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Natalie Portman in "Swan" make-up and in profile alongside profile of real swan
"Black Swan" (2010)

This coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Packard Campus Theater (Oct. 5, 6 and 7, 2023)

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It’s such a good time, it’s SCARY at the Packard Campus this coming weekend.  We look at various beauties…and beasts…and we let you decide which is which!


“Vertigo” (1958)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

Vertigo (Paramount, 1958) 

James Stewart (along with Kim Novak) stars in this Alfred Hitchcock suspenser about a retired detective who suffers from acrophobia. Shot primarily in San Francisco, the film opened to mixed reviews but has since gained “classic” status; it was added to the National Film Registry in 1989. Color, 128 minutes.

To learn more about the film “Vertigo,” see this essay.

Natalie Portman in "Swan" make-up and in profile alongside profile of real swan
“Black Swan” (2010)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Black Swan (20th Century-Fox, 2010)

For some having to watch ballet is enough horror in and of itself.  But this film is less about ballet than Natalie Portman, in an Academy Award winning performance, as a ballerina losing touch with reality. Rated R. Color, 108 minutes.

Colorful "painting" of titilar ape in chains but busting free
“King Kong” (1933)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

King Kong (RKO, 1933)

The greatest tale of Beauty & The Beast ever told.  Fay Wray (no, not Robert Armstrong) stars as the beauty, and ground-breaking special effects make up King Kong, the greatest of beasts. Ah, but was the big ape really the beast in this film?  This film was added to the Library’s National Film Registry in 1991. Black & white, 100 minutes.

To learn more about “King Kong,” see this essay.

NOTE:  This screening following the NAVCC’s OPEN HOUSE.  For more details on that event go to:


For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

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