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The Trail (and Trial) of the Mystery Movie Photos (Or, Who Is This?)

It all began innocently enough. As part of my job working for the National Recording Preservation Board, I assist with the annual announcement of the National Recording Registry. Last year, when Bobby Darin’s recording of “Mack the Knife” was added to the Registry, I researched the Moving Image Section’s collection of film and entertainment stills […]

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

The following post is by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936) In one of her greatest roles, Carole Lombard sparkles as a dizzy but good-hearted heiress in Gregory LaCava’s comedic take and sometimes caustic commentary on the Great Depression. William Powell portrays Godfrey with knife-edged […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 30 – April 1, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 30 (7:30 p.m.) Pay it Forward (Warner Bros., 2000) Emmy Award-winning director and producer (for E.R.) Mimi Leder helmed this drama based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. When given a class assignment to “make the […]

The First Jazz Recording: One Hundred Years Later

Today’s post is by David Sager, Reference Assistant in the Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. A momentous happening occurred on February 26, 1917 at the Victor Talking Machine Company, although no one quite suspected so at the time. Among the artists to be recorded that day—consisting of operatic baritone Reinald Werrenrath and tenor Lambert […]