Kenneth Turan profiles David W. Packard and his Packard Humanities Institute has become one of the leading philanthropic organizations funding film preservation.
Packard, the son of Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard, has never seen a Steven Spielberg movie and takes pleasure in reading Homer in the original Greek. But he cares deeply about film history, and his Packard Humanities Institute has become one of the leading philanthropic organizations funding film preservation.
Now a landmark moment in that cause is nearing completion on 65 acres in the hills of Santa Clarita: a $180-million facility that houses vintage movies in the UCLA Film & Television Archive, including “The Maltese Falcon,” the Flash Gordon serials, Laurel & Hardy’s “Way Out West,” Cecil B. DeMille’s personal collection and producer Hal Wallis’ own print of “Casablanca.”
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