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Before the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Part 1

One of the many cultural institutions in Washington, D.C. is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The mission of the Kennedy Center is: “As the nation’s cultural center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (January 6 – 7, 2023)

This month, at the Packard Campus Theater, we honor and celebrate all things National Film Registry.  Since 1988, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry has been an annual list of films deemed by the Librarian of Congress to be of historical, aesthetic or cultural importance to the United States of America.  To learn more […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress: January 2023

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. FONDATION JÉRÔME SEYDOUX-PATHÉ      Paris, France Fool’s Paradise […]

From the National Recording Registry: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (1952)

Since its inception, the National Recording Registry has been about far more than just music.  (Though, of course, music–of all kinds–plays an important part in the Registry.)  A case in point is this 1952 recording of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who was recorded reading his seminal prose poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  […]

Announcing the 2022 National Film Registry

    Today, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection of 25 films into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Films are selected based on their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, and must be at least 10 years old. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 850, […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (December 16 -17, 2022)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  At least as far as this weekend’s movies are concerned. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022 @ 7:30pm Christmas in Connecticut (Warner Bros., 1945) Barbara Stanwyck stars in the lovely Christmas confection as an unmarried, big city magazine writer who, to sell her homey stories, poses as a farm […]

Behind the Therapy Curtain: The “Gloria Films” of 1965, and Today

At one time, the inner sanctum of the psychologist’s office was among the most hallowed of spaces.  It was never pierced by outsiders and certainly not by cameras.  But, over the past decade, client-therapist confidentiality has often been waived as these one-on-one sessions have become fodder for everything from daily TV talk shows to installments […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (December 9 and 10, 2022)

Cold, foreign and frightening that’s what we have in store for you this weekend at the Packard Campus Theater. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022 @ 7:30pm The Ascent (International Film Circuit, 1977) Soviet partisans try to survive a cold Russian winter and do so contending with their German Nazi occupiers.  (B&W, 117 minutes; Russian and German […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — December 2022

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. Filmoteca Española     Madrid, Spain THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1949)     […]