Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 @ 7:30PM in Culpeper, VA [silent film accompaniment]
When: Wednesday, September 9 th at 7:30PM
What: MONTE CARLO (1930, 90 min., dir. Ernest Lubitsch)
Ernest Lubitsch’s second sound film, Monte Carlo, was a charming musical adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel Monsieur Beaucaire starring Jeanette MacDonald as a flighty countess and Jack Buchanan as her ardent, rather sneaky suitor. It was one of a series of well-regarded musicals Lubitsch directed in the early sound era (The Love Parade and The Smiling Lieutenant bookended Monte Carlo) and cemented his reputation as one of Hollywood’s finest craftsmen, even as his reputation in Europe remained undiminished since his emigration from Germany in 1922. It was the occasional practice in the early days of talkies to create both sound and silent versions of select titles, mainly because the other options for foreign distribution – dubbing into English or adding subtitles – were more expensive. Surprisingly, this was the case with Monte Carlo, despite it being a musical. This previously unknown silent version was recently preserved by our film lab, and will be accompanied by Makia Matsumura. (This is replacing the previously announced “Verdi and the Silent Film.”) 90 min.
Where: Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
19053 Mt Pony Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701
Admission: All Packard Campus programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during regular business hours.