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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Jan. 3 – 5, 2019)

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

The Thing from Another World (RKO, 1951)

Thursday, January 3 (7:30 p.m.)
The Thing from Another World (RKO, 1951)
Scientists and American Air Force officials at a lonely Arctic outpost uncover an alien aircraft buried in the ice. Once they melt through to the wreckage, the situation quickly escalates from unpredictable to terrifying. This classic blend of science-fiction and horror is noted for excellent performances (led by Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite and Margaret Sheridan), tense direction (often credited to producer Howard Hawks), and the eerie score by Dimitri Tiomkin, which was one of the earliest science fiction films to use a theremin. James Arness, later of Gunsmoke fame, who was cast as The Thing, was a struggling movie actor at the time of the film’s making. The Thing from Another World was added to the National Film Registry in 2001. Digital presentation, 87 min.

Friday, January 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Journey into Fear (RKO, 1943)
Joseph Cotten scripted and stars in this adaptation of the Eric Ambler novel – a WWII spy drama about an American ballistics expert in Turkey who finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him but he soon discovers that his pursuers are on board. The film also stars Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Durant, Everett Sloane and Orson Welles. Although various sources conflict, Welles also co-directed (with Norman Foster), co-wrote and co-produced the film, though he is credited with none of these roles. We are showing a new 35mm print produced by the Library of Congress film preservation lab in May, 2018. 68 min.

The Shining (Warner Bros., 1980)

Saturday, January 5 (7:30 p.m.)
The Shining (Warner Bros., 1980 – rated R*)
Director Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s terrifying novel has only grown in esteem through the years. The film is inventive in visual style, symbolism, and narrative as only a Kubrick film can be. Long and multi-layered, The Shining contains stunning visuals–rivers of blood cascading down deserted hotel hallways, disturbing snowy mazes, and a mysterious set of appearing and disappearing twins. Adding to the film’s esteem are iconic performances by Jack Nicholson as an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic and Shelley Duvall as his wife who move to an isolated and ominous hotel in the Colorado Rockies to work as the off-season caretakers. “The Shining” was added to the National Film Registry on December 12, 2018. 35mm archival film print. 145 min. *Rated R, no one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Now Playing at the Packard Campus: Dec. 20 – 22, 2018

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, December 20 (7:30 p.m.) Saturday Night Live Celebrates the Holidays (NBC) Featuring comedy sketches and musical performances that both spoof and celebrate the holidays, this unique program of clips from NBC’s long-running late-night live variety show was specially curated for this […]

Your Holiday Soundtrack from the National Jukebox

Let the National Jukebox provide your soundtrack to the holiday season this year! The National Jukebox makes historical sound recordings available for streaming online, and contains classical, popular, ethnic, and spoken word recordings. This playlist features popular and classical holiday music from the likes of vaudeville singer and actress Elsie Baker, soprano Olive Kline, opera […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — January 2019

Programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. Short films may be shown before some features. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994. For […]

Rarities! Mystery! The Marty Alexander Collection

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center. Marty Alexander, a chemist, collected rare 17th Century French furniture and art and also amassed one of the world’s most comprehensive and exotic collections of pre-WWII 78 rpm jazz recordings. After his death in 2009, the Library of Congress acquired the […]


This morning, the Library of Congress announced its latest additions to the National Film Registry.  Marking its 30th anniversary this year, the National Film Registry, which honors films that are historically, culturally or aesthetically significant, now totals 750 American-made films.  Selections are made by the Librarian of Congress with input from the Library’s National Film Preservation Board […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, December 20

Thursday, December 20th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. 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. This month […]

“Die Hard”: National Film Registry #29

Only two days until the unveiling of the newest titles to the National Film Registry!  In the meantime…. To some it’s a different type of Christmas movie.  To others, it is the ultimate in 1980s action.  It certainly inspired a host of big screen imitators, variations on a theme–“‘Die Hard’ on a plane!,” “‘Die Hard’ […]

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”: National Film Registry #28

Innovative in terms of animation and historic in its gathering of cartoon icons, old and new, “Who Frame Roger Rabbit” was a new classic when it debuted in theaters in 1988.  The LC’s own Alexis Ainsworth said of the film: “Roger Ebert described ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ as a film in the same cinematic league as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Close […]