Judgment at Nuremberg, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Roger & Me, Pulp Fiction, and Ella Cinders, five National Film Registry 2013 additions will be screened at the LoC's Packard Campus Theater in January 2014.
Directed by the invariably well-intentioned – at times heavy-handedly so – Stanley Kramer, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) is a surprisingly effective dramatization of the Nazi War Trials. The generally first-rate cast includes Best Actor Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell, Best Actor nominee Spencer Tracy, Best Supporting Actor nominee Montgomery Clift (who reportedly worked for no fee), Best Supporting Actress nominee Judy Garland, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, and a pre-Star Trek William Shatner.
Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) earned Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis Oscars, in addition to Oscar nominations for Richard Burton and George Segal (the only surviving cast member). Ernest Lehmann adapted Edward Albee's Tony-winning play to the screen. Not surprisingly, the raw, disturbing (and brilliant) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? lost the Best Picture Oscar to Fred Zinnemann's sedate, Academy-friendly A Man for All Seasons.
Starring Colleen Moore, one of the top film stars of the 1920s, Ella Cinders (1926) tells the story of a small-town beauty contest winner who goes Hollywood. The film itself isn't great, but Moore is fun to watch. Her leading man is the handsome Lloyd Hughes.
Michael Moore's Roger & Me (1989) caused quite a stir after it failed to be nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, while Quentin Tarantino's (unfortunately) highly influential Pulp Fiction (1994) is considered the epitome of cool by some. Besides John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis, the film features a non-linear narrative, dialogue about French fries and mayo, kinky and brutal gay sex (that gets mercilessly punished by Willis), and plenty of gun violence.
Remembering Joan Fontaine, Martin Luther King Jr.
Joan Fontaine, who died last weekend, will be remembered with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941), the movie that earned her a Best Actress Academy Award. In Suspicion, Fontaine plays the innocent-looking – but suspicious – wife of a man (Cary Grant) who just might want to kill her. Will she drink that glass of milk?
Also in January 2014, the Packard Theater will also present two made-for-TV Civil Rights documentaries in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Who Speaks for Birmingham?” and "Walk in My Shoes," both first aired in 1961.
Winter Olympics and 'The Sound of Music'
Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics has been mired in controversy – among the few who give a damn – following that country's recently enacted anti-gay laws. The Packard Theater will be showing two Winter Olympics-related movies: the Walt Disney Studios' Miracle (2004), a purportedly "true story" about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team beating the Russian team, and Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer (1969), starring Robert Redford as an ambitious, arrogant, egocentric skier who joins the U.S. Olympic ski team. Gene Hackman is his coach.
And finally, Culpeper's historic State Theatre will present Robert Wise's Best Picture Oscar winner The Sound of Music (1965), starring Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, and Eleanor Parker, as part of “The Library of Congress Presents” film series. Like Joan Fontaine, three-time Best Actress Oscar nominee Parker (Caged, Detective Story, Interrupted Melody) also died earlier this month.
Screenings are free at the Packard Theater, while there is a $6 admission charge for the “Library of Congress Presents” film programs. For more information, click here. See below the full list of January 2014 screenings.
Packard Campus: January 2014 movies
Thursday, January 2 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
55 DAYS AT PEKING (Allied Artists, 1963)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. With Charlton Heston, David Niven, Ava Gardner.
Friday, January 3 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
SUSPICION (RKO, 1941)
Saturday, January 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE LION KING (Disney, 1994)
Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Friday, January 10 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (UA, 1961)
Saturday, January 11 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Warner Bros., 1966)
Thursday, January 16 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
CIVIL RIGHTS TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES (1961)
Thursday, January 23 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
ROGER & ME (Warner Bros., 1989)
Friday, January 24 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
ELLA CINDERS (First National, 1926)
Saturday, January 25 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
PULP FICTION (Miramax, 1994)
Thursday, January 30 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
MIRACLE (Disney, 2004)
Directed by Gavin O'Connor. With Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich and Sean McCann.
Friday, January 31 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
DOWNHILL RACER (Paramount, 1969)
'Library of Congress Presents' Screenings at the State Theatre
Sunday, January 5 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (20th Century-Fox, 1965)
Sunday, January 1 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Paramount, 1981)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford and Karen Allen.
Sunday, January 19 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
ICE AGE (20th Century-Fox, 2002)
Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo.
Sunday, January 26 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (EMI, 1975)
Directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Featuring Jones, Gilliam, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin.
Maximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg image: United Artists.