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Packard Campus Theater Schedule for July 2013

June 30, 2013


June 30--London-based silent film accompanist Stephen Horne will make his annual visit to the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation for the first two screenings in July. He will play for two highly acclaimed features: the 1925 version of "Stella Dallas" and "Love," starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.

Two public television programs from the 1970s featuring legendary Blues artists, not seen since their original air dates, will be featured on July 25. The Library of Congress Film and Audio Labs recently completed the digital restoration on the titles.

Children's matinees include the first of the seven-picture canine series "Beethoven," and back by popular demand, "Saturday Morning Cartoons."

Rounding out the month is the 1999 French film "Beau Travail," Rocky Graziano biopic "Somebody Up There Likes Me," the 1940 version on Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice," and this month's selection for our year-long series of films from 1933, Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living."

Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library's Recorded Sound Section. Short subjects will be presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.

All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before show time. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before show time to confirm cancellations. For further information on the theater and film series, visit

July 11 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Love" (MGM, 1927)

Greta Garbo stars as Anna Karenina in this silent version in a modern setting of Tolstoy's novel that was directed by Edmund Goulding.

July 12 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Stella Dallas" (Goldwyn, 1925)

In this rarely seen silent version of Olive Higgins Prouty's popular novel, Stella, the daughter of a factory worker, marries Stephen Dallas, an upper class executive who is well above her station. Stephen Horne will provide live musical accompaniment for the drama that was directed by Henry King. The film stars Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Alice Joyce, Lois Moran and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Print courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.July 13 (2 p.m.) -- "Beethoven" (Universal, 1992)

A suburbanite family adopts a cute stray St. Bernard puppy they name Beethoven who grows up to be a slobbery, colossal and destructive animal. Meanwhile, an evil veterinarian seeks to steal the dog for the purposes of his insidious lab experiments. Directed by Brian Levant, this family comedy starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt and Dean Jones was the first in a series of seven films about the antics of the super-sized canine. July 13 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Beau Travail" (New Yorker, 1999)

Inspired by Melville's Billy Budd, director Claire Denis' lavishly praised masterpiece is set among French Foreign Legionnaires in East Africa. It focuses on a drill sergeant (Denis Lavant) who vows to destroy a sterling young recruit (Gregoire Colin) of whom he is jealous. Elaborately choreographed military training sequences, shot under the scorching sun, are unforgettable. Unrated, but with adult themes and subject matter. In French with English subtitles. Print courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.July 18 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Somebody up There Likes Me" (MGM, 1956)

Paul Newman stars in the true story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champion. Robert Wise directed the biography which won Oscars for cinematography and art direction.

July 19 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Pride and Prejudice" (MGM, 1940)Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier star in this adaptation of Jane Austen's novel set in19th century England about five sisters who set about to find suitable husbands. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, the romantic comed/drama won an Oscar for Best Art Direction.

July 20 (7:30 p.m.) -- "The 'Burbs" (Universal, 1989)

In this comedy-mystery directed by Joe Dante, an overstressed suburbanite (Tom Hanks) and his paramilitary-mad neighbor (Bruce Dern) struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

July 25 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Unseen Since the 70s: Legendary Blues Musicians on Television" Good Mornin' Blues (Mississippi Public Broadcasting, 1977)

B.B. King is the host of this 1977 television program produced by Mississippi Public Broadcasting with performances by Delta Blues musicians Johnny Shines, Walter E. "Furry" Lewis and David "Honeyboy" Edwards. The original negative and production elements were used for this recent digital restoration by the Library of Congress Film and Audio Laboratories.

Homewood Barrelhouse (KCET, 1970)

Produced for Los Angeles public television station KCET by renowned columnist and film critic Charles Champlin, this program re-assembled the Johnny Otis Review, including performances by Charles Brown, T-Bone Walker, & Big Joe Turner. The digital remaster was archived from the 2" Video Master.

July 26 (7:30 p.m.) -- "Design for Living" (Paramount, 1933)

Ben Hecht adapted Noel Coward's play about two best friends in Paris, an artist (Gary Cooper) and a playwright (Fredric March) who both fall in love with an attractive independent woman portrayed by Miriam Hopkins. Ernst Lubitsch directed the risque romantic comedy.

July 27 (10 a.m.) -- "Saturday Morning Cartoons" (1940s-1950s)Mr. Magoo in "Trouble Indemnity," Daffy Duck in "Duck Amuck" and Tom and Jerry in "Fit to be Tied" will be on board in the program that will also include appearances by Droopy, Sniffles, Sylvester and Howdy Doody.


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