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Film Movement is taking us to the opera in their film this month. The Murphy Library is showing the documentary, The Paris Opera, this Thursday at 6 p.m., which means we also get to visit Paris in the autumn of 2015. Running time is 110 minutes and the film is not rated but may be suitable for high school students. In French with English subtitles.

Stéphane Lissner is the new director of the Paris Opera and is preparing for his first press conference.   The backstage crew and artists work toward the first performance in the new season, although a few problems get in the way. Meanwhile a young singer studies at the opera’s academy, unaware that one day he will be called upon to save the day.

The most heartfelt part of the film is the terrorist attack on Paris when the city goes into mourning.   The opera company is under extreme pressure but they continue their struggle to unite themselves and their city.

Film Movement allows us to advertise and show their films one time in public. Then it goes into the library’s collection for anyone to borrow.   Call 837-2417.

 

 

 

He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change. She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night. He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.   That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. That should prepare viewers for the music. The film won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

This is a great movie to see this week because next week, on Tuesday, August 21, our local singers The Pressley Girls, born and raised in Brasstown will be singing in a free concert at the Murphy Library at 6 p.m.

When the songs “Born to be Wild,” sung by Steppenwolf and “At Last,” sung by Etta James are both in a computer-animated comedy, you know you’re in for some fun. The next movie at the Murphy Library not only has you singing along, but you will be cheering for the city animals that just want a place to call home.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, a 2017 PG-rated film about a group of animals in a town that is nothing like Murphy. They live in a quiet city park but one day the mayor decides to make it an amusement park. The animals are not amused. Running time is 91 minutes. The actors providing voices for characters include Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Cannavale, and Jeff Dunham.

 


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