Featured in the Films of Michael Powell collection, A Matter of Life and Death stars David Niven as an aviator placed on trial for his life in Heaven after accidentally surviving a parachute-less jump. Graceful storytelling and visual sumptuousness are on display in this charming 1946 film.
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Cathleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup:
When playboy Vicky Rai shot doctoral student Ruby Gill in the face and neck in front of fifty witnesses, all because she refused to serve him a drink, the nation gasped. Later, when Rai was acquitted, riots broke out. So it is no surprise that he himself is murdered at the very party he throws to celebrate his release. When the guests are searched, six separate individuals are found to have guns in their possession: a dim-witted American tourist, an ambitious politician, a Bollywood star, a primitive tribesman, a cell phone thief, and a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Ghandi. Each has a secret, and each had just as good a reason to want Rai dead. In his follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, author Vikas Swarup casts a fascinating story of mystery and vengeance. One by one the characters are revealed, but the pieces won’t fully come together until the shocking end.
One man’s fight for his little boy’s honor turns into a national obsession in David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy. Loosely based on an actual case, this Edwardian drama is less about courtroom and more about character. Are some costs too high, even if fighting for what you believe is right?
Vineyard Chill is the final book written by the late Philip R. Craig. He is the author of the J. W. Jackson mystery series set on Martha’s Vineyard. Reading his stories makes me want to visit the island during my next trip to Cape Cod.
Can you imagine anything creepier than suspecting a beloved family member is a serial killer? In Shadow of a Doubt, Charlie begins to distrust the charming uncle she idolized. Alfred Hitchcock and Thornton Wilder combine their considerable talents in a chilling film that brings paranoia to our own homes.