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Once again the Murphy Library is honoring The Great American Read by showing a movie based on one of these books. Aspiring young authors, especially teenagers may feel emboldened in their work when they find out that the author of this American novel was 15 years old when she finished it, and 19 years old when it was published.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing The Outsiders, a 1983 drama about a family of three poor orphan boys in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who struggle to survive, hoping the working class gang they belong to will help. But there is another gang full of rich kids and the future does not look good, especially when a killing occurs. The film is rated PG. Running time is 91 minutes.

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film with actors who were unknown back then: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett.

This movie was made because the novelist kept getting advice from a school librarian and the students who read the novel. As a result she dedicated the film to “the people who first suggested that it be made… Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California.”

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You may have heard that PBS has created a new series called The Great American Read about America’s 100 best-loved novels, and is encouraging everyone to vote for their favorite. Many of these have had a second life as a film.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Murphy Library is screening one these:  To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic film based on Harper Lee’s novel. It is 1932 in a small Alabama town. A lawyer, who has lost his wife and is raising his two small children, is defending a black man who is unjustly accused of rape. The lawyer is Atticus Finch and his children are Jem and Scout.

The film is not rated.   Running time is 129 minutes. It won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Writing and Best Art Direction and was nominated for five more.

Celebrating our freedom doesn’t have to end on the 4th of July, it can continue on the 5th of July watching a movie and enjoying your right to laugh at silly jokes.   This week’s library movie is about a bunny and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and their need to harvest fresh vegetables from a neighbor’s garden.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Peter Rabbit, the 2018 film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebel who likes to eat veggies someone else grows. The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes.

This film is a combination of animation and live action, and reviewers have noted that children laugh raucously at the goings-on. Their parents do too.

Mexican producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez have created an animated film you don’t want to miss. The story follows a young man who is pulled in many directions as he tries to live his life. His family has high expectations, but so does his heart when he meets a special young woman.

The Murphy Library is showing The Book of Life, a comedy adventure that uses animation in creative ways with the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes and it is rated PG.

Music fills the air, especially when opera star, Placido Domingo, who plays “Skeleton Jorge” sings “Cielito Lindo.” This is just one of the many acts you don’t want to miss.

 

The next movie at the Murphy Library takes us to the early 1960’s folk music scene in New York’s Greenwich Village and follows a young folk singer for a week as he carries his guitar through the cold winter days struggling to find his opportunity to sing.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing Ethan and Joel Coen’s award-winner Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac and John Goodman.  Running time is 104 minutes and the film is rated R.

Folk songs fill the air such as an unreleased studio version of Bob Dylan singing “Farewell.”

This Thursday, April 26, Murphy Library is screening the Film Movement Japanese movie, Harmonium at 6 p.m.   An old acquaintance, recently released from prison, begins to meddle in the life of a factory owner. In Japanese with English subtitles and not suitable for children. Running time 118 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.  Watch the trailer below:

This year everyone around the world is celebrating the 100 hundredth birthday of composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher, Leonard Bernstein.

The Library of Congress has given access to its extensive collection of Bernstein’s work. He not only composed and conducted orchestras, but also helped students learn more about music. Go to   loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/ to see all that’s available. There is even part of the collection for teachers to use!

That other special library, the Murphy Public Library is showing West Side Story, the landmark film showcasing Bernstein’s music about two gangs in New York and a boy and girl who fall in love.

The library is showing West Side Story Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 153 minutes. It won 10 Oscars! And it’s always good to see again.


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