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Now Playing at the Packard Campus (November 16-18, 2017)

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

Peter Pan (Paramount, 1924)

Thursday, November 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Peter Pan (Paramount, 1924)
The first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s enormously successful 1902 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up remains one of the silent era’s most successful fantasies, notable not only for Betty Bronson’s exquisitely stylized performance as Peter, but also for its elaborate settings and special effects. Directed by Herbert Brenon and featuring Mary Brian as Wendy and Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily, the film closely follows the plot of the original play, and even goes so far as to incorporate much of its original stage dialogue in the intertitles. Thought to be lost for decades, James Card, film restorer and curator of George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, discovered a well-preserved copy in a vault at the Eastman School of Music in the 1950s, and made a preservation of that source. Film historian David Pierce (and now Assistant Chief of the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center) discovered an additional and hitherto unknown 16mm copy at the Disney Studios which had been made when the company acquired the rights to the property in 1938. A new restoration was undertaken by the George Eastman House combining the two sources in 1994. Peter Pan was added to the National Film Registry in 2000. London based musician Stephen Horne will provide live musical accompaniment for the film.

Friday, November 17 (7:30 p.m.)
The Scarlet Letter (MGM, 1927)
Lillian Gish stars in this adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel as Hester Prynne, who engages in an adulterous relationship with the Reverend Dimmesdale (Lars Hanson) in Puritan New England. Gish, one of the most respected and popular actresses of her time, managed to get the film made by winning over a number of women’s and church groups around the country who considered the subject matter of the book unacceptable for the movies. Her pristine reputation, combined with a tasteful script by the great Hollywood screenwriter Frances Marion, caused them to change their minds and give the project their blessing. Directed by Swedish actor and filmmaker Victor Seastrom (Sjöström), the film also stars Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane, William H. Tooker and Marcelle Corday. London based musician Stephen Horne will provide live accompaniment for the film.

Fly Away Home (Columbia, 1996)

Saturday, November 18 (2 p.m.)
Fly Away Home (Columbia, 1996)
In this family drama inspired by a true story, 13-year-old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin), rescues a nest of goose eggs and raises the flock of orphaned Canada geese after they hatch. When a game warden explains that geese learn everything from their parents including migratory routes, and that the chicks have imprinted on Amy as their mother, she and her inventor father (Jeff Daniels) attempt to lead the gaggle by ultralight aircraft on a 500 mile migration to a bird sanctuary in North Carolina. Directed by Carroll Ballard, the film received an Oscar nomination for Caleb Deschanel for Best Cinematography. Fly Away Home won the 1997 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Choice Award as the Best Family Film.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 1-4, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, November 1 (7:30 p.m.) Marty Stuart Sessions: Connie Smith (Live)–SOLD OUT Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith will be joined by her husband and multiple Grammy-Award winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart in a live performance, as part of the ongoing “Marty […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (Oct. 19-21, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, October 19 (7:30 p.m.) The Killers (Universal, 1946) Director Robert Siodmak and screenwriter Anthony Veiller, both nominated for an Oscar, took the original Ernest Hemingway short story as the film’s opening point and developed it with an elaborate series of flashbacks, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (October 12-14, 2017)

The following is a guest-post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.  Thursday, October 12 (7:30 p.m.) Johnny Eager (MGM, 1941) Robert Taylor plays Johnny Eager, a parolee who is pretending to go straight as a cab driver but is still connected to the mob. Through his parole officer, Eager meets sociology student Lisbeth Bard (Lana Turner), who […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 27; Sept. 29-30, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, September 27 (7:30 p.m.) Dom Flemons (Live)–SOLD OUT! Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award-winning, rootsy singer/songwriter with a bent toward Americana, folk, banjo, and jug band music. Flemons first came to the public’s attention as a member and co-founder of the African-American […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 7-9, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 7 (7:30 p.m.) The Lost Weekend (Paramount, 1945) A landmark social-problem film, The Lost Weekend provided audiences of 1945 with an uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 17-19, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 17 (7:30 p.m.) Each Dawn I Die (Warner Bros., 1939) James Cagney stars as cocky reporter Frank Ross in this fast-paced crime drama directed by William Keighley. While investigating a crooked district attorney running for governor, Ross is framed for […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 10 – 12, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 10 (7:30 p.m.) Bombardier (RKO, 1943) Richard Wallace directed this WWII drama about the first training program for bombardiers of the United States Army Air Forces. Pat O’Brien and Randolph Scott star as the pilots in charge of training who clash […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 3-5, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 3 (7:30 p.m.) Pat and Mike (MGM, 1952) College phys-ed instructor Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn) enters into professional competition as a golf and tennis player but loses her confidence whenever her undermining fiancé is around. Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy), a likeable […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 27-29, 2017)

The following is  a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, July 27 (7:30 p.m.) Rio Bravo (Warner Bros., 1959) As legend goes, this Western, directed by Howard Hawks, was produced in part as a riposte to Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon. The film trades in the wide-open spaces of High Noon for the confines […]