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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 16-18, 2018)

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

Christopher Strong (RKO, 1933)

Thursday, August 16 (7:30)
Christopher Strong (RKO, 1933)
After making a striking film debut in Bill of Divorcement (1932), RKO signed Katharine Hepburn to a long term contract and selected a story about a headstrong, individualistic woman for their new star’s follow-up feature. Playwright Zoe Akins adapted Gilbert Frankau’s novel about a prize-winning aviatrix who drifts into a potentially disastrous affair with the happily married British politician Christopher Strong (Colin Clive). To direct, producer David O. Selznick chose one of Hollywood’s few women directors, Dorothy Arzner. Actual newsreel footage of parades and famous flights added authenticity to the film which also features Billie Burke, Helen Chandler and Jack LaRue in the cast. 35mm archival print, 78 min.

Friday, August 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Flight (Paramount, 2012)
Denzel Washington stars as commercial airline pilot “Whip” Whitaker who astonishingly crash-lands his plane after it suffers an in-flight mechanical failure, saving nearly everyone on board. Hailed as a hero immediately following the incident, an investigation soon turns up evidence that sheds a negative light on the captain. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the action drama film received wide critical acclaim and earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination for John Gatins. Washington was nominated in the Best Actor category for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award. MPAA Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 35mm archival print, 138 min.

Now, Voyager (WB, 1942)

Saturday, August 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Now, Voyager (Warner Bros., 1942)
A resonant woman’s picture, Now, Voyager features Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale, a dowdy spinster terrorized by her possessive mother (Gladys Cooper) and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. While undergoing treatment at a sanatorium, a caring psychiatrist (played by Clause Rains) suggests that Charlotte go on a cruise, where she finds love with Jerry Durrance (Paul Henreid). The compassionate therapy and later improbable romance transforms her into a confident, independent woman. Davis and Cooper were both Oscar nominated and Max Steiner won for Best Music. Now, Voyager was Bette Davis’ biggest box office hit of the ’40s. It was added to the National Film Registry in 2007. 35mm archival print, 117 min.

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At the Packard Campus — September 2018

  The Library of Congress Packard Campus celebrates 10 years of free film screenings with eleven Hollywood classics from the National Film Registry that were shown in the theater’s inaugural month of September, 2008. Since that time, more than 1400 events have been presented at the theater, ranging from feature films spanning two centuries with […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (August 2 – August 4, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 2 (7:30 p.m.) Mildred Pierce (Warner Bros., 1945) This quintessential Joan Crawford film features Crawford as a housewife turned successful restauranteur who sacrifices all for her ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth). Ranald McDougall wrote the screenplay for this melodrama, tinged with […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 26-28, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 26 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-Code Double Feature Downstairs (MGM, 1932) John Gilbert stars as an unscrupulous chauffer who, soon after getting hired by a Baron and his wife (Reginald Owen and Olga Baclanova), proceeds to exploit both the mistresses of the […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]