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May 25, 2011

Cinematic Kings and Queens Headline Library’s June Film Festival

Drama, adventure and rock’n’roll set the stage for the June film festival at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. Showcased in the Packard’s plush Art Deco theater with superlative sound and state-of-the-art film projection, this month’s screenings will include such silver-screen legends as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart, Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and James Earl Jones.

In addition, the film series will feature 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 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. 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 6 million collection items, including nearly 3 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, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
"Kid Galahad"
(Warner Bros, 1937)
Edward G. Robinson stars as a mob-connected trainer who grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this drama stars Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Wayne Morris.

Friday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
"Tall in the Saddle"
(RKO, 1944)
In this Western mystery, an experienced ranch hand arrives in town expecting to start a new job, only to find that his prospective employer was shot dead a few weeks before. Directed by Edwin L. Marin, the film stars John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond and Gabby Hayes.

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
"The African Queen"
(United Artists, 1951)
John Huston directed this World War I story about a gin-swilling riverboat owner in Africa who is persuaded by a straitlaced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Named to the National Film Registry in 1994, "The African Queen" stars Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley and Humphrey Bogart, who won an Oscar for his role in the movie.

Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
"For Me and My Gal"
(MGM, 1942)
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly star as a pair of vaudeville troupers in the days before America entered World War I. Busby Berkeley directed the film.

Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
"Planet of the Apes"
(20th Century-Fox, 1968)
Named to the National Film Registry in 2001, this science-fiction classic tells the story of three astronauts who are taken prisoner after they land on a mysterious planet ruled by intelligent apes. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, the film stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans and James Whitmore.

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.
"The Sandlot"
(20th Century-Fox, 1993)
This family comedy/drama depicts the adventures of a small-town sandlot baseball team and the new kid in town who tries to fit in. Directed by David M. Evans, the film stars Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones.

Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
"Queen Bee"
(Columbia, 1955)
Joan Crawford plays the title role in this story of a manipulative Southern socialite who sets out to destroy the lives of all those around her. Directed by Ranald MacDougall, this drama also stars Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer and John Ireland.

Friday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
"The Deer Hunter"
(Universal, 1978, R-rated)
Michael Cimino won an Oscar for his direction of this in-depth examination of how the Vietnam War affected the lives of people in a small industrial town. This Academy Award-winning film stars Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996. It is rated R.

Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
FILM NOIR DOUBLE FEATURE
"The Big Steal"
(RKO, 1949)
Robert Mitchum stars as an army lieutenant accused of robbery who pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico, aided by the thief's ex-girlfriend. Directed by Don Siegel, the film also stars Jane Greer, William Bendix and Ramón Novarro.

"The Narrow Margin" (RKO, 1952)
A gangster's moll, who is planning to testify against the mob, must be protected from assassins on a train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Directed by Richard Fleischer, the films stars Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White and Gordon Gebert.

Thursday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.
"Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen"
(MGM, 1971)
Pierre Adidge directed this documentary of Joe Cocker’s landmark 1970 concert tour of the United States. Also featured are Chris Stainton, Leon Russell and The Band.

Friday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
"Little Women"
(RKO-Radio, 1933)
Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Jean Parker and Frances Dee portray the four March sisters in the first film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Directed by George Cukor, this film is part of the Library’s ongoing "Civil War @ 150" series.

Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.
"When Comedy Was King"
(20th Century-Fox, 1960)
Robert Youngson compiled his second feature of funny moments from the top comedians of the silent era. Showcased are Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Kops and many more.

Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
AN EVENING OF TELEVISION: 1960s ROAD SHOWS
"Then Came Bronson"
(NBC-TV, 1969)
Michael Parks stars as disillusioned newspaperman Jim Bronson, who takes to the highway on his Harley-Davidson in a journey of self-discovery.

"Route 66" (CBS-TV, 1960s)
Wanderers Tod and Buz (Martin Milner and George Maharis) travel the lower 48 states in their Corvette convertible and get caught up in the struggles of people they encounter.

"Run For Your Life" (NBC-TV, 1960s)
When lawyer Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara) learns he has only a short time to live, he decides to do all the things he had never had time to do.

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PR 11-110
05/25/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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