The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Morocco (Paramount, 1930)
Thursday, September 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Morocco (Paramount, 1930)
When director Josef von Sternberg cast German actress Marlene Dietrich, in The Blue Angel (1930) opposite Emil Jannings, she became an international star overnight. Morocco soon followed and was the first American film of a seven picture collaboration between the two. In Morocco, Dietrich plays Amy Jolly, a cabaret singer (improbably stuck in Morocco) who must choose between a wealthy debonair man-of-the-world (Adolphe Menjou) and a Foreign Legionnaire (Gary Cooper). The film proved a spectacular success at the box office and earned Oscar nominations for von Sternberg, Dietrich, cinematographer Lee Garmes and art director Hans Dreier. It was included on the 1992 National Film Registry list. 35mm film print produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab in 1987, 92 min.
The Packard Campus Theater will be closed on Friday, Sept. 21st.
Saturday, September 22 (7:30 p.m.) SOLD OUT
Chuck Mead and his Grassy Knoll Boys, plus The Western Flyers (LIVE)
For the past twenty years, Chuck Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parent’s country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the Midwest. Mead co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR549 who recorded seven albums, earning three Grammy nominations. In 2014, Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys released the album Free State Serenade on Nashville-based Plowboy Records. The Western Flyers, known as “the biggest little band in the all the land,” will make their third appearance at the Packard Campus Theater with their Western Swing show. The trio, made up of Joey McKenzie, Gavin Kelso and Katie Glassman, also appeared at the Library’s Whittall Pavilion in Washington D.C. as part of the Homegrown Concerts series co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.
The Packard Campus Theater is highlighting contemporary women directors through the end of the year with a series of films from the 1970s to the present. Throughout the 1970s training and mentorship programs for women directors were established, including Women Make Movies (1972), the Women in Film Foundation (1973), the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women […]
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Thursday – Saturday screenings September 13-15 have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date yet to be determined.
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 6 (7:30 p.m.) The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941) After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett’s detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally captured the true essence of Hammett’s story in 1941 by wisely adhering to the original […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 23 (7:30 p.m.) The Age of Innocence (Columbia, 1993) Martin Scorsese, in a departure from his usual gritty crime epics, directed this opulent adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1921 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of manners and social mores in 19th-century New York. […]
The following is guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. 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. […]
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 […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, August 9 (7:30 p.m.) La Strada (Dino de Laurentis Distribuzione, 1954) The legendary Federico Fellini directs his wife, Giulietta Masina, as Gelsomina in the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ […]
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 […]
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 […]