This month, at the Packard Campus Theater, we honor and celebrate all things National Film Registry. Since 1988, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry has been an annual list of films deemed by the Librarian of Congress to be of historical, aesthetic or cultural importance to the United States of America. To learn more about the Film Registry, see this link.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Now, Voyager (Warner Bros., 1942)
A classic Bette Davis film that also features Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Davis, through the help of therapy, grows from a spinster to a strong independent woman. B&W, 117 minutes.
“Now, Voyager” was added to the NFR in 2007. To learn more about the film, please see this essay.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023 @ 2pm
All Things Being Equal 3: An Afternoon of Short Films from the National Film Registry
The National Film Registry does not “grade on a curve.” Hence, no film is any more on the NFR than any other film. Since its founding over 30 years ago, the NFR has welcomed to its ranks a wide variety of films that though far less known–and much shorter–than some of the other films being shown this month, nevertheless are vitally important to the history of motion pictures and to the history of the United States. At this curated program, 15 or so films, none longer than 10 minutes and ranging from 1898 to 1984 and covering a wide spectrum of genres, will be screened. The silent “Something Good” (left), the Burns and Allen short “Lambchops” and the avant garde “Meshes of the Afternoon” will be among those shown.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Saturday Night Fever (Paramount, 1977)
John Travolta’s breakout film that also helped create the Disco Era. The Bee Gees provided most of the music for the film and the success of the movie’s soundtrack reinvigorated their career. Travolta’s famous white suit has often been parodied. Color, 119 minutes. Added to the NFR in 2010.