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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Good News for People Who Like Obscure Movies

The always interesting Wired has a fascinating article titled The Long Tail which describes how online shopping makes selling or renting obscure merchandise profitable for companies like Amazon and Netflix. Because online vendors don't have the overhead of physical stores, making low-selling items available is a viable option. As author Chris Anderson points out, "more than half of Amazon's book sales come from outside its top 130,000 titles." Which means, ideally, there's no reason for obscure titles to go out of print.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Connelly Library recently added Warner Home Video’s Controversial Classics DVD set. As the title of the set suggests, each of these films created controversy at the time of their initial release, whether for its violence, politics, cynicism, or honest depiction of race relations.

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932): Director, Mervyn LeRoy; Cast, Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson

  • Fury (1936): director, Fritz Lang; Cast, Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott

  • Bad Day at Black Rock (1955): director, John Sturges; Cast, Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

  • Blackboard Jungle (1955): director/screenplay, Richard Brooks, Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes, Vic Morrow, Sidney Poitier

  • A Face in the Crowd (1957): director, Ella Kazan; Cast Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

  • Advise and Consent (1962): director, Otto Preminger; Cast, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith

  • The Americanization of Emily (1964): director Arthur Hiller; Cast, James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn

See what other new films are available at Connelly Library

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Sight and Sound on Robert Mitchum

The always interesting Sight and Sound has an excellent article about Robert Mitchum in their August 2005 edition.

Richard Widmark

My recent fascination with some early films of Richard Widmark continues. I have recently purchased a handful of classics, which coincidentally have Widmark in them. I had never paid much attention to his work before, but highly recommend these films which have recently come out on dvd (and recently added to our collection):

Friday, July 15, 2005

Me And You And Everyone We Know

One of my favorite films from this year's film festival, Me And You And Everyone We Know, is now playing in the Philadelphia area at the Ritz East and Ritz Sixteen.

You can find out more about Me and You and see the trailer here.

National Films Registry Titles Added

The AV department has just purchased DVD copies of the following films that were recently selected to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress:

  • The Court Jester (1956)

    • Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker

  • Enter the Dragon (1973)

    • Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien, Jim Kelly

  • Going My Way (1944)

    • Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

  • Jailhouse Rock (1957)

    • Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones, Jennifer Holden

  • The Nutty Professor (1963)

    • Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory

  • Unforgiven (1992)

    • Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

See what other new films are available at Connelly Library

Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Award Winning Documentaries

New in Connelly Library: Award Winning Documentaries Recommended by the American Library Association:

  • Be Good, Smile Pretty – “A daughter’s journey to know her father…thirty years after his death in Vietnam.”

  • A Crisis of Faith: The Series – “what is really real in our lives, and how can we live in such a complex world with dignity, compassion and purpose?”

  • Farmingville – “a provocative, complex, and emotionally charged look into the ongoing nationwide controversy surrounding a suburban community, its ever-expanding population of illegal immigrants, and the shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers.”

  • Trembling Before G-D – “The hidden lives of Gay and Lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews.”

  • Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives – “In their words, our shared history.”

  • Union Square – “a powerful look into the world of homeless heroin addicts that live in Union Square Park in New York City.”

  • Winsor McCay: The Master Edition – “Winsor McCay was the first master of animation and one of its greatest and most influential artists.”

For more new films see

Thursday, June 16, 2005

It's Not Just Me

David Edelstein from Slate has some interesting insights about Spielberg. Not coincidentally, he uses my favorite Spielberg-related word: "manipulated."

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Trouble with Glib Comments

In a previous post, I made a rather glib comment about AFI's nasty habit of coming up with attention getting lists. Little did I know that they are about to announce 100 Years...100 Movies Quotes. Will "Match Me, Sydney" win?