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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s First Starring Film Role

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall that the most famous reindeer of all was the creation of a Montgomery Ward copywriter? And did you know we have that celebrity reindeer’s first appearance on film, in a version rarely seen before? In […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 2-4, 2014)

Thursday, October 2 (7:30 p.m.) National Newspaper Week Double Feature Five Star Final (Warner Bros., 1931) Edward G. Robinson stars as a corrupt newspaper editor who uses exploitation to bolster the paper’s circulation. Nominated for an Oscar as the year’s best film, Five Star Final was a condemnation of yellow journalism. This archetypal newspaper movie […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 18-20, 2014)

Thursday, September 18 (7:30 p.m.) Raintree County (MGM, 1957) Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of a spoiled Southern belle in this Civil War epic. As Susanna Drake, she lures the pacifist abolitionist John Shawnessy away from his high-school sweetheart and into an unhappy marriage. Frustrated, John […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 11-13, 2014)

The following is a guest post by Film Preservation Specialist Carol Galbraith, who programmed the Packard Campus Theater September schedule. It’s not as easy as you’d think to program a theater schedule, even for just one month. I wanted to please a lot of people. Everyone had an idea of what to show, and all […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 4-6, 2014)

A Robin Williams tribute and the always-wonderful Jack Benny in his best screen performance highlight this week at the Packard Campus Theater. Thursday, September 4 (7:30 p.m.) To Be or Not to Be (United Artists, 1942) Jack Benny stars as “that great, great actor” Joseph Tura, whose Polish theater troupe is put out of business […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 31 – August 2, 2014)

A program of animated shorts selected to demonstrate the concept and basic elements of sound design, as well as four acclaimed animated features, will be screened this week as part of the Film Foundation’s “Story of the Movies: The Animation Universe” development workshop for classroom teachers.  Held at the Packard Campus from July 31—Aug. 2, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 24-26, 2014)

Thursday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.) Applause (Paramount, 1929) This early sound-era masterpiece was the first film for both stage director Rouben Mamoulian and cabaret star Helen Morgan. Many have compared Mamoulian’s debut to that of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane because of his flamboyant use of cinematic innovation to test technical boundaries. The tear-jerking plot boasts […]