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From the National Film Registry: “Drácula” (1931)

What is the Spanish word for “terror”?  You’ll find out if you watch George Melford’s 1931 US-made but Spanish-language adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  Filmed concurrently with the US/Bela Lugosi-version, “Drácula” is considered by many film scholars to be better than the English version.  This version was added to the Library of Congress’ National […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (October 28 – 29, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) Be afraid, be VERY AFRAID!  There are “Monsters Among Us” (our theme for this month) and some are man and some are man-made! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 @ 7:30 p.m. Suspiria (20th Century-Fox, 1977) Dancing monsters? No, but dancers subjected to […]

This Saturday at the Packard Campus Theater (November 26, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) Our trip through the seedier side of Los Angeles ends this weekend with a more recent classic of the L.A. noir sub-genre and an all-star animated cast who find themselves embroiled in some shady and shadowing dealings. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, […]

From the National Film Registry: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)

Eighty-three years ago, on October 19, 1939, the Capra classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” had its debut in–where else?–Washington, DC.  Named by the Librarian of Congress to the Library’s National Film Registry in 1989, “Mr. Smith” is, for better or worse, as timely today as it ever was.  In the essay below, the late […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (October 21 – 22, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) “I used to have demons in my room at night,”…but now they are at the Packard Campus Theater and we spend the month looking at “Monsters Among Us” or, at least, in the movies.   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ 7:30 […]

Good Times Are Here!: New to the National Jukebox

The following is a guest post by David Gibson and David Sager of the Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress. Since its initial launch in 2011, the National Jukebox has provided researchers the ability to stream thousands of acoustic sound recordings from the very earliest days of the commercial record industry. As the […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (October 14 – 15, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) Who wants to be scared?  This month–of course, October–the Packard Campus Theater looks at “Monsters Among Us.”   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 @ 7:30 p.m. The Night of the Hunter   (United Artists, 1955) Robert Mitchum looks like a good guy but […]

The Library of Congress Remembers Its Own: Larry Miller

Even if you have been to the Recorded Sound Research Center of the Library of Congress in person, most of you never met Larry Miller, a longtime staff member of the section who died suddenly on September 26th. But if you have used the Library’s recorded sound holdings in some way, whether as a researcher […]

Looking (and Looking Again) at Black Film History

This is a guest post by Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago and Cara Caddoo, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. While recent decades have seen a proliferation of films written, directed, and produced by African Americans, the legacy of […]

This Weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (October 7 – October 8, 2022)

This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA) Be warned:  Not all monsters look like monsters.  At least not this month at the Packard Campus Theater as we look at “Monsters Among Us.”  Sometimes, you see, they are just cute and cuddly (and animated).  But sometimes, they look […]