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The Murphy Library has a treat for beekeepers this week at the movies.  A young teen escapes a troubled home with her caregiver and finds her way to a family of beekeepers.  It’s a South Carolina story filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The library is showing “The Secret Life of Bees” at 6 p.m. Thursday.  It runs 114 minutes and is rated PG-13.  Teens and their families along with anyone who loves bees and warmhearted stories will enjoy this film.

The film stars Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo as the Boatwrights who make a living as beekeepers.  They live in a vibrant pink Victorian house with room to take in the wayward Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) and  Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson).  Then they, and their bees, teach the young women how to take on life and survive.

Sue Monk Kidd wrote the popular novel on which the film is based.  She was born in South Georgia in 1948 and knew well the 1960’s of the South, the time when this film takes place.

Mark Isham composed the music along with Bach, Vivaldi, Jackie DeShannon, Curtis Mayfield and a few others.  He’s written the music for many films we’ve shown at the library including “October Sky” and “The Education of Little Tree.”

Call the library at 837-2417.

Week 1:  Sept. 29 This week’s words for the 2010-2011 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from Latin and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,   

incorruptible  credentials  erudite  carnivore  perfidy ostentatious   ridiculous   retrospective conjecture   corporal   popularity animosity   simile   mediocre   aquatic  providence   diary   trajectory  implement   discipline

The young Kurdish refugee wants to swim the English Channel for love.  The French swimming coach wants to save his own marriage.  They help each other with surprising results.


The Murphy Library is showing the French film “Welcome” at 6 p.m. Thursday. It is this month’s selection from Film Movement.  The film is not rated and runs 105 minutes.


Bilal is a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee who has followed the girl he loves through Europe.  She has moved to England and he is desperate to follow her.  But border guards at Calais, France stop him – – – and he sees no alternative but to swim across the English Channel.  He just needs to practice.


Simon is a middle-aged swimming coach going through a divorce.  His wife helps refugees and he thinks that if he helps Bilal, his wife may reconsider the divorce.


Director Philippe Lioret’ story of refugees in France was nominated for ten Cesar Awards, France’s Oscar, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Breakout Performance.

Call the library at 837-2417.

If words like saxophone, trumpet, trombone, congas and bongos get your attention, try the next Murphy Library Thursday night movie.  “Calle 54” is full of jazz, Latin jazz from Tito Puente to Gato Barbieri.  The library movie starts at 6 p.m. and runs 105 musical minutes.

In 2000 Spanish director Fernando Trueba filmed his favorite Latin jazz artists playing their music in Sony’s studios on 54th Street in New York City, thus, the Calle 54 name.  He also filmed them walking their home turf, like Jerry González and the Fort Apache band visiting the Bronx.

And girls can play jazz too.  Eliane Elias is Brazilian, born with the graceful samba beat in her blood.  She plays jazz piano barefoot and it’s a sight to behold.

Argentinean Gato Barbieri plays his sax. Tito Puente conducts his band perfectly (and just a few weeks before he passed away).  Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes and his son Chucho, who live on opposite sides of the world, play a duet.  Do you like flamenco?  Try Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez and his jazz.  There are thirteen musicians in all and all are unforgettable.

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Before Maurice Chevalier made “Gigi” as an aging Romeo, he was a young sexy Romeo and your grandmother probably had a crush on him.  When he was paired with the lovely Jeanette MacDonald in “The Merry Widow” sparks flew over the 1934 night sky.

The Murphy Library is showing the 1934 version of “The Merry Widow” Thursday at 6 p.m.  It is based on Franz Lehar’s operetta of the same name.  A very wealthy widow leaves a small country for Paris and her country worries she will marry a non-countryman, and maybe take all her money with her – out of their country.   They send a handsome playboy to woo her back.

The secret ingredient in this funny film is director Ernst Lubitsch.  The German-born filmmaker found a home in Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s.  He had a wicked sense of visual humor and added enormously to each film he made.  It’s called “the Lubitsch touch” and will make you laugh out loud.

The film is not rated.   Call 837-2417.

The Murphy Library is showing the PG-rated film “Cool Runnings” the funny and sweet true story of the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics, on Thursday, September 2 at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Starring John Candy. Runtime: 98 minutes. Call 837-2417.