Posts Tagged ‘library films’
Posted May 19, 2013on:
If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.
On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil. A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself. She also learns to make bread. Portuguese with subtitles in English. 98 minutes. Not rated.
The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work. But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.
The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.
Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it. At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no. That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.
Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently. In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.
Shakespeare used everything in his arsenal in Much Ado About Nothing, this Thursday at Murphy Library
Posted March 16, 2013on:
Shakespeare must have enjoyed writing romantic comedies. His arsenal of love stories was immense and so was his wit. He filled his play, Much Ado About Nothing with love between opposites, love at first sight, lost love and then found love. It’s not to be missed.
The library is showing the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy with flashes of drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 111 minutes. Kenneth Branagh directed and starred along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale.
A feminist poem starts things rolling:
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever
One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”
And how does it end? Dancers twirl and whirl through a garden as music plays joyously.
Who dances with whom? Ah, that is the question.
Call the library at 837-2417.
P.S. Branagh attracted a fine cast of actors to work with. Maybe that is why he made the film at a villa in the Tuscany region of Italy where the wine flows and the food is nothing short of wonderful…..
A smart dog named Beethoven headlines the Murphy Library film this Thursday, March 7 at 4 and 6 p.m.
Posted March 4, 2013on:
A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate. Is everyone is happy? Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.
What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.
The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.
The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films. Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost. A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively.
Call the library at 837-2417.
This film is rescheduled for Thursday, February 7 at 4 p.m. and 6p.m. Winston-Salem film stays with you
Posted January 29, 2013on:
Three characters in the next library movie will stay with you long after the credits roll. Solo is a smiling taxicab driver from Senegal. Alex, the young daughter of Solo’s Mexican-American wife is intelligent and inquisitive, and he loves her as his own. William, a white Southerner, has no urge to smile or be inquisitive.
The library is showing Goodbye, Solo, a story of friendship and caring, of hope and despair, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. by North Carolina born filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, a past Guggenheim Fellow. The film was made in Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Running time is 91 minutes and the film rated R.
Solo is driving his cab one night when he picks up William to carry him back to his motel. William has another request. In two weeks he wants a ride to the mountaintop at Blowing Rock. He’s willing to pay $1,000. He does not mention a return trip. Call 837-2417 for details.
If you think working in a bookstore is a quiet job, check out the Murphy Library movie this Thursday, January 10. A fashion photographer wants a photo-shoot in a setting that would make both the model and her clothes look smart. When he and his crew invade a Greenwich Village bookstore he creates havoc for the saleslady as he snaps away.
To his credit the photographer stays behind to help the young woman. Later he sees that he has included her in one of his photos. She is very photogenic. Would she be interested in being a model? No. What if the agency were to take her on a photo shoot to Paris? Well, maybe.
The library is showing Funny Face, the classic 1957 film about falling in love while dancing through the streets of Paris to the music of George Gershwin, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. The film is not rated. Running time is 103 minutes. To see the trailer, go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com or call 837-2417.
Posted November 5, 2012on:
Smoke Signals, a Sundance Film Festival winner written, directed, and produced by Native Americans is the next film at the Murphy Public Library. The Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho is the setting for this road trip movie that includes the basics of life — fire, water, and fry bread. The Murphy Library will show it Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 89 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Victor (Adam Beach) wants to travel to Phoenix and retrieve his late father’s ashes, but he has no money. His nerdy friend Thomas (Evan Adams) offers his savings, with a catch — he goes along for the trip.
Director Chris Eyre used the screenplay that poet and writer Sherman Alexie based on his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven which the Murphy Library has in its collection and which won a PEN-Hemingway nomination for the best first book of fiction.
Most of all, this is a film about fathers and sons and forgiveness. Don’t miss it. Call the library at 837-2417.
Posted October 22, 2012on:
During WWII in Nazi-occupied Paris, Jewish men, women and children were hunted down and arrested. Then, the Resistance began and helped many survive. Among those groups that helped the Resistance, one is unexpected — the Muslims of the Paris Mosque. Read the rest of this entry »
War Horse is showing this Thursday, July 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Murphy Library — don’t miss it!
