Items tagged with Movies

Moms in the Movies

Posted by on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 - 1:02 PM

So many great actresses have portrayed mothers in films.   I got to thinking about this when I watched Glenn Close in The Manchurian Candidate the other day.  While the Westport Library ( or any library catalog for that matter)  doesn't have official subject heading for the categories listed below, it does seem these portrayals tend to fall into some broad categories. read more


New York Grid

Posted by on Monday, Mar 21, 2011 - 5:42 PM

Two hundred years ago this week the  New York's City’s street commissioners certified a street matrix that transformed the marshes and wooded lanes into a seven mile grid laying the framework for rapid development of the city that never sleeps.

As the New York Times noted, " this rigid 90-degree grid that spurred unprecedented development. "

Flash forward 100 years and the streets of New York are already being used as background and characters in the movies as the nascent industry begins to sprout from local studios.  And as the decades progress New York City continues to provide the right mix of sights and sounds, of iconic buildings and famous parks favored  by movie makers. read more

Jane Eyre

Posted by on Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 - 3:50 PM

A new version of Jane Eyre portrayed on film opens on March 11th.    I have high hopes.  There may finally be an actor who matches the vision and the voice in my head when I first read the book at age 15.  I admit that was many moons ago.  But at that age, the images are very intense and your imagination contains the path to understanding when you are reading "grown up" literature for the first time. 

I just clicked on the trailer of a new film by Focus Features  with Michael Fassbender as the most romantic, desperate and tormened guy in literature and staring Mia Wasilowska in the title role.  I can't find a fault with the casting. They just look so right for the parts. Let's face it, there have been lots of past performances to pin my hopes on.  William Hurt -  too American and just not a dashing figure.  George C. Scott - all I can say is why?   To date, the classic 1944 version is my favorite with Orson Welles coming closest to matching my requirements, but just not quite there.  (I think its his hair style and overly brooding eyes boring into the viewer that bother me the most. He gets an A+ on the voice however.)  


The sneak preview and  special Q&A with the director Cary Fukunaga  offered by the   Westport Youth Fillm Festival is sold out.  But, we haveplenty of copies of the book available at the library.  May your imagination soar.


Keeping Up with the Movies

Posted by on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 - 1:01 PM

Keeping Up With The Movies

Not many folks can say they look forward to junk mail.  But, I’ve got one piece that I open immediately, a glossy update from a large distributor of new DVDs and Blu-Ray films to libraries.  These folks have their pulse on release dates!  In  conjunction with their website I  rely heavily on them to assure that a film is ordered in time to get it on the shelf on the official issue day.  They also provide very short but insightful write-ups about the films.  So, this got me to thinking.  And when librarians think, it is inevitable that our next thought will be about what patrons need or want to know.  

Staff in our AV area fields lots of questions about the large collection of new and classic films in the Westport Library.  Among recent questions, we've been asked if the film is enjoyable for a grandparent's younger children and/or teenagers.  One patron wanted to watch all our films that featured a lesser known actress.  Still another wanted classic Film Noir.  No matter the question, staff does their best to answer.  Sometimes however, we defer to some terrific websites with lots of information about movies.   Of course, we'd much rather chat with you, but just in case you can't come and visit why not bookmark these favorites.



All-Movie Guide

Freeality Internet Search - Online Film Resources

Internet Movie Database


Movie: Mao's Last Dancer

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Mao's Last DancerMao's Last Dancer, the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography, it weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut, stars.

(117 minutes)

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Movie: The King's Speech

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The King's SpeechThe King's Speech follows King George VI of England after the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce). Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, begins to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) at the urging of his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government, and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Winner of multiple awards, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

(118 minutes)

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Victorian Preview

Posted by on Monday, Feb 7, 2011 - 4:41 PM

An orphan, educated but penniless, with high moral standards, fearsome love and strong loyalty navigates an unfriendly world.  Mistreated in her youth and alone as an adult, she nevertheless refuses to compromise and eventually her love and loyalty pay off.   Remember Jane Eyre?  Has it been a few years – or longer-since you gave this story a thought? Written in 1847, the novel reflects the social conditions of the time. It’s a story of morality, God, religion, love, passion, independence, atonement, forgiveness and search for belonging.  Sounds like a good movie!read more

Movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers coverSee this movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which stars Jacques d'Amboise as one of the brothers, and then meet him in person the next day, Saturday, March 19 at 1 pm.

In 1850s Oregon, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. Only when they return to his backwoods home, does she discover he has six brothers — all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own.The film is particularly known for the unusual choreography by Michael Kidd, which makes dance numbers out of such mundane frontier pursuits as chopping wood and (most famously) raising a barn. (1954, 102 mins)

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Stella by Starlight

Posted by on Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 - 11:44 AM

While we are visiting literary New Orleans let's stop off at St. Peter Street to visit Tennessee Williams.

He began writing A Streetcar Named Desire while living there (at #632) and he won his first Pulitzer Prize for this play.


I can still remember the excitement I felt the first time I visited the city and saw that streetcar coming.

There it was … Desire!  I rode the very route that Blanche had to travel to reach Stella's home on Elysian Fields.

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Movie Legal Landmark

Posted by on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 - 2:19 PM

This week marks the end of a court battle over the legality of the VCR and its impact on the movie industry.  Universal vs. Sony was was Hollywood's first major legal challenge to the new home video revolution. This case eventually made its way to the United States Supreme Court.  Yet, by the time the court upheld the decision in favor of Sony in 1984, their Betamax technology had lost its own battle with the VHS format.   read more