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Diana Ross in profile against deep purple background
"Lady Sings the Blues" (1972)

This Coming Thursday and Friday at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 7 and 8, 2023)

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The month of amazing biopics kicks off with two films filled with music and history.

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips in front of microphone as Ritchie Valens
“La Bamba” (1987)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7  @ 7:30 p.m.

La Bamba  (Columbia. 1987)  – Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens passed away in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.  He was only 17 years old and, like Holly, was on his way to becoming a major rock and roll star.  Lou Diamond Phillips admirably portrays Valens in the film.   The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2017; Ritchie Valens’ recording of “La Bamba” was added to the National Recording Registry in 2019. Color, 108 minutes.

Diana Ross in profile against deep purple background
“Lady Sings the Blues” (1972)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8  @ 7:30 p.m.

Lady Sings The Blues (Paramount, 1972) – Billie Holiday

Diana Ross was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of singer Billie Holiday. A competitor and friend of Ella Fitzgerald, Holiday was a major influence for a generation of singers, including the likes of Frank Sinatra. Her skill in singing was never quite matched with an ability to live life. Her recording of “Strange Fruit” was added to the National Recording Registry in 2002. Color, 144 minutes.



For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

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