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July 14, 2005:  Summer Movie Spotlight; The 4th of July; Bastille Day; Mississippi Burning; BCLMC Mailbag; Connections


The Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 

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It has occurred to me more than once that the accomplished character actor Ernest Borgnine used to play a lot of roles in which he got beaten up.  And deservedly so, because before Marty, he played a lot of sadistic bullies and sweaty,  leering henchmen.   Some great examples are Johnny Guitar and From Here to Eternity, and one of the best is Bad Day at Black Rock, where he actually gets beaten up by a one-armed Spencer Tracy, who's also about twenty years older than Borgnine!   Johnny Guitar and Bad Day... are two offbeat Westerns, two of my favorite films,  and well worth seeing beyond the Borgnine-beating scenes, while From Here to Eternity is set in Pearl Harbor during WWII and is generally acclaimed as one of the best war movies of its era. 

This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by your friendly neighborhood Media Assistant,  Patrick Jewell.  Tell your friends.


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Summer Movie Spotlight: 

Smiles of a Summer Night


What we think of when we think of Ingmar Bergman:  starkness, allegory, existentialism, struggle, pain, long silences, heavy symbolism, inner emotional turmoil, and... puckish, playful, romantic sex comedy?  That's right, the man who brought you the indelible (and endlessly parodied) image of Death Playing Chess in the Seventh Seal, also made a delightful little romantic comedy in 1955, two years before the Seventh Seal, called Smiles of a Summer Night.  Mismatches, misunderstandings, and misadventures during a weekend in a country house.   Watch it with someone you love on a midsummer night--it's one of the best ever.   Choice quote:  "Men are beastly. They're silly and vain and have hair all over their bodies. "  --Charlotte (Margit Carlqvist )


Happy Fourth of July (belated)


Bastille Day

Vive la France!   Some videos that deal with the French Revolution:

  • The Black Book - underrated noir and western director Anthony Mann takes a stab at historical fiction with this tense story built around a valuable, missing diary.  
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - "They seek him here, they seek him there...."  English fop by day, dashing freedom fighter by night.   We have both the swashbuckling 1934 version starring Leslie Howard in the title role and Merle Oberon as the love interest, and a more recent English series starring Richard Grant and Elizabeth McGovern.  We do not, unfortunately, have Chuck Jones' Daffy Duck/Sylvester version, The Scarlet Pumpernickel. 
  • Napoleon - Abel Gance's epic (232 minutes!) biopic from 1927 is a milestone of film technique.  Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope studios oversaw the reconstruction and restoration in 1981.
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Lavish 1935 MGM adaptation of the Dickens novel about love and sacrifice during the French Revolution.  


Mississippi Burning

Late last month a jury in Philadelphia, Mississippi found ex-Klansman Edgar Ray Killen guilty of manslaughter of three civil rights workers who were killed more than thirty years ago.   Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning (1989), starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, is a fictionalized version of the investigation of these deaths. 


Other works in the media center that deal with the Civil Rights movement in the 20th century:



BCLMC Mailbag


Benjamin Braddock, from postcollege Suburbia, USA, writes:  Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me.  Aren't you? 

Yes, Ben, she was; and may she rest in peace.  


Caesar Enrico Bandello, from the lower east side, writes:  Mother of Mercy!  Is this the end of Rico?  

You took a lotta lead, Rico, I don't think there's anything the docs can do.  Besides, in your kind of movie, crime don't pay.



"My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you." --George M. Cohan (James Cagney), Yankee Doodle Dandy



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  Patrick.Jewell@liu.edu
Lisa Rivera,  Media Assistant  (718) 780-4378