Films at the Library
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni’s cousin. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher’s latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Directed by Avi Nesher, starring Adin Miller and Maya Dayan. Israel (Hebrew) 1 hr., 52 min.
This fantasy adventure follows the son of Poseidon and his friends as they embarkon a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Rated PG. 106 minutes. Based on the popular Rick Riordan novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.
ollywood legends Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn light up the screen in this stylish thriller. Regina finds herself pursued through the streets of Paris by several men in search of the fortune that her murdered husband stole from them. As her world becomes entangled with suspense, murder and plots twists, she finds herself leaning on a suave, charming stranger whose motives are unclear. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Directed by Stanley Donen, starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Coburn. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers’ minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button — and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove’s jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances have kept the film fresh and entertaining. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. One hour, 54 minutes.
Admin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Evgenia Dodena), who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of his innocence, Admin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and searches for the truth about her life and death, uncovering a startling secret. Directed by Ziad Doueiri, starring Ali Suliman and Evgenia Dodena. In Arabicand Hebrew. One hour, 35 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
A bored small-town girl and a small-time bank robber leave in their wake a string of violent robberies and newspaper headlines that catch the imagination of the Depression-struck Mid-West in this take on the legendary crime spree of these archetypal lovers on the run. Directed by Arthur Penn, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. One hour 30 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Hud Bannon represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud’s nephew Lon admires Hud’s cheating ways, though he soon becomes aware of Hud’s reckless amorality. He’s a cheat, but, he explains, “I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner.” Directed by Martin Ritt, starring Paul Newman and Patricia Neal. Film selection and discussion with Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. One hour, 52 minutes.
Octogenarians Georges and Anne are retired music teachers whose daughter lives abroad with her family. When Anne suffers a stroke and is left paralyzed on one side of her body, the couple’s abiding love for each other is put to the test. Directed by Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. French. Two hours, 7 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max’s accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? “Springtime for Hitler.”Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Films are selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll.One hour, 51 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists and turned into a political assassin, but another prisoner may know how to save him. Angela Lansbury gives an outstanding performance as his mother. Directed by John Frankenheimer and also starring Frank Sinatra. Fans of the new HBO series, Homeland, might especially enjoy this political thriller. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Two hours, 6 minutes.
This Animated, action comedy shows us how a freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Rated PG. 96 minutes.
Four smart, gutsy young women become unlikely stars in the most unlikely of places, with the most unlikely of allies, in THE SAPPHIRES. Set in 1968, the film follows Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay as they seize a risky, but irresistible, chance to launch a professional career singing for U.S. troops in Vietnam. Under the guidance of an R&B-loving Irish musician, Dave Lovelace, the girls transform themselves into a sizzling soul act and set out to make a name for themselves hundreds of miles from home. Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a celebration of music, family and self-discovery. Directed by Wayne Blair, starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy.. Australian (English) 1 hr., 43 min.
Orphans Flora and Miles’ new governess mistakes their strange behavior for precociousness, but she soon comes to believe that the charming children are possessed by evil, malicious spirits. With its sinister cinematic effects, and shocking conclusion, “The Innocents” creates an eerie spine-chilling mood right from the start. Directed by Jack Clayton, starring Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave. One hour, 40 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This animated, action comedy, follows Monsters Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. Rated G.104 minutes.
Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. When Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father, Simin returns to her parents’ home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to normal. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage. Directed by Asghar Farhad, starring Payman Maadi & Leila Hatami.
Iranian (Farsi) 2 hr., 3 min.
This is the classic romantic comedy about a beautiful yet vulnerable small town girl who leaves the boonies to live the wild life in New York City, hobnobbing among the city’s elite. Directed by Blake Edwards, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. One hour, 50 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
It’s West Egg, 1922, and a mysterious millionaire is hosting a party the whole Sound is talking about. Guess what? You’re invited! A portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald perfectly captured the roaring spirit of the author’s generation, earning it a permanent place in national mythology and the widely held distinction of being the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written. Nick Carraway finds himself fascinated by one time bootlegger Jay Gatsby, a party-throwing parvenu with pink suits and a big yellow circus wagon of a car. Quickly drawn into Gatsby’s circle, Nick becomes a reluctant enabler of obsession and a stirring witness to tragedy. Don’t miss this subtle, ill-fated tale of love and greed based on an American classic. This is the real 3-D version!
Costumes! Theatrical lighting! Sound Effects! Plus: Irving Berlin’s “Remember” sung live by Danielle Illario (who plays Daisy Buchanan).
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has kept people looking over their shoulders in the shower for more than half of a century! The suspenseful horror film rekindled Hitchcock’s career as a director and solidified the careers of a young Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Loosely based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel about the true life serial killer Ed Gein, the film received four Academy Award nominations. This is one of ten films selected by Dr. Robert Knoll for his 1960s film series to be shown from September 2013 to June 1914. He will introduce each film. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 109 minutes. Rated R.
Roger is a successful movie producer. Ah Tao has worked for Roger’s family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah Tao’s suffered a severe stroke and she is unable to care for herself, he agrees to help her relocate to a nursing home. He wants to help, but fears he’ll fail her. She needs his kindness, but doesn’t want to be a burden. As their roles reverse, he comes to understand how much she means to him. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Cantonese. Not Rated.
When a spirited young falcon named Kai learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father. But when his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork if he’s to rescue his […]
The passionate and forbidden romance between the insane Danish King, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation. 2 hour, 17 minutes. Danish with English subtitles. Rated R.
The rumor circling the halls is that Beecham House (the home for retired musicians) is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. Reginald, Wilfred and Cecily are in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. 1 hour, 39 minutes. British. Rated PG-13.
A gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment. He’s a still-virile, wealthy businessman, and she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly ‘married up.’ When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. 1 hour, 49 minutes. Russian with English subtitles. Not Rated.
In German-occupied Pairs, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. French, 1 hour, 39 minute, French. Not rated.
Animated film based on the lego toy, game and DC comic book characters. When Bruce Wayne receives the man of the year award, fellow billionaire Lex Luthor becomes jealous and decides to run for President. To create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics Lex recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray which wreaks havoc on Gotham. As Lex destroys Batman’s tech, Batman reluctantly turns to Superman for help. 1 hour, 11 minutes. Not rated.
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. 1 hour, 52 minutes. French. Rated R.
Film historian Dr. Robert Knoll will introduce Some Like It Hot, one of Hollywood’s most popular comedies. When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, (none other than Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis), witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre they are desperate to get a gig out of town. The only job that is available is in an all girl band heading to Florida. Dressed as Josephine and Daphne mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden when they meet up with the gangsters who want to rub them out. This film is directed by Billy Wilder and also stars Marilyn Monroe. 2 hours.
Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, the Swedish film is the story of Daniel, a successful international conductor who returns to his childhood village. When he is asked to lead the local church choir, nothing is ever the same.
Film historian Dr. Robert Knoll will introduce the cynical 1950s’classic, Sweet Smell of Success. Directed by Alexander MacKendrick and starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, Broadway gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker, coerces Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent, into destroying the romance between an up and coming jazz musician and his beloved sister. 2 hours.