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Season’s Greetings from Greenfield Public Library. We hope you have had a merry December thus far. We just want to highlight a couple of happenings that will be coming up at the Library and invite you to come down and see.
JANUARY BOOK CLUB: UNBROKEN
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (author of best-seller Secretariat) is the subject of the upcoming Book Club meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Unbroken is a biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in the Pacific, spent 47 days drifting on a raft and then more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps. If you need assistance obtaining the book, please feel free to call or visit the Library’s Reference Desk and we will work it out. We hope to see you on January 9.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY – WINTER STORY TIME TO BEGIN
Sign up begins December 26 for Greenfield Library Winter Story Time, “Flights of Fancy.” Join Library storyteller Mr. Mark, as he tells stories about flight, creatures that fly, and stories about flight that will send your imagination soaring! Winter story time runs from January 7 to February 28 on Mondays at 6:30 PM, Tuesdays at 10:30 AM, and Thursdays at 4:00 PM. Registration for story time begins on Wednesday, December 26. Register online at www.greenfieldlibrary.org or at the Library Reference Desk. Story time is held in the Story Corner of the Children’s Library and caregivers stay with the children during the program. For more information, call the Library at 414-321-9595 x104 or x114.
NEED A MEETING ROOM? COME TO GREENFIELD LIBRARY
Greenfield Library has much to offer and one not widely known fact about the Greenfield Library is that we have a variety of meeting rooms for groups to rent. Greenfield Library boasts a beautiful Community Room that is located just off the Library lobby for easy access. The Community Room accommodates up to 100 people for meetings and programs. There is access to restrooms, as well as a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. There are tables and chairs for your use. If you choose, the library will set up the room, for a fee. Audiovisual equipment is available. The library offers complimentary use of a microphone and screen. A projector is available for rent…or bring your own.
In addition to the Community Room, the Library offers for rent two Conference Rooms, suitable for smaller meetings. Conference Rooms have wireless internet access and WIFI is available throughout the Library. Projectors and screens are not available in the Conference Rooms. Please call the Library for more information about our rooms. We would be happy to help you schedule your meeting. You can also find information on the Library’s Website www.greenfieldlibrary.com under the “Reserve a Meeting Room” link on the homepage.
Instead of a mini-theme this entry, the blog will focus on classic film and one man’s attempt to see a lot of it. He is no film snob, far from it. He is an everyman trying to understand classic cinema the best he can, and encouraging you the reader to do the same. Here is:
AN INEXPERIENCED EYE: ONE MAN’S QUEST TO CONQUER CLASSIC CINEMA DESPITE REALLY KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT IT
I am not a film geek. I know fairly little about foreign films and I know less about great directors. I tend to wince when I have to read subtitles during a non-English language film. I rarely go to a movie theatre to see what Hollywood has to offer let alone France, England, Africa, or wherever. I am just a guy who knows what he likes in movies and even that is fairly limited.
Nonetheless, I have always been curious. I have friends who are really into movies and their messages and all that. I sit and listen and wait to inject something from The Big Lebowski or some other movie I love to get my two cents in. And while we got to quote The Dude and Walter for a couple minutes, it ultimately goes back to me being quiet and them asking me if I’ve seen so-and-so film and I say no and I sulk.
While doing research for GPL for well-received, critically-acclaimed documentaries / non-fiction DVDs for our own collection, I noticed that many in the top 10s of lists were also Criterion Collection entries. For those of you who don’t know about the Criterion Collection, it is a video distribution company that “sells important classic and contemporary films in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. “ Well, I’m not going to watch the supplements, but I have decided (as a favor to myself?) I am going to watch every Criterion Collection film in order of its release on DVD. Criterion Collection titles were originally released on Laserdisc, but in a different order than the DVDs. Once I finish with the DVDs, I will complete the titles not on DVD, but on Laserdisc. Sticking with the DVDs, if I watch 3 films a week, it will take me roughly a little over four years, and that’s if Criterion adds zero new titles, and I will watch the new ones too…and the Laserdisc ones. Granted, this will take a little while.
I know that I am probably in over my head, but it should be an interesting challenge since some titles are 9+ hours in length. I am not a film major and I know some movies are going to drag and be awful. I also know that by the end of it, it could change the way I look at film, television, media and my personality. I have a good ally in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System since somewhere, somehow, MCFLS has most of these films, if not in Criterion form than by another distributor. This is going to be a long, arduous voyage for a naïve person who thinks Dumb and Dumber is one of the greatest comedy films ever. But we’ll get there.
My intention is that every so often I’ll talk about a couple movies, give my viewpoints, and hopefully learn from the past and previous viewings. I strongly encourage you, the reader, to break away from whatever Hollywood spits out for a while a perhaps challenge your senses and movie viewing with watching something you would not normally watch. I am looking forward to the challenge; I only need to get the wife out of the living room to do it.
I am in no way promoting or getting paid by Criterion to do this challenge. The Criterion Collection is just kind of the benchmark of art house and well-respected films. To me, it’s like if someone comes up to me and asks who writes good fiction and I point them to Hemingway or Sinclair Lewis or whoever; it’s just a suggestion. There are other great films out there I am sure Criterion has not released. I am just pushing for challenging yourself and myself to watch a challenging film and seeing what comes from it.
If you want to join me, the following are Criterion Collection titles that Greenfield Public Library has to offer. There are lots more available via CountyCat and the MCFLS along with other great films and documentaries.
Blow Out – DVD BLO
Un conte de Noël / A Christmas Tale – DVD CHR
Gomorrah – DVD GOM
Bicycle Thieves – DVD BIC
The Naked Prey – DVD NAK
49th Parallel – DVD FOR
The Complete Mr. Arkadin AKA Confidential Report – DVD COM
Seven Samurai – DVD SEV
Young Törless – DVD YOU
Howard’s End – DVD HOW
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – DVD LIF
Hoop Dreams – DVD 796.323 HOO
Tanner ’88 – DVD TAN
3 Women – DVD THR
The Horse’s Mouth – DVD HOR
Hopscotch – DVD HOP
The Royal Tenenbaums – DVD ROY
Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries – DVD WIL
Written on the Wind – DVD WRI
My Man Godfrey – DVD MYM
Notorious – DVD NOT
Spartacus – DVD SPA
Brief Encounter – DVD BRI
The Last Temptation of Christ – DVD LAS
Oliver Twist – DVD OLI
I hope I stick with it and I think it will be an interesting experiment. I’ll keep you posted.
That concludes our final blog post for 2012. We hope you come into GPL for DVDs, books, or any sort of media or information. We wish you have a great holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.
The Greenfield Public Library Team.