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"Fantasia" (1940)

This Month at the Packard Campus Theater — June 2024

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“But not all men seek rest and peace; some are born with the spirit of the storm in their blood”—Robert E. Howard

After the oceans drank Atlantis and before the rise of written history, there was an Age when unimaginable kingdoms lay spread across the world . . . Camelot, Cimmeria, Mordor, Neverwinter, and the Cliffs of Insanity. It was a time of kings and queens, of dungeons and dragons, of Orcs and Hobbits, of barbarians and Rodents of Unusual Size . . . of Sword and Sorcery.

 

Animation cel of boy attempting to pull sword from anvil.
“Sword and the Stone” (1963)

Saturday, June 1 @ 2:00 PM

The Sword in the Stone (Walt Disney Pictures, 1963)

It is the final animated Disney film to be released in Walt’s lifetime. Madcap wizard Merlin takes a young, orphaned Arthur under his wing and teaches him the ways of the world. The unlikely team encounters a highly educated owl, a lovesick squirrel, and Merlin’s wily arch-nemesis, Madame Mim. With these adventures, the once and future King of England prepares to live out his destiny. Color, 75 min. (35mm)

Frodo is front and center in this composite photo of "Lord" cast
“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” (2001)

Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30 PM

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring—Extended Edition (New Line Cinema, 2001)

Hidden for millennia, the powerful One Ring resurfaces in possession of the Hobbit Frodo Baggins. Should it fall back into the hands of the Dark Lord Sauron, all is lost. Follow Frodo and the Fellowship as they set off to destroy the Ring. Winner of four Academy Awards and added to the National Film Registry in 2021. Color, 218 min. Rare 35mm presentation!

 

Chris Pine at center of composite photo with co-stars in costume and in action
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (2023)

Friday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount Pictures, 2023)

A charming thief (Chris Pine) and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein combine action, fantasy, and humor to craft this homage to the immersive world-building game. Color, 134 min. (Digital)

 

Errol Flynn at his swashbuckling best
“Captain Blood” (1935)

Saturday, June 8 @ 2:00 PM

Captain Blood (Vitagraph, 1924)

The first film adaptation of Rafael Sabatini’s classic novel was also the swansong of Vitagraph, the last of the pioneer studios. Early silent film hero J. Warren Kerrigan stars along with resident Vitagraph leading actress Jean Paige in this 2018 reconstruction, which features the original color tinting and shots missing since the 1930s. Silent, with musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson. Black & white, 110 min. (Digital)

Composite/array of characters from "Lord" series
“Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2001)

Saturday, June 8 @ 7:30 PM

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—Extended Edition (New Line Cinema, 2002)

With the Fellowship broken, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli lead the forces of Middle-earth against the evil wizard Saruman, culminating in one of the most jaw-dropping battle sequences ever filmed. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam continue their trek into Mordor with their guide Gollum, the deceitful but pitiable creature brought to life by Oscar-winning motion capture technology and CGI. Color, 223 min. Rare 35mm presentation!

 

Geisha figure, against snowy backdrop, with parasol and dagger
“Lady Snowblood” (1973)

Friday, June 14 @ 7:30 PM

Lady Snowblood (Toho Films, 1973)

A major inspiration for Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late 19th-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman whose parents were the unfortunate victims of a gang of brutal criminals. Director Toshiya Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action thriller of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence. Color, 97 min. Rated R. (Digital)

Boy rides a magical being through the nigth sky
“The Neverending Story” (1984)

Saturday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM

The Neverending Story (Warner Bros., 1984)

A magical book transports ten-year-old Bastian, a shy outcast who finds his escape in reading, to a fantastical land replete with a friendly dragon, a heroic warrior, a dying empress, and a threatening force called The Nothing. Filmed primarily in Munich by German director Wolfgang Petersen. Featuring the popular theme song composed by electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Color, 94 min. (35mm)

Fodo and friends
“Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

Saturday, June 15 @ 7:30 PM

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King—Extended Edition (New Line Cinema, 2003)

The epic final battle for the fate of the world begins as the dark forces of Sauron prepare to march out of Mordor and end the reign of men. Aragorn and what remains of the Fellowship lead the combined armies of Middle Earth in a final desperate attempt to allow Frodo and Sam to destroy the One Ring. Color, 263 min. (Digital)

