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October 30, 2009

November Film Series Announced at the Library’s Packard Campus Theater

Cowboys, comedies and miracles headline the November film series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., starting Nov. 5. The Packard Campus Theater will be closed on Thanksgiving weekend.

November’s film series will include movies with such luminaries as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Anne Bancroft. Titles from the Library of Congress National Film Registry are also in the lineup. Films named to the registry have been selected for preservation because they are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. For more information on the National Film Registry, visit www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.

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. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 extension 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

Series Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

"The Miracle Worker" (United Artists, 1962)
This is the story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. Starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, the film was directed by Arthur Penn.

Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

"Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (Warner Bros., 1939)
An agent for the FBI risks his life to infiltrate Nazi sympathizers in the U.S. Starring Edward G. Robinson and Francis Lederer, the movie was directed by Anatole Litvak. The film was preserved by the Library of Congress.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

"Ride the High Country" (MGM, 1962)
Two aging gunslingers are hired to transport gold from a remote mining town. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1994. Directed by Sam Peckinpah, the film stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

"Who Done It?" (Universal, 1942)
Two stupid soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries in this Abbott and Costello comedy. When they try to pitch an idea to a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder mystery after the station owner is killed during a broadcast. Preserved by the Library of Congress, the film stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and was directed by Erle C. Kenton.

Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

"Come and See" (Belarusfilm/Kino International, 1985, R-rated*)
Directed by Elem Klimov, this film is the story of eastern Soviet Union villages that were destroyed by German troops in 1943, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who loses his home, family and friends. Produced in German and Russian with English subtitles, the film stars Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova.
*No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or an adult guardian.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:00 p.m.

"Aladdin" (Walt Disney Pictures, 1992)
Aladdin, a street urchin, falls in love with a princess and finds a magical genie who grants him three wishes. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, this animated film features the voices of Robin Williams, Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

"Love Finds Andy Hardy" (MGM, 1938)
A small-town boy tries to juggle two girlfriends at once. Selected to the National Film Registry in 2000, the film was directed by George B. Seitz and stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

"Easy Rider" (Columbia Pictures Corp., 1969, R-Rated*)
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices. Directed by Dennis Hopper, who stars with Peter Fonda, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 1998.
*No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or an adult guardian.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2:00 p.m.

"The Circle" (United Artists, 1928)
In this silent film, the Little Tramp joins a circus to hide from the police. The film was directed by Charlie Chaplin, who stars with Merna Kennedy. Live musical accompaniment will be performed by Andrew Simpson.

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PR 09-224
10/30/09
ISSN 0731-3527

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