Rare John Ford Movie & 'The Films of 1910': Packard Campus

John Ford's Upstream
John Ford's Upstream

Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller in Hackers, Gillo Pontecorvo's political cinema classic La Battaglia di Algeri / Battle of Algiers, the long-thought-lost John Ford drama Upstream, Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney in National Velvet, and an evening featuring the films of 1910 are some of the Nov. 2010 highlights at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation's free film series in Culpeper, Va., in November. (See Packard Campus Nov. 2010 Schedule further below.)

I've heard many good things about John Ford's Upstream, recently shipped back to the United States after being found along with 75 other titles at a New Zealand archive.

Another silent, The Flying Ace should be worth a look if only for curiosity's sake.

National Velvet was Elizabeth Taylor's first major hit and one of Mickey Rooney's last, in addition to earning Anne Revere a Best Supporting Actress Oscar; Hackers offers a pre-Oscar, pre-stardom, pre-Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie; while the Oscar-nominated Battle of Algiers, about Algeria's bloody war of independence, remains one of the most controversial (it was banned in France for a while) and most relevant movies of the '60s.

In fact, several years ago Battle of Algiers was screened at the Pentagon, as some found parallels between the Algerians' fight for independence from France and the raging insurgency fighting the American occupation of Iraq.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Program Coordinator of Educational and Special Projects Randy Haberkamp and organ player Michael Mortilla will be on hand for the presentation of the films of 1910, a compilation showing what was being made in the film world a century ago.

Photo: Packard Campus.

Packard Campus schedule and film synopses from the press release:

Thursday, November 4 (7:30 p.m.)
HACKERS (United Artists, 1995)
A group of young computer hackers stumbles across a computer virus that may have catastrophic effects. Together, they must take down the evil man who engineered the virus while being pursued by the secret service. Crime drama, thriller. Directed by Iain Softley. With Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. Color. 107 min.


Friday, November 5 (7:30 p.m.)
BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Igor Films, 1966)
A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution against the French Foreign Legion from both sides. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Historical drama. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. With Jean Martin and Brahim Hadjadj. Black & White, 121 min.


Saturday, November 6 (7:30 p.m.)
THE FLYING ACE (Norman, 1926)
A World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and regains his former job as a railroad company detective. Crime adventure. Directed by Richard E. Norman. With Laurence Criner and Kathryn Boyd. Silent, Black & White, 65 min.
Also on the program: Sleepy Sam, the Sleuth (Norman, 1915) Black & white, 10 min.
Musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.


Monday, November 8 (7:30 p.m.)
A special Monday night screening to celebrate the repatriation of 75 American films from New Zealand under the auspices of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
UPSTREAM (Fox, 1927)
A backstage comedy-drama about a Shakespearean actor and a woman from a knife-throwing act. This was considered to be a lost film until it was recently discovered in New Zealand. Directed by John Ford. With Nancy Nash and Earle Foxe. Silent, Black & White, 60 min. Musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.


Thursday, November 18 (7:30 p.m.)
A Century Ago: Films of 1910
Journey back 100 years to 1910 and the continuing development of motion pictures, in this fascinating program of short films organized and presented by Randy Haberkamp, Director of Educational Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most prints will be 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The program will last approximately 2 hours. Musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.


Friday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.)
THE NAKED CITY (Universal, 1948)
A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York. Crime drama. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2007. Directed by Jules Dassin. With Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff. Black & white, 96 min.
Also on the program: So You Want to Be a Detective (Warner Bros., 1948), a Joe McDoakes comedy short. Black & white, 11 min.


Saturday, November 20 (2:00 p.m.)
A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.
Family drama. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2003. Directed by Clarence Brown. With Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury. Black & white, 123 min.

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