Fantasy Films, Magical Realism, and Children's Classics












Fantasy Films
Magical Realism
Children's Classics
Fairy Tales
Ghosts, Angels, and the Afterlife
Jules Verne
Swords and Sorcerers
Mythical/Legendary Heroes and their Exploits
Superheroes

Science Fiction Films
Animation videography
Action/Adventure film videography
Horror film videography
Asian Film (for magical martial arts films, Asian ghost stories, etc.)
Surrealist film videography

Science Fiction/Fantasy books/articles in UCB Library
Horror film books/articles in UCB Library

Fantasy Films (via filmsite.org)

Fantasy Films

The Absent Minded Professor(1960)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk. A college professor accidently invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an anti-gravity substance and equips his Model T and his college's basketball player's shoes with it. He tries to convince the Pentagon of its value but has problems with a local crook who wants to profit from the idea. Based on a story by Samuel W. Taylor. 96 min, DVD X2756
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Son of Flubber(1967)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk. In this sequel to "The absent minded-Professor," Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of flubber hasn't quite brought him - or his college - the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of flubbergas, which can change the weather. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game. Based on a story by Samuel W. Taylor. 103 min, DVD X2756
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass

separate bibliography on film adapatations of Lewis Carroll

Alice (TV, 2009)
Director, Nick Willing. Cast: Caterina Scorsone, Andrew Lee Potts, Matt Frewer, Philip Winchester, Tim Curry, Harry Dean Stanton, Colm Meaney, Kathy Bates, Alan Gray. Jack gives a rare family ring to Alice, even though he barely knows her. Soon after, Jack is kidnapped and Alice is confronted by a stranger known as the White Rabbit, who entices her to follow him through the liquid glass of an ornate mirror. Here she lands in Wonderland, an outlandish underground city of twisted towers and staircases. Discovering the ring controls the looking glass, and is the key to the power of the Queen of Hearts, Alice must discover the reasons Jack gave her the ring. 180 min. DVD X2754
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Alice (Neco z Alenky)(Czechoslovakia / Switzerland / UK / West Germany, 1988)
Director Jan Svankmejer. 84 min. DVD 325; VHS 999:1554
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Alice at the Palace(TV, 1982)
Cast: Meryl Streep, Betty Aberlin, Debbie Allen, Stuart Baker-Bergen, Richard Cox, Sheila Dabney, Rodney Hudson, Michael Jeter, Charles Lanyer, Mark Linn-Baker, Kathryn Morath, Deborah Rush. Lewis Carroll's Alice with all of the beloved characters --from the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat to the Queen of Hearts-- given a unique twist by the witty and charming performances of an accomplished theatrical ensemble. Produced by Joseph Papp; directed by Emile Ardolino. Originally broadcast as part of NBC-TV's Project Peacock series in 1982. 75 min. DVD X2877; DVD X6131

Alice in Cartoonland
Contents: Alice, the toreador (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice's egg plant (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice in the jungle (1925, 8 min.) -- Alice on the farm (1926, 9 min.) -- Alice rattled by rats (1925, 7 min.) -- Alice's orphan (1926, 7 min.) -- Alice the whaler (1927, 7 min.). It has been said that the Disney Studio was built on a mouse, but it all really began with a little girl named Alice. The basic concept of the "Alice films" by Walt Disney was to place a real girl in a cartoon world. This program represents Disney's earliest experiences as a young cartoon producer when he was 20 years old and reveals his development as a director and storyteller. DVD X2877; Video/C 7168

Alice in Wonderland(2010)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas. Voices: Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Barbara Windsor. Alice, now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Based on "Alice's adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the looking-glass" by Lewis Carroll. Bonus features: Finding Alice, The Mad Hatter, and Effecting Wonderland. 109 min. DVD X3757
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Alice in Wonderland(UK, 1903)
Directed by Cecil M. Hepworth and Percy Snow. Cast: May Clark (Alice); Cecil M. Hepworth (Frog), Mrs. Hepworth (White Rabbit / Queen), Norman Whitten (Fish / Mad Hatter). Included as supplement on DVD 4151
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Alice in Wonderland(1915)
Director, W.W. Young. Cast: Viola Savoy Alice in Wonderland: This early 1915 silent version of the Lewis Carroll story is considered the first version near to the novel. Creatures are costumed actors and the absence of dialogue creates a surreal, dreamlike quality. 27:43 min. DVD X2877; DVD 9636
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Alice in Wonderland
Contents: Alice in Wonderland / American Motion Picture Corporation ; adapted and directed by W.W. Young ; with Viola Savoy, Elmo Lincoln (si., b&w, 1915, 52 min.)(also on DVD 9636) -- Alice's adventures in cartoonland / directed by Walt Disney ; with Virginia Davis ; Margie Gay (1925) -- Alice of Wonderland in Paris / Rembrandt Films ; directed by Gene Deitch ; voice, Carl Reiner (col., sd., 1966, 60 min.) -- Alice's adventures in Wonderland / directed by William Sterling ; with Michael Crawford, Peter Sellers, Dudley Morre, Fiona Fullerton, Ralph Richardson (col., sd., 1972, 101 min.) DVD X2877 Alice in Wonderland: This early 1915 silent version of the Lewis Carroll story is considered the first version near to the novel. Creatures are costumed actors and the absence of dialogue creates a surreal, dreamlike quality. Alice's adventures in Cartoonland: Two shorts from an animated film series directed and produced by Walt Disney himself. Includes drawings some historians think may have influenced the evolution of Mickey and other iconic cartoon characters. Initially performed before a white cloth by four-year-old Virginia Davis, the animated characters were added later. Alice of Wonderland in Paris: Featuring French animation, Alice travels through France, meeting characters from classic children's books including Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline and Eve Titus's Antole the French mouse. Alice's adventures in Wonderland: This British musical theatrical version features a star-studded cast including Peter Sellers and Michael Crawford in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland (also on DVD 3675). DVD X2877

Alice in Wonderland(1933)
Directed by Norman McLeod. Screen play by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and William Cameron Menzies; music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Cast: Charlotte Henry, Richard Arlen, Rosco Ates, Gary Cooper, Leon Errol, Louis Fazenda, W. C. Fields, Skeets Gallagher, Cary Grant, Raymond Hatton, Edward Everett Horton, Roscoe Karns, Baby Leroy, Mae Marsh, Polly Moran, Jack Oakie, Edna May Oliver, May Robson, Charlie Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, Ned Sparks, Ford Sterling. Summary Alice's fantastic adventures lead her straight to some of the most memorable characters ever imagined, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Humpty Dumpty, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she is transported to a magical world. 77 min, DVD X2747
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Alice in Wonderland(1949)
Director: Dallas Bower. Cast: Stephen Murray, Ernest Milton, Pamela Brown, Felix Aylmer, David Read, Carol Marsh ; with Lou Bunin's film puppets portraying Lewis Carroll's creatures of Wonderland ; the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ernest Irving. Theatrical adaptation of Lewis's Carroll's classic, featuring puppet animation with live characters. The main story is told with a live Alice moving through painted sets and wonderful pixilated puppets. There's real eccentric charm and fun in many of the sequences, the fish-footmen are particularly funny with a Gilbert & Sullivan style number to match. 83 min. DVD X2821
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Alice in Wonderland(Disney, 1951)
Directors: directors, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske. Voices: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton, J. Pat O'Malley, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel. An animated musical film about Alice, a bored schoolgirl who yearns for a more exciting life. Things get "curiouser and curiouser" after she follows the frantic White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and has a series of surreal misadventures in the madcap world of Wonderland, where "nothing's impossible." In Wonderland, Alice meets extraordinary characters such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat. Special features: A virtual Wonderland party; newly discovered Cheshire Cat song "I'm old"; adventures in Wonderland set-top game; "The unbirthday song" and "All in the golden afternoon" sing-along-songs; original Mickey Mouse animated short "Thru the mirror"; Walt Disney's TV introduction; art galleries; original theatrical trailers; deleted material; "Operation Wonderland" featurette; Wonderland card game. DVD 2366; DVD 248; VHS 999:2606
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Alice in Wonderland(TV, 1960)
Directed by Harry Harris. Natalie Gregory, Carol Channing, Sid Caesar, Telly Savalas, Imogene Coca, Red Buttons, Sammy Davis Jr., Patrick Duffy, Ann Jillian, Harvey Korman, Roddy McDowall, Donna Mills, Pat Morita, Anthony Newley. Summary Lewis Carroll's beloved story comes to life on the small screen. Follow Alice as she meets a white rabbit, a smiling, mischievous cat, a smoking caterpillar, and more. 72 min, DVD 4151
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Alice in Wonderland(UK, 1966)
Directed by Jonathan Miller. Cast: Anne-Marie Mallik, Wilfrid Brambell, Alan Bennett, Finlay Currie, Michael Redgrave, John Bird, Leo McKern, Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, John Gielgud, Malcolm Muggeridge. A subversive and haunting retelling of the classic children's story produced for British television. This Victorian Gothic version captures the menacing undertones of Lewis Carroll's story while poking fun at middle-class England. Special features: Director's commentary, stills gallery, and the original silent version of Alice in Wonderland directed by Percy Snow in 1903. 72 min, DVD 4151
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McWilliam, Rohan. "Jonathan Miller's Alice In Wonderland (1966): A Suitable Case for Treatment." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Jun2011, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p229-246, 18p UC users only

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (UK, 1972). Directed by William Sterling. Cast: Peter Sellers, Fiona Fullerton, Michael Crawford, Ralph Richardson, Robert Helpmann, Flora Robson, Dudley Moore. A live action musical rendition of Lewis Carroll's beloved story of Alice who follows the frantic White Rabbit down a rabbit hole and through the magical, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. 95 min. DVD 3675; also on DVD X2877
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Alice in Wonderland(TV, 1983)
Directed by Kirk Browning. Cast: Richard Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Kate Burton, Nathan Lane, Maureen Stapleton, Andre Gregory, James Coco, Kaye Ballard, Donald O'Connor, Eve Arden, Geoffrey Holder, Zeljko Ivanek. From the elaborate Broadway revival of the 1932 Eva Le Gallienne/Florida Friebus production comes a whimsical retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. In this adaptation, Alice's adventures in the land of fantasy is presented within a contemporary framework. Videodisc release of the production of Thirteen/WNET for Great Performances on PBS, originally broadcast on 10/3/83. 87 min, DVD X2874
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Alice in Wonderland(TV, 1985)
Directed by Harry Harris. Cast: Natalie Gregory, Carol Channing, Sid Caesar, Telly Savalas, Imogene Coca, Red Buttons, Sammy Davis Jr., Patrick Duffy, Ann Jillian, Harvey Korman, Roddy McDowall, Donna Mills, Pat Morita, Anthony Newley. Lewis Carroll's beloved story comes to life on the small screen. Follow Alice as she meets a white rabbit, a smiling, mischievous cat, a smoking caterpillar, and more. Originally produced as a television motion picture in 1985. 192 min, DVD X2760
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Alice in Wonderland(1999)
Directed by Nick Willing. Cast: Robbie Coltrane, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, Peter Ustinov, George Wendt, Gene Wilder, Tina Majorino. A made for television musical version of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece of fantasy. Alice slips down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets zany characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter and has a series of strange, dream-like adventures. 129 min, DVD 4149
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (UK, TV, 1998). Director, John Henderson. Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Sian Phillips, Geoffrey Palmer, Steve Coogan, Gary Olsen, Greg Wise, Desmond Barritt, Ian Richardson. Alice has already traveled to Wonderland once, now she is taking another journey to the fascinating world with the memorable character Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, Red King and Queen, Red and White Knights, and Jabberwocky. 86 min. DVD 3461
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Jabberwocky(UK, 1977)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Michael Palin. At the darkest hour of the Dark Ages, in the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable, the dreaded Jabberwocky roams the land with his eyes aflame and his talons bared. Which brave knight shall slay the beast, save the kingdom, and win the hand of the fair princess? Special features: Commentary with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin ; international photo gallery ; sketch-to-screen comparisons (original sketches by Terry Gilliam) ; theatrical trailer ; interactive menus ; scene selections. 105 min. DVD 917
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All of Me (1984)
Directed by Carl Reiner. Cast: Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Libertini, Jason Bernard, Madolyn Smith, Dana Elcar. Roger Cobb is a swinging bachelor, a lawyer, and a jazz musician. Edwina Cutwaters is a terminally ill spinster who is given another chance at life if her soul can be transported into another woman. However, the guru goofs, and Edwina's soul takes over the right side of Roger. 91 min. DVD X3419
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Barth, Jack. "All of Me." Film Comment, September/October 1984, Vol. 20, p24-27, 4p
Kael, Pauline "Roger & Edwina, Sheena and Uncle Jean." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. Kael, Pauline. New York : Dutton, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K2527 1985)
Smith, Murray. "Film Art, Argument, and Ambiguity." The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Winter 2006, Vol. 64 Issue 1, p33-42, 10p UC users only

Edwards, Emily D. "The Recycled Soul: What Movies and Television Tell Us About Reincarnation." In: Metaphysical media : the occult experience in popular culture / Emily D. Edwards. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.O28 E38 2005)

The Alloy Orchestra Plays Wild and Weird: 14 Fascinating and Innovating films 1902-1965
14 short films -- some favorites, others unfamiliar -- made between 1902 and 1965. All boast new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films." Films in this new collection are sourced from high quality prints, digitally mastered from around the world. They represent many genres and styles, including "trick films," hand drawn as well as stop-motion animation, classic comedy, and avant-garde and surrealist surprises. Contents: George Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902) -- Edwin S. Porter's Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) -- Play House (1921) -- D.W. Griffith's Those Awful Hats (1902) -- Segundo de Chomon's Red Spectre (1907), -- F. Percy Smith's The Acrobatic Fly (1908) -- J. Stuart Blackton's The Thieving Hand (1908) -- Princess Nicotine, or The Smoke Fairy (1909), -- Artheme Swallows His Clarinet (1912) -- Ladislas Starewicz's The Cameraman's Revenge (1912) -- Slavko Vorkapich and Robert Florey's The Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra (1927) -- Eliot Noyes, Jr.'s Clay, or The Origin of Species (1965). 91 min. DVD X6343

Arabian Nights
For various film versions of tales of Arabian Nights, SEE The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Arabs and the Middle East

[The Adventures of] Baron Muenchhausen (UK / West Germany, 1988)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. The amazing journeys of Baron von Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms with the object of saving a European city from the superior forces of a Turkish sultan. 126 min. DVD 8687; vhs 999:2045
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Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers) (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Florence Roberts, Henry Kleinbach. SEE Children's Classics

