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Archive for January 2013

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.

Mikio Kobayashi owns a printing company in Tokyo, and lives above the business. The benefits of such an arrangement include “zero” commute time and visits at work from his daughter.  The worst that had happened is the recent disappearance of his daughter’s pet parrot.

The worst, that is, until the son of an old business friend shows up, offers to help and moves in.  Did he mention his girlfriend would be staying with him?  Following that surprise, a group of his foreign friends drop by to run the printing presses.  They move in too.  Parties, music, and general mayhem ensue.  Are things crazy enough?  Not yet.  The neighborhood watch is suspicious about those friends.

This Thursday, the Murphy Library is showing Hospitalité, Film Movement’s comedy with a conscience from Japanese filmmaker, Koji Fukuda.  Running time is 95 minutes and the film is not appropriate for children.  Screenings are at 4 pm. and 6 p.m. in Japanese with subtitles in English.  To see the trailer, go to or call 837-2417.

Some days you long to see a movie from far away; other times, it’s good to stay close to home.  Coal Miner’s Daughter is the next film at the Murphy Library and it was made close to home —  in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. It celebrates a down home girl – singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn.

The library is showing this 1980 film based on Lynn’s autobiography in honor of her 50 years of singing, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 125 minutes and the movie is rated PG.

Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones star.  Besides listening to Spacek singing in her Oscar-winning performance, the film is a vivid story of Appalachia where the mountains and the people tell their own stories.  It received Oscar nominations for best picture, art and set direction, film editing, sound, screenwriting, and cinematography.  Every scene is special.

The film also started Levon Helm on a second career as an actor, this time playing Lynn’s father, Ted Webb.

Helm, who passed away in 2012, was the singer and drummer for The Band. He played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Muddy Waters.  If you’ve heard “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” you were listening to Helm.

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 or call 837-2417.