Posted July 8, 2012on:
This Thursday, July 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable movie about a young man and his beloved horse during World War I. Running time is 146 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.
Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) trains and bonds with a horse he calls Joey his father Ted (Peter Mullan) had bought at auction. His mother Rose (Emily Watson) is worried that the horse will not help in the fields, but she is wrong – the horse understands his work and will do anything for his young master.
Then World War I begins, the crops suffer in the heat and Joey is sold to the cavalry. What else can Albert do but enlist in hopes he can find his precious horse. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted March 19, 2012on:
Believe it or not, there is an empty factory in China. That’s where the next movie at the Murphy Library takes place. This comedy is filled with music, family drama, and a fearless hero who plays the accordion. Did I mention welders are in it too? The library is showing The Piano in a Factory this Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Chen and his wife are divorcing and each wants custody of their daughter. She is holding out for the one who can give her a piano. Chen is the musical one, he’s in a band and he may be fearless, but he is also penniless, unless you count his many friends. However, they decide that together, perhaps, they could build a piano by making use of an empty factory. Go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com to see the trailer. And don’t miss the Russian music that permeates the Chinese background.
A trip to Rio de Janeiro is in store for parents and kids in the next animated film this Thursday, March 1 at 4 and 6 p.m. at the Murphy Library
Posted February 26, 2012on:
His name is Blu and you’d be too, if your species were dwindling away. This Thursday the Murphy Library is showing the family-friendly animated comedy, Rio, about a sweet blue parrot in Minnesota who is needed in Rio de Janeiro to save his species from dying out.
In English with a few Portuguese words for fun. Rated PG. Screenings at 4 and 6 p.m. Running time is 96 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.
Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are the voices for Blu, the male macaw and Jewel, the feisty female. Carlos Saldanha is the director. He also directed Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), but his film Rio must be close to his heart since he was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro.
Hana is an actress in Prague who finds her film career taking off. Meanwhile her husband Emil stays in the background. But it is 1938 and soon the Nazis march into Czechoslovakia. There is one more item of importance: Hana is Jewish.
The Murphy Library is showing “Protektor”, a Film Movement selection from the Czech Republic on Thursday, February 16 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will be shown in Czech with subtitles in English. Not suitable for children.
To protect himself and his wife, Emil collaborates with the Nazis when they take over his radio station. Now Hana rarely leaves their apartment and Emil enjoys his time before the microphone. Suddenly, a top German official, Deputy Protektor Heydrich is assassinated in Prague and everyone is a suspect, especially those who ride bicycles.
A film that grabs your emotions and entertains you too — this Thursday, February 2, at Murphy Library
Posted January 29, 2012on:
Once in awhile a movie comes along that grabs your emotions and doesn’t let go. Alfonso Cuaron’s A LITTLE PRINCESS is one of those. It wraps you up in its arms, like its young heroine is wrapped in her father’s embrace. But it’s not just for girls. The director of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN made this tale of imagination and storytelling for everyone. The Murphy Public Library will show it this Thursday at 4 p.m. and again at 6. It is rated G.
Based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett it tells the story of Sarah Crewe, the daughter of a wealthy British Army officer on the eve of World War I. They live in India and since her mother had died, Sarah grows up under the loving eyes of her Indian caretakers. The colors and stories of India permeate her life.
But soon her father must go off to war. He takes Sarah to the same boarding school her mother had attended in New York City. Only this time the forbidding Miss Minchin is in charge. Questions, logic, and imagination are frowned upon. Even talking among the girls is forbidden. Only Sarah’s natural storytelling ability keeps her going.
Then the unthinkable news comes from the battlefront. Sarah’s father has died. As a result his assets are frozen, and to pay for her debts, Sarah is ordered to work as a maid in the boarding school. All that is left is her imagination. The highly regarded Mexican director Cuaron made this film in 1995. Read the rest of this entry »