The Constant Nymph, Edmund Goulding's hard-to-find 1943 romantic drama starring Charles Boyer and Joan Fontaine, is the highlight of the August 2010 screenings at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virg.
Joan Fontaine received her third and last Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a teenager in love with a musician (Boyer). Rights issues have kept The Constant Nymph – which has a few elements in common with Fontaine's marvelous Letter from an Unknown Woman – out of the television/home video markets.
Among the other notable August offerings at the Packard Campus are:
- 1969 Best Picture Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy, in which Jon Voight delivers what's probably the most memorable performance of his distinguished career;
- Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, a 1990 crime saga about the mafia that some consider one of the best movies of the '90s;
- and William A. Wellman's overly earnest (and thus ineffective) but curious The Ox-Bow Incident, a 1943 Oscar nominee dealing with lynching mentality. Henry Fonda stars.
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 located at 19053 Mt. Pony Rd. in Culpeper.
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.
The theater lobby will open 45 minutes before showtime. 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.
Syd Chaplin, The Better 'Ole
Packard Campus' August 2010 Schedule and Film Information (from the Campus' press release)
Thursday, August 5 (7:30 p.m.)
THANKS FOR THE MEMORY (Paramount, 1938)
A struggling novelist living well beyond his means refuses the financial support of his wife. Comedy-drama with songs. Directed by George Archainbaud. With Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. Black & White, 75 minutes.
Friday, August 6 (7:30 p.m.)
CASABLANCA (Warner Bros., 1942)
An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. War drama. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid & Claude Rains. Black & White, 102 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 1989.
Saturday, August 7 (2:00 p.m.)
THE BETTER 'OLE (Warner Bros., 1926)
The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the First World War.
Directed by Charles Reisner. With Sydney Chaplin, Harold Goodwin & Edgar Kennedy. Black & White, 95 minutes.
Thursday, August 12 (7:30 p.m.)
MIDNIGHT COWBOY (United Artists, 1969)
A would-be gigolo and an ailing con artist form an unlikely friendship. Drama. Directed by John Schlesinger. With Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vacarro & Sylvia Miles. Rated R. Black & white/Color, 113 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 1994.
Friday, August 13 (7:30 p.m.)
GOODFELLAS (Warner Bros., 1990)
A young man works his way up through the New York City mobs. Crime drama. Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta & Joe Pesci. Rated R. Color. 146 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 2000.
Saturday, August 14 (7:30 p.m.)
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (Warner Bros., 1985)
When his prized bicycle is stolen, a small-town boy searches the country for it. Family adventure, comedy. Directed by Tim Burton. With Paul Reubens & Elizabeth Daily. Color. 90 minutes.
Thursday, August 19 (7:30 p.m.)
THE CONSTANT NYMPH (Warner Bros., 1943)
A teenage girl falls in love with a family friend, a musician, who eventually marries her cousin. Based on the novel by Margaret Kennedy. Drama, romance Directed by Edmund Goulding. With Joan Fontaine, Charles Boyer & Alexis Smith. Black & white, 112 minutes.
Friday, August 20 (7:30 p.m.)
AFTER THE THIN MAN (MGM, 1936)
Nick and Nora Charles' friend Selma is accused of murdering her fiancée. The detective duo investigates to clear her name. Comedy, crime, mystery, romance. Directed by W. S. Van Dyke. With William Powell, Myrna Loy & James Stewart. Black & white, 112 minutes.
Saturday, August 21 (7:30 p.m.)
THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (20th Century Fox, 1943)
A loner gets caught up in a posse's drive to find and hang three suspected rustlers. Western crime drama. Directed by William A. Wellman. With Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews & Anthony Quinn. Black & White, 75 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 1998.
Thursday, August 26 (7:30 p.m.)
GIGI (MGM, 1958)
A Parisian girl is raised to be a kept woman but dreams of love and marriage. Comedy, musical, romance. Directed by Vincente Minelli. With Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier & Louis Jourdan. Color. 115 minutes. Selected to the National Film Registry in 1991.
Friday, August 27 (7:30 p.m.)
WILD AT HEART (PolyGram, 1990)
Two lovers trek to California while being pursued by a hit man. Crime, romance, thriller Drama, Rated R. Directed by David Lynch. With Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe. Color. 124 minutes.
Saturday, August 28 (2:00 p.m.)
THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN (Disney, 1985)
During the Great Depression, a teenage girl leaves Chicago to search for her father who went west to find work. Along the way she meets a friendly wolf and a young man who protects her. Family adventure. Directed by Jeremy Kagan. With Meredith Salenger & John Cusack. Color. 101 minutes.
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