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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 leading the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the 1926 World Series over a powerhouse New York Yankees team that included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The film focuses on Alexander’s relationship with his supportive wife (Doris Day) whose “teamwork” helps Alexander through problems with alcohol and a lack of confidence. Known at the time primarily for musicals, Day only had one song in “The Winning Team,” but turned in a strong dramatic performance. Reagan trained with major league pitchers for the role.  They taught him “the difference between throwing from the mound and just throwing.” 98 min. 35 mm archival print.

A League of Their Own (Columbia, 1992)

Friday, June 8 (7:30 p.m.)
A League of Their Own (Columbia, 1992)
Director Penny Marshall used the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954) as a backdrop for this heartfelt comedy-drama. “A League of Their Own,” featuring an ensemble cast that includes Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, not only illuminates this fascinating, under-reported aspect of American sports history, but also effectively examines women’s changing roles during wartime. Rich with period detail and equally complex performances –especially Davis as a team ringer and Hanks as the down-on-his-luck coach– Marshall and her company delivered an enjoyably nostalgic film about women’s choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist. “A League of Their Own” was added to the National Film Registry in 1992. Rated PG, 128 min. 35 mm archival print.

Saturday, June 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Field of Dreams (Universal, 1989)
Iowa farmer Kevin Costner one day hears a voice telling him to turn a small corner of his land into a baseball diamond: “If you build it, he will come.” “He” appears to be legendary baseball great Shoeless Joe Jackson and his 1919 Chicago White Sox team. Although ostensibly about the great American pastime, baseball here serves as a metaphor for more profound issues. Leonard Maltin lauded “Field of Dreams” as “a story of redemption and faith, in the tradition of the best Hollywood fantasies with moments of pure magic.” Also featuring James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster, in his final screen appearance, the family drama received three Academy Award nominations:  Best Film, Adapted Screenplay (Phil Alden Robinson who also directed), and Original Score (James Horner). It was added to the National Film Registry in 2017. Rated PG, 107 min. 35 mm archival print.

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At the Packard Campus–June 2018

To coincide with “Baseball Americana,” a major new exhibit at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building opening on June 29, the Great American Pastime will be celebrated at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater with screenings of ten baseball movies. The series will include film biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander (“The Winning Team”), James A. […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 10-12, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.) The Sting (Universal, 1973) Robert Redford plays a Depression-era con man seeking revenge on the racketeer (Robert Shaw) responsible for the murder of his mentor. He enlists the aid of confidence artist extraordinaire Paul Newman to gather […]

At the Packard Campus–May 2018

Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.) Overboard (MGM/UA, 1987) Spoiled heiress Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) hires carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to build a closet on her yacht, then refuses to pay when the project is completed. When Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean takes advantage of the situation to seek revenge. This […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (March 15-17, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 15 (7:30 p.m.) Jazz Greats on the Dick Cavett Show (ABC, 1971-72) Drawing from the nearly 2,000 hours of Dick Cavett’s decades-long talk-show series that Cavett donated to the Library of Congress last year, this program will highlight some of […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 1-3, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 1 (7:30 p.m.) The Life of Emile Zola (Warner Bros., 1937) In this Best Picture Oscar winner William Dieterle directed Paul Muni as French novelist Zola who defends the falsely accused Captain Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut in an Oscar-winning performance). The Dreyfus […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Feb. 8-10, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, February 8 (7:30 p.m.) Hope and Glory (Columbia, 1987) This British comedy-drama was written, produced and directed by John Boorman, based on his own experiences growing up in the Blitz in London during the Second World War. A warmly nostalgic view […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Feb. 1-3, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, February 1 (7:30 p.m.) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Columbia, 1967) In this comedy-drama directed by Stanley Kramer, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as an older married couple whose progressiveness is challenged when their daughter (Katharine Houghton, Hepburn’s real-life niece) brings […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Jan. 25-27, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, January 25 (7:30 p.m.) It Happened One Night (Columbia, 1934) In this screwball comedy from director Frank Capra, spoiled socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) eloped without her family’s approval and consequently finds herself stuck with out-of-work journalist Peter Warne (Clark Gable) […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Jan. 18-20, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, January 18 (7:30 p.m.) Our Man in Havana (Columbia, 1959) In pre-revolutionary Cuba, Hawthorne (Noël Coward) of the British Secret Intelligence Service recruits a reluctant vacuum cleaner salesman, James Wormold (Alec Guinness), to be their Havana operative. The bemused Wormwood’s modus […]