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THEODOR DREYER'S PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Twenty-first century movie fans would never have seen this 1928 silent masterpiece if not for an employee of a mental institution in Oslo, Norway, who found some film canisters in a janitor's closet in 1981.

The canisters, which were labeled "The Passion of Joan of Arc," were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute, where they were in storage for three years before being examined. The prints were discovered to be the original, uncensored cut of director Theodor's Dreyer's landmark version of the trial of Joan of Arc.

Don't Judge This Book By Its Movie

On the Road

Around here, fans of Kerouac's On the Road are giddy with anticipation and anxiety (okay, mostly anxiety) about the upcoming film adaptation, which already received some mixed reviews following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. We're making a list of great books that were turned into less-than-great movies, and we want your help.

Take a look at the books we've selected so far. Is there a horrible movie adaptation out there that we've forgotten to include? Is your favorite movie on this list and you want to plead its case? Let me know in the comments. We'll incorporate your suggestions and publish the final version of the list in a couple of weeks on our booklist page.

RAGING AGAINST THE MACHINE: PATRICK MCGOOHAN AS THE PRISONER

Amid the growth of the peace movement, the birth of the Big Mac, and the first 60 Minutes, American television viewers had their minds blown in 1968 when the British spy thriller The Prisoner made its debut.

The 17-episode show was conceived, directed, and mostly written by its star, Patrick McGoohan, who had just completed the final season of the British espionage series Danger Man. The Prisoner's opening sequence (shown below) is like watching a 3-minute movie; an unnamed British secret agent speeds through London in his roadster to his boss's office, where he angrily hands in his resignation.

Based on the Book

Cloud Atlas

Back in August, we let you know about some upcoming movies based on classic books, but every day we're coming across more book-to-film adaptations. At least a dozen will open within the next couple of months! Here are the trailers for a few of the upcoming adaptations we can't wait to see.

If you want to read the book before you head out to the theater, click on the titles below to check availability or to place a hold request in our online catalog.

 

Now Playing:

Cloud Atlas, based on the book Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent

For the Love of Beer: Women Pioneers in Brewing

Whole Foods Market and Fresh City Life present a free screening of The Love of Beer, the 2011 documentary spotlighting women in the beer biz.

From The Love of Beer: "When someone thinks of a brewer, they probably don't picture a petite woman with red pigtails. But with Tonya Cornett's amazing beers and growing collection of medals, things may change. From farm to consumption, women are fighting their way to become some of the most influential people in the craft beer world. Based in the Pacific NW, this documentary follows these inspirational women as they struggle to end stereotypes, handle their rising fame, and raise families in a 21 and over lifestyle.

Films of my Youth

Harry and the Hendersons

Working with the DVD collection here at the library has reacquainted me with some of my favorite movies from childhood. My early years were firmly planted in the 80s which means most of these films are known more for their nostalgia-inducement and less for artistic merit, but at that point in my life, all I wanted was to be entertained and these fit the bill perfectly.

  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - This was a classic in my house (although trying to incessantly laugh like Pee-Wee became strongly discouraged). I can still recite way too much of this movie. Until recently, I had no idea it was directed by Tim Burton.

Almost Midnight: Camp, Cult SciFi Classics

Michael York, Farrah Fawcett and Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run

Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. 

What is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.

KICKOFF FALL WITH SOME FOOTBALL MOVIES

Anyone who attended Bronco games during the late '70s remembers the Orange Crush defense and Craig Morton, who always threw the ball at the last moment possible and then collapsed on the field to avoid getting tackled. I sat wedged between my burly father and a truly huge, hairy, chain-smoking guy and his brother, who we privately called the Bear and the Bear's brother.

In later years, I had access to a "box" seat, courtesy of a generous in-law. This offered such great people-watching that I hardly paid attention to the game at all, which was just as well most of the time. I'm still not sure how the women in the box hiked all the way up there in their stiletto heels and cat-print jumpsuits, but it was a lot of fun, with snacks, drinks and shelter readily available.

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You...Classic Books

Anna Karenina

Our superhero summer looks to be almost over as I recently noticed how many classic novels are scheduled to be released as movies in the coming months.

Most of these have already received cinematic treatment, but I guess Hollywood has decided that it's time to give them another go round with fresh faces and some new interpretations.

"WAIT! YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG GUY!"

There are times when you wish you were somebody else - giving a speech, shopping for a swimsuit or receiving a dental deep cleaning are just a few of them. Reinventing yourself is rarely an option in real life, but it does happen in the movies.

Whether somebody got switched at birth, faked their own death or is wrongly accused of a crime, there is a mistaken identity film for everyone.

Here are some of my favorites:

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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