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Films @ PPL

popcornShakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.

For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.

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About the collection

PPL owns almost 15,000 DVDs for kids & families, teens, and adults – feature films and non-fiction covering all subject areas. Areas of concentration in the adult collection include film study, media literacy, black history and civil rights, and all things Irish.

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Film Programs and Discussion Series

  • National Novel Writing Month Film Series
    This November festival of words features readings by local authors and screenings of movies about writers.
  • Family Movie Night at Peaks Island Branch
    Saturdays at 6:00pm year-round

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Related Online Resources free with your library card

Filmmakers Library Online

PPL patrons have free access to this remarkable database of films, which features over 1,000 titles and 800 hours of film. Award-winning documentaries, reenactments, and interviews cover a multitude of topics representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Ideal for teachers and students, the database allows users to create their own playlists. Topics include gender studies, health and medicine, environmental concerns, criminal justice and social policy, as well as arts and literature.

Mango Premiere

Mango Premier logoLights. Camera. Language. Try this new Mango product — the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature films now available from Portland Public Library.

Classical Music Online

Classical Music OnlineWatch classical music in video, the definitive online collection for the study of classical music including almost 1,000 hours of classical music, performances and master classes – approximately 1,500 performances of all forms of classical music from medieval to the 21st century.

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Upcoming Events:
Oct06
Banned Book Film Series: Alice in Wonderland
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families, Seniors This 1933 mash-up of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass features an all-star cast, including Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and W.C. Fields.
Oct13
Banned Book Film Series: Catch-22
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors "There was only one catch, and that was Catch-22..." Alan Arkin stars as Captain John Yossarian, a World War II bombardier who is too sane to keep flying missions but not (yet) crazy enough to be excused from them.
Oct20
Banned Book Film Series: The Chocolate War
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families Set in a Catholic boys' school, this is a disturbing tale of chocolate and conformity.
Oct27
Banned Book Film Series: Stand By Me
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Four adolescent boys hike into the woods in search of a body rumored to be there.
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