The Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 


We love movies, among other things.

February 2007, issue 22

Good Morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter,/That you have such a February face,/So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?  --Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, Act V, Scene 4. 

Black History Month

For this issue last year, we focused on pre-Civil Rights era performers on screen, and found that the library has some outstanding performance footage of greats like Sissle and Blake, Bessie Smith, and Josephine Baker.  And in an issue from the fall of 2005, we looked at videos about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights era

This year, we go back further, to feature a selection of titles in our collection that deal with the monstrous history of slavery in America and the complex legacies born of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of videos in our collections that deal with these subjects, but it is a sample of both feature films and documentaries; please follow the links to our catalog for full descriptions of these titles.

·         Black Communities after the Civil War:  Echoes Across the Prairie

·         The True Story of Glory

·         Glory

·         Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show

·         Slave Island: New York's Hidden History

·         Found Voices: the Slave Narratives

·         Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

·         Amistad

·         The Two Marys: Two Views of Slavery

·         NightJohn

·         A Son of Africa: the Slave Narratives of Olaudah Equiano

·         Digging for Slaves

·         Doing As They Can

·         Daughters of the Dust

·         The Land Where the Blues Began

·         Homecoming: Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay

Everybody Loves Ennio

Ennio Morricone, that is, the great film composer.  Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock,  Mark Morris, Metallica, Yo Yo Ma, and Renee Fleming, among many, many others, are united in their admiration for the man's work in such films as The Untouchables, A Fistful of Dollars, Days of Heaven, The Mission, 1900, and Burn!  On the Internet Movie Database he has 525 films to his credit!   26 of which are being featured through 2/22 at Film Forum [see links to the left].  A tribute album is due out later this month.  In the meantime, pick one of your favorites and watch it with your eyes closed (is that a koan?). 

Valentine's Day Industrial Complex

Normally we don't plug V-day here in the newsletter; we feel the unholy trinity of chocolate manufacturers, greeting card companies, and internet florists has grown altogether powerful enough without our help, thankyaverramuch.  However, we noticed that BAM Rose Cinemas is playing one of our all-times, The Lady Eve, on the fourteenth, and we notice that in his new book, David Mamet calls Preston Sturges' screwball masterpiece a "perfect movie."  Yes, Mr. Mamet.  Yes, it is.   The Lady Eve is for closers.  (I wonder if it wouldn't be more truthful to say that Mr. Mamet thinks it's an "[expletive deleted] perfect [expletive deleted] movie.") 

I bet Mamet could make a great movie with a few folks from Sturges' repertory company.  


Love, Gromit. The biggest trap of all. The tender trap, they call it. That's how we'll capture it. --Wallace, Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit


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

Connections:  Judy Chicago in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Museum of Art is opening its new galleries devoted to feminist art this month, including a permanent display of Chicago's famous The Dinner Party.  We have a video about the making of this early feminist installation art that you may want to watch either before or after you visit the work in person.

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This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant and man of means by no means Patrick Jewell.  Tell your friends.


Questions?  Comments?  Contact us. 
Media Center Staff:
Andrea Slonosky,  Media Librarian  (718) 488-1311
Patrick Jewell,  Media Assistant  (718) 488-3392
Lisa Rivera,  Media Assistant  (718) 780-4378