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Movies and TV: Vincere

Cover of VincereA story of desire, madness, and war, Vincere is a passionate tale centering on fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during the 20th century and Ida Dalser, his mistress. As Mussolini rises in power, scenes of the flurry of war and a nation uprising mark the passage of time causing a sense of growing urgency which is contrasted against the creeping sense of dread for Dalser’s fate. The dark lighting and panicked exchanges between the characters set against a sweeping, grand soundtrack allow the watcher to sink into a world of tarnished grandeur in this 2009 film.

Explore more countries throughout time by watching a Historical Fiction Movie. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 6, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Movies and TV: The Prettiest Ugly Girl / La Fea Más Bella

La Fea Mas Bella DVD coverTelenovelas, Latin American soap operas, are among the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. Everything is exaggerated:  high drama, intense emotion, and broad caricature are broken into installments to keep family viewers coming back for more. La Fea Más Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl) is a story that aired for 300 episodes in Mexico about an intelligent but comically unattractive young woman who lands her first real job. When the business is in danger, her boss uses her crush on him to secure the company, and both are changed by all that follows. An edited DVD set is available for those curious how one of the 17 versions of Ugly Betty played out in another country.

Browse our collection of International TV Series to discover other programs popular around the globe. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 29, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Humor, Movies and TV, Romance

Movies and TV: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Cover of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame689 AD. China. Individuals are bursting into flames and no one knows why. The empire is about to coronate its first woman empress and she wants this mystery solved before her coronation. Detective Dee, previously considered a traitor, is taken out of the Imperial jail and given the lead on this case, joined by Pei, an officer of the empire. Dee proves worthy of the mystery, somehow maintaining his somber humor as he easily fends off multiple assassins and hunts for the truth. Snappy dialogue paired with the characters’ quick deadly movements rapidly push the thrilling action mystery, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, toward its conclusion.

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new. For more mysteries around the world, take a look at some of the other items the Library owns.

 

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 22, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Say Anything

Picture of Diane“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed,” said John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in the smart and charming romantic comedy Say Anything.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 16, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies and TV: A Separation

Separation DVD coverCountless movies close with a couple coming together, but the exquisite A Separation opens as two people are pulling apart. Nader and Simin cannot agree on their family’s future, especially when staying in Tehran to care for an aging parent means sacrificing a new life for their daughter outside of Iran. When Simin moves out, a caregiver is hired, and the events that quickly follow place everyone in impossible situations. Asghar Farhadi’s riveting film, the first and only Oscar winner from his country, presents life in contemporary Iran through the lens of two struggling families. One of the most internationally honored movies of 2011, A Separation artfully employs one intimate story to expose a tapestry of flawed motivations and decisions that is anything but foreign.

The Library offers access to 57 remarkable winners of Best Foreign Film as honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, stretching back to 1948.  Which will you try?

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 15, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Movies and TV: Avenue Montaigne

Cover of Avenue MontaigneSet in Paris, Avenue Montaigne spins together the stories of four individuals trying to break out of their defined roles in society: a beloved day-time soap opera actress that wants to star in films, a high concert pianist who would rather play in hospitals than the concert hall, an older art collector auctioning off his lifelong collection, and finally Jessica, a young wide-eyed dreamer who acts as the common thread between these artists. Funny and breezy yet grounded in thought, this French film is an uplifting romantic comedy about new beginnings. Interested in more World Language Romantic Comedies? See what else the Library owns!

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 11, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV, Romance

Staff Pick: Upstream Color

Picture of JohnUpstream Color unfolds in an elliptical manner, inviting viewers to deduce the narrative with limited dialogue and an absence of exposition.  However, it would be a mistake to dismiss this as some gimmicky puzzle film:  Amy Seimetz’s outstanding lead performance reveals the powerful emotional heart at the center of this ecological sci-fi love story.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 26, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Movies and TV: The Paradise

Cover of The ParadiseIt’s 1890. Britain’s first department store, The Paradise, has opened up on the streets of Newcastle led by the ambitious Mr. John Moray. Coming from poverty with big dreams and bigger ideas, Denise has begun work as a shopgirl in the dress department at the store. While her innovative ideas make a splash, drawing attention from Moray himself, the road isn’t easy for Denise as she navigates a jealous peer, a fearful boss, and divided loyalties. The Paradise is a Victorian drama filled with swirling secrets, majestic dresses, matters of the heart and fierce competition where nothing is too grandiose.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 21, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies: Rewarding Slower-Paced Films

Taste of Cinema has explored the idea of intentionally watching films that are paced slowly, in their list 20 Slow Films From This Century That Rewards Patience. These films might not have an immediate payoff or packed to the brim with action, but their in-depth look at characters, life, and the surrounding world allow for a different kind of film watching experience. Try one and let us know what you think at the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk on the second floor.

Cover of Wendy And LucyWendy and Lucy

Cover of Colossal YouthColossal Youth

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Cover of SomewhereSomewhere

Cover of Once Upon A Time In AnatoliaOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia

Cover of Syndromes And A CenturySyndromes and a Century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of The Death Of Mr. LazarescuThe Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Cover of Police, AdjectivePolice, Adjective

Cover of Neighboring SoundsNeighboring Sounds

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 8, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Now, Voyager

Cover of Now VoyagerDiane of Fiction/AV/Teen services suggests Now, Voyager

Hollywood cranked out women’s pictures, or weepies, with excessive emotional fervor from the 1930s to 1950s. For many historians, 1942’s Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, is the definitive weepie. Davis portrays Charlotte Vale, a dowdy Boston spinster, oppressed and driven to a nervous breakdown by a domineering mother. She recovers with the help of a kindly psychiatrist, played by Claude Rains, who runs a mental health sanitarium. After leaving the doctor’s care, Charlotte takes an ocean voyage where she finds self-confidence and love through a romance with an unhappily-married man, played by Paul Henreid, and ends up taking his emotionally troubled daughter under her wing.

 

For more movies featuring Bette Davis as the headstrong lead try

Cover of Dark Victory
Dark Victory follows the life of a fast moving Long Island socialite who skids to a stop when she discovers that she has less than a year to live.

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Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, The Letter centers on a woman’s reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of The Old MaidHeadstrong, beautiful Tina has nothing but disdain for her Aunt Charlotte, in The Old Maid, but unloved, unlovable Aunt Charlotte is really Tina’s mother, whose romance with a Civil War soldier that didn’t return resulted in Tina’s birth.

Cover of Deception
World War II has separated pianist Christine Radcliffe from her great love, cellist Karel Novak. Thinking Karel has been killed in action, she is unexpectedly reunited with him. Pulling off the ultimate Deception, she’ll lie to keep her shameful past as the mistress of a wealthy composer a secret.

Cover of The Great Lie
In The Great Lie, tempestuous and ambitious concert pianist Sandra shares a bond with down-to-earth Maggie and her little boy, Pete. No one knows that Pete is Sandra’s son – the son of the heroic aviator both women love.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on April 27, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks