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The Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 

Issue #2; May 16, 2005:  American Photography; Compact Discs in LIUCAT; Silent Film Comedy; Recent VHS acquisitions; the BCLMC Mailbag

"God, I love this dirty town!"  J.J. Hunsecker [Burt Lancaster], Sweet Smell of Success, 1957.

The Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Proudly Announces its Third Anniversary!  We moved into our current space on the fifth floor of the LLC in the Spring of 2002, where we were able to consolidate our collections as well as provide more viewing/listening stations and, for the first time, classrooms.  Thanks to all who have helped make our new digs a success!  Tell your friends!

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Congratulations and good luck to all this year's graduates! 

Back issues:  BCLMC no. 1

In the Mix:  a random shuffle of some movies we've played recently in our Now Playing program: 

Other sites we like:


In our collection, Humphrey Bogart, Elliot Gould, and James Garner are three incarnations of Raymond Chandler's timeless private eye, Philip Marlowe.  These three actors played the tough gumshoe in Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep, Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, and Paul Bogart's Marlowe, respectively.  Watch the first for its sparkling, sexy and complicated screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett,  and Jules Furthman, as well as for the sexy scenes with Bogie and Bacall.  Watch the laidback and rambling second film for Altman's cynical and smart updated  take on the genre.  The third is a swingin' sixties version with Rita Moreno as a nightclub dancer and femme fatale.

Often considered an heir to Chandler's sophisticated and satisfying genre fiction is Elmore Leonard, who has a new novel out this month.  From westerns, to crime novels, to historical fiction, Leonard's work is widely admired and has been made into many films, rarely successfully.   One rare successful adaptation, and our favorite, is Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, with visual punchiness and catchy rhythms that echo Leonard's prose style, and which features great chemistry between J.Lo and George Clooney, as well as fine supporting performances from Dennis Farina, Steve Zahn, Albert Brooks, Don Cheadle, and Michael Keaton.

The Media Center is located on the fifth floor of the Library Learning Center.  Come up and see us some time.

This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant and talented amateur Patrick Jewell.  Tell your friends.

American Photography


On Assignment: Arthur Leipzig is the inaugural exhibition in the new Humanities Building Gallery, closing May 27th.  Go see it before it closes; it is a succint and eloquent distillation of a long, remarkable career in photography.   And then, come to the library and learn more about the distinct traditions in American photography.  Browse the TR shelves in circulation and reference to explore different books of photography; go to fourth floor periodicals to read current issues of Aperture, or Art on Paper.  And then come back up to the fifth floor Media Center to watch some of the following videos, a selection on American photography and photographers, particularly street photographers and journalists:

Compact Discs are now searchable in LIUCAT

How to look up Compact Discs on LIUCAT in 4 easy steps:

1. Go to LIUCAT
2. Click on "Advanced search"
3. In the first search box, "General keyword," enter the words " sound recording".
4. Enter a composer's or musician's name, a title keyword, or a subject keyword in the appropriate search box and click "Go;" the search will begin.

Our collection includes world music, folk music, blues, jazz, classical, baroque, romantic, twentieth century, and some radio dramas and comedies.   We have works by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, Cage and Prokofiev, Armstrong, Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck, Bob Marley, Ry Cooder, and Ali Farka Toure. 

Silent Film Comedy

Did you miss the Harold Lloyd series at Film Forum?  We have his dizzying comedy, Safety Last.  In real time, with no net, no harness, no computer images, no blue screen, he climbs the side of a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles.  And it's a great movie, too. 


And we have plenty of Charlie Chaplin:  City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Kid, and The Idle Class, to name a few of the feature length silents. 

And... if you've never seen a Buster Keaton film, you're in for a treat.  We have the Buster Keaton collection on DVD, which includes all his greatest films, from The General, to Sherlock, Jr., to Seven Chances, to the Navigator, and more.   We also have The General and The Cameraman on VHS.  Nicknamed the "great stone face" for his deadpan reactions to the crazy world around him, Keaton's physical comedy is impeccably timed, and the audacity of  his real-time, special effect-free stunts will leave your mouth hanging open.  

Recent VHS Acquisitions

The BCLMC Mailbag - a new feature where we answer our emails:


Mr. Rick Blaine, from a small town on the Moroccan coast, writes:

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, why did she have to walk into mine?

Well, Mr. Blaine, we've heard that everybody comes to Rick's.   But maybe she just had to use the restroom.  People come into the Media Center all the time and ask directions to the nearest restroom.  Sounds like you two had a history.  Sometimes the universe works in funny ways, and you two were meant to come together to play your parts in the service of something bigger than yourselves, bigger than the problems of three people in this crazy world, and maybe those letters of transit you're holding could provide the answer.  Or maybe she had to use the restroom. Coincidences happen, too, you know, and nature calls.  Play it, Sam.


A mister Vincent Vega, just back from a stay in Amsterdam, writes:

Do you know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris?

A Royale with cheese.  It's not called a quarter pounder because of the metric system.  They don't use pounds in France.  What, you think we never saw Pulp Fiction?  I think you heard me just fine, punchy.  


A Mister Travis Bickle, from New York City, asks:

You talkin' to me?  You talkin' to me?

Nah, man.  No Problem.  It's cool.  Nice haircut, by the way. 




"The time to make up your mind about people is never."

Tracy Lord [Katharine Hepburn], The Philadelphia Story, 1940


Questions?  Comments?  Contact us. 
Media Center Staff:

Andrea Slonosky,  Media Librarian  (718) 488-1311  Andrea.Slonosky@liu.edu
Patrick Jewell,  Media Assistant  (718) 488-3392 
Lisa Rivera,  Media Assistant  (718) 780-4378