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April 29, 2013

May Packard Campus Theater Schedule Features War Films, Live Concert

The activities at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in May will include free screenings of films commemorating Memorial Day and a first-ever live music concert on May 10.

The Quebe Sisters Band from Denton, Texas, will perform its unique blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling in the campus theater. The Quebe Sisters Band recently concluded a series of concerts in Russia co-sponsored by the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center.

The continuing year-long series highlighting films from 1933 will feature the socially conscious films "Heroes for Sale" and "The Bitter Tea of General Yen." The month-long tribute to the nation’s armed forces highlights the four branches of the military—the Army ("So Proudly We Hail," "Thousands Cheer" and Chaplin’s "Shoulder Arms"); the Marine Corps ("What Price Glory" and "Flags of Our Fathers"); the Navy ("Frances Joins the WACS" and "They Were Expendable") and the Air Force ("Memphis Belle").

Screenings are preceded by an informative slide presentation about each 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 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.

Series Schedule

Thursday, May 2 (7:30 p.m.)
"So Proudly We Hail
" (Paramount, 1943)
Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake star as nurses returning from the war in the Philippines. This WWII drama, directed by Mark Sandrich, is told in flashback beginning in Dec. 1941, when their Hawaii-bound ship is diverted to Bataan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Their adventures take them to Corregidor before they can return to the U.S.

Friday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.)
"Heroes for Sale
" (First National/Warner Bros., 1933)
From the trenches of WWI to the breadlines of 1933, a wounded war veteran desperately tries to find work while encountering communism, drug addiction, Red Squads, police brutality and riots along the way. William A. Wellman directed this social drama starring Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon and Loretta Young.

Saturday, May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
"What Price Glory
" (20th Century Fox, 1952)
James Cagney and Dan Dailey star as American doughboys in France who both fall in love with the same innkeeper's daughter (Corinne Calvet). The film also co-stars William Demarest and Robert Wagner. John Ford directed this World War I comedy-drama, based on the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson.

Friday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
The Quebe Sisters Band—Live in Concert!

Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe on fiddles and singing three-part harmony are joined by Joey McKensie on rhythm guitar and Gavin Kelso on upright bass. The Quebe Sisters Band will perform its special blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling on the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation Center Stage.

Saturday, May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
"Memphis Belle
" (Warner Bros., 1990)
"Memphis Belle" is the true story of the 25th and last mission of the American B-17 bomber, the Memphis Belle. The film is based on the 1943 documentary about the Memphis Belle crew’s unique accomplishment of completing all its missions and successfully finishing its tour of duty. The movie stars Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Tate Donovan.

Thursday, May 16 (7:30 p.m.)
"The Bitter Tea of General Yen
" (Columbia, 1933)
Barbara Stanwyck stars as a headstrong American missionary who arrives in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War and finds herself dangerously attracted to a cruel Chinese warlord (Nils Asther). Frank Capra directed this absorbing tale of interracial tension, which was banned in the British Empire for its theme of miscegenation. The film also stars Walter Connolly.

Friday, May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
"Shoulder Arms
" (First National, 1918)
Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a boot-camp private who has a dream of becoming a hero by going on a daring mission behind enemy lines. The film co-stars Edna Purviance and Syd Chaplin (Charlie’s brother). The program will also feature additional WWI silent shorts. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.

Saturday, May 18 (2 p.m.)
"Francis Joins the WACs
" (Universal, 1954)
Francis, an experienced talking Army mule, and his young soldier pal Peter Stirling were featured in seven popular movie comedies in the 1950s. In this fourth entry in the series, an Army error sends Francis and Stirling (played by Donald O'Connor) to a Women's Army Corps base, causing all sorts of problems. The film also stars Julie Adams and Mamie Van Doran.

Thursday, May 23 (7:30 p.m.)
"Flags of Our Fathers
" (Paramount, 2006, R-Rated*)
Based on the bestselling book, this World War II drama, directed by Clint Eastwood, reconstructs the events surrounding the six U.S. soldiers who were instantly immortalized when they were photographed raising the American flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. The film also features Ryan Phillippe, Jessie Bradford, Adam Breach, Barry Pepper and Jamie Bell.

Thursday, May 30 (7:30 p.m.)
"Thousands Cheer
" (MGM, 1943)
Gene Kelly stars as a circus aerialist who reluctantly becomes an army private. Complications ensue when he falls in love with the colonel's beautiful daughter (Kathryn Grayson). Top MGM stars, including Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Eleanor Powell, perform when the colonel's daughter decides to put on a mammoth show for the servicemen.

Friday, May 31 (7:30 p.m.)
"They Were Expendable
" (MGM, 1945)
John Ford directed this true story of a U.S. Navy squadron of PT boats that fought a rear-guard action against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in the months after Pearl Harbor. John Wayne and Robert Montgomery star as the Navy lieutenants in charge of the mission. Also co-starring are Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond and Marshall Thompson.

* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian

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PR 13-085
04/29/13
ISSN 0731-3527

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