Back to the Future (1985)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. In this comic fantasy, a typical American teenager of the 1980's is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his amazing trip back in time, the teenager must make certain that his parents-to-be meet and fall in love so he can get back to the future. 116 min. DVD 4291
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Back to the Future II (1989)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. An exhilarating visit by Marty and Doc to the year 2015 seemingly resolves a few problems with the future McFly family. But when the two return home, they soon discover someone has tampered with time to produce a nightmarish Hill Valley 1985. Their only hope is to once again get back to 1955 and save the future. 116 min. DVD 4291
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Back to the Future III (1990)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty is stranded in 1955 after a freak lightning burst, and must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown. When he gets there, he finds that his friend and mentor is the blacksmith in a western town, and in love. It's up to Marty to get them out of the wild west and back to the future! 118 min. DVD 4291
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Bedazzled (UK, 1967)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Michael Bates. A short-order cook is hopelessly in love with a waitress who barely knows he's alive. Enter the Devil, who grants him seven wishes in order to win her over, but his efforts are hampered by the Seven Deadly sins including the insatiable Lillian Lust! Special features: Peter and Dud: an interview with the devil ; Peter Cook and Dudley Moore on the Paul Ryan show ; a "Bedazzled" conversation with Harold Ramis ; original theatrical trailer ; still gallery. 104 min. DVD 7840
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Bell, Book and Candle(1958)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast:Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester, Janice Rule. Gillian Holroyd is just your average, modern-day, witch, living in a New York apartment with her Siamese familiar, Pyewacket. But one day a handsome publisher, Shep Henderson walks into her building and Gillian decides she wants him--especially as it turns out he's marrying Merle Kittridge, an old poison penpal from Gillian's college days. So, Gillian casts a spell over Shep. But her powers are in danger of being exorcised by something stronger than the bell-book-and-candle routine: Love. 103 min. DVD X461
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Big (1988)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton. A 12-year-old boy's wish comes true when he asks a mechanical carnival genie to make him 'big' only to awake the next morning and discover he is! He manages to land a job at a toy company where he experiences the complications of being an adult, but eventually he begins to long for the simple joys of childhood. 104 min. DVD 1814
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Awards

Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Tom Hanks)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Tom Hanks)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin. Screwball comedy about two high school students who face a difficult history exam. With the help of a time-traveling messenger they round up some historical heavyweights for their class project! 90 min. DVD X564
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Hunter, I.Q. "Capitalism Most Triumphant: Bill & Ted's Excellent History Lesson." Pulping fictions : consuming culture across the literature/media divide / edited by Deborah Cartmell London ; Chicago : Pluto Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.3 .P85 1996)
Lundquist, Lynne "Myth and Illiteracy: Bill and Ted's Explicated Adventures." Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 217-23, 1996 Fall UC users only
Troyer, John; Marchiselli, Chani "Slack, Slacker, Slackest: Homosocial Bonding Practices in Contemporary Dude Cinema." In: Where the boys are : cinemas of masculinity and youth / edited by Murray Pomerance and Frances Gatew Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.B7 W54 2005)

Black Moon (France | West Germany, 1975)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Thérèse Giehse, Cathryn Harrison, Joe Dallesandro, Alexandra Stewart. After skirting the horrors of an unidentified war being waged in an anonymous countryside, a beautiful young woman takes refuge in a remote farmhouse where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic odyssey of a mysterious family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, 'Black Moon' is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. Supplements: Pour le cinéma, archival video interview with director Louis Malle; gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; theatrical trailer. 100 min. DVD X6183
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Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) (Germany, 1932)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. A love story/fantasy set in the Italian Tyrol, about a painter who defies a local legend by climbing a mountain. 70 min. DVD 3851; vhs 999:336
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Der BergFilm 1920-1940 / Friedbert Aspetsberger (Hrsg.) Innsbruck : StudienVerlag, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M68.B47 2002)
Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

Leni Riefenstahl bibliography

Bluebeard (Barbe bleue) (France, 2009)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphne Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovannetti. Tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. The Princess must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape a potentially unpleasant fate. 80 min. DVD X3972
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The Book of Life (1998)
Directed by Hal Hartley. Cast: Martin Donovan, P.J. Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan, Dave Simonds, Miho Nikaido, D.J. Mendel, James Urbaniak. In this dark comedy about the Apocalypse, Jesus arrives at JFK Airport with his assistant, Magdalena. He transfers the "Book of Life" to computer disk and battles the Devil for human souls, with second thoughts about whether these lives are worth saving. 63 min. DVD 3783
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Brand Upon the Brain!: A Remembrance in 12 Chapters(USA / Canada, 2006)
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Erik Steffen Maahs, Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Andrew Loviska, Kellan Larson. This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Maddin's mad, imaginary childhood is a nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother. "A silent, black-and-white comic science-ficton nightmare." Director-approved special edition features: Narration tracks by Isabella Rossellini, Laurie Anderson, John Ashberry, Crispin Glover, Guy Maddin, Louis Negin, and Eli Wallach ; "97 percent true," a new documentary featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators ; two new short films directed by Maddin exclusively for this release: "It's my mother's birthday today," and "Footsteps" ; deleted scene ; trailer ; a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim. 99 min. DVD X429
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Brigadoon (1954)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart, Barry Jones, Albert Sharpe. Based on the musical play with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Two Americans find a Scottish village which comes to life only one day every hundred years. Based on the musical play with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. 109 min. DVD 1453
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Bye Bye Monkey (Ciao maschio) (Italy | France, 1978)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Marcello Mastroianni, James Coco, Geraldine Fitzgerald. In the heart of New York City, Luigi and Lafayette, two foreign eccentrics, begin decaying in a surreal, rat-infested world. While walking along the Hudson River, Luigi discovers the corpse of King Kong. He also finds Kong's orphaned son, a newborn chimpanzee and brings him to his friend Lafayette, who decides to raise the infant as his own. Special features: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 119 min. DVD 199; vhs 999:280
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Carnivale.
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Carousel (1956)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Robert Rounseville, Gene Lockhart. A smooth-talking carny barker falls in love with a millworker in Maine. The night before the birth of his daughter he is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven, years later, he returns to earth for one day to teach his daughter a valuable lesson. Special features on DVD 6861: Disc 1: Audio commentary by Shirley Jones and Nick Redman; exclusive isolated musical score; songs-only option; singalong karaoke subtitles (English): Disc 2: Bonus film: 1934 classic "Liliom" (116 min., b&w); "Turns on the 'Carousel'" featurette; vintage stage excerpt: The "If I loved you" extended sequence with original Broadway stars Jan Clayton and John Raitt; stills and audio from deleted numbers: "You're a queer one, Julie Jordan," performed by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones, "Blow high, blow low" performed by Cameron Mitchell and chorus; Fox Movietone News: "'Carousel' opens at New York and Hollywood in CinemaScope 55"; behind-the-scenes still photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 128 min. DVD 6861; DVD 566
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Liliom

A Christmas Carol
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The City of Lost Children (La Cite des Enfants Perdus) (France / Germany / Spain, 1995)
Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Ron Perman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominque Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Genevieve Brunet, Odile Mallet, Mireille Mosse, Serge Merlin, Francois Hadji-Lazaro, Rufus, Ticky Holgado, Jean-Louis Trintignant. In this fantastically-twisted fairy tale chock-full of curious characters and special effects, a gutsy little girl and a sentimental strongman join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from a madman's master plan. 114 min. DVD 3014
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City of Embers (1983)
Directed by Gil Kenan. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Martin Landau, Mary Kay Place, Toby Jones, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Mackenzie Crook, Tim Robbins. For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. But when the City's massive power generator begins to fail, the streetlamps fade - along with the hopes of the townspeople. Now it will be up to two courageous teenagers to follow a trail of clues left by the ancient builders to find the way out of Ember before their world is plunged into complete darkness. Based on the book "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau. 95 min. DVD X3600
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A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Will Rogers, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Farnum, Myrna Loy. A radio man visits a spooky old house at night. There he briefly meets the strange inhabitants, including a mad scientist who tries to use radio waves to tune into the past. An accidental bang on the head sends the radio man back to King Arthur's Court. Based on Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. 95 min. vhs 999:3867
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. In this musical version of Mark Twain's comedy, Bing Crosby is a blacksmith knocked unconscious only to awaken back in time to Camelot, where Merlin declares him a wizard and is challenged to a joust by Sir Lancelot for the hand of the beautiful princess. Based on Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. 107 min. DVD X3076
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CQ (2001)
Directed by Roman Coppola. Cast: Jeremy Davies, Angela Lindvall, Elodie Bouchez, Gérard Depardieu, Massimo Ghini, Giancarlo Giannini, John Phillip Law, Sylvio Muccino, Jason Schwartzman, Dean Stockwell, Billy Zane. A fledgling filmmaker, whose day job is as a film editor, abandons all reality to follow his sultry lead actress into the exciting futuristic fantasy life of her super-spy character in the film he is working on. Special features: "CQ: A Cinematic Odyssey" featurette; "CQ Cinematography" featurette; "Actor's Acting" featurette; "Music and Sound" featurette; "Chronique D'un Cineaste": a visual diary of Roman Coppola's cinematic journey; Sofia Coppola documentary; "The Making of CQ" featurette narrated by film star Matthieu Tonetti; "On the Set of CQ" documentary by Eleanor Coppola; "Xavier and Sabestien": Je Vous Presente Angela featurette; Audio commentary with director Roman Coppola and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; "Codename Dragonfly" featurette including Codename Dragonfly trailer; Mellow music video; original theatrical trailer; photo gallery. 87 min. DVD X2663
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The Crazy Ray (Paris qui dort) (France, 1923)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Cast: Henri Rollan, Madeline Rodrigues, Albert Prejean, Myla Seller. This first film by Rene Clair (notable for its comic and trick effects), was mostly shot on the Eiffel Tower. One man, the night watchman on the Eiffel tower, finds himself the only one awake in Paris. Everyone else has been frozen in time by a mysterious ray invented by a mad scientist. He is shortly joined by a group who were flying in an airplane at the time of the catastrophe. Together they try to convince the scientist to awaken the people. 62 min. DVD 1368; vhs 999:3235
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Ousselin, Edward. "The Uses of a National Icon: The Eiffel Tower in René Clair's Paris qui dort." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 47-54, Spring 1999

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemying, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton. Benjamin Button was a not-so-ordinary man who began his life under unusual circumstances. Born in his eighties, and unable to stop time, he continued to age backwards. His life story is detailed from the end of World War I in 1918 and into the 21st century, when he discovered a love that lasted beyond time. Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Special features: Disc 2: The Supplements : Interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett ; Audio commentary featuring director David Fincher; Footage revealing the innovative techniques behind the visual effects and makeup; Step-by-step examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt; In-depth exploration of David Fincher's creative process on the set; Featurettes on the film's storyboards, costumes, and art direction; Still galleries, including costume designs and candid behind-the-scenes production photos. 165 min. DVD X1876
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Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year; British Supporting Actress of the Year (Tilda Swinton)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director

Alexander, Henry. "Reflections on Benjamin Button." Philosophy & Literature, Apr2009, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p1-17, 17p
Compton, Desiree; Rosich, Rosellen. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Oct-Dec2009, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p284-287, 4p
Curnutt, Kirk, et al. "The Case Gets Curious: Debates on Benjamin Button, from Story to Screen." F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 7, pp. 3-33, 2009
Fuller, Graham. "Up the Hill Backwards." Sight and Sound, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 26-27, 29, Mar 2009
Gery, John. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Studies in Short Fiction, Fall80, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p495, 3p
Maio, Kathi. "Button, Button." Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jun2009, Vol. 116 Issue 6/7, p202-208, 7p
Tyree, J. M. "Against The Clock: Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button." Film Quarterly, Summer2009, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p34-38, 5p;

The Dark Crystal (1982)
Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Character performers: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, David Goelz, Steve Whitmire ; character voices: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards ; narrator, Joseph O'Connor. Jen the Gelfling must undertake a dangerous quest to restore the all-powerful Dark Crystal, in order to return light and order to the world. Features puppets by Jim Henson. 93 min. DVD X6173
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Destiny (Der Müde Tod) (Germany, 1921)
Directed by Fritz Lang. In the 19th century a young woman tries to save her lover from the presence of Death, who shows to her three lives, in Arabia, Italy, and China. 78 min. DVD 524; VHS 999:193
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The Devil and Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy) (1941)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Walter Huston, Edward Arnold, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, James Craig, Anne Shirley, John Qualen, Jeff Corey, Gene Lockhart, Lindy Wade. Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain. Originally released as a motion picture in 1941 under title All that money can buy; re-released later that year as The Devil and Daniel Webster; re-issued in 1952 in a shortened version as Daniel and the Devil. Based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benét. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Bernard Herrmann biographer Stephen C. Smith; a reading of Benét's original short story by actor/director Alec Baldwin; comparison with an earlier preview version titled "Here is a man"; the Columbia Workshop's radio dramatization of the "Devil and Daniel Webster" and "The sea serpent"; the music of the film in an interactive essay by Christopher Husted; behind-the-scenes photos; essays by Tom Piazza and Benét. 106 min.min. DVD X2759
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Berman, Russell A. "The Masses and Margarita: Faust at the Movies." In: Our Faust? : roots and ramifications of a modern German myth / edited by Reinhold Grimm and Jost Hermand. Madison, Wis. : Published for Monatshefte [by] the University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX652.F38 O971 1987)
Cooksey, Thomas L. "'Talk Not of a Wife': The Devil and Daniel Webster, Cabin in the Sky, and Damn Yankees–American Contributions to the Faust Legend." Journal of Popular Film and Television Volume 27, Issue 3, 1999 UC users only
Konkle, Lincoln. "American Reincarnations: 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' from Fiction to Drama to Film." In: Stephen Vincent Benét : essays on his life and work / edited by David Garrett Izzo and Lincoln Konk Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3503.E5325 Z75 2003)
Singer, Robert. "One against all: the New England past and present responsibilities in The Devil and Daniel Webster." Literature/Film Quarterly, 1994, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p265-271, 7p UC users only

