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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):