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“King Kong”: National Film Registry #3

In 1991, the third year of the National Film Registry, the Registry welcomed that big ape known as “King Kong” to its list.  Though the film has since been remade–three times and counting–to many fans, nothing has surpassed the original in terms of thrills, heart and humanity. Film historian and “Kong” devotee Michael Price said of […]

Native American Heritage on Film

November marks Native American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate the rich cultures and traditions of indigenous American peoples as well as to raise awareness of the unique challenges Native Americans face and have faced for hundreds of years. The moving image materials preserved and housed in the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center of the […]

“Duck Soup”: National Film Registry #2

The Marx Brothers made their way onto the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 1990 with their hilarious 1933 film “Duck Soup,” a film many consider to be most emblematic of the famous comedy team. Film critic William Wolf once said of this particular mash-up of on-screen  mayhem: “When Paramount released ‘Duck Soup’ in […]

“Casablanca”: National Film Registry #1

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  Begun in 1989, the Registry annually recognizes American-made films, encompassing all genres, which are of such aesthetic, historic or cultural importance to the United States that they are worthy of preservation by copyright holders or archives such as the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (Nov. 15 -17, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 15 (7:30 p.m.) Dogfight (Warner Bros., 1991 – Rated R*) Set in San Francisco in 1963, this original and thought-provoking drama chronicles the brief relationship between a young Marine (River Phoenix) who is about to be shipped out to Vietnam […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — December 2018

On December 7, the Library of Congress will observe the 77th anniversary of the surprise military strike against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor that led to the United States’ entry into World War II with a screening of Pearl Harbor, the epic film from 2001. The on-going series of films directed by contemporary […]

Music Division Presents Howard (2018) at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, November 15

Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. The Music Division of the Library of Congress presents a screening of the biopic Howard (2018) in the Mary Pickford Theater. This presentation is part of the 2018-2019 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress. A representative from the film will introduce this special screening. HOWARD (Stone Circle Pictures, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater — Nov. 8, 2018

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 8 (7:30 p.m.) I Walked with a Zombie (RKO, 1943) Producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur created this atmospheric chiller on a low budget, utilizing limited sets and only a handful of extras. Frances Dee plays a nurse who […]

Veterans and The Road Back at the Mary Pickford Theater: Saturday, November 10

Screened in conjunction with The Road Back: Veterans and Literary Writing Symposium on veterans’ “road back,” focusing on the use of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as a means of healing from the trauma of war, and presented by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, Veterans History Project, and Exhibits Office, the Mary Pickford Theater […]