Harrison Ford, Lillian Gish, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland: Packard Campus Screenings

The Wind Victor Sjostrom poster

From Lillian Gish to Monty Python. From Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney to Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. From Audie Murphy in the Civil War to Elvis Presley in concert. All that – and more – is what's in store at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper, VA, in May 2011. [Full Packard Campus May 2011 schedule.]

Highlights include Glenn Ford trying to tame dangerous savages, among them Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow, in The Blackboard Jungle (1955), Richard Brooks' well-intentioned and quite sensational look at an inner-city school; Harrison Ford dueling it out with Rutger Hauer in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), set in a futuristic Los Angeles where the drab Santa Ana Winds never blow; and Victor Sjöström's The Wind (1928), one of the most remarkable silent films ever made, starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, and the Santa Ana Winds (or equally arid, asthma-inducing facsimile).

So's Your Old Man, W.C. Fields poster

Also notable are Gregory La Cava's So's Your Old Man (1926), in which the great Alice Joyce – a top performer in the 1910s, and perhaps the only early female star to undergo a resurgence in the 1920s – supports W.C. Fields, and Paul Fejo's Lonesome (1928), considered by many one of the greatest silents ever made (along with The Wind, I'm sure).

Lonesome is also notable in that the film's leading lady, Barbara Kent, is still alive. Kent, in fact, is the very last surviving adult Hollywood performer of the silent era. She turned 104 last December 16.

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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2 Comments to Harrison Ford, Lillian Gish, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland: Packard Campus Screenings

  1. Musical accompaniment for “The Wind” and “So's Your Old Man” will be performed live on the theater's majestic (digital) Rodgers theatre organ by Ben Model.

  2. Jensen Lee

    “Blackboard Jungle” was also notable as the first major film to have a rock song in its soundtrack: Bill Haley and His Comets' “Rock Around the Clock.” How the song made it to the opening credits of “Blackboard Jungle” is told on my Rockaeology blog at http://bit.ly/gd83tr

    The song was chosen by director Richard Brooks from the record collection of a music-crazy fifth-grader who loved Bill Haley's sound… star Glenn Ford's son Peter.