The Devil's Arithmatic(TV, 1999)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Paul Freeman, Mimi Rogers, Louise Fletcher. When Hannah Stern, a 13 year-old girl neglectful to her Jewish heritage and "tired of remembering," goes to open the door to the prophet Elijha during the Seder she finds herself in 1940s Poland. After being sent to a Nazi concentration camp she must use her knowledge of the future to survive the past and learn something about the importance of remembering. Based on the novel: The devil's arithmetic / by Jane Yolen. 97 min. DVD X3465
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The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) (Spain / Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Marisa Parades, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Iñigo Garces, Irene Visedo. Thanks to the Civil War in Spain, Carlos his arrived at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans, where an unexploded bomb rests in the courtyard. More frightening are the odd things keep happening to Carlos - he sees strange shadows, hears voices, and at night he is being visited by the "One Who Sighs." Special features: Guillermo del Toro commentary ; Director's thumbnail track ; Making of documentary, "?Que es un Fantasma? The Making of the Devil's Backbone" (28 min.) ; Deleted scenes ; Thumbnail/storyboard comparisons ; Galleries ; Previews. 108 min. DVD 8225
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Brinks, Ellen. ""Nobody's Children": Gothic Representation and Traumatic History in The Devil's Backbone." JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, 2004, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p291-312, 22p
Chun, Kimberly. "What is a Ghost?: An Interview with Guillermo del Toro." Cineaste, Spring, 2002, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p 28-31UC users only
Davies, Ann. "he Beautiful and the Monstrous Masculine: The Male Body and Horror in El espinazo del diablo (Guillermo del Toro 2001)." Studies in Hispanic Cinema; 2007, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p135-147, 13pUC users only
Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio. "The Transnational Reception of El espinazo del diablo (Guillermo del Toro 2001)." Hispanic Research Journal, Feb2007, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p39-51, 13p UC users only
Savage, Julian "The Object(s) of Interpretation: Guillermo Del Toro's El Espinazo Del Diablo (The Devil's Backbone)" Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), July 2002

The Devil's Envoys (Les Visiteurs du soir) (France, 1942)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Arletty, Jules Berry, Marie Dea, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny, Marcel Herrand, Gabriel Gabrio. In the Middle Ages, the Devil sends two envoys, Giles and Dominique, who were selfish lovers on earth, to a chateau to intervene in the betrothal between the count and Lady Anne. Since the count and Lady Anne were not truly in love their betrothal is destroyed, but Giles finds true love in his seduction of Anne. The Devil himself arrives and sets everyone at odds. 120 min. vhs 999:3380
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The Devil's Plaything: American Surrealism.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 2: "Early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films." Contents: Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) / Edwin S. Porter -- Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) / Edwin S. Porter -- The Thieving Hand (1907 : creators unknown) -- Impossible Convicts (1905) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- When the Clouds Roll By (1919) / Douglas Fairbanks & Victor Fleming -- Beggar on Horseback (1925) / James Cruze -- The Fall of the House of Usher (1926-27) / J.S. Watson, Jr. & Melville Webber -- The Life and Death of 9413 : A Hollywood Extra (1927) / Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich -- The Love of Zero (1928) / Robert Florey & William Cameron Menzies -- The Telltale Heart (1928) / Charles Klein -- Tomatos Another Day (1930/1933 / J.S. Watson, Jr. & Alec Wilder -- The Hearts of Age (1934) / William Vance & Orson Welles -- The enigmatic world of Joseph Cornell -- Unreal news reels, nos. 1 & 2 (c. 1926 : creators unknown) -- The Children's Jury (c. 1938 : creators unknown) -- Thimble Theater (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Carousel: Animal Opera (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Jack's Dream (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan. DVD 4667

Dick Tracy (1990)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman. All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town (San Francisco), with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistable Breathless Mahoney. 105 min. DVD X1906; vhs 999:1144
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Donnie Darko (2001)
Directed by Richard Kelly. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Beth Grant, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Alex Greenwald, Gary Lundy, Seth Rogen, Stuart Stone, Daveigh Chase, Patience Cleveland, David Moreland, Jolene Purdy. An edgy, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Donnie Darko is a delusional high-school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past, and deadly predictions for the future. Special features: Disc 1. Optional audio commentary with writer/director, Richard Kelly and Kevin Smtih. Disc 2. Donnie Darko production diary; They made me do it too : the cult of Donnie Darko ; Storyboard to screen; #1 fan : a darkomentary. 134 min. DVD X2139
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Booth, Paul. "Intermediality in Film and Internet: Donnie Darko and Issues of Narrative Substantiality." Journal of Narrative Theory, Fall2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p398-415, 18p UC users only
Dodd, Kevin. "Donnie Darko and the messianic motif." Journal of Religion and Film, 13 no 2 O 2009 UC users only
Jordan, Randolph. "The Visible Acousmêtre: Voice, body and space across the two versions of Donnie Darko." Music, Sound & the Moving Image, Spring2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p47-70, 24p UC users only
Mathews, Peter. "Spinoza's Stone: The Logic of Donnie Darko." Post Script, Fall2005, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p38-48, 11p UC users only
Powell, Anna. "Donnie Darko: incompossible worlds." In: Deleuze, altered states and film / Anna Powell. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks B2430.D454 P69 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "Teen Schizophrenia: Donnie Darko." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), 2002 July-Aug
Walters, James. "When People Run in Circles: Structures of Time and Memory in Donnie Darko." In: Violating time : history, memory and nostalgia in cinema / edited by Christina Lee. New York : Continuum, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.T55 V56 2008)

Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going (No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas)(Argentina, 1995)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Mariana Arias, Oscar Martinez. Leopoldo, a lonely film projectionist has invented a machine to record his dreams. Through a series of odd events, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of one of the inventors of cinema, and that a woman he sees in his dreams is his eternal companion on a trip through the centuries. 130 min. DVD X2905
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Dreamchild(UK, 1985)
Directed by Gavin Millar. Cast: Coral Browne, Peter Gallagher, Ian Holm. A fantasy based on the true life visit of 80 year-old Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration for "Alice in Wonderland," to New York to celebrate the centennial of Lewis Carroll's birth. As Alice observes the developing romance between her traveling companion, Lucy, and a New York reporter, she reflects on her friendship with Lewis Carroll and finds herself haunted by the characters he created that amused her when she was a child. 90 min. DVD X4368
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Pym, John. "Alice and the Mock Turtle." Sight and Sound, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 294-96, Autumn 1985 UC users only

Dreams [Short Cinema 1:2]
Dreams -- Cafe bar / Alison De Vere -- Bride of Resistor / Mark Gustafson -- Girl's own story / Jane Campion -- Depth solitude / Joachim Solum, Thomas Lien; Max von Sydow (narrator) -- Guy walks into a bar / Carmen Elly -- George Hickenlooper interview -- Vincent: the junkie chronicles / Michael Failia -- Big brass ring / George Hickenlooper; adapted from a short story by Orson Welles -- La Jetee / Chris Marker -- Eye like a strange balloon / Guy Maddin -- Making of portrait of a lady / Peter Long, Kate Ellis, Jane Campion. Cafe bar: In this brushstroke animation a random meeting at a cafe becomes two people's "escape" from one another. Bride of Resistor: In this sequel to the kinetic animation film Mr. Resistor, the diminuitive scrap heap hero returns to have his heart stolen by a plasticine mistress. Girl's own story: A girl's hopes are pierced by the barbs of early 60's life in a film that mirrors an entire society's loss of innocence. Depth solitude: A lyrical short film about loneliness and the extreme measures some will take to overcome it. Guy walks into a bar: A naive wannabe actor stumbles into a real life cowboy fantasy while driving across country. Vincent, the junkie chronicles: a work-in-progress documentary takes an unblinking look at the life of an addict. Big brass ring: Malcolm McDowell plays a controversial political icon who verbally spars with a beautiful journalist. La Jette: The themes of time and memory are intricately sewn into an eulogy to civilization. Eye like a strange balloon: A whimsical allegory on man's journey through time and space. The Making of Portrait of a Lady: A glimpse into the creative process of directing Henry James' tale of societal pressures and private passions. DVD 6:1:2

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, Caroline Aaron, Dick Anthony Williams, O-Lan Jones. As the result of an inventor's sudden death, his creation Edward is left with long, sharp scissors instead of hands. Edward is brought from his lonely castle to a stylized, pastel suburb by a kindly Avon lady, who tries to make a home for him with her family and neighbors, with alarming, darkly comic results. 105 min. DVD 4015
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

The End of Man (Finis hominis) (Brazil, 1964)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Teresa Sodré, Roque Rodrigues, Mário Lima, Andréa Bryan. Surrealist film in which a strange man walks naked out of the sea and becomes a modern messiah figure (Finis Hominis), who can perform miracles. An adulterous woman and a betrayed husband, both saved by Finis Hominis help gather followers which include a group of hippies. 79 min. DVD X3112
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004)
Directed by Michel Gondry. Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson. When Joel discovers that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind through an experimental scientific procedure, he decides to ease his own pain by getting the same treatment. But, as each memory of Clementine is systematically eliminated, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her and desperately attempts to reverse the process. 107 min. DVD 3314
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Kaufman, Charlie. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind : the shooting script / screenplay by Charlie Kaufman ; introduction by Michel Gondry ; Q & A with Charlie Kaufman by Rob Feld. New York : Newmarket Press, c2004. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.E83 K38 2004)

Fairy of the Surf (La fée des grèves) (France, 1909)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. Three men go out on the ocean in a row boat. There, they see dancing fairies. Then manage to catch one and take her aboard the boat--taking her back to the castle with them. Then, one of the men asks the fairy to marry him and they do so--though something strange occurs right after the ceremony. DVD X2029
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The Fall (India / UK / USA, 2006)
Directed by Tarsem Singh. Cast: Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Catinca Untaru. 1920's, Los Angeles. In a hospital on the outskirts of town, Roy Walker, an injured stuntman, begins to tell young Alexandria, a fellow patient with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances. Based on the 1981 screenplay "Yo ho ho" by Valery Petrov. 117 min. DVD X360
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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
Film excerpts: Puppetoons -- Time Machine -- War of the Worlds -- Destination Moon -- When worlds collide -- Houdini -- Conquest of space -- Tom Thumb -- Wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm -- 7 Faces of Dr. Lao -- Atlantis -- Lost continent. Among the legends of Hollywood George Pal takes his place as a true visionary, innovator and showman who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. A pioneer in stop motion animation he went on to invent the modern science fiction and fantasy film genres. This documentary explores Pal's life and work with rare interviews with Pal and reminiscences from his contemporaries. Also included are extensive film highlights. 93 min. DVD 370

Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Cast: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig. SEE Children's Classics

The Forbidden Zone
Directed by Richard Elfman. Cast: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Ugh-Fudge Bwana, Phil Gordon, Hyman Diamond, Toshiro Boloney, Danny Elfman, Viva, Joe Spinell, The Kipper Kids. In the realm of the Sixth Dimension is a kingdom ruled by the midget King Fausto. It is inhabited by dancing frogs, maidens in bikinis, robot-like boxers, and other degraded beings--all subject to royal sexual abuse. Special features: Introduction by Danny Elfman; pop-up trivia; Japan promo; extended scene; deleted scenes in color; theatrical trailer in color. 1982. 74 min DVD X954
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The Golden Coach (Carrosse d'or)(France, 1953)
Director Jean Renoir. Cast: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante, Duncan Lamont, Paul Campbell, Jean Debucourt. An eighteenth-century comic fantasy about a viceroy in Central America who receives a golden coach and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell'arte company. 103 min. DVD 2914
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Die Goldene Jurte (East Germany, 1961)
Directors, Gottfried Kolditz, Rabschaa Dordschpalam. Cast: Dshambaagijn Lubsandshamdz, Zaagani Zegmed, Batsuchijn Zorig, Surengijn Suchbaatar. Pagwa, a herdsman in Mongolia, must guard a mysterious chest which may never be opened in order to preserve the region's wealth. But his sons act in contempt of the prohibition and plunge the entire valley into a drought. His youngest son, seeks out the sage Arat, takes in his lessons and on his way home rescues the daughter of the water khan who presents him with three precious gifts: a magic cap, a little hammer which makes a golden tent appear and a lambskin which conjures up rainfall. With the help of these magical powers he is able to bring back the herd and restore rainfall to the area. Based on a legend from Mongolia. PAL format. In German without titles. 76 min. Video/C 7263
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Great Yokai War (Yôkai daisensô) (Japan, 2005)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Kondo Masaomi. A young boy with a troubled home life becomes "chosen," and he stumbles into the middle of a great spirit war, where he meets a group of friendly spirits who become his companions through his journey. Now he must fight to protect his friends and free the world of the spirits from oppression. 124 min. DVD X6305
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Hugo (2011)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Jude Law. Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together to change Hugo's life forever. Based on the book entitled "The invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. Special features: Shoot the moon: the making of Hugo (20 min.); Previews (10 min.). 126 min. DVD X7155
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The Illustrated Man (1969)
Directed by Jack Smight. Cast: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Cristine Matchett. A carnival roustabout and weaver of tales has been almost entirely "illustrated" with tattoos which become the settings for an anthology of strange science-fiction stories. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. 103 min. DVD 6841
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Atkins, T. R. "Illustrated man: an interview with Ray Bradbury." Sight & Sound, Spring 1974, Vol. 43, p96-100, 5p UC users only

