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Just in case you don’t have enough memories of the Oscars, here is another one. In 2007 Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in a Spanish-produced film.

This Thursday, March 9, the Murphy Library is showing Cruz’ film Volver at 6:00 p.m. Volver translates as “to return” and that is the theme throughout this film.  Running time is 121 minutes and the film is rated R.

Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar wrote and directed this crime drama that offers some comedy when the mother, Irene, who died long ago in a fire with her husband, returns to clear up family mysteries.

Irene’s daughters Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole have traveled from Madrid to the village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit their parents’ graves. While there they talk to their aunt Paula who tells them their mother is alive, but they don’t see her and remain unconvinced as they return to Madrid.   Soon, their lives get more complicated by violence and a murder.

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The 1930’s were not easy for families in New York City during the Great Depression. Eugene Jerome lived in one such family. He is a teenage Jewish boy living in a small Brooklyn apartment along with lots of relatives. How does he deal with it? He dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, or if that doesn’t work out, he’ll try writing for a living.

This Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Brighten Beach Memoirs, a film written by playwright Neil Simon about his early life. Running time is 108 minutes and this 1986 film is rated PG-13. Jonathan Silverman and Blythe Danner play Eugene and his mother. Simon also gave the world The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and The Sunshine Boys. Growing up is difficult, but laughter helps.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Before Maurice Chevalier made “Gigi” as an aging Romeo, he was a young sexy Romeo and your grandmother probably had a crush on him.  When he was paired with the lovely Jeanette MacDonald in “The Merry Widow” sparks flew over the 1934 night sky.

The Murphy Library is showing the 1934 version of “The Merry Widow” Thursday at 6 p.m.  It is based on Franz Lehar’s operetta of the same name.  A very wealthy widow leaves a small country for Paris and her country worries she will marry a non-countryman, and maybe take all her money with her – out of their country.   They send a handsome playboy to woo her back.

The secret ingredient in this funny film is director Ernst Lubitsch.  The German-born filmmaker found a home in Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s.  He had a wicked sense of visual humor and added enormously to each film he made.  It’s called “the Lubitsch touch” and will make you laugh out loud.

The film is not rated.   Call 837-2417.


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