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August, 2005:


Road Movies; Coming Attraction, Fall 2005: the NEW Media Center!


The Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 

"We do not claim to have achieved perfection, but we have a system, and it works." Klaatu [Michael Rennie], The Day the Earth Stood Still

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What's our friendly old pal Madonna up to these days?   It's been a long time since Desperately Seeking Susan.  Last I recall, she made a bland remake with her husband Guy Ritchie of the excellent Lina Wertmuller film that I'll link to here, instead of spelling out the unwieldy Italian title.  It's a class comedy about a deckhand and a socialite shipwrecked together in the Mediterranean, and it's infinitely better than ol' Madonna's version.  It's a morally complicated comedy in a beautiful setting, and while we're at it, we also recommend two other Wertmuller films in our collection, Sotto, Sotto and The Seduction of Mimi


Madonna?  We don't really care so much what she's up to just now.  She still wearing the cowboy hat?  Anyway, the Material Girl was just a flashy excuse for us to direct your attention to these other fine flicks. 



BCLMC Mailbag


Mr. David St. Hubbins of England writes:

Well, I don't really think that the end can be assessed as of itself as being the end because what does the end feel like? It's like saying when you try to extrapolate the end of the universe, you say, if the universe is indeed infinite, then how - what does that mean? How far is all the way, and then if it stops, what's stopping it, and what's behind what's stopping it? So, what's the end, you know, is my question to you.

Thank  you, Mr. St. Hubbins.  That's an excellent question, I think.  We'll get back to you.   The universe, you know, it goes to eleven. 

This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant and distinguished character actorPatrick Jewell.  Tell your friends.


It's been a long hot summer.   Here are some movies where the temperature is rising and it isn't surprising:

  • Cool Hand Luke - A very sweaty [night in the box, anyone?] little prison movie with one of the best carwashing scenes outside of the movie Car Wash
  • Lawrence of Arabia - Epic biopic of legendary desert warrior T. E. Lawrence.
  • Raging Bull - The sweat flies in Scorsese's gritty boxing film. 
  • Some Like it Hot - Maybe not so hot mercurywise, just one of the best comedies ever made.  But nobody's perfect. 
  • Do the Right Thing - Summer heat wave in NYC plays its part in escalating neighborhood tensions. 
  • High Plains Drifter - Clint does his revenge thing, a hot time in the old town tonight. 
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Harrowing tale of greed in the desert, brought to you via John Huston, Walter Huston, and Humphrey Bogart.  Don't forget to pick up your badges. 
  • High Noon - One man stands alone, on his wedding day, against three murderous outlaws bent on revenge. 
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Steamy Tennessee Williams play set in New Orleans.  Great early Brando. 
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Based on the Tennessee Williams play. 


Road Movies

The Media Center is moving again; in no particular order, here's a few road movies to send us on our way:

  • O Brother Where Art Thou? - Convicts on the run in the Depression-era south; funny, great music, gorgeous photography, and loosely based on the Odyssey, too! 
  • Easy Rider - Dated, psychedelic sixties motorcycle flick features a scene-stealing young Jack Nicholson.
  • The Bandwagon - Fred Astaire musical of a Broadway show and it's route from the hinterlands to the Great White Way
  • Sullivan's Travels - Comic film director hits the road to get in touch with the everyday realities of life during the Great Depression. 
  • The Wild One - Young Brando is the leader of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Gang.
  • My Own Private Idaho - Gus Van Sant film about young drifters out west. 
  • Detour - Essential noir about drifter on the road with really really bad luck. 
  • The Hitch-Hiker - Car picks up a killer; directed by Ida Lupino. 
  • They Drive by Night - Early Bogie flick about independent trucking company competing with the mob.  .
  • Wages of Fear - Truckers in South America carrying deadly explosives on treacherous mountain roads.  Tense. 
  • Breathless - Ah to be young and criminal in Paris with Jean Seberg. 
  • La Strada - Poetic Fellini follows a brutish strongman from town to with his simple young female sidekick.  See all the Giulietta Masina films you can. 
  • Red River - Epic Howard Hawks western and oedipal drama of cattle drive.  John Wayne was always most interesting in darker roles like this one. 
  • North by Northwest - Hitchcock film is classic example of his mistaken identity man-on-the-run story with Cary Grant terrific as the hunted advertising man.
  • The 39 Steps - Robert Donat brings home a mysterious woman and the next day he's on the lam, suspected of her murder.   Great British Hitchcock. 
  • Saboteur -  Another Hollywood Hitchcock, though not as good as the above two films, its cross-country chase ends here in Brooklyn's own Navy Yards and on Liberty Island
  • The Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck novel of Okies on the road to California after the Dust Bowl.


Special Thanks

Thanks to Reference Librarian Paul Tremblay for holding down the Media Center fort in the first week of August so the Media Assistant's son could visit his grandmother in Ohio.


Thanks also to Electronic Services Coordinator Ingrid Wang for updating the links in our past newsletters after LIUCAT was recently reformatted. 



Farewell and Good Luck

Head of Cataloging, devoted Met fan, and loving husband, father, and grandfather Ari Cohen is retiring.  He will be missed, and we wish him and his family all the best. 



Coming Attraction:  the NEW Media Center

We are moving to a new location this fall, in the fifth floor stacks.  Take a right when you exit the elevator on five and enter the stacks.  Make a left at the Circulation desk and another left again and keep going straight on till morning--I mean, straight on about twenty paces and you'll be at our new front door.   Stay tuned for further developments, including opening day information.  


The current Media Center space and our home for three years will be converted into lecture and classroom space for the Library Instruction program as it works hard to meet the growing demands of Core Seminar classes.  


Name the New Media Center!  Let us know what you think.  Here's a handful we've come up with:

  • Son of the Media Center
  • Bride of the Media Center
  • Media Center II: Electric Boogaloo
  • The Chamber of Secrets
  • Little Media Center of Horrors
  • The Media Center around the Corner
  • O Media Center, Where Art Thou?
  • Media Center, Part Deux
  • Beneath the Planet of the Media Center
  • Media Center: the Director's Cut
  • Brigadoon
  • Attack of the Media Center
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Media Center
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom...and the Media Center
  • Media Center 3D
  • Journey to the Media Center of the Earth


"Most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they're capable of anything."   Noah Cross [John Huston], Chinatown.  



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


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