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (UK | Canada | France, 2009)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast:Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Tom Waits. The immortal Dr. Parnassus and his daughter Valentina travel the countryside with his imaginarium show, a mirror that audience members enter and are given two different paths to follow. If they choose correctly they will find joy and happiness, but choose wrongly and things will be quite the opposite. The doctor must also discover the right course to follow. After making a deal with Mr. Nick years ago, he must choose the correct path if he is to save his beloved daughter from Satan. Bonus features: Behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects; Heath Ledger's interview and wardrobe test; deleted scene; introduction and commentary by Terry Gilliam; 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. 123 min. DVD X3375
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The Imaginary Voyage (Le voyage imaginaire) (France, 1926)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Jean Borlin, Dolly Davys, Mn. Schutz, Albert Préjean, Jim Gerlads, Paul Ollivier. Considered one of the rarest of the Clair films. A group of bank employees including three men who are in love with the bank's secretary fall asleep and experience a series of surrealistic adventures in a communal dream full of magic and danger which ultimately affects events of waking life. Special feature: Short subject film, "Out of the Inkwell" by Max Fleischer, directed by Dave Fleischer, featuring Koko the clown. 66 min. DVD X5748
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Indiana Jones series
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The Island of Bliss: A Motion Picture in Four Acts (Die Insel der Seligen) (Germany, 1913)
Directed by Max Reinhardt. Cast: Wilhelm Diegelmann, Willy Prager, Gertrud Hackelberg, Lore Wagner, Werner Lotz, Ernst Hoffmann, Friedrich Kuhne, Ernst Matray, Mary Dietrich. An assortment of humans (two fathers, two girls, two boys, two bachelors) on holiday by the sea make their way to an island inhabited by various gods and other mythical beings who interfere with the mortals' frolics. 50 min. vhs 999:3699
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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, Paul Guilfoyle. An ambitious newspaper reporter, eager to scoop the competition, wishes he could know the news before it happens. A mysterious old man grants the reporter that power, even as he cautions against using it. Now able to predict the news 24 hours in advance, the reporter goes about scooping all the other papers, picking sure-fire winners at the race track, and enjoying life... until he learns -- in advance, of course -- of his own death. Our hero's problem: How can he keep the future from happening? 85 min. DVD X562
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Jabberwocky (UK, 1977)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Max Wall. At the darkest hour of the Dark Ages, in the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable, the dreaded Jabberwocky roams the land with his eyes aflame and his talons bared. Which brave knight shall slay the beast, save the kingdom, and win the hand of the fair princess? 105 min. DVD 917
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The Juniper Tree (Iceland, 1990)
Directed by Nietzchka Keene. Cast: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Max Wall. At the darkest hour of the Dark Ages, in the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable, the dreaded Jabberwocky roams the land with his eyes aflame and his talons bared. Which brave knight shall slay the beast, save the kingdom, and win the hand of the fair princess? 78 min. DVD X3955
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King Kong
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Kingsize (Kingsajz) (Poland, 1987)
Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Cast: Jacek Chmielnik, Jerzy Stuhr, Katarzyna Figura, Grzegorz Herominski, Joachim Lamza, Maciej Kozowski, Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold Pyrkosz, Liza Machulska. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves, thanks to a magic potion, held by the Big Eater, ruler of the dwarves. 104 min. DVD 6249
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Kounandi (Burkina Faso, 2003)
Directed by Appoline Traoré. Cast: Deborah Coty, Noufou Ouedraogo, Aminata Dao, Kamsa Traore, Korotimi Traore, Adama Kone. In this adult fairy tale Kounandi, a young beauty often scorned and overlooked because of her dwarfism, earns her living and finds village favor making delicious cup cakes. Kounandi falls in love with Karim only to discover that he is married to Awa who is dying. Kounandi mystically sacrifices her lifeforce (and cup cake pan) as a gift to the couple. 50 min. DVD 5304
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Labyrinth (1986)
Directed by Jim Henson. Principal characters performed by David Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Karen Prell, Ron Mueck, Kevin Clash, Shari Weiser, Brian Henson, Anthony Asbury, Frank Oz. In this fantasy adventure film featuring puppets by Jim Henson, a teenage girl's baby brother is kidnapped by the King of the Goblins. In order to rescue him she must navigate a devilish labyrinth. 101 min. DVD X6170

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Labyrinth of Darkness (1978-1989)
Made by Jiri Barta. Includes all eight films of Czech filmmaker Jiri Barta which combine animation of objects and puppets with live-action to fashion gothic worlds of horror and fantasy infused with humor and moral examinations. Principally with sound and music but no dialogue. Contents: A ballad about green wood (11 min.) -- The club of the laid off (25 min.) -- The design (6 min.) -- Disc jockey (10 min.) -- The last theft (21 min.) -- The pied piper of Hamelin (55 min.) -- Riddles for a candy (8 min.) -- The vanished world of gloves (16 min.). 152 min. DVD 6161

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life(2003)
Director, Jan De Bont. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Noah Taylor, Ciaran Hinds, Djimon Hounsou, Til Schweiger, Christopher Barrie. Archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft journeys to a temple in Greece, sunken underwater that leads to a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate, who's in league with a villain named Reiss who wants to use the Box as a doomsday weapon. Facing her greatest challenges yet, the intrepid tomb raider pursues Lo, in order to get her hands back on Pandora's Box, and fulfill the desire of the Queen. 130 min. DVD 4389
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Last Action Hero(1993)
Director John McTiernan. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Austin O'Brien. What happens when a magic ticket blasts a 12-year-old boy out of his theater seat into the movie and what happens when the movie hero comes off the cinema screen to become involved in real life? The answers are to be found in this fast-action thriller in which a young boy's movie hero comes to life. 131 min. DVD X863
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Mallin, Eric S. "'You Kilt My Foddah': Or Arnold, Prince of Denmark." Shakespeare Quarterly, Summer99, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p127, 25p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Arnold through the Looking Glass." In: Action/spectacle cinema : a Sight and sound reader / edited by José Arroyo. London : British Film Institute, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995 .A259 2000)

Legend of Zu (Shu shan zheng zhuan) (Hong Kong, 2001)
Directed by Tsui Hark. Cast: Zheng Yijian, Zhang Bozhi, Gu Tianle, Hung Jinbao (Samo Hung), Zhang Ziyi. In this fantasy film immortals train for hundreds of years to perfect their martial arts. However, an evil force is threatening their existence on the mountains of Zu, and they must band together to fight back. 105 min. DVD 4893
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Light Feet: a Raramuri Tale (UK, 2008)
Directed by Oskar Laffont. Cast: Esaus Chavez Palma, Anna Palma Loya, Ramon Chavez Rodrigues. In this fantasy film a Raramuri boy travels to the city after the death of his father. 14 min. DVD X6985
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Liliom (France, 1934)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Florelle, Pierre Alcover, Robert Arnoux. Brash ne'er-do-well Liliom, played by Boyer with physical gusto and inner uncertainty, is a carnival barker until he encounters the ethereal Julie, whom he marries. When he is killed in a knife fight he is allowed to return to earth for one day to see how his wife and daughter are managing. Based on the play by Franz Molnar. 120 min. DVD 6861; DVD 2457
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Liliom (1930)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, H.B. Warner, Estelle Taylor, Lee Tracy, Guinn Williams. Biliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Based on the play by Franz Molnar. 94 min. DVD X723
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Carousel

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) (USA / UK, 2005)
Directed by Andrew Adamson. Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Kiran Shah, James Cosmo, Judy McIntosh, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Patrick Kake. SEE Children's Classics

Lost Horizon (1937)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard, Margo, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe. Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people are hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader. Based on the novel by James Hilton. 134 min. DVD 302; vhs 999:2704
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The Lost World (1925)
Screenplay and editorial direction, Marion Fairfax; dramatic direction, Harry O. Hoyt; research and technical director, Willis H. O'Brien. Cast: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes. Professor Challenger, a man of vision, persuades his skeptical colleagues to return with him to a remote South American plateau where he has discovered living dinosaurs. Resisting danger and death, Challenger's party returns to London in triumph with a captive Brontosaurus. But the beast escapes, turning the city into a shambles, before crashing through the London Bridge and swimming out toward the ocean. 93 min. DVD 2240
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Love of Sunya (1927)
Directed by Albert Parker. Cast: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Anders Randolph, Andres De Segurola, Hugh Miller, Pauline Garon. A young woman meets an Eastern yogi who believes that he wronged her in a past life. He tries to make amends by allowing her to see what her future life would be like with each of her four suitors. From a play by Max Marcin and Charles Guernon. 80 min. vhs 999:3197
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Magical Movies (Saved from the Flames)
Five early fantasy and trick films, including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès, hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle, and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911. Contents: Excelsior! Prince of Magicians / Georges Méliès (France, 1901, 2:06 min.) -- The Talion punishment / Gaston Velle, Pathe frères (France, 1906, stencil-colored, 4:13 min.) -- Kiriki, Japanese acrobats / Segundo de Chomon, Pathe frères (France, 1907, hand-colored, 2:38 min.) -- An excursion to the moon / Segundo de Chomon, Pathe frères (France, 1908, stencil-colored, 6:47 min.) -- The Automatic Moving Company / Romeo Bosetti, Pathe frères (France, 1911, 4:23 min.) DVD 9450

Magical Mystery Tour(UK, 1967)
Directed by The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. Take a surreal adventure with the Beatles on a fantasy musical bus tour across the countryside. 50 min. DVD 3950
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March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. SEE Babes in Toyland

The Man From Beyond (1922)
Directed by Burton L. King. Cast: Harry Houdini, Nita Naldi, Jane Connelly. Howard Hillary is a man frozen in the Arctic. He returns to civilization 100 years later to reclaim the love of his life, reincarnated in the body of a young woman. Filmed in large part at and about Lake Placid in New York, and Niagara Falls to the brink of which the stalwart Hillary is whirled in his efforts to save his lady love. 68 min. DVD 9731
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Max Headroom (TV, 1985)
Directed by Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel. Television networks battle one another in an unrelenting ratings war. Whoever controls the airwaves controls the dystopic world in which they broadcast. So when Network 23's star reporter, Edison Carter, uncovers a deadly secret that could shake up the stations dominion over its viewers, the only option is to eliminate Carter before he can make his story public. After Carter's "accident," his mind is uploaded to create the world's first self-aware, computer-generated TV host--Max Headroom! But will Max bow to his creators? Or will he be key to his human alter ego bringing down a network superpower? Disc 1. Blipverts ; Rakers ; Body banks ; Security systems -- disc 2. War ; The blanks ; Academy -- disc 3. Deities ; Grossberg's return ; Dream thieves ; Whackets -- disc 4. Neurostim ; Lessons ; Baby Grobags -- disc 5. Bonus features: Live on Network 23: the story of Max Headroom; Looking back at the future; The big-time blanks; The science behind the fiction.. 60 min. DVD X4314; vhs 999:879
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[ Méliès, Georges] Georges Méliès, First Wizard of Cinema
A collection of rare and rediscovered original films by Georges Méliès. This disc contains films produced in 1899 including 9 films on the Dreyfus affair. Melies, a successful magician, began investigating film as a medium of trickery in 1896. Through inventive optical effects and elaborate sets and props, he discovered how to make objects and people appear, disappear and grow larger and smaller. While best known for his fantastic tales, Melies also produced witty advertising films and re-stagings of actual events. Accompanied by a guide with DVD filmography and essays by Norman McLaren and John Frazer.

Disc 1, Films 1899: Films 1899: L'illusionniste fin de siècle = The conjurer (0:58 min.) -- Diable au couvent = Devil in a convent (3:09) -- Danse du feu = Pillar of fire (1:04) -- Portrait mysterieux = Mysterious portrait (1:06) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, la dictee du bordereau = Dreyfus court martial, the arrest of Dreyfus (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, a l'ile du diable = Dreyfus: Devil's Island, within the palisade (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, mise aux fers de Dreyfus = Dreyfus put in irons (1:05) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, suicide du Colonel Henry = Dreyfus: suicide of Colonel Henry (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, debarquement à Quiberon = Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon (0:57 min.) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, entrevue de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes = Dreyfus meets his wife at Rennes (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, attentat contre Maitre Labori = Dreyfus: the attempt against the life of Maitre Labori (1:01) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, bagarre entre journalistes = Dreyfus: the fight of reporters (1:07 ) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, Le conseil de guerre en seance à Rennes = Dreyfus: the court martial at Rennes (2:11) -- Cendrillon = Cinderella (5:41) -- Le Chevalier mystère = Mysterious knight (1:32)DVD 9625

Disc 2, Films 1903 [Pt. 1] Films 1903: Guirlande merveilleuse = Marvellous wreath (3:54 min.) -- Malheur n'arrive jamais seul = Misfortune never comes alone (2:58) -- Cake-walk infernal = Infernal cake-walk (5:19) -- Boite à malice = Mysterious box (2:08) -- Puits fantastique = Enchanted well (3:36) -- L'Auberge du bon repos = Inn where no man rests (5:00) -- Statue animee = Drawing lesson (2:33) -- Le Sorcier = Witch's revenge (3:22) -- L'oracle de Delphes = Oracle of Delphi (1:34) -- Portrait Spirite = Spiritualistic photographer (2:18) -- Le Melomane = The melomaniac (2:48) -- Le Monstre = The monster (2:29)

Disc 2, Films 1903 [Pt. 2]Films 1903: Royaume des fees = Kingdom of fairies (16:30 min.) -- Chaudron infernal = Infernal calderon (1:45) -- Le Revenant = Apparitions (2:39) -- Tonnerre de Jupiter = Jupiter's Thunderballs (3:32) -- Parapluie fantastique = Ten ladies in an umbrella (3:01) -- Tom Tight et Dum Dum = Jack Jaggs and Dum Dum (2:36) -- Bob Kick, l'enfant terrible = Bob Kick the mischievous kid (2:02) -- Illusions funambulesques = Extraordinary Illusions (2:10) -- L'enchanteur Alcofribas = Alcofribas, the master magician (3:41) -- Jack et Jim = Comical conjuring (2:47) -- Lanterne magique = Magic lantern (4:56) -- Reve du maitre de ballet = Ballet master's dream (2:42) -- Faust aux enfers = Damnation of Faust (6:42) DVD 9625

Disc 2, Films 1904 Films 1904: Bourreau turc = Terrible Turkish executioner (2:25 min.) -- Clair de la lune ou Pierrot malheureux = Moonlight serenade (2:57) -- Prete pour un rendu = Tit for tat (2:00) -- Coffre enchante = Bewitched trunk (3:01) -- Roi du maquillage = Untamable whiskers (2:42) -- Reve de l'horloger = Clockmaker's dream (2:41) -- Transmutations imperceptibles = Imperceptible transmutations (1:55) -- Miracle sous l'Inquisition = Miracle under the Inquisition (2:23) -- Damnation du Docteur Faust = Faust and Marguerite (4:28) -- Thaumaturge chinois = Tchin-Chao, the Chinese conjurer (3:31) -- Merveilleux eventail vivant = Wonderful living fan (3:23) -- Sorcellerie culinaire = Cook in trouble (4:31) -- Planche du diable = Devilish prank (1:43) -- Sirène = Mermaid (4:08) -- Voyage à travers l'impossible = Impossible voyage (20:13) -- Court-Metrage Mes films La Cascade de feu = Firefall (2:50) DVD 9625

Disc 3, Films 1905 Films 1905: Cartes vivantes = Living playing cards (2:52 min.) -- Diable noir = Black imp (4:02) -- Phenix ou le coffret de cristal = Magic dice (1:11) -- Menuet lilliputien = Lilliputian minuet (0:52) -- Palais des mille et une nuits = Palace of the Arabian Nights (21:05) -- Compositeur toque = Crazy composer (4:36) -- Chaise à porteurs enchantee = Enchanted sedan chair (3:19) -- Raid Paris: Carlo en deux heures = Adventurous automobile trip (10:17) -- Feu d'artifice improvise = Unexpected fireworks (3:04) -- Legende de Rip Van Winckle = Rip's dream (14:15) DVD 9625

Disc 3, Films 1906 Films 1906: Tripot clandestin = Scheming gamblers' paradise (3:07) -- Chute de cinq etages = Mix-up in the gallery (2:37) -- Jack le ramoneur = Chimney sweep (10:06) -- Maestro do-mi-sol-do = Luny musician (3:35) -- Cardeuse de matelas = Tramp and the mattress makers (4:15) -- Affiches en goguette = Hilarious poster (3:26) -- Les Incendiaires = Desperate crime (7:26) -- L'anarchie chez Guignol = Punch and Judy (0:26) -- L'hotel des voyageurs de commerce ou les suites d'une bonne cuite = Roadside inn (3:31) -- Bulles de savon vivantes = Soap bubbles (3:40) -- Quatre cents farces du diable = Merry frolics of Satan (17:00) -- L'alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou la cornue infernale = Mysterious retort (3:25) -- Fee Carabosse ou le poignard fatal = The witch (11:57) DVD 9625

