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The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie is a family film about that “steel driving man” John Henry, starring Danny Glover, Tom Hulce and Lou Rawls.  Screenings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time 58 minutes.  Call 837-2417.  A trailer was not available for this film.

The legend of John Henry is famous among the mountains of Appalachia.  He was a former slave, some say from Tennessee, who worked as a “steel driver” for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.  He would hit steel spikes into the rocks of a mountain, slowly turning them to create the tunnels for the trains.  Then one day the railroad brings a steam hammer that could do the job of many men.  Seeing his job at stake and that of his friends, John Henry dares the steam hammer to a race, and the rest is legend.

John Henry is part of Shelley Duvall’s 1985 TV series, Tall Tales & Legends. She was nominated for an Emmy for this children’s show.   Besides Glover, the cast includes Tom Hulce (of Amadeus fame), Lynn Whitfield, Barry Corbin, and Lou Rawls.

Word of warning: the music in this film will beguile you with its lilting Irish folk tunes and the misty views of the sea will call to you.  Ah well, just go with the flow……

A young Irish girl goes to live with her grandparents and hears tales about their ties to the sea.  They also tell of the  troubles that come from the sea and their livelihood.   The tales remind her of her little brother who was lost to the sea years before.

The Murphy Library is showing The Secret of Roan Inish this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rated PG. Running time is 103 minutes.   If you love fiddles and flutes and Irish tunes, don’t miss this movie.   Best of all when the Irish actors speak you don’t want them to stop. Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library is “Little Sparrows” about three grown sisters and their wise and loving mother. But they may not have much time left with her; her cancer has come back.

This gem of a film from Australia is the first feature film by Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen. Born in Taiwan, she studied film at the University of Utah, and now works with her own film company in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »