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Library of Congress: Things are getting ‘Dirty’
Are you a fan of great movies? Then head to Culpeper, at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, 19053 Mount Pony Road, in Culpeper County.
Reserve your seat in advance, because they can fill up. Admission is free. Info: 540/827-1079, ext. 79994; loc.gov/avconservation/the
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 7:30 P.M.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961): Truman Capote’s bitter story of self-invented Manhattan call girl Holly Golightly features Henry Mancini’s classic “Moon River,” with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. With Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal and Buddy Ebsen. Romantic comedy/drama. Color.
FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 7:30 P.M.
“Anatomy of a Murder” (1959): Gripping courtroom drama adapted from the best-selling novel that was based on a 1952 murder case. With James Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara. Crime drama mystery. Black-and-white.
SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 7:30 P.M.
“The Matrix” (1999): In this cautionary tale about mankind
in revolt against a conspiratorial regime, a computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie–Anne Moss. Science fiction action–adventure. Color. Rated R.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 7:30 P.M.
“Sons of the Desert” (1933): When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they’re actually going to a lodge convention, the wives discover the truth and teach the boys a lesson. With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Charley Chase. Comedy. Black-and-white.
Also on the program: “The Kidnapper’s Foil” (1936): For 40 years, Melton Barker traveled through the United States filming local children acting, singing and dancing in two-reel narrative films. Enlisting local movie theaters and newspapers to sponsor and promote the productions, Barker cast local children to act out the story. Black-and-white; 22 minutes.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 7:30 P.M.
“Dirty Harry” (1971): Rogue police officer Harry Callahan is assigned to track down the self-named Scorpio Killer. With Clint Eastwood and Andrew Robinson. Action–crime thriller. Color.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 7:30 P.M.
“3:10 to Yuma” (1957): Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to smuggle a hunted outlaw leader to the nearest town with a railway station to await the train to the court at Yuma. Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. With Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. Western drama. Black-and-white.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2 P.M.
“Born Yesterday” (1950): A newspaper reporter takes on the task of educating a crooked businessman’s girlfriend in this satire on corruption in Washington. With Judy Holliday, William Holden and Broderick Crawford. Romantic comedy–drama. Black-and-white.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 7:30 P.M.
“The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984): The life of San Francisco’s first openly gay elected city official is told with revealing news clips and archival footage interspersed with personal reminiscences. Narrated by Harvey Fierstein. Documentary. Color.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 7:30 P.M.
“The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England” (1914): In this lighthearted cross-class romance, the son of an earl falls in love with the parson’s daughter and buys her a magical ring from gypsies that he claims will make her wishes come true. With Vivian Martin, Alec B. Francis and Chester Barnett. Comedy–drama. Black-and-white.
Also on the program: “A Cure for Pokeritis” (1912): A henpecked husband’s spouse conspires with similarly displeased wives to break up their husbands’ weekly poker game. With John Bunny and Flora Finch. Comedy. Black-and-white; 13 minutes. “The Evidence of the Film” (1913): A messenger boy at a film studio, wrongfully accused of stealing bonds, is saved by his sister, a film cutter, who discovers footage of the real villain committing the crime. With William Garwood and Florence La Badie. Crime drama. Black-and-white; 15 minutes.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 7:30 P.M.
“Mary Pickford Short Subjects” (1909–1915): A selection of short films made early in Mary Pickford’s career including “The Informer” with Mary as a Confederate captain’s sweetheart in a tale of the Civil War. The films will be introduced by Christel Schmidt, editor of the new book “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.” Black-and-white.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 7:30 P.M.
“Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall” (1924): Dorothy, the rebellious daughter of nobility, refuses to abide by a prearranged marriage after falling in love with the son of a family enemy. Before she knows it, she has offended both Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth. The film will be introduced by Christel Schmidt, editor of the new book “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.” With Mary Pickford, Anders Randolf, Marc McDermott and Lottie Pickford. Historical drama. Black-and-white with tints.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 7:30 P.M.
“Gold Diggers of 1933” (1933): A millionaire-turned-composer rescues unemployed Broadway show people with his new play. With Dick Powell, Warren William, Joan Blondell and Ruby Keeler. Musical comedy–drama. Black-and-white.