Disc 4, Films 1907 Films 1907: Douche d'eau bouillante = Rogues' tricks (4:09 min.) -- Fromages automobiles = Skipping cheeses (4:12) -- Tunnel sous la Manche ou le cauchemar anglo-francais = Tunnelling the English Channel (14:34) -- Eclipse de soleil en pleine lune = Eclipse, or the courtship of the Sun and Moon (9:17) -- Pauvre John ou les aventures d'un buveur de whisky = Sightseeing through whisky (5:35) -- Colle universelle = Good glue sticks (5:10) -- Ali Barbouyou et Ali Bouf à l'huile = Delirium in a studio (1:36) DVD 9625

Disc 4, Films 1908 [Pt. 1] Films 1908: Tambourin fantastique = Knight of black art (5:50 min.) -- Cuisine de l'ogre = The Bogie Man's cave (5:12) -- Il y a un dieu pour les ivrognes = Good luck of a souse (3:45) -- Torches humaines = Justinian's human torches 548 A.D. (2:56) -- Genie du feu = Genii of fire (4:33) -- Why that actor was late (5:43) -- Reve d'un fumeur d'opium = Dream of an opium fiend (5:07) -- Photographie electrique àdistance = Long distance wireless photography (6:09) -- Prophetesse de Thèbes = Prophetess of Thebes (1:42) -- Salon de coiffure = In the barber shop (2:56) -- Nouveau seigneur du village = New lord of the village (8:43) -- L'avare = The miser (4:50) -- Conseil du Pipelet / un tour à la foire = Side show wrestlers (7:34) -- Lully ou le violon brise = Broken violin (3:13) -- Les Patineurs = Woes of roller skates (7:02) -- Amour et melasse = His first job (5:07) DVD 9625

Disc 4-5, Films 1908 [Pt. 2] Films 1908: Mesaventures d'un photographe = Mischances of a photographer (3:20 min.) -- Fakir de Singapour = Indian sorcerer ( 5:08) -- Tricky painter's fate (3:48) -- French interpreter policeman = French cops learning English (7:15) -- Anaic ou le balafre = Not guilty (9:59) -- Pour l'etoile S.V.P. = Buncoed stage Johnnie (1:30) -- Conte de la grand-mère et reve de l'enfant = Grandmother's story (5:12) -- Hallucinations pharmaceutiques ou le truc du potard = Pharmaceutical hallucinations (13:28) -- La Bonne bergère et la mauvaise princesse = Good sheperdess and the evil princess (13:31) -- [Unidentified] (1:30 ) DVD 9625

Disc 5, Films 1909-1913 Locataire diabolique = Diabolic tenant (1909, 7:01 min.) -- Les Illusions fantaisistes = Whimsical illusions (1909, 4:45) -- Les Hallucinations du Baron de Munchausen = Baron Munchausen's dream (1911, 10:31) -- A la conquete du pole = Conquest of the pole (1912, 30:22) -- Cendrillon ou la pantoufle merveilleuse = Cinderella (1912, 23:45) -- Chevalier des neiges = Knight of the snow (1912, 16:01) -- Voyage de la famille Bourrichon = Voyage of the Bourrichon family (1913, 15:23) DVD 9625

[Méliès, Georges] The Magic of Melies (Landmarks of Early Film)
A collection of Melies films along with a documentary view of the filmmaker's life. Integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous motion picture clips, this film charts his life from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris' mystical Theatre Robert-Houdin where Melies learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural that would influence some of his later work. Contents: L'Eclipse -- Le voyage a travers L'Impossible -- The untamable whiskers -- The cook in trouble -- Tehin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror -- The wonderful living fan -- The mermaid -- The living playing cards -- The black imp -- The enchanted sedan chair -- The scheming gambler's paradise -- The hilarious posters -- The mysterious retort -- The eclipse (The courtship of Sun and Moon) -- Good glue sticks -- Long distance wireless photography. 102 min. DVD 278

[ Méliès, Georges] The Magic of Méliès.
This forth program highlights fifteen fantastic works by the cinema's first special effects wizard, Georges Melies. Contents: Untamable whiskers (1904) -- Cook in trouble (1904) - Tehin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror (1904) -- Wonderful living fan (1904) -- Mermaid (1904) -- Living playing cards (1905) -- Black imp (1905) -- Enchanted sedan chair (1905) -- Scheming gambler's paradise (1905) -- Hilarious posters (1906) -- Mysterious retort (1906) -- Courtship of Sun and Moon (1907) -- Good glue sticks (1907) -- Long distance wireless photography (1908) -- Impossible voyage (1904) -- Georges Melies: cinema magician (1978) DVD 1099; vhs 999:1009

[Méliès, Georges]Marvelous Meliès (1900-1903)
Directed by George Meliès. A collection of George Melies trick, silent films, one with French subtitles; with music track. Includes: I (1912); Voyage automobile Paris-Monte Carlo deux heures; Extraordinary illusions (1903); The Enchanted well (1903); The Apparition (1903); A trip to the moon (1902); Highlights from The Doctor's Secret (1900). 60 min. vhs 999:603
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[ Méliès, Georges] Méliès le cinemagicien (Méliès the magician) (1898-1909)
Contents: Magic of Méliès (La magie Méliès, 130 min.): Documentary film about the life and work of film pioneer Georges Méliès including interviews with historians and witnesses. Uses archival footage, film excerpts and reconstructions to reveal the life, art, and unique techniques of the legendary film pioneer. Méliès' innovations, including special effects, hand-tinting, backdrops, and costumes, profoundly shaped the course of film history. Méliès magic show: 15 short films of George Méliès, introduced by his grandaughter in front of an audience. These are: -- Une seance Méliès= Méliès' magic show (55 min): Four troublesome heads (1898); Trip to the moon (1902); Infernal cakewalk (1903); Scheming gambler's paradise (1905); Music lover (1903); Infernal boiling pot (1903); Man with the rubber head (1901); Living playing cards (1904); Hilarious posters (1905); Devilish tenant (1909); Untameable whiskers (1904); Imperceptible transmutations (1904); Bluebeard (1901); Fat and lean wrestling match (1900); One-man band (1900). 185 minutes total running time. DVD 1044

[Méliès, Georges] Méliès Encore: New Discoveries (1896-1911)
Features 26 films produced by Georges Méliès between 1896 and 1911, plus two films in the Méliès style by Segundo de Chomon for Pathé, which for many years were misidentified as Méliès films. Some films are color tinted or have elaborate hand or stencil colors. Contents Défense d'afficher -- Post no bills (1897) -- Le Manoir du Diable = The haunted castle (1896) -- L'hallucination de l'alchemiste = An hallucinated alchemist (1897) -- Sur le toits = On the roof (1897) -- Bombardement d'un maison = The last cartridges (1897) -- Combat naval en Grèce = Sea fighting in Greece (1897) -- L'omnibus des toqués ou Blancs et Noirs = Off to Bloomingdale Asylum (1901) -- L'oeuf du sorcier = The prolific magical egg (1902) -- Éruption volcanique à la Martinique = Eruption of Mount Pele (1902) -- Les aventures de Robinson Crusoé = Robinson Crusoe (fragment) (1904) -- La flamme merveilleuse = The Mystical flame (1903) -- Un peu de feu s.v.p. = Every man his own cigar lighter (fragment) (1904) -- Les apparitions fugitives = Fugitive apparitions (1904) -- Le juif errant = The wandering Jew (1904) -- Détresses et charité = The Christmas angel (1904) -- Le banquet de Mesmer = A Mesmerian experiment (1904) -- L'ile de Calypso = The mysterious island (1905) -- Le dirigeable fantastique = The inventor crazybrains and his wonderful airship (1907) -- Robert Macaire et Bertrand = Robert Macaire and Bertrand (1907) -- Deux cent milles sous les mers = Under the seas (1907) -- Le mariage de Victoire = How Bridget's lover escaped (1907) -- Satan en prison = Satan in prison (1907) -- François Ier et Triboulet = The king and the jester (1908) -- Hydrothérapie fantastique = The doctor's secret (1909) -- Le papillon fantastique = The spider and the butterfly (fragment) (1909) -- Le vitrail diabolique = The diabolical church window (1911) / Pathés Freres -- Les roses magiques = Magic roses (1906) / Segundo de Chomon, Pathés Freres -- Excursion dans la lune = Excursion to the moon (1908) / Segundo de Chomon, Pathés Freres. DVD X5245

[Méliès, Georges] More Méliès
Contents: The inn where no man rests -- Spiritualist photographer -- The kingdom of fairies -- The magic lantern -- Clock-maker's dream -- The cook in trouble -- The Bob kick (a.k.a. Mischievous kid) -- The Oracle of Delphi -- Drawing lesson -- Jupiter's Thunderbolt -- The Mermaid. DVD 7796 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:610

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[Méliès, Georges] Pioneers of the Cinema. Vol.1 (Les Pionniers du cinéma français. Volume one ) (1912)
Directed by George Meliès. Silent with musical soundtrack added; title cards in English except for A la conquête du Pole (in French). A compilation of short films, made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, that were shown at the first public exhibitions of projected motion pictures, along with four other short films directed by Georges Méliès. 56 min. vhs 999:53
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[Méliès, Georges] Pioneers of the Cinema. Vol. 2 (Les Pionniers du cinéma français. Volume two) (1912)
Directed by George Méliès. Titles and subtitles in English; background music added. A collection of short films made by Ferdinand Zecca and Charles Pathé between 1904 and 1911. 60 min. vhs 999:354
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano) (Italy, 1951)
Directed by Vittorio DeSica. Cast: Branduani Gianni, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Emma Gramatica, Gugielmo Barnabo, Brunella Bovo. Comedy, satire, and realism are combined in a fantasy about the social conceits of man. An Italian orphan, with the aid of a miraculous dove, combats power and wealth and succeeds in bringing happiness to the inhabitants of a Milanese hobo camp. 95 min. DVD X3310; vhs 999:856
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MirrorMask (UK | USA, 2004)
Directed by Dave McKean. Cast: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee. A young girl has an extremely vivid & symbolic dream the night before her mother goes in for surgery. In her dream, set in a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. Special features: optional audio commentary by Gaiman & McKean; "Neil talks--" interview with Gaiman; "Dave talks about film" interview with McKean; "Beginnings : the genesis of 'MirrorMask'" featurette; cast & crew interviews; "Day 16" featurette (time lapse video of one entire day of production); "Flight of the Monkeybirds" featurette (special effects); "Giants development" featurette (special effects); Q&A session from the San Diego Comic-Con; poster and cover art gallery. 101 min. DVD X5042
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Miss Potter (2006)
Directed by Chris Noonan. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson, Matyelok Gibbs, Lloyd Owen, Anton Lesser, David Bamber. In an effort to give their younger brother, Norman a project to keep him busy now that he has joined the family publishing house, the older Warne brothers agree to publish Miss Beatrix Potter's first children's book. They don't expect the book to sell well, but they need to keep Norman busy. As they work together, Norman and Beatrix become close. After the first book is published, Beatrix goes on to a second book and that sells well. One day at lunch, she meets the rest of Norman's family, including his sister, Millie and the two women become fast friends. Norman proposes, but Beatrix's parents object. After much argument, they agree to let Beatrix marry Norman provided they wait until the end of the summer. Special features: Feature commentary with director Chris Noonan; The tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter; The making of a real-life fairy tale; "When you taught me how to dance"; Music video performed by Katie Melua; Theatrical trailer. 93 min. DVD 8190
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Alter, Ethan. "Miss Potter." Film Journal International, Jan2007, Vol. 110 Issue 1, p39-40, 2p UC users only
Jays, David. "Miss Potter." Sight & Sound, Mar2007, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p65-66, 2p UC users only
Law, Shirley. "Miss Potter and the 'Green World' of Children's Literature." (cover story) Screen Education; 2007, Issue 45, p18-23, 6p UC users only

Nightmare Before Christmas (1992)
Directed by Henry Selick. This stop-motion animated feature tells the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, who decides to bring the magic of Christmas back to Halloween Town. Based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. Special features: Deleted scenes and animated sequences; the making of the film; storyboard to film comparison; still frame gallery of concept art and character designs (over 450 images); audio commentary by director Henry Selick; original theatrical trailers and posters; and Tim Burton's early films: Vincent [and] Frankenweenie, the uncut version. Music, Danny Elfman. 76 min. DVD 4027
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, Pamela Brown, Irene Handl, Roy Kinnear, John Richardson. Chain-smoking kooky Daisy consults psychiatrist Chabot to help her stop smoking. Chabot is astonished to learn she has amazing ESP powers and that under hypnosis she reveals her former life as Melinda, an 1840 English coquette. Based on the musical play by the same title by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane. 129 min. DVD 3587
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One Million Years B.C.(1966)
Directed by Don Chaffey. Cast Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert. A prehistoric man, banished from the Rock People tribe, finds a friend in a tribeswomen from the Shell People tribe. They decide to face the world together cut off from all tribal support in a deadly world of dinosaurs and earthshattering volcanic eruptions. This film's pioneering special effects have made it a classic. 91 min. DVD X1078
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Origins of American Animation: Origins of the Fantasy Feature
Pt. 1. Origins of American animation (1900-1921) (83 min.): Enchanted drawing--Fun in a bakery shop--Humorous phases of funny faces--Keeping up with the Joneses (Women's styles)--Keeping up with the Joneses (Men's styles)-- Dreamy Dud--Us fellers--Bobby Bumps starts a lodge--Krazy Kat goes a-wooing--Krazy Kat bugologist-- Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus--Phable of a busted romance--Phable of the phat woman--Never again! The story of a speeder cop--Mr. Nobody home--Mary and Gretel--Dinosaur and the missing link--W.S.S. Thriftettes--AWOL or all wrong old laddiebuck--Katzenjammer kids--Gertie on tour (fragment)--Centaurs (fragment)--Tony Sarg's almanac. -- Pt. 2. Origins of the fantasy feature (130 min): The Patchwork girl of Oz (1914)--Florida enchantment (1914). Piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli; series production, English titles for Within Our Gates, and liner notes by Scott Simon. Origins of American animation: 21 complete films (and two fragments) which are samples of early animated cartoons from the first decades of this century. Origins of the fantasy feature: Patchwork Girl of Oz: Fairy tale about munchkins in the land of Oz. A Florida enchantment: An unusual fable about a women who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men (and men into women). DVD 644

