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Library of Congress: Catch Redford in ‘The Natural’
Are you a fan of great movies? Then head to Culpeper, at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation (long name, but worth it!), 19053 Mount Pony Road.
You can catch some brilliant films in a beautiful setting in April. Not only will you see great movies on the big screen, but it’s free.
Please reserve your seat in advance, because they can fill up. Info: 540/827-1079, ext. 79994; loc.gov/avconservation/theater.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 7:30 P.M.
“IT” (1927): A shop girl turns party girl to land her handsome boss. With Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin. Silent romantic comedy. Black-and-white.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 7:30 P.M.
“The Southerner” (1945): A sharecropper fights the elements to start his own farm and help his family. With Zachary Scott, Betty Field and Beulah Bondi. Drama. Black-and-white.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 7:30 P.M.
“It Started With Eve” (1941): A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father’s last moments happy. With Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton and Robert Cummings. Musical comedy romance. Black-and-white.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 P.M.
“The Natural” (1984): Roy Hobbs emerges from the bush leagues to become a 35-year-old rookie on the 1939 lineup of the New York Knights and soon becomes the team’s star player. With Robert Redford, Glenn Close and Kim Basinger. Sports drama.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 7:30 P.M.
An evening of TV Westerns
“Alias Smith & Jones” (1971): In the made-for-television movie and pilot for the series, two likeable outlaws are offered amnesty on the conditions that they stay out of trouble for a year and don’t tell anyone about it. With Pete Duel and Ben Murphy.
“Wanted: Dead or Alive” (1958–1961): With Steve McQueen. Black-and-white.
“The Deputy” (1959–1961): With Henry Fonda. Black-and-white.
“Laredo” (1965–1967): With Philip Carey and Peter Brown.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 P.M.
“Adam’s Rib” (1949): Husband-and-wife lawyers argue opposite sides in a sensational women’s rights case. With Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Comedy, romance. Black-and-white.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2 P.M.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1939): Mark Twain’s classic story of a rambunctious boy adventurer who escapes his abusive father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River, accompanied by his friend Jim, a runaway slave. With Mickey Rooney and Rex Ingram. Family drama adventure. Black-and-white.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30 P.M.
“Salt of the Earth” (1954): Latino mine workers in New Mexico go on strike, in spite of the tremendous hardships it causes. With Will Geer and David Wolfe. Black-and-white. Social drama.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 7:30 P.M.
“Solaris” (1972): An alien intelligence infiltrates a space mission. With Natalya Bondarchuk and Donatas Banionis. Sci–fi psychological drama. Black-and-white.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 7:30 P.M.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962): A Southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape, and tries to explain the proceedings to his children. With Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters and Robert Duvall. Drama. Black-and-white.