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Archive for June 2011

The music by James Horner is reason enough to see the next movie at the Murphy Library.  He teams up with the Boys Choir of Harlem to touch your emotions about war, loss, and patriotism.  And yet there’s more.

This Thursday, June 30, as part of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the library is showing “Glory” the  Academy Award-winning Civil War film that honors both black and white soldiers.  Starring Matthew Brokerick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.  Screenings are at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is rated R for violence and runs 122 minutes. 

They were the 600 men of the 54th Massachusetts, among the first regiments in the Union Army of all black soldiers under commanders who were white.  Their patriotism was colorblind.  Call 837-2417 for details.

The film won Oscars for Cinematography, Sound, and Best Supporting Actor to Denzel Washington.  Filming locations ranged from Appleton Farm in Ipswich, and Old Sturbridge Village, both in Massachusetts,  to Jekyll Island, McDonough, and Savannah, Georgia.

 A newlywed couple invites close friends to spend New Year’s Eve at an upstate New York cabin. Some have been married awhile, one is newly single, and one couple brings a friend along, a twenty-something blond named Helena.

 The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s comedy/drama “Helena from the Wedding,” a story of marriage and commitment and the angst in between. The film will be shown at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. It contains adult material and is not suitable for young people. Running time is 89 minutes.

Director Joseph Infantolino calls the film an “attempt to capture the feeling between the fading of youth and the beginning of the rest of life.” Director of Photographer, Stephen Kazmierski knows how to shoot a film in the mountains, he practiced on “You Can Count on Me” that we recently screened at the library.

The cast, however, is filled with New York City actors who divide their time between films like “Up in the Air,” television shows such as Oz, and of course,  Broadway.  Their faces will be familiar; their acting superb. Call 837-2417 for details

In honor of space shuttle Endeavour, and in special honor of the International Space Station’s Ronald Garan, Jr. son of Brasstown resident, Linda Relis, the Murphy Library is showing, “The Right Stuff,” the Academy Award-winning film about the original seven astronauts of the Project Mercury space program.

The Right Stuff stars Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Sam Shepard and Scott Glenn and is based on the novel by Tom Wolfe.  The film runs 3 hours and will be shown once Thursday at 3:15 p.m.  It is rated PG.  

It won Oscars for Best Effect, Sound Effect Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score (by Bill Conti) and Best Sound.  If you want to watch an airplane break the sound barrier for the first time, this movie’s sound effects will put you in the co-pilot’s seat.

 Caleb Deschanel was the cinematographer.  His work won an Oscar nomination.  The sky is his special place.  He also made “Fly Away Home” about ultra-light planes teaching Canadian geese the way south for the winter.  This time the seven brave pilots show us the way into space.  Call 837-2417 for details.