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (Mexico / Spain / USA, 2006)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Alex Angulo, Federico Luppi, Manolo Solo, Cesar Vea, Roger Casamajor, Ivan Massague, Gonzalo Uriarte. Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine. Special features: (Disc 1). Video prologue; audio commentary by director Guillermo Del Toro; marketing campaign; sneak peeks -- (Disc 2). Featurettes (approx. 24 min. ): "The power of myth", "Pan and the Fairies = El fauno y las hadas", "The color and the shape", "The lullaby"); director's notebook (notes & sketches, storyboard/thumbnail comparisions; galleries); "The Charlie Rose Show" with Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron & Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (approx. 50 min.); DVD comics. 119 min. DVD 7558
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Paris qui dort (The Crazy Ray) (France, 1923)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Henri Rollan, Madeline Rodrigues, Albert Prejean, Myla Seller. This first film by René Clair (notable for its comic and trick effects), was mostly shot on the Eiffel Tower. One man, the night watchman on the Eiffel tower, finds himself the only one awake in Paris. Everyone else has been frozen in time by a mysterious ray invented by a mad scientist. He is shortly joined by a group who were flying in an airplane at the time of the catastrophe. Together they try to convince the scientist to awaken the people. 62 min. DVD 1368; vhs 999:3235
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Ousselin, Edward. "The Uses of a National Icon: The Eiffel Tower in René Clair's Paris qui dort." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 47-54, Spring 1999

Peggy Sue Got Married(1986)
Directed by Francis Coppola. Cast: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks. Peggy Sue, a mother of two who runs her own business & is coping with an impending divorce, attends her 25th high school reunion where a freak mishap sends her decades back in time giving her the power to create an entirely different future for herself. 103 min. DVD X2229
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National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Kathleen Turner)

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes(Germany / UK / France, 2005)
Directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay. Cast: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna, Cesar Saracho, Ljubisa Gruicic, Marc Bischoff, Henning Peker, Gilles Gavois, Volker Zack, Thomas Schmieder, Regine Zimmermann, Emil Petrov. On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina is mysteriously "killed" and abducted by the malevolent Dr. Droz. Felisberto, an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa to service his strange musical automata. Little by little Felisberto learns of the doctor's plans to stage a "diabolic opera" and of Malvina's fate. He secretly conspires to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of Droz's perverse universe. Special features: "The making of 'The piano tuner of Earthquakes':" a 50-minute featurette including an extensive interview with the Quay Brothers and behind-the-scenes footage; Locarno Film Festival press conference with the Quay Brothers, producers Keith Griffiths and Alexander Ris, and star Amira Casar; print interview with the Quays by Jonathan Marlow, from GreenCine; original theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD X251
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Popeye (1980)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Paul L. Smith. Popeye, the legendary, beloved anvil-armed sailor of the seven seas comes magically to life in this delightful musical. Features live action with some animation. 114 min. DVD X1871; vhs 999:3627
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Portrait of Jennie(1948)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Lillian Gish, Ethel Barrymore, Cecil Kellaway. Timeless, unforgettable and haunting film about a struggling artist and the strange, enchanting girl he meets in Central Park. 86 min. DVD 3909
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Practical Magic(USA / Australia, 1998)
Directed by Griffin Dunne. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing, Aidan Quinn. This wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love. Based on the novel by Alice Hoffman. 104 min. DVD X489
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The Prisoner (TV Show)
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Puppet Masters (1958)
The Mascot (aka. Puppet love) / Ladislas Starevitch (1934, b&w, 22 min.) -- Song of the Prairie / Jiri Trinka (1952, col., 19 min.) -- King Midas / Ray Harryhausen (1953, col., 12 min.) Mascot: Tells the story of a toy dog who comes to life and, in search of an orange for his sick mistress, wanders in the streets of Paris and into a goblin's ball. A macabre film produced in incredible detail in still-frame puppet animation. Song of the prairie: A puppet film spoof of the genre musical western film, full of wit and satire. King Midas: A puppet film of the story of King Midas and the golden touch, telling how the king learns that greed can bring unhappiness. vhs 999:2212

The Queen of Spades (UK, 1948)
Directed by Thorold Dickinson. Cast: Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Ronald Howard, Mary Jerrold, Yvonne Mitchell. An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit. 100 min. DVD 4092
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Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) (Canada / France / USA, 1981)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi. Colossal adventure odyssey that turns the hands of time back to the very beginning of man's existence. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged terrain, rival tribes, and savage beasts, the vital quest ensued for the crucial flame and the knowledge to create it. The constant struggle is vividly re-created to make this a true visual extravaganza which also focuses on human drama as the primitive people experience their first feelings of compassion and caring for others. 100 min. DVD X4263; vhs 999:1709
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The Red Shoes (1948)
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Cast: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Robert Helpmann, Albert Basserman, Esmond Knight, Ludmilla Tcherina, Leonide Massine. Intricately weaving backstage life with the thrill of performance, this film centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer. From the story by Hans Christian Andersen. 134 min. DVD 748
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Saint Clara (Clara Hakedosha) (Israel, 1996)
Directed by Ari Folman & Ori Sivan. Cast: Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson, Maya Maron, Maya De-Fries, Tal Feigenboim, Yigal Naor. Cast: A Russian immigrant teenager's clairvoyant powers create mayhem among the students at Golda Meir Junior High School. When the entire seventh grade class gets perfect scores on a math exam, the faculty is thrown into a crisis. 84 min. DVD X824
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The Scarecrow (TV, 1972)
Directed by Boris Sagal. Cast: Gene Wilder, Blythe Danner, Pete Duel, Norman Lloyd, Will Geer, Elisha Cook, Nina Foch, Tom Helmore, Peter Kastner, Vaughn Taylor. In a 17th century Massachusetts town, a scarecrow is magically transformed into a man and charged with the mission of destroying true love. Originally broadcast by PBS Jan. 10, 1972 on the television program Hollywood television theatre. 105 min. DVD X6192
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The Science of Sleep (La science des rêves) (France / UK / Italy, 2006)
Directed by Michael Gondry. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Pierre Vaneck, Emma de Caunes, Aurélia Petit, Sacha Bourdo, Stéphane Metzger, Alain de Moyencourt, Inigo Lezzi, Yvette Petit, Jean-Michel Bernard, Eric Mariotto, Bertrand Delpierre. A playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvey brain of Stephane, an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. Unable to find the secret to his neighbor's heart while awake, he searches for the answer in his dreams. Special features: Commentary by writer/director Michel Gondry, Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sacha Bourdo; "The making of 'The science of sleep'"; Featurette on Lauri Faggioni, creator of animals and accessories ; Linda Serbu 'Rescue Me' music video. 106 min. DVD X2315
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Alter, Ethan. "The Science of Sleep." Film Journal International, Aug2006, Vol. 109 Issue 8, p36-37, 2p UC users only
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Cast: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford, The Goldwyn Girls. Walter, a timid young man, imagines himself as a number of daredevil heroes. Then one of Walter's dreams becomes a reality: He gets involved with a beautiful blonde and becomes the target of a gang of jewel thieves who believe he has their loot, and out of necessity is transformed into an assertive figure. Based on the story by James Thurber. 110 min. vhs 999:2534
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963)
Directed by George Pal. Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Noah Berry, Jr. An elderly Chinese magician comes into a small western town facing a crisis of identity. He puts on a show filled with mythic characters who force the townspeople to review their values and lives. After transforming the townspeople he leaves town. The film received an "honorary Oscar" for the makeup wizardry of William Tuttle. Based on the novel The circus of Dr. Lao by Charles C. Finney. 100 min. DVD 9736
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Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370

She (1912)
Directed by George O. Nichols. Cast: Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Viola Alberti, William C. Cooper. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard this is a very early film featuring many elements found in the not-yet-invented adventure/fantasy serial genre. 25 min. DVD 5864
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Leibfried, Philip. Rudyard Kipling and Sir Henry Rider Haggard on screen, stage, radio, and television / by Philip Leibfried. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR4858.F55 L45 2000)

She (1935)
Directed by Lansing C. Holden and Irving Pichel. Cast: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce, Gustav Von Seyffertitz. A group of explorers sets out on a dangerous mission in search of the legendary "flame of life," a mysterious force that bestows immortality. The perilous journey takes them north to the heart of a remote glacier, where they are captured by the beautiful She, an independent, powerful, and fearsome woman who rules a fantastic, subterranean kingdom. Filmed with art deco sets, gorgeous costumes, Busby Berkeley-style choreography and backed by Max Steiner's score. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. 102 min. DVD X670
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Leibfried, Philip. Rudyard Kipling and Sir Henry Rider Haggard on screen, stage, radio, and television / by Philip Leibfried. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR4858.F55 L45 2000)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane. Buster and Ward are competing for Kathryn's affections, so Ward steals her father's watch and frames Buster. Pathetic film projectionist Buster goes to work and he dreams everyone else in his life into the movie: he is the genius Sherlock Holmes looking for stolen pearls. 56 min. DVD 133
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Sin You Sinners (1963)
Directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Cast: June Colbourne, Dian Lloyd, Derek Murcott, Beverly Nazarow, Charles Clements. A stripper/fortune teller uses a magical Haitian amulet to keep young, and in so doing forces others to kill for her. 73 min. DVD X971
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Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones. In this version of Washington Irving's classic tale, Ichabod Crane is an eccentric investigator sent to Sleepy Hollow to probe a series of murders allegedly committed by a headless horseman. 105 min. DVD 1053
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Snaker: Ghost Wife 2 (The Snake King's Child)(2001?)
Directed by Fai Sam Ang, Based on a Cambodian folk tale, tells the story of Nhi who comes across a Snake Immortal and falls in love with him. She becomes pregnant and does not let her husband know, but when he discovers her secret he kills Nhi and the Snake Immortal. One of the small snakes from Nhi's abdomen escapes and is brought up by another Immortal. Day by day, the small snake grows up gradually and becomes a very beautiful lady. She comes across a man and develops another Snake-Man relationship ... 110 min. PAL format. DVD 2485
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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Director, Jack Clayton. Cast: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Pam Grier. On a gusty October day in Green Town, Illinois, two young boys encounter a distressed man who foretells of danger blowing their way. Soon after, the town is visited by a seductive stranger named Mr. Dark and his Pandemonium Carnival. Terrifying things begin to happen when the adverturous boys stumble onto the carnival's deadly and destructive secret. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. 96 min. DVD 6094
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Tuchman, M. "Bradbury shooting haiku in a barrel [Something Wicked this way comes]." Film Comment, November/December 1982, Vol. 18, p39-41, 3p

The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)
Director, Hilary Brougher. Cast: Nicole Zaray, Terumi Matthews, Belinda Becker, James Urbaniak. A writer, Tucker Harding, is hired to cover an article on the hydrogen-bomb test, Nevada, 1952. While there, radiation mutates her code/soul, spawning in her the ability to travel through time by force of will. Not long after she is murdered by a woman from the future, Ofelia, intent on securing her own ability to time travel. However, before her death Tucker travels to the year 1997 where she meets Drew, a failed writer who has been infected with Tuckers original mutation since birth. 82 min. DVD 7612
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The Story of Mankind (1957)
Director, Hilary Brougher. Cast: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price. The council of elders of outer space is deliberating on a very important subject: Must mankind be allowed to survive, or is the human race so essentially evil that it must be destroyed? A devil and an angel act as prosecutor and defense for the human race. Each presents historical evidence in vignetttes that feature Joan of Arc, Napoleon, and Isaac Newton, among others. Also notable as the last time the three Marx Brothers appeared in the same movie. Based on the book by Henrik van Loon. 100 min. DVD X2828
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Stranger than Fiction (2006)
Directed by Marc Forster. Cast: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson. Kay Effiel is an author writing her latest novel. Her story revolves about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. Harold is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence. One day he begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she is putting down on paper. Harold enlists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life. He begins to have a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him. 113 min. DVD 9053
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Rafidi, Mark. "The Story Behind the Story: Stranger Than Fiction." Screen Education, Summer2008, Issue 52, p149-154, 6p UC users only
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The Student of Prague (Der Student von Prag) (Germany, 1913)
Directed by Paul Wegener. Presents an old German legend about a poor student in Prague who falls in love with a wealthy countess, sells his reflection to an agent of the devil in order to become rich, then buys it back at the expense of his life. 60 min. DVD X3070; vhs 999:839
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Taxidermia(Hungary | Austria | France, 2000)
Director, György Pálfi. Cast: Czene Csaba, Trócsányi Gergö, Marc Bischoff. Gyorgy Palfi's grotesque tale of three generations of men, including an obese speed eater, an embalmer of gigantic cats, and a man who shoots fire out of his penis. Based on the works of Parti Nagy Lajos. 91 min. DVD X3781
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The Tempest
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Thief of Bagdad
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The Three Crowns of the Sailor (Les Trois couronnes du matelot) (France, 1982)
Director, Raoul Ruiz. Cast: Jean-Bernard Guillard, Philippe Deplanche, Nadege Clair, Jean Badin, Lisa Lyon. In this classically surreal fantasy, a sailor, known for telling tales, sees a student kill his teacher and decides to spin a few yarns for him. He tells the boy of his many adventures in exotic South American ports where he visited opium dens and stayed in cathouses. 117 min. DVD 8278
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Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
Directed by Jack Sher. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson, Gregoire Aslan. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. A doctor sets sail for the East Indies but finds adventure, romance and danger instead in Brobdingnag and Lilliput, the infamous lands of the great and small. Special features: This is dynamation featurette; Harryhausen chronicles featurette. 98 min. DVD 3398
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Time Bandits (UK, 1981)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Craig Warnock, John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan, David Warner. A young boy escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon, but the Evil Genius is watching their every move! 116 min. DVD X563
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The Time Machine (1960)
Director, George Pal. Cast: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore. In 1899, a young scientist invents an ingenious time machine that propels him to war-ravaged moments of the 20th century and then into the year 802701 where he faces a grim future in a civilization thoroughly devitalized by centuries of war. 103 min. DVD 6047; vhs 999:3148
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Berger, Roger A. "'Ask What You Can Do for Your Country': The Film Version of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and the Cold War."Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 17 no. 3. 1989. pp: 177-187. UC users only
Bignell, Jonathan. "Another Time, Another Space: Modernity, Subjectivity and The Time Machine." In: Alien identities: exploring difference in film and fiction / edited by Deborah Cartmell ... [et al.]. London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 1999. (Full text available online (UCB users only))
Burns, Bob; Weaver, Tom. "Memories of… George Pal." Cinefantastique; Aug2002, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p50-57, 6p UC users only
The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal. DVD 370
Palumbo, Donald. "The Monomyth in Time Travel Films." In: The celebration of the fantastic : selected papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (10th : 1989 : Dania, Fla.) New York : Greenwood Press, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR830.F3 I5 1989)
Palumbo, Donald. "The politics of entropy: revolution vs. evolution in George Pal's 1960 film version of H. G. Wells's The time machine." In: Modes of the fantastic : selected essays from the twelfth International Conference on the Fantastic (12th : 1991 : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.F34 I58 1991)

