incisive reporting, examinations of the arts and sciences, live dramas, strong opinion and probing commentary. In 1994, PBS donated its archives to the Library of Congress, which included 53 episodes of PBL, most of which are on two-inch videotape. This program, curated by the Library of Congress’ Video Preservation Lab, will feature rare clips from PBL, most of which have not been seen since their original broadcast. Included is a report on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., coverage of the Brigade Women’s March on Washington protesting the war in Vietnam, California Gov. Ronald Reagan visiting a fraternity house at Yale University, an interview with George Harrison about his interest in Indian music, and Johnny Cash singing a duet with Bob Dylan.
Friday, March 20 (7:30 p.m.)
All Fall Down (MGM, 1962)
John Frankenheimer directed this adaptation of James Leo Herlihy’s novel about Berry-Berry Willart (Warren Beatty), a handsome, hedonistic young drifter who lives off the women he seduces and frequently ends up in jail. Clinton (Brandon deWilde) idolizes his older brother until he witnesses Berry-Berry’s cruel treatment of Echo (Eva Marie Saint), a family friend and spinster who falls in love with the scoundrel. For her performances in All Fall Down and Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate, which was released the same year, Angela Lansbury (who played a destructively manipulative mother in both films) won the year’s National Board of Review Award for best supporting actress. Karl Malden plays her husband and Beatty’s father.
Saturday, March 21 (1:00 p.m.)
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (20th Century Fox, 2009)
Shawn Levy returned as director for this sequel to his 2006 hit comedy Night at the Museum. Ben Stiller repeats his role as Larry Daley, a former night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History. Now a wealthy and successful CEO of Daley Enterprises, Larry is called upon to rescue his living, breathing exhibit friends Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan), who have been shipped to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution for storage. Headlining the all-star cast as other museum exhibits are Robin Williams (Teddy Roosevelt), Amy Adams (Amelia Earhart), Hank Azaria (Pharaoh Kahmunrah) and Christopher Guest (Ivan the Terrible).
For more information on our programs, please visit the web site at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.