 

Cary Ewles protects Robin Wright with a sword
“The Princess Bride” (1987)

Friday, June 21 @ 7:30 PM

The Princess Bride (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987)

Buttercup and Westley share the most perfect love the world has ever known. After Buttercup is forcefully betrothed to the rotten Prince Humperdink, Westley (disguised as the Dread Pirate Roberts) must battle wits with a cunning outlaw, best a giant in hand-to-hand combat, match steel with the world’s greatest swordsman, and even overcome death itself to save his true love. Color, 98 min. (35mm)

Errol Flynn at his swashbuckling best
“Captain Blood” (1935)

Saturday, June 22 @ 2:00 PM

Captain Blood (Warner Bros., 1935)

The more famous Warner Bros. version of Sabatini’s swashbuckler made stars of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Irish physician Peter Blood (Flynn) is wrongly convicted of treason and sold into slavery in Jamaica. When a Spanish ship takes over the town, Blood leads the slaves and captures the vessel, eventually becoming the most feared pirate in the Caribbean. Black & white, 99 min. (35mm)

Arnold flexes in characater
“Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

Saturday, June 22 @ 7:30 PM

Conan the Barbarian (Universal Pictures, 1981)

Young Conan witnesses the brutal slaying of his parents by Thulsa Doom, chief of the evil Snake Cult. He is then pressed into slavery and subsequently trained as a gladiator and master swordsman. After escaping, Conan embarks on a journey of bloody vengeance, encountering a magical world of witches, wizards, giant serpents, savage warriors and wondrous treasures. Color, 130 min. Extended cut. Rated R. (Digital)

 

Devl Patel as titilar knight against green tapestry background
“The Green Knight” (2021)

Friday, June 28 @ 7:30 PM

The Green Knight (A24, 2021)

In a fantasy retelling of the Arthurian legend, a young, stubborn Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) struggles to find his place in the court of his uncle, King Arthur. He then ventures deep into the wild to hunt down the mysterious Green Knight, an unusual and sinister giant haunting the kingdom. Written and directed by David Lowery. Color, 125 min. Rated R. (Digital)

 

Mickey Mouse in wizard hat and red robe
“Fantasia” (1940)

Saturday, June 29 @ 2:00 PM

Fantasia (Walt Disney Pictures, 1941)

Music takes center stage in this timeless Disney animated feature, which combines a brilliant classical score with some of the studio’s most memorable imagery—from delicate fairies and dancing ostriches to fearsome dinosaurs and monstrous nightmares. Featuring one of Mickey’s most beloved performances. Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra perform music by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinski, and Tchaikovsky. Color, 120 min. (35mm)

The nose of a great white zeroes in on its prey
“Jaws” (1975)

Saturday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM

Jaws (Universal Pictures, 1975)

This June, brave the theater for our annual summer screening of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster! A killer great white shark prowls the waters of a New England town, and swimmers are disappearing. The local sheriff, an oceanographer, and a wayward sea captain set out on a thrilling adventure to stop it. Hold onto your seats, you’re gonna need a bigger boat! Color, 124 min. (35mm)

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

Programs are free and the matinee show will be family friendly. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted.

Patrons must go through an “airport style” security check upon entering and no large parcels, purses or backpacks are permitted.

Federal law (18 U.S.C. 930) prohibits the possession of any firearm or other dangerous weapons on this Federal facility. This includes in the parking lot, on all roads, trails, and grounds as well as inside the building. This also applies to off-duty law enforcement officers (LEO) and concealed-carry permit holders.

The Packard Campus is located at 19053 Mount Pony Road in Culpeper, Virginia. Access to the campus parking lot begins one hour before show time, entrance into the building begins 45 minutes before the show, and the theater opens for seating 30 minutes before the curtain. Please do not arrive early and queue at the Packard Campus gate.

The Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center oversees one of the largest collections of motion pictures in the world. Acquired primarily through copyright deposit, exchange, gift and purchase, the collection spans the entire history of the cinema. Since 2008, the art deco theater located at the Packard Campus has shown films each week and screened more than 2,500 titles. The programs highlight the best in cinema, including silent films, Hollywood classics, kids’ cartoons and foreign films.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

 

 

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