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Bring on the Drama: Additional Films from Videoport and PPL

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

coming-homej-edgarVideoport had over 3,000 movies in their drama section. Some have already been selected to circulate, but many are still in the warehouse, waiting for someone to request them.

Some are classics, some are romance or adventure stories. Browse the catalog, or search for a specific title, and bring some drama into your life.

Don’t know where to start? Click here for some recommendations.

 

 

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Movie of the Month: White God

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

white-godThis month the Library is featuring films about animals. White God, a Hungarian film, boasts probably the largest canine cast since 101 Dalmatians, but make no mistake: This is not a family film.

Thirteen-year-old Lili (Zsofia Psotta) must move in with her father for a few months while her mother is away on business. Her dog Hagen is not welcome to stay with her, partly because her father is not a dog person, but also because the government has placed a high tax on mongrels–they have a vision of a Budapest populated by purebreds. Hagen is what Lili calls a “mixed breed,” but to the authorities, he’s a worthless mutt.

So Lili and her dog are separated, and the story is about their journey back to each other. Again, this sounds deceptively simple and heart-warming, but the film is actually a unique blend of parable, revenge fantasy, and a touch of horror. Imagine The Incredible Journey written by Hitchcock and directed by Tarantino.

While Hagen endures some harrowing experiences as a street dog, Lili struggles with adolescence and rebellion. Meanwhile, her school orchestra is rehearsing for a performance of Tannhauser. I mention this because the work underscores the theme of the redemptive power of love, but the music used to score the film is actually Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2.

This film, directed by Kornel Mundruczo, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, where it won the Prize Un Certain Regard, and also the Palm Dog Award.

Indeed, it is the performances of the dogs that make this film so extraordinary. Only the lead dogs were trained–the rest of the dog cast is made up of over 200 rescue dogs (almost all of which were subsequently adopted) and Mundruczo has captured them in all their natural dogginess. There is no computer-generation used, there are no cute dog tricks; these are real dogs behaving like real dogs, and if that sounds too ordinary, I assure you that this film offers some stunning images, the like of which you have never seen before, and will not soon forget.

 

For a list of other recommended films about animals, click here.

 


RIP Gene Wilder

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

 

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From his first movie role as mortician Eugene Grizzard in Bonnie and Clyde to his Emmy Award winning guest appearances as Mr. Stein on TV’s Will and Grace, Gene Wilder always made us smile, and that’s the way he wanted it.

On Monday, August 29th, at the age of 83, Wilder passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s, a diagnosis he kept hidden from the public for the last three years because, according to his family, he did not want to make his fans sad.

Of course, we are sad, but let’s revisit some of his work and let him make us happy once more. It’s what he would have wanted.

 

 

Borrow one or all of the following:Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother

Blazing Saddles

Bonnie and Clyde

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask

The Producers The Producers

Rhinoceros

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Silver StreakĀ 

Stir Crazy

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Young Frankenstein

 

See also Wilder’s 1979 appearance on the Merv Griffin Show

Kiss Me Like a Stranger

And read his memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger

 

or his fiction: My French Whore

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and Something to Remember You By

 

RIP

 

 

 

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