Black and white modern film selections light up the big screen on Mount Pony this month.
The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater also salutes Brooklyn-born actor Danny Kaye (1913-1987) in March while continuing its look at the racy pre-code cinema of 1933 prior to censorship.
This month's black-and-white "Modern Monochrome" film series depicts post 1970 movies not made in color either because of dark subject matter and tone or to invoke feelings of nostalgia. Selections include " The Man Who Wasn't There " (USA Films, 2001) screening tonight, " Paper Moon " (Paramount, 1973) March 7, " Good Night and Good Luck " (Warner Independent, 2005) March 9, " Coup de Grace " (Argos Films, 1976) March 14 and a Woody Allen Double Feature March 15 of " Broadway Danny Rose " (Orion, 1984) and " Stardust Memories " (United Artists, 1980).
According to local film industry insiders, "Paper Moon" is among the best movies out there. It stars Ryan O'Neal as a traveling Bible salesman/conman and his real-life daughter, Tatum O'Neal, as an orphan with whom he forms an unlikely alliance. Tatum won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in this movie, her film debut.
The Packard Campus Theatre honors Danny Kaye with an entire weekend of shows beginning with March 21's screening of selections from his TV series, guest appearances on other TV shows, early theatrical clips and clips highlighting Kay's work with UNICEF. On March 22, it's Kaye in " On the Double " (Paramount, 1961) and March 23 he stars in " Hans Christian Andersen " from 1951 at a 2 p.m. matinee and later that evening in " On the Riviera " (20th Century Fox, 1951).
Culpeper's moving images salute to Kaye is part of a new LOC exhibit in Washington, D.C., "Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn," on display in the the LOC Performing Arts Reading Room, James Madison Building.
The ongoing Packard Campus Theater series, " Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself ," of 1933 flicks continues in March with Mae West in " She Done Him Wrong " March 8 and Irene Dunn in " Ann Vickers " March 28.
March Movies on the Mount
Saturday "The Man Who Wasn't There" (USA Films, 2001), Rated R
March 7 "Paper Moon" (Parmount, 1973)
March 8 "She Done Him Wrong" (Paramount, 1933)
March 9 "Good Night, and Good Luck" (Warner Independent, 2005)
March 14 "Coup de Grace" (Argo Films, 1976)
March 15 Woody Allen Double Feature "Broadway Danny Rose" (Orion, 1984) and "Stardust Memories" (United Artists, 1980)
March 16 "Prince of Egypt" (Dreamworks, 1998), 2 p.m.
March 21 A Tribute to Danny Kaye featuring selections from "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS, 1963-1967), guest appearances on other TV shows, early theatrical shorts and clips highlighting Kaye's work with UNICEF
March 22 "On the Double" (Paramount, 1961)
March 23 "Hans Christian Andersen" (RKO Radio, 1952), 2 p.m.
March 23 "On the Riviera" (20th Century Fox, 1951)
March 28 "Ann Vickers" (Radio Pictures, 1933)
The Packard Campus Theater is located inside the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center at 19053 Mount Pony Rd. All shows are free and show at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Make reservations up to one week in advance at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994. Reservations are held until 10 minutes before show time.