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Bergman holds up a mirror to his cast
"Wild Strawberries" (1957)

This Coming Thursday and Friday at the Packard Campus Theater (May 16 and 17, 2024)

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This month, the Packard Campus hits the road.  Just like a lot of Americans are gearing up to do right now.  Before you go, take time to come and see these films.  After all, getting there is half the fun.

McCrae and Lake in the roomy backseat
“Sullivan’s Travels” (1941)

Thursday, May 16, 2024 7:30pm

“Sullivan’s Travels” (WB, 1941)

Tired of making lightweight comedies, successful Hollywood director John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) yearns to create a serious film capturing the hardships of poverty. The problem?  His privileged background taught him nothing about the struggles of the common man. To gain some experience he takes to the road, only a dime in his pocket and dressed as a drifter.  Along the way, he takes up with a struggling actress (Veronica Lake), spends time in prison, and learns the true value of laughter in the lives of the downtrodden.  A perfect blend of satire, drama, and slapstick comedy, with a splash of romance. Black and White, 91 minutes, 35mm.  This film was added to the National Film Registry in 1990.  To learn more about the film, see this essay.

Bergman holds up a mirror to his cast
“Wild Strawberries” (1957)

Friday, May 17, 2024 7:30pm

“Wild Strawberries” (Svensk, 1957)

Released the same year as “The Seventh Seal,” this introspective masterpiece cemented Ingmar Bergman’s international reputation as a master of cinema. While traveling through the Swedish countryside to accept an honorary degree, aloof and lonely Professor Isak Borg reflects on his life. Through nightmares, memories, and a series of chance meetings, Borg is forced to confront his biggest regrets and deepest fears. The cast includes Bergman’s incredible stable of actors, including Max Von Sydow in a minor role. Black and white, 91 minutes 35mm Swedish language with English subtitles.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

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