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      "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (Warner Bros., 1932) in Culpeper


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      March 26, 2020

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      19053 Mount Pony Rd
      Culpeper, Virginia 22701-7551

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      "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (Warner Bros., 1932)

      A compelling, Academy Award-nominated performance by Paul Muni as an average guy framed for robbery and sentenced to hard labor distinguishes this Warner Bros. "social conscious" picture from most others of this era. Based on a series of works by Robert Elliot Burns, himself a chain gang escapee, this pre-Code film vividly depicts the prisoner's despair as his strength and dignity are stripped away until escape becomes his only option. Director Mervyn LeRoy ("Little Caesar" and "They Won't Forget") pulls no punches in showing the brutality and corruption of prison farms. Much of the film's story and technique would influence later prison movies. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. 35mm film print from the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab in 1995, 92 min.

      Programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. Short films may be shown before some features. 

      For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994.

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