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November 23, 2010

Holiday Movie Classics and Family Fun Showcase Packard Campus Film Series

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation’s December film series will spotlight movies for the holidays with a sprinkling of high adventure. Starting Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 18, this month’s screenings will also include such cinematic stars as James Stewart, William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Bing Crosby, John Gilbert, Mary Astor, Walter Huston and Bruce Willis.

The Packard Campus will also showcase movies from the Library of Congress National Film Registry. 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.

Programs are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Some screenings will also include short subjects before the main feature. 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 extension 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. 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 funded as a gift to the nation by the Packard Humanities Institute. The Packard Campus is the site where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of motion pictures, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings (www.loc.gov/avconservation/). The Packard Campus is home to more than six million collection items, including nearly three million sound recordings. It provides staff support for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the National Recording Preservation Board, and the National Registries for film and recorded sound.

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, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
"Sunset Blvd."
(Paramount, 1950)
A failed screenwriter falls into a mercenary romance with a faded silent-film star. This film-noir classic was named to the National Film Registry in 1989. Directed by Billy Wilder, it stars William Holden and Gloria Swanson.

Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
"Shogun Assassin"
(New World, 1980, R-rated)
A shogun master turns against his faithful samurai servant, Lone Wolf. Forced into battle against the shogun, Lone Wolf must fight him, his son and a host of the shogun’s ninja warriors. Filmed in Japanese and dubbed in English, this historical drama is rated R for pervasive strong, bloody violence. Directed by Robert Houston, "Shogun Assassin" stars Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
"Babe"
(Universal, 1995)
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Directed by Chris Noonan, this family adventure/fantasy stars James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
"Dodsworth"
(United Artists, 1936)
A retired American industrialist travels to Europe with his wife, where they find differing sets of values and new relationships. Named to the National Film Registry in 1990, William Wyler directed this adaptation of the novel by Sinclair Lewis, which stars Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor.

Friday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
"The Merry Widow"
(MGM, 1925)
A European nobleman courts the wealthy American widow he once loved to save his bankrupt homeland. Directed by Erich von Stroheim, this silent drama/romance stars John Gilbert and Mae Murray. Ben Model provides musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer organ.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.
"Hal Roach Comedy Shorts"
(Hal Roach – MGM/Pathé, 1915-1928)
A program of silent Hollywood comedy short subjects from the Hal Roach studios features Charley Chase, Will Rogers, Snub Pollard, Max Davidson, Our Gang and many more. Ben Model provides musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer organ.

Friday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
"Die Hard"
(20th Century Fox, 1988, R-rated)
A New York City cop gets trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise occupied by terrorists on Christmas Eve. Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia star in this action-packed crime thriller. "Die Hard" was directed by John McTierman and is rated R for violence and language.

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m.
"Prancer"
(Orion, 1989)
A little girl befriends a wounded reindeer that she believes is one of the team that pulls Santa's sleigh on Christmas. John D. Hancock directed this family fantasy, which stars Sam Elliott, Rebecca Harrell and Cloris Leachman.

Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
"White Christmas"
(Paramount, 1954)
Two musical stars team with a sister act to help their old Army commander save his failing country inn. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this Christmas classic stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

Thursday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
"It’s A Wonderful Life"
(RKO, 1946)
An angel helps a compassionate, but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. This classic Christmas film was selected for the National Film Registry in 1990. Directed by Frank Capra, it stars James Stewart and Donna Reed. POSTPONED from Dec. 16 due to inclement weather.

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PR 10-264
11/23/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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