The Time Machine (2002)
Director, Simon Wells. Cast: Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Orlando Jones, Mark Addy and Jeremy Irons. Desperate to alter the course of time, a visionary scientist invents a revolutionary machine that propels him 800,000 years into the future. There he discovers that humans have evolved into two groups: the hunters and the hunted. Now he must fight to save himself, and all of mankind, in a final, desperate battle. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Special features: creating the time machine-see how the dynamic change in time was created as the film's centerpiece, the actual Time Machine, transports viewers from the past into the future; Creating the Morlocks-Academy award winning visual effects artist Stan Winston takes you into his studio to see how the action-packed effects of the Morlocks were created; Animated sequence featuring Simon Wells' original storyboards set to music; Commentaries from director, producer, editor and visual effects supervisor; Deleted scene and more! 96 min. DVD X4387
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The Twentieth Century Tramp; or, Happy Hooligan and His Airship (1902)
Director, Stuart Blackton. Cast: J. Stuart Blackton. "A comic picture that defies description. It depicts the Twentieth Century up-to-date tramp flying over the chimney tops of New York City in the latest improved flying machine. Weary Willie has the indispensible tin can hanging from his waist and he waves his hands to his friends as he flies along. He passes over the top of the Equitable Life building and other New York sky scrapers. He flies over the East River and clears the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, and appears to be making his way toward Staten Island. When he is about in the centre of the river, his flying machine explodes, and like the unfortunate McGinty, down goes Weary William." {IMDB) 103 min. DVD X1752 ; vhs Video/C 7046
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Vanilla Sky (2001)
Directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Noah Taylor, Timothy Spall, Tilda Swinton, Cameron Diaz. In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. David tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, David's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. 135 min. DVD 4073
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The Wandering Jew (UK, 1933)
Director, Maurice Elvey. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Marie Ney, Anne Crey, Joan Maude, Peggy Ashcroft, Basil Gill. Tells the story, from Jewish folklore, of a mythical Jewish man who lived for sixteen centuries because he was condemned to walk the earth until Judgment Day for urging the Romans to crucify Jesus. 83 min. vhs 999:3312
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What Women Want (2000)
Director, Nancy Meyers. Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Ashley Johnson, Judy Greer, Alan Alda, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Lisa Edelstein, Sarah Paulson, Bette Midler. A cocky, chauvinistic advertising executive magically acquires the ability to hear what women are thinking. Nick, a chauvinistic advertising exec. hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women are thinking. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... Special features (33 min.): optional audio commentary by Meyers & Hutman; 2 theatrical trailers (5 min. total); "The making of 'What women want'" featurette (16 min.); "'What women want' : a look inside" featurette (12 min.). 126 min. DVD X2401
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988).
Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer (voice), Stubby Kaye, Kathleen Turner, Amy Irving (voice). The hapless Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, who was photographed "playing patticake" with Roger's wife Jessica. The film is notable for the mixed live and animated action that takes place in Hollywood and next-door "Toontown," where humans and "Toons" co-exist. Based on the novel Who censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf. Special features (Disc 1): Roger Rabbit shorts "Tummy trouble", "Rollercoaster rabbit" and "Trail mix-up", "Who made Roger Rabbit" mini-documentary hosted by Charles Fleischer ; Disc 2: Audio commentary with the filmmakers, "Toontown confidential" viewing option with facts and trivia, deleted scene "the pig head sequence" with filmmaker commentary, "Before and after" split screen comparison with and without animation ; "Behind the ears: the true story of Roger Rabbit," behind-the-scenes documentary, "toon stand-ins" featurette rehearsing with stand-ins for the toons, "On set! Benny the cab" the making of a scene from the film, "The valiant files" interactive set-top gallery. 106 min. DVD 203; VHS 999:1647

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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Effects, Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Special Award (Robert Zemeckis)

Castle, Robert. "On and Off, On and Off: Riding Through Roger Rabbit's World." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 34, pp. (no pagination), Fall 2001.
Chute, David. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (movie reviews) Film Comment July-August 1988 v24 n4 p11(3)
Harmetz, Aljean. "How a 'rabbit' was framed." (integrating live, animated characters in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?") The New York Times June 19, 1988 v137 s2 pH1(N) pH1(L) col 2 (54 col in)
Kehr, Dave. "Who framed 'Forrest Gump.'" (director Robert Zemeckis) Film Comment March-April 1995 v31 n2 p45(6) (4803 words) UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (movie reviews) Film Quarterly Fall 1988 v42 n1 p33(5)
Wolf, J.P. "In the frame of Roger Rabbit: visual compositing in film." ('Who Framed Roger Rabbit?') Mark Velvet Light Trap Fall 1995 p45(15) (11563 words)

The Witches of Eastwick(1987)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright. The "witches" are three modern-day women yearning for Mr. Right in a quaint New England town. Wealthy Daryl Van Horne arrives in town and sets out to prove he's a devil with the ladies. Based on the book by John Updike. 118 min. DVD X490
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Wizard of Oz (1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, The Munchkins. SEE Children's Classics

Youth Without Youth (USA | Romania | France | Italy | Germany, 2007)
Director, Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, André M. Hennicke, Alexandra Pirici. Romania is on the brink of war with Germany and linguistics professor Dominic Matei has little left to live for. On Easter Day 1938, he crosses the street and is struck by a bolt of lightning. Badly burned and nearly dead, he amazes the doctors by healing in only a short time. He defies science and ages in reverse from 70 to 40. There's seemingly no limit to the wonder and love he can find in his new youth. He pursues lost dreams, endless knowledge and the secrets of life until his secret is discovered. Now he must use his increased intelligence to keep his powerful secret safe from the wicked powers that would use it for evil. Based upon the writing of Mircea Eliade. Special features: Commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola; "The making of 'Youth without youth'"; "The music for 'Youth without youth'"; "'Youth without youth': the makeup." 125 min. DVD X4244
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Zotz!(1962)
Produced and directed by William Castle. Cast: Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Fred Clark, Cecil Kellaway. Jonathan Jones is a language professor whose sedate life changes dramatically when he finds an ancient coin with magical powers. He attempts to make the secret available to the US government, but is brushed off as a lunatic. The discovery becomes the interest of foreign agents, who attempt to steal the secret any way they can. Based on the novel by Walter Karig. 86 min. DVD X2206
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Magical Realism in Films

Jameson, Fredric. "On Magic Realism in Film." Critical Inquiry, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Winter, 1986), pp. 301-325UC users only

Adaptation (2002)
Directed by Spike Jonze. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche, "New Yorker" journalist Susan Orlean, Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. As Charlie struggles to adapt a best-selling book, he writes himself into the movie plot. 114 min. DVD 1647
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Alice (1990)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Keye Luke, Joe Mantegna, Bernadette Peters, Cybill Shepherd, Gwen Verdon. Comedy about a rich and spoiled New York housewife in a bad marriage who dreams of having an affair with a musician she met at her children's school. An acupuncturist she visits in Chinatown gives her mysterious potions that break down her inhibitions, make her invisible and let her see tender moments with loved ones from her past. 106 min. DVD 2782
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Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie from Montmartre) (France / Germany, 2001)
Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Serge Merlin. Amelie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out. 122 min. DVD 1214
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Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Andrew, Dudley. "Amélie, or Le Fabuleux Destin du Cinéma Français." Film Quarterly Jan 2004, Vol. 57, No. 3: 34-46. UC users only
Bonnaud, Frédéric. "The Amélie Effect: To Hear the French Tell It, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Film Hasn't Only Saved French Cinema As We Know It, It's Saved France." Film Comment 37:6 (November-December 2001) p. 36-38 UC users only
Ezra, Elizabeth. "The Death of an Icon: Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain." French Cultural Studies, Oct2004, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p301-310, 10p
Morrissey, Jim. "Paris and voyages of self-discovery in Cléo de 5 à 7 and Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain." Studies in French Cinema, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p99-110, 12p UC users only
Scatton-Tessier, Michelle. "Le Petisme: flirting with the sordid in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p197-207, 11p UC users only

An Autumn Tale (Conte d'automne) (1990)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Marie Riviere, Beatrice Romand, Alain Libolt, Didier SAndré , Alexia Portal. Best friends Magali, a widowed winegrower, and Isabelle, a happily married bookshop owner, have known each other since childhood. Magali admits that she would enjoy some male companionship, prompting Isabelle to place a lonely hearts ad on her behalf, with unexpected results. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 107 min. DVD 6390
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Villella, Fiona A. "Magical Realism in Conte d'automne." Senses of Cinema, 2000 UC users only

Being John Malkovich (1999)
Directed by Spike Jonze. Cast: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, John Malkovich. Craig Schwartz, a struggling street puppeteer, takes a job as a filing clerk in order to make some money. One day he accidentally discovers a door...a portal into the brain of John Malkovich! For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip-He is being John Malkovich! Then he's dumped onto the New Jersey turnpike! With his beautiful office mate Maxine and his pet-obsessed wife, they hatch a plan to let others into John's brain for just $200 a trip. 107 min. DVD 1369
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year; Director of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best First Film (Spike Jonze)

Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Directed by Joseph Losey. Cast: Dean Stockwell, Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Barbara Hale. A young child sits quietly at the police station, unwilling to answer questions about himself. But when he finds out that his parents are killed in an air raid, his hair turns green. While the townspeople label him as an outcast, fellow war orphans stand behind him, encouraging Peter to turn his green hair into a symbol of the futility of war. 82 min. DVD X541
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Chocolat (UK/US 2000)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp. When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change. 122 min. DVD 1745
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Hong Kong, Taiway, USA, 2000)
Directed by Ang Lee. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung, Cheng Pei Pei. Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love. (DVD: Mandarin, English and French soundtracks with optional subtitles in English or French.) 120 min. DVD 766; vhs 999:3170
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
Directed by Michel Gondry. Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson. When Joel discovers that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind through an experimental scientific procedure, he decides to ease his own pain by getting the same treatment. But, as each memory of Clementine is systematically eliminated, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her and desperately attempts to reverse the process. 107 min. DVD 3314
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The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (Mexico, 1962).
Directed by Luis Buñuel. The guests at a dinner party are held prisoner for several days without food, water or other essentials in a room in their host's house. 92 min. DVD X1134; vhs 999:242
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Field of Dreams(1989)
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Timothy Busfield, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, Gaby Hoffman. Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a baseball diamond, a place where dreams can come true. Bonus materials: Disc 1. From father to son: passing along the pastime; deleted scenes with commentary; audio commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and director of photography John Lindley. Disc 2. Round table with Kevin Costner, George Brett and Johnny Bench; Galena, IL pinch hits for Chisholm, MN; The diamond in the husks; Bravo special: from page to screen; America's stadium trivia. 106 min. DVD X208
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The Green Mile (1999)
Directed by Frank Darabont. Cast: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson, Harry Dean Stanton. Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has the power of faith healing and is able to perform what seem to be miracles of healing among his fellow inmates. 188 min. DVD 1342
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Dow, David R. "Fictional documentaries and truthful fictions: the death penalty in recent American film." Constitutional Commentary Winter 2000 v17 i3 p511 \ UCB users only
Kehr, Dave "The Green Mile" (movie review) Film Comment Jan 2000 v36 i1 p77
Maslin, Janet
"The walk on death row can seem very long." (movie review) The New York Times Dec 10, 1999 pB25(N) pE17(L) col 3 (18 col in)
Williams, Linda. "Melodrama in Black and White: Uncle Tom and The Green Mile." Film Quarterly. 55(2):14-21. 2001-2002 Winter
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Groundhog Day (1993)
Directed by Harold Ramis. Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott. A romantic comedy about a TV weatherman on the worst day of his life. Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. Caught in a giant blizzard--which he failed to predict--and forced to stay in the small town, he awakes to find that he must relive Groundhog Day over and over and over... 101 min. DVD 8441
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Creed, Barbara. "Déjà Vu, Film and the Uncanny." AntiTHESIS, 2007, Vol. 17, p7-22, 16p UC users only
Davies, Jude. "Gender, ethnicity and cultural crisis in Falling Down and Groundhog Day." Screen, Autumn95, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p214-232, 19p
Spence, James. "What Nietzsche could teach you: eternal recurrence in Groundhog Day." In: Movies and the meaning of life : philosophers take on Hollywood / [edited by] Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico. Chicago : Open Court, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.M665 2005)

Harvey (1950)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White, Victoria Horne, Wallace Ford, Peggy Dow. Comedy about a good-natured fellow whose constant companion is a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. His sister is determined to marry her daughter off and decides to commit her brother to a mental hospital to get him out of the way. Due to a mix-up the sister is committed instead, and it is up to the kindly brother and his imaginary friend to straighten things out! Based upon the play by Mary Chase. 105 min. DVD 954
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In the Mirror (1997)
Directed by Carlos Avila. Cast: Isabel Cueva, Alex Miranda, Dianna Miranda. A mirror willed to the Santiago family by a deceased aunt appears to be a window to a place magically inhabited by the family's dead relatives. One program in "a series of original dramas inspired by the fantastic elements of the Mexican and Latin American pulp novel tradition, where everyday reality is woven with other world surrealism. 27 min. vhs 999:3971
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It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Directed by Rene Clair. Cast: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, Paul Guilfoyle. An ambitious newspaper reporter, eager to scoop the competition, wishes he could know the news before it happens. A mysterious old man grants the reporter that power, even as he cautions against using it. Now able to predict the news 24 hours in advance, the reporter goes about scooping all the other papers, picking sure-fire winners at the race track, and enjoying life... until he learns -- in advance, of course -- of his own death. Our hero's problem: How can he keep the future from happening? 85 min. DVD X562
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It's a Wonderful Life (1947)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers. George Bailey is prevented from committing suicide by a guardian angel, who takes him back through his life to show him the good things he had done that changed the lives of his family and friends. Special features: Exclusive documentary, The Making of It's a wonderful life (28 min.), special tribute to Frank Capra, A personal remembrance, made by Frank Capra, Jr. ; original theatrical trailer. 160 min. DVD 348; vhs 999:29
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National Film Registry Selection

