The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson and John Snelson, both of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, July 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Santa Fe Trail (Warner Bros., 1940)
After graduating from West Point, Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan) are both stationed at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Once there, they find that the abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) is killing those who get in the way of his anti-slavery crusade. While the duo must work together to defeat Brown, they also come to blows over their competing love for ‘Kit Carson’ Holliday (Olivia de Havilland). Michael Curtiz directed this entertaining action drama which is based on historical events that climaxes with the attack at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. A new 35mm print of the film, recently produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab, will be screened. 110 minutes.
Friday, July 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Talk to Her (Sony Pictures Classics, 2002 – R-rated*)
Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-winning film (for Best Writing, original screenplay) redefines love in all its weird and surprising permutations with this characteristically eccentric tale involving a lady bullfighter, a male nurse, a ballet dancer and a journalist with hyperactive tear ducts. A precarious balance between comedy and drama, Talk to Her is ultimately a tribute to the hypnotic quality of its storytelling—the balm that words provide, the infinite variations of rending compassion and artistry, and the ease with which it invites tears or laughter. Almodovar also received an Oscar nomination for best director. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 112 minutes. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Saturday, July 23 (2 p.m.)
The Secret Garden (Warner Bros., 1993)
In this story, based on the classic family novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a young girl sent to live in her uncle’s forbidding Victorian manor discovers an invalid cousin and a garden that has fallen into disrepair. As the two children nurture their secret place, they discover wonder, power and magic within the garden. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by multiple award-winning Polish director Agnieszka Holland, the film stars Kate Maberly as Mary Lennox, Heydon Prowse, John Lynch and Maggie Smith, who received a BAFTA Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role as Mrs. Medlock. 101 min
Saturday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Underground (New Yorker Films, 1995)
Director Emir Kusturica’s epic black comedy about Yugoslavian gun-runners and racketeers won the Palme d’Or, the highest honor at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. In his New York Daily News review, Dave Kerr said, “Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed!” Featuring multiple languages with English subtitles, the film is not rated, but contains adult subject matter. 167 minutes.
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