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Joe DiMaggio was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. So was Ted Williams. In fact there was no one left to play baseball, until someone decided to start the All-American Girls Baseball League. It was a winner.

The Murphy Public Library is showing A League of Their Own,  the 1992 film about the WWII girls’ baseball teams in honor of all women athletes, but especially to honor our own Cherokee County girls’ softball teams.

The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m. and is rated PG. Running time is 128 minutes. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna star. Call 837-2417 for details.  And remember, THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

There is also a question (from my husband, Jerry) about whether this team played softball or hardball.  Actually, according to the following study, it started as softball, and gradually got harder and harder….

Robbie is a poor Mississippi Delta teenager struggling to take care of his much-loved half-brother, Fess.  His mentally ill mother has left town. His grandmother is elderly and his older brother creates more problems the times he does show up.

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s The Dynamiter this Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 73 minutes and this independent film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school.

In his comments to the press, director Matthew Gordon notes that “The Dynamiter is a story of creating hope, something we all have to do every day or else we will have no life to speak of.”

To see a fascinating interview with the director and film crew at the Los Angeles Film Festival, click here

The Murphy Library is getting the blues with its summer reading film, but don’t expect to hear jazzy music.  Thursday’s film at 6 p.m. is The Smurfs, about the tiny blue people who are only three apples high.  The film is rated PG and running time is 101 minutes. 

They live happily in their magical mushroom village, but one terrible day an evil wizard chases them down a watery hole.  They soon emerge in a strange forest called Central Park.  They’re in New York City!

Life is not easy in the Big Apple when you are only three apples high.  Then a nice young couple expecting a little one of their own walks by.  Perhaps these kind people will fight the evil wizard and the little blue people can go home. Call 837-2417 for details.

When there is a fifth Thursday in a month, we like to show a film at the Murphy Library made in our Tri-State area.  This time scenes in the movie were not only filmed in nearby Young Harris, but twenty residents had parts.

Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. the library is screening, Trouble with the Curve, a 2012 film starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake about an aging baseball scout and his daughter.  Running time is 111 minutes and it is rated PG-13. 

The movie was filmed throughout Georgia including Atlanta, Jasper, Athens, Macon and, especially, the campus of Young Harris College.  Twenty members of the Young Harris College baseball team portray the Devils, a North Carolina high school team competing in the film for the state championship.

If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.

On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil.  A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself.  She also learns to make bread.  Portuguese with subtitles in English.  98 minutes.  Not rated. 

The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work.  But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.

The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.

Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it.  At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no.  That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.

Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently.  In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.

Shakespeare must have enjoyed writing romantic comedies.  His arsenal of love stories was immense and so was his wit.  He filled his play, Much Ado About Nothing with love between opposites, love at first sight, lost love and then found love. It’s not to be missed.

The library is showing the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy with flashes of drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 111 minutes.  Kenneth Branagh directed and starred along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale.

A feminist poem starts things rolling:

“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever

One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”

And how does it end?  Dancers twirl and whirl through a garden as music plays joyously.

Who dances with whom?  Ah, that is the question.

Call the library at 837-2417.

P.S.  Branagh attracted a fine cast of actors to work with.  Maybe that is why he made the film at a villa in the Tuscany region of Italy where the wine flows and the food is nothing short of wonderful…..

A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate.  Is everyone is happy?  Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.

What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.

The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.

The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films.  Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost.  A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively. 

Call the library at  837-2417.