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October 7, 2005: Autumn in New York; Robert Wise, 1914-2005; Connections; Update on the New Media Center


The Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library Media Center Newsletter 

"That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you."  Al Roberts (Tom Neal) Detour (1945)

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A Dr. Bill Cortner, from the other side of sanity, writes: Do i look like the kind of maniac who goes around killing girls?

Well no, Doc, I guess you don't look like just  that kind of maniac, but you don't look like an insane but brilliant scientist who's keeping his gal's severed head alive in his basement, either.  Next question. 


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

Autumn in New York

What a great time of year in the greatest city on earth.   Annie Hall and Moonstruck are two mostly rosy looks at life and love in NYC, and whether they actually take place in the fall is beside the point, because they both photograph our fair city in the best possible light, which, for ol' New York, is the light of autumn.  Step outside and tell me I'm wrong, I dare ya.  Woody Allen's Annie Hall fits the bill with Gordon Willis cinematography, and also because the bittersweet romance seems to fit the weight of the season, not to mention Diane Keaton's trendsettingly boyish fashions.   The huge NY [harvest?] moon is almost a character in its own right in Norman Jewison's delightful and slightly wacky Moonstruck, which was mainly filmed in Brooklyn Heights.  Treat yourself to one of these warm romantic comedies on a brisk autumn night. 



Robert Wise, 1914 - 2005

After beginning his career as an editor at RKO studios, working on  Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, as well as William Dieterle's The Hunchback of Notre Dame,  Wise's first directing job was on Val Lewton's haunting and literate The Curse of the Cat People.   Wise films in our collection include the cold war sci fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, the film version of West Side Story, in which Romeo and Juliet is transposed to gang rivalries in 1950's NYC, and, of course, that sugary singalong classic, The Sound of Music




When Good Guys wear Black Hats, part 2:  John Wayne

I mention the Duke, John Wayne, and what do you think of?  A sheriff, a green beret, a cavalry officer, an ex-fighter with a terrible secret.   One of Hollywood's most consistent Good Guys.  But you will always see Stagecoach, Red River, and The Searchers on lists of the best films he made.  In Stagecoach, he was an outlaw with a heart of gold, and the rugged hero role in John Ford's archetypal western made him a star, but in the other two films, arguably two of the best westerns ever made, he was certifiably detestable in one way or another.  


Howard Hawks' Red River was made in 1948, and Wayne played a tyrannical cattle-driver and father-figure to Montgomery Clift, in what was probably the Duke's most unsympathetic role to date.  When Clift rebels against Wayne and takes command of the drive, Wayne vows revenge:  "Cherry was right. You're soft, you should have let 'em kill me, 'cause I'm gonna kill you. I'll catch up with ya. I don't know when, but I'll catch up. Every time you turn around, expect to see me, 'cause one time you'll turn around and I'll be there. I'm gonna kill ya, Matt."


Eight years later, in one of many collaborations with director John Ford, Wayne played Ethan Edwards in the epic Western The Searchers.  Edwards is a Civil War veteran obsessed with finding his niece, who had been abducted by a Comanche tribe.   As the bigoted Edwards' search stretches on for years, the question becomes whether he will let his niece live once he finds her. 


These are two of Wayne's best, and two of the best Westerns ever made. 


Latest on the New Media Center

Would you believe we are mostly moved in to the new digs, but we are not fully operational yet?  Would you believe (Don Adams, RIP) that we hope to be up to what will be our new full strength by the end of the month?  We have a handful of mobile carts set up for watching reserve materials in what will be the group viewing room.  When we have full electricity, we'll be able to start setting up all our equipment, and also begin to make the group viewing room available for small groups or classes.  Professors, please bear in mind that, unlike the large classroom in our old home, our new group viewing room will not accommodate class sizes greater than 12 students.




"Listen to them.  Children of the Night.  What music they make."  Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Dracula (1931).



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