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Movie of the Month: Purple Rain

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

PrincePurple Rain is a highly stylized semi-autobiographical film about Prince, starring Prince. It is not a movie recommended for its story, which is cliched, or its dialogue, which is melodramatic, or its acting performances, which are mostly nonprofessional, and not in a good way. What this movie is recommended for is its place in music history. It came out in 1984, three years after the advent of MTV. It was the first feature-length music video, and the musical talent it showcased was so enormous it would rock the world.

That’s why you want to see it: for the electrifying musical performances by The Artist We Will Remember as Prince.

When comes such another?


You might want to get on the hold list for some of our Prince materials:


The Hits 2verybestofprince


The Very Best of Prince


The Gold Experience

Graffiti Bridge


and the movie Purple Rain


See also the biography Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks

and the book Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple RainĀ  BPRINCELetsgocracy


For instant gratification, take a look at these youtube videos:


Prince Looking Totally Cool While Delivering a Searing Guitar Solo in a Tribute to George Harrison


Prince Covering Radiohead’s Creep


And check out the Prince music library on Hoopla.




For other recommended musicals, click here.


The Criterion Collection: Challenging the Canon

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

directorWhile Criterion is not the only company that restores and distributes films, it is one of the most influential, and it is in a position to use that influence to introduce more female filmmakers into the canon.

Is this as easy as it sounds? Apparently not. We recently came across an article that describes some of the obstacles–not only a dearth of female filmmakers prior to the 1970s, but also problems with acquiring licensing and whatnot.

Read about it here: No Home Video: On Women Directed Films

And click here for a list of our Criterion films directed by women.

The Horror: Videoport Movies Unsuppressed

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

OnibabaAs of April 1, 2016, all of the horror movies from Videoport’s collection will be available for circulation.

Just find your selection in the catalog. Place a hold to have it delivered to the branch of your choice. When you return it, it will be fully cataloged and added to our collection for you and other horror fans to enjoy again and again.

If you’re looking for a horror film from the Criterion collection, click here.


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