'The Godfather' Movies: Packard Campus Screenings

by Andre Soares

Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather
Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather

This week at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation's in Culpeper, Va.:

John Cusack stars in Stephen Frears' comedy High Fidelity (2000), in which the owner of a Chicago record store recounts his top five breakups.

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) will be screened on the weekend. Both films were box office and critical hits upon their release, and both won the Best Picture Oscar.

Marlon Brando, who made Academy Award history by refusing to accept his Best Actor Oscar, stars in The Godfather. Al Pacino and James Caan co-star, while the supporting cast includes Diane Keaton, Sterling Hayden, Robert Duvall, and Coppola's sister Talia Shire.

Pacino is the sole lead in The Godfather: Part II, which also provides meaty roles for Keaton, Duvall, in addition to Oscar nominees (all supporting) Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, and Oscar winner Robert De Niro.

Programs are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library's Recorded Sound Section. Some screenings will also include short subjects before the main feature. Titles are subject to change without notice.

All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For reservation information, call (540) 827-1079 extension 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during business hours, beginning one week before any given screening.

Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. For further information on the theater and film series, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Film Schedule

Thursday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.

“High Fidelity” (Buena Vista, 2000, R-rated *)
Rob, a compulsive list maker and the owner of a Chicago record store, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. This comedy/drama was directed by Stephen Frears and stars John Cusack, Todd Louiso and Jack Black.

Friday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

“The Godfather” (Paramount, 1972, R-rated *)
This crime drama is an epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from the father to his youngest son. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “The Godfather” was named to the National Film Registry in 1990. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall.

Saturday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.

“The Godfather: Part II” (Paramount, 1972, R-rated*)
In this crime drama, the Corleone saga continues as the family moves to Nevada and makes the casino business their major income source under the leadership of the increasingly paranoid and malevolent Michael. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “The Godfather II” was named to the National Film Registry in 1993. The film stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro.

* No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or an adult guardian.

Photo: The Godfather (Paramount Pictures)

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