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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater — December 13 – 15, 2018

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, December 13 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-Code Double Feature The Star Witness (Warner Bros.,1931) William A. Wellman directed this gritty tale of a family who witnesses a gangland battle and is terrorized to prevent them from testifying in court. Walter Huston has star […]

“Being There”: National Film Registry #27

The countdown to the newest titles to be added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry continues.  Those films will be disclosed on December 12th. Back in 2015, the Library named the film “Being There,” starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine to its Registry.  “Being There” is beloved for many things, including Sellers’s quiet […]

“Felicia”: National Film Registry #26

Next Wednesday, the Library announces its newest titles to the Registry.  But, first, we look back at 2014…. In 2014, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress added to its esteemed list the short documentary film, “Felicia,” about the life of a teenage girl, named Felicia Bragg, growing up in the Watts section of Los Angeles. […]

“The Spook Who Sat By the Door”: National Film Registry #24

In the about-to-be 30 years that the National Film Registry has existed, many very well-known films have been added to its list.  Along the way, many films that are far less well known–but deserve far greater attention–have also been added.  A case in point is 1973’s “The Spook Who Sat By the Door” which was added […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — December 2018

Here are some of the titles preserved by our 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. December 1, 2018 “The Finishing Touch” (1928) San Francisco Silent Film Festival San […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (Dec. 6-8, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, December 6 (7:30 p.m.) Mr. Sardonicus (Columbia, 1961) Prolific and innovative filmmaker William Castle, best known for his promotional gimmicks in a string of popular low-budget thrillers such as House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler (both 1959) and Homicidal (1961), […]

“Little Nemo”: National Film Registry #21

In 2009, the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry added the charming and innovative animated work “Little Nemo” to its list. Animated works–both long-form and short-form-are often added to the Registry.  And no list that attempts to convey the depth and richness of animation can ignore the work of the great Winsor McCay. As Daniel Eagan wrote […]