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Color portraits of all film stars on 1945 film poster
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945)

This Coming Thursday and Friday at the Packard Campus Theater (August 3 and 4, 2023)

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The Packard Campus Theater begins is month-long look at the first features of various now legendary directors with two 1940’s classics!

Color portraits of all film stars on 1945 film poster
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn(20th Century-Fox, 1945) – Directed by Elia Kazan

The tale of an Irish-American family living in 1912 New York City. Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell head the cast, and James Dunn won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor.  Kazan went on to direct A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and Splendor in the Grass. Black & White, 129 minutes. Added to the National Film Registry in 2010.

Three leading couples of the film depicted
“On the Town” (1949)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

“On The Town” (M-G-M, 1949) – Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

“The Bronx is up but The Battery’s down.” Geography lesson aside, this is the MGM musical at its best. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, with Jules Munshin, are three sailors on leave and “on the town.” The town? New York, New York… a helluva town. Kelly and Donen would next direct the classic: Singin’ in the Rain.  Individually, Kelly later directed Hello Dolly and Donen directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Two for the Road and Charade. Added to the National Film Registry in 2018. Color, 98 minutes.


For more about the National Film Registry, see this link.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.


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