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Now Playing at the Packard Campus (July 19-21, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

Destry Rides Again (Universal, 1939)

Thursday, July 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Destry Rides Again (Universal, 1939)
Directed by George Marshall and starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, Destry Rides Again is set in Bottleneck, a lawless town run by corrupt saloon owner, Kent (Brian Donlevy), who finds himself at odds with the new pacifist deputy sheriff, Tom Destry, Jr. (James Stewart). Inspired by Max Brand’s novel of the same name, Destry Rides Again was Stewart’s first Western. Laced with comedy and musical numbers, it helped revive the career of Marlene Dietrich who sings three Frank Loesser- Friedrich Hollaender numbers including the much-imitated “See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have.” First brought to the screen in 1932 with Tom Mix and ZaSu Pitts, George Marshall again remade the story in 1954 as Destry starring Audie Murphy and Mari Blanchard. Added to the National Film Registry in 1996. 95 min.  35mm archival print.

Friday, July 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Nicholas and Alexandra (Columbia, 1971)
Set against the backdrop of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this epic drama tells the story of the controversial monarch Nicholas Romanov (Michael Jayston). Insensitive to the needs of his people, he is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his wife, Alexandra (Janet Suzman) and family. The story examines the private lives of the imperial couple and their daughters (including the much-talked-about Anastasia), the painful secret that bound them all to the mystical monk Rasputin (Tom Baker) and their ill-fated end. Also appearing in the film are Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Michael Redgrave . the latter in his final screen performance. Produced by Sam Spiegel with directing credit going to Franklin J. Schaffner, Nicholas and Alexandra received mixed reviews from critics, but received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, winning for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Rated PG, 183 min. 35mm archival print.

Oliver & Company (Disney, 1988)

Saturday, July 21 (2 p.m.)
Oliver & Company (Disney, 1988)
In this Disney animated family feature inspired by the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver is a homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs to survive in the streets. Among other changes, the setting of the film was relocated from 19th century London to modern-day New York City, Fagin’s gang is made up of dogs (one of which is Dodger), and Sykes is a loan shark. The voice actors include Joey Lawrence as Oliver, Billy Joel as Dodger and Dom DeLuise as Fagin, plus Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, Robert Loggia and Richard Mulligan. The soundtrack album, featuring performances by Joel and Midler along with Huey Lewis and Ruth Pointer, was Grammy nominated for Best Recording for Children. Rated G. 74 min. 35mm archival print.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus (July 13-14, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, July 13 (7:30 p.m.) A Florida Enchantment (Vitagraph, 1914) At a Florida seaside resort Miss Lillian Travers, a young bride-to-be (Edith Storey) swallows a magic African seed which allows her to change gender in every way except outward appearance, much to […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — August 2018

Spanning ninety years, the August schedule for The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper features star-studded dramatic classics on the National Film Registry (Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce, Lana Turner in Imitation of Life and Bette Davis in Now, Voyager); a recent restoration of the 1922 Marion Davies historical romance When Knighthood was […]

Bob Hope Collection Update

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. I’m entering the home stretch of my project to process the manuscript materials in the Bob Hope Collection and wanted to present a brief look at what’s now available for researchers. Processed material has been entered […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 6-7, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, July 6 (7:30 p.m.) Fifty Years of Folk Music, 1965-2015 Utilizing the Library of Congress Video archives, this program features Folk musicians from the television programs Rainbow Quest (1965-1966), independently produced and hosted by Pete Seeger; The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (June 21-24, 2018)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 21 (7:30 p.m.) Fear Strikes Out (Paramount, 1957) Anthony Perkins stars in this biographical drama based on the autobiography by James A. Piersall, the former outfielder and shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, and his co-author Albert S. Hirshberg. The […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (June 14-16, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 14 (7:30 p.m.) Silent Rarities Double Feature Cunègonde, the Comedienne With Two Faces But No Name                                       Around 1912-1913, the French company Société Lux produced comedies featuring Cunégonde as the main character. The surviving films feature the same actress playing either […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (June 7 – 9, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, June 7 (7:30 p.m.) The Winning Team (Warner Bros., 1952) Ronald Reagan stars as major league pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887–1950) in this fictionalized biographical film directed by Lewis Seiler. Alexander struggled with illness and alcoholism, and was best known for […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 24, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 24 (7:30 p.m.) The Prince and the Pauper (Warner Bros., 1937) In this rousing adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel set in Tudor England, the discontented Prince Edward (Bobby Mauch) trades places with penniless Tom Canty (Billy Mauch)–a dead ringer for […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 17; 19-20, 2018)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 17 (7:30 p.m.) The Dam Busters (Warner Bros., 1955) This British epic war film depicts the true story of the May 16, 1943 “Operation Chastise,” when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked the Ruhr dams in Nazi Germany with British engineer Barnes […]