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Canada, 1987)
Directed by Patricia Rozema. Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald. "The film stars Sheila McCarthy as Polly, a worker for a temporary secretarial agency. Polly serves as the narrator for the film, and there are frequent sequences portraying her whimsical fantasies. Polly lives alone, seems to have no friends and enjoys solitary bicycle rides to undertake her hobby of photography. Despite being somewhat clumsy, uneducated, socially awkward and inclined to take other's statements literally, all of which has led to scarce employment opportunities, Polly is placed as a secretary in a private art gallery owned by Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon). Ann-Marie MacDonald plays Mary, who is Gabrielle's former young lover, and also a painter. Mary returns after an absence, and she and Gabrielle rekindle their former relationship despite Gabrielle's misgivings that she is too old and Mary too young. Polly, who's fallen a little bit in love with Gabrielle, is inspired to submit some of her own photographs anonymously to the gallery. She is crushed when Gabrielle dismisses her photos out of hand and calls them "simple minded". Polly temporarily quits the gallery, and goes into a depression. She returns to the gallery, and revives a little when Mary notices one of her photos. Mary and Gabrielle later visit Polly at her flat, and realize that the discarded photographs were by Polly. As the film ends, Gabrielle and Polly look at more of Polly's photographs and in a short fantasy sequence the three are transported together to an idyllic wooded glen." [Wikipedia] 81 min. DVD 4734; vhs 999:3269
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Alemany-Galway, Mary "Postmodernism in Canadian Film: "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 18:2 (Winter 1998-Spring 1999) Issue p. 25-36 p. 25-36 UC users only
Fabe, Marilyn. " Feminism and Film Form: Patricia Rozema's I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." In: Closely watched films : an introduction to the art of narrative film technique / Marilyn Fabe. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004. (Full text online (UCB users only); Anthropology & Moffitt& PFA PN1995.9.E9 F17 2004)
Fuchs, Cindy. "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." Cineaste, 1988, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p54-55, 2p
Harrison, Marion. ""Mermaids": singing off key?" Cineaction; Spring 1989, Issue 16, p25-30, 6p
Joehne, Karen. "An Interview with Patricia Rozema." Cineaste 16:3 (1988)
Shary, Timothy. " Present personal truths: the alternative phenomenology of video in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." Wide Angle, 1993, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p37-55, 19p
Simon, John. "All in the Allegory." National Review; 10/23/1987, Vol. 39 Issue 20, p60-62, 3pUC users only

Kounandi (Burkina Faso, 2003)
Directed by Apolline Traore. Cast: Deborah Coty, Noufou Ouedraogo, Aminata Dao, Kamsa Traore, Korotimi Traore, Adama Kone. In this adult fairy tale Kounandi, a young beauty often scorned and overlooked because of her dwarfism, earns her living and finds village favor making delicious cup cakes. Kounandi falls in love with Karim only to discover that he is married to Awa who is dying. Kounandi mystically sacrifices her lifeforce (and cup cake pan) as a gift to the couple. In Jula with English subtitles. 50 min. DVD 5304
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LA Story (1991)
Directed by Mick Jackson. Cast: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker. A wacky television weatherman thinks his life is perfect except for an erratic relationship with a style-conscious girlfriend. Then, one bright and smoggy L.A. day, an electronic freeway sign changes his life, when its advice leads him into a frivolous romance with a young and beautiful blond and, ultimately, to true love with the woman of his dreams. 98 min. DVD 1365
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou(2004)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Bud Cort, Seu Jorge. Internationally reknown oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew - Team Zissou - set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, always elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that supposedly killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. On this journey, Steve's crew are joined by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist who has been assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Eleanor, Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Special features: Ten deleted scenes; interviews with the cast and crew with behind-the-scenes footage; select scene commentary with director Wes Anderson; ten David Bowie songs performed by Brazilian recording artist and actor Seu Jorge; interview with composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh; Mondo Monda - Italian TV interview; "This is an adventure" - the making of a documentary by Albert Maysies; fold-out insert with cutaway of 'The Belafonte' with Eric Anderson's original illustrations; behind-the-scenes photos and original artwork; theatrical trailer; intern video journal by actor and real life intern Matthew Gary Gubler. 118 min. DVD 3815
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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)(1992)
Directed by Alfonso Arau. Cast: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple blocked from marrying by the demands of her cold and selfish mother. To be near his love the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking. 105 min. DVD 194; Video 999:1188
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Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (Fu lu shou)(1937)
Directed by Mina Shum. Cast: Sandra Oh, Ric Young, Chang Tseng, Russell Yuen, Donald Fong, Christina Ma, Alannah On, Valerie Tian, Tsai Chin. Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to find her mother a boyfriend and fix her mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects. Mindy's misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery. The guard, the butcher and her mother's stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy's attempts at magical intervention. 91 min. DVD 5073
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Lost Horizon (1937)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard, Margo, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe. Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people are hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader. Based on the novel by James Hilton. 134 min. DVD 302; vhs 999:2704
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Mangas (1997)
Directed by A. P. Gonzalez. Cast: Ulysses Cuadra, Eliana Alexander. Octavio, a seven-year-old boy from the jungles of Costa Rica, has been newly adopted by an American couple. When he unpacks his suitcase, his stuffed monkey Mangas comes to life, filling his bedroom with the rain forest of his homeland. One program in "a series of original dramas inspired by the fantastic elements of the Mexican and Latin American pulp novel tradition, where everyday reality is woven with other world surrealism."--Www.pbs.org/itvs/fotonovelas. 27 min. vhs 999:3970
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A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) (UK, 1946)
Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Cast: David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring, Richard Attenborough. British flyer Peter Carter returning from England in his severely damaged plane gets on the radio, and talks to June, a young American woman working for the USAAF, and they are quite moved by the encounter. He eventually must jump from his burning plane without a parachute and wakes up in a nether world between Earth and the next life. He is informed that he should have died and must go to Heaven, where he is put on trial for his life. 102 min. DVD X1382; vhs 999:3504 (PAL format)
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Directed by Nick Tomnay. Cast: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson. A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. 94 min. DVD X6858
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Miracle in Rome (Milagro en Roma) (Colombia, 1988)
Directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo. Cast: Frank Ramirez, Gerardo Arellano, Amalia Duque Garcia, Lisandro Duque, Daniel Priolett. The story of Margarito Duarte, whose 7 year-old daughter dies suddenly. Visiting her grave 12 years later, he finds his daughter's body just as he left it. After his townspeople call the event a miracle, he tries to have his daughter a saint, but it will take a miracle of a different order to get his wish. Original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 76 min.vhs 999:491
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Miracle of Marcelino (Marcelino pan y vino) (Spain / Italy, 1955)
Directed by Ladislao Vajda. Based on the story by Jose Maria Sanchez-Silva. Cast: Pablito Calvo, Rafael Rivelles, Antonio Vico, Juan Calvo, Jose Marco Davo, Fernando Rey. Story of the miracle of a little boy, abandoned at a monastery, who is discovered to be talking with Jesus Christ. 89 min. DVD X1156; vhs 999:1196
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Miracle on 34th Street (1943)
Director, George Seaton. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Philip Tonge. The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is. "Colorized" version originally released in 1985 ; Originally released, in b&w, as a motion picture in 1947. Special features: Disc one: All-new colorized version; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara ; Disc two: Original version in black & white; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara; AMC Backstory: 'Miracle on 34th Street;' Fox Movietone News footage: "Hollywood spotlight;" 'Miracle on 34th Street' TV version; "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: floating in history" featurette; promotional short; poster gallery. 96 min. DVD 6810
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National Film Registry Selection

"Miracle on 34th Street." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (La rivière du hibou) (France, 1962)
Directed by Robert Enrico. A dramatization of the last minute visions of escape by a man condemned to be hung by Union soldiers for attempting to destroy a bridge. Filmed in France as "La RiviËre du hibou." 29 min. DVD 5858; also DVD 5872; vhs 999:411
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Picture of Dorian Gray (1973)
Directed by Glenn Jordan. Cast: Shane Briant, Nigel Davenport, Charles Aidman, Fionnuala Flanagan, Linda Kelsey, John Karlen, Vanessa Howard. In Victorian England, young aristocrat Dorian Gray meets Sir Harry Wotton and is introduced to London's society circuit and a decadent world of self-indulgence. Dorian sinks further into a cruel, hedonistic existence as Sir Harry's unscrupulous influence over him grows. While Dorian's appearance remains youthful, he discovers that his portrait ages and takes on hideous features reflecting his sinful ways. Ultimately, Dorian realizes that he has lost possession of his soul. 111 min. DVD 3329; vhs 999:2770
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (TV, UK, 1976)
Director: John Gorrie. Cast: Sir John Gielgud, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett, Susan Hampshire, Gemma Jones, Kenneth Cranham. 100 min DVD 1191

[The Picture of] Dorian Gray(UK / Italy / West Germany, 1971)
Directed by Massimo Dallamano. Helmut Berger, Richard Todd, Herbert Lom, Marie Liljedahl, Maria Rohm. Dorian Gray, a handsome, well built young man, agrees to pose for a close friend and painter. Grief stricken by the death of his girlfriend, Dorian perpetuates his new lifestyle with every woman he meets. One day, he sees his portrait and notices changes in it. The young innocence now reflects a subtle hardness. When Dorian commits suicide, the painting is immediately transformed to its original version of a beautiful young man. On the floor, the shrivelled body of a vice-ridden old man stares up at the ceiling. 92 min. DVD X5826; vhs 999:3679
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK, 1945)
Director: Albert Lewin. Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser. After viewing a portrait of himself, a young, wealthy man expresses his desire to stay youthful while the portrait grows old. His friend, Lord Henry, points out that his wish was made in the presence of an ancient Egyptian god quite capable of granting his wish. Gradually a sinister plot evolves, fueled by sadism and self-loathing that results in five terrible deaths and a horrifying secret locked behind a schoolroom door. 111 min. DVD X920; vhs 999:2769
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Pleasantville (1998)
Directed by Gary Ross. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh, Don Knotts, Reese Witherspoon. 90's teens David and Jennifer get zapped into the perfect suburbia of a black & white 50's sitcom, Pleasantville. 90's pop culture clashes with 50's family values and chaos ensues, turning the town of Pleasantville upside down and black and white into color. Special features: Audio commentary by Gary Ross on second audio track ; story board gallery, commentary by various members of the crew, the script, and the original theatrical trailer ; isolated score with commentary by Randy Newman ; music video Across the universe / performed by Fiona Apple ; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. 124 min. DVD 7385
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Armstrong, Richard. "Bliss, Desire and the Paintbox In Pleasantville." Screen Education, Summer2008, Issue 52, p155-160, 6pUC users only
Maio, Kathi. "The way it never was." Fantasy & Science Fiction; Mar1999, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p88, 7p UC users only
Reitan, Eric. "Pleasantville, Aristotle, and the meaning of life." In: Movies and the meaning of life : philosophers take on Hollywood / [edited by] Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico. Chicago : Open Court, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.M665 2005)

Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Jack Rollins. Cecilia is a poor waitress whose only escape is the thrill and excitement of going to the movies. Suddenly, while watching her favorite movie, the leading man jumps out of the picture to be with her. Confusion abounds as the actors he has left in the movie try to get him back. 82 min. DVD 1022; vhs 999:923

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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Cannes Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes - Best Screenplay
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay

Roxanne (1987)
Directed by Fred Schepisi. Cast: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Shelley Duvall, Rick Rossovich, Fred Willard, Michael J. Pollard. A comic modernization of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Martin playing a small town fire chief, C.D. Bales, who has an astonishingly long nose. He harbors a secret love for a beautiful astronomy student, Roxanne, who is attracted to another man. 107 min. DVD X3072
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Run Lola, Run (Lola Rennt) (Germany, 1998)
Director, Tom Tykwer. Cast: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri. "German director Tom Twyker burst onto the international filmmaking scene with this thriller, starring Franka Potente as a girl who has 20 minutes to get 100,000 Deutsche Marks or her boyfriend will be killed. Everything about this world is exactly like ours, except when Lola fails to save her boyfriend, she says “stop” and the movie starts over with her running again. Like a second life in a videogame, she now applies all the things she learned to this new life in order to navigate her mission with success this time. By the third run, her boyfriend is saved, but Lola is the only one with knowledge of her previous two tries. She isn’t the only one with multiple destinies, however: the people she bumps into get snapshot still-frame fast-forwards that reveal wildly different fates as well." [Scene Steelers] 81 min. DVD 725
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Santitos (Little Saints)(Mexico, 1999)
Directed by Alejandro Springall. Cast: Dolores Heredia, Demián Bichir, Alberto Estrella. Guided by saintly visitations following the disappearance of her only daughter, Esperanza (Dolores Heredia) embarks on a pilgrimage from her home village in Veracruz to Tijuana and Los Angeles. Seriocomic road movie with elements of magic realism. Based on the novel, Esperanza's box of saints by María Amparo Escandón. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 95 min. vhs 999:3899
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Scoop (2006)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Geoff Bell, Christopher Fulford, Nigel Lindsay, Ian McShane, Fenella Woolgar. While inside of a magician's magic cabinet, aspiring journalist Sondra Pransky is visited by the ghost of a dead reporter who has received a very hot tip in the afterlife. He tells Sondra about a rising young politician named Lord Peter Lyman who may be the notorious tarot card serial killer. With the magician in tow, Sondra sneaks her way into Lyman's life. Sondra finds increasing evidence that the tip from the ghost is true, but finds herself falling in love with Lord Peter. 96 min. DVD 7133
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The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la Colmena) (1973)
Directed by Victor Erice. Cast: Isabel Telleria, Ana Torrent, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera. Shortly after the Spanish civil war, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it. A poignant glimpse into the inner life of children. DVD Special features:"The footprints of a 'Spirit'" ="Huellas de un espiritu" documentary featuring director Victor Erice, producer Elias Querejeta, coscreenwriter Angel Fernandez-Santos, and actor Ana Torrent; new interviews with scholar Linda C. Ehrlich and actor Fernando Fernan Gomez; Victor Erice in Madrid: an interview by filmmaker Hideyuki Miyaoka. 95 min. DVD 6759; vhs 999:427; vhs 999:3535 (in Spanish); 999:1940 (PAL format, no titles)
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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Directed by Marc Forster. Cast: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson. Kay Effiel is an author writing her latest novel. Her story revolves about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. Harold is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence. One day he begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she is putting down on paper. Harold enlists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life. He begins to have a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him. 113 min. DVD 9053
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Dianne Wiest, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan. Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He instructs each to live out their constructed lives in a small mockup of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, and Caden's own life veers wildly off track he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. Special features: In and around Synecdoche, New York ; The story of Caden Cotard : in conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman ; Infectious diseases in cattle : bloggers' roundtable ; Screen animations ; NFTