Bernard Tavernier’s 2010 film, the Princess of Montpensier will be shown on campus February 24 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 6, as part of the Harpur Cinema film series. Set in France during the 16th century Wars of Religion, the film focuses on the main character’s search for love in an era where politics, birth, and religion were paramount. The DVD of the film is available in the Libraries’ Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk PN1997.2 .P746 2011.
Famed Greek film director, Theo Angelopoulos died Tuesday from injuries received from being hit by a motorcycle near the set of his latest film. His career spanned four decades. Politics, immigration, and war were common themes of his films. The Libraries own numerous books on Angelopoulos, some of which are listed below.
Theo Angelopoulos : interviews, edited by Dan Fainaru.
Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1998.3.A53 A5 2001
The films of Theo Angelopoulos : a cinema of contemplation, by Andrew Horton
Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1998.3.A53 H67 1999
The Last modernist : the films of Theo Angelopoulos, edited by Andrew Horton.
Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1998.3.A53 L37 1997
Civilized violence: subjectivity, gender and popular cinema, by David Hansen-Miller. Fine Arts PN 1995.9 .V5 H35 2011
A “toxic genre”: the Iraq war films, by Martin Baker. Fine Arts PN1995 .B2665 2011
Hollywood film 1963-1976 : years of revolution and reaction by Drew Casper. Fine Arts PN1993.5.U6 C32 2011
The fairy tale and anime : traditional themes, images and symbols at play on screen by Dani Cavallaro. Fine Arts PN1995.9.F34 C38 2011
Cinematic Hamlet : the films of Olivier, Zeffirelli, Branagh, and Almereyda by Patrick J. Cook. PR2807 .C58 2011
Ken Russell, who died recently at the age of 84, was an director known primarily for his flamboyant visual style. His most famous films are Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who’s Tommy (1975), and Altered States (1980). Some library holdings both by and about Ken Russell are listed below.
Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and his films Library Annex Restricted Collection – PN1998.3.R88 L36 2007
Altered states: the autobiography of Ken Russell Fine Arts Collection Stacks – PN1998.3.R88 A3 1991
Ken Russell’s films Fine Arts Collection Stacks – PN1998.A3 R7734 1984
Gothic Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk (DVD) – PN1997 .G663 2002
Aria Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk (DVD) – PN1997 .A74 1999
Framing pictures : film and the visual arts Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1995.25 .J33 2011
Covers artists’ films and experimental films, video art, documentaries, art house cinema, and mainstream feature films.
Indie : an American film culture Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1993.5.U6 N49 2011
Looks at the mid-eighties to the mid 2000s, analyzing films such as Welcome to the Dollhouse, Lost in Translation, Pulp Fiction, and, Juno, along with the work of Nicole Holofcener, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen brothers.
The Epic film in world culture Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1995.9.E79 E76 2011
Explores the rebirth of the epic film genre in the contemporary period, covering such films as 300, The Passion of the Christ, Gladiator, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Horror noir : where cinema’s dark sisters meet Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1995.9.F54 M44 2011
The influence of 1930s- and 1940s-era horror films on the development of noir is detailed, with analyses of more than 100 motion pictures.
The annual Sundance Film Festival, which is held every year in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah runs from January 20-30th. Sundance, first developed by Robert Redford and others in 1978, is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Many now popular filmmakers first got noticed at Sundance, including Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky, and Quentin Tarantino, amongst others. The Libraries own several books about Sundance including:
Down and dirty pictures : Miramax, Sundance, and the rise of independent film / Peter Biskind
Fine Arts Collection Stacks — PN1999.M57 B57 2004
Party in a box : the story of the Sundance Film Festival / Lory Smith
Fine Arts Collection Stacks — PN1993.4 .S55 1999
Legendary Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died on November 11, 2010. In a career spanning over 50 years, he was responsible for producing a wide variety of films, from critically lauded films like La Strada, Ragtime, and Three Days of the Condor, to utter cheesefests such as the 1976 remake of King Kong. Several books about De Laurentiis’s life and career are listed below.
King Kong : the history of a movie icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson Special Collections Rogg Collection (Oversize)(*) — PN1995.9.K55 M67 2005
Movie moguls speak : interviews with top film producers Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1998.2 .M72 2004
Dino De Laurentiis : the Italian years & beyond Special Collections Rogg Collection (Oversize)(*) — PN1998.3.D422 D56 2002
The creation of Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong Fine Arts Collection Stacks PN1997.K4374 B3 1977
The Internet Archive now has a section devoted to “ephemeral films”. Ephemeral Films are “non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.” Most films are available as free downloads. Check out the nuclear civil defense film using marionettes as American farmers!
Lena Horne, star of stage, cabaret, and screen, died recently at the age of 92. Born into a distinguished family, and with an actress mother, Horne had a frustrating film career. Due to the racism of the day (1940s-1950s), she was mostly limited on screen to small scenes that could be edited out of films when shown in theaters in the south. She was featured in the films Cabin in the Sky, Panama Hattie, among others, and sang Stormy Weather in the film of the same name. Stormy Weather became her theme song. Her last film role was Glinda, in The Wiz. The latter half of her career was filled with cabaret, television and stage appearances. Some books and DVD’s featuring Lena Horne are listed below.
VHS & DVD
Stormy Weather Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Circulation Desk (VHS) PN1997 .S765 1991
The Wiz Newcomb Reading Room(Bartle) Circulation Desk (DVD) — PN1997 .W5873 2008
Stormy weather : the life of Lena Horne by James Gavin Fine Arts ML420.H65 G38 2010
Lena : a biography of Lena Horne by James Haskins with Kathleen Benson Fine Arts ML420.H65 H38 1991
The Hornes : an American family by Gail Lumet Buckley F129.B7 B83 1986