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Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Jane Withers, Jeanette MacDonald: Packard Campus April 2011

The Merry Widow, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor
Ernst Lubitsch's The Merry Widow, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald (top); George Stevens' A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor (bottom)

If the more rabid elements within the Republican party don't succeed in their attempts to shut down the US government, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, located in Culpeper, VA, will have a number of goodies to offer in the next few weeks. [Packard Campus April 2011 Schedule.]

The Packard Campus April schedule includes a wide range of movies. Those range from Jane Withers in the B flick The Affairs of Geraldine to Steven Spielberg's big-budget Close Encounters of the Third Kind; from John Ford's Oscar-winning family drama How Green Was My Valley to Howard Hawks' iconic Western Red River; from the Elizabeth Taylor-Montgomery Clift pairing in A Place in the Sun to the Peter Sellers-Mai Zetterling pairing in Only Two Can Play.

My suggestion: if the Packard Campus' doors remain open throughout April, go check out everything. That also includes Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind, and two Ernst Lubitsch efforts: The Merry Widow (1934), with Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, and The Shop Around the Corner (1940), with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart.

Note: The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is currently operating under the authority of a Congressional funding authorization that expires at midnight on April 8. If legislation funding for the operation of the Library of Congress for fiscal year 2011 is not signed into law, or if a short term continuing funding resolution is not enacted by that date, then the public film programs scheduled at the Packard Campus after April 8 will be cancelled until further notice. Please consult the Packard Campus website or call the theater information/reservation phone number listed below for the latest information.

All shows are free, but children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult. The theater is at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation located at 19053 Mt. Pony Rd. in Culpeper, VA. Reservations are encouraged and can be made one week in advance (for Saturday shows the previous Friday.) Call the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Reservations are held until ten minutes before show time.

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

The theater lobby will open 45 minutes before show time.  Most programs are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film and music selected by the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress. Short subjects will be presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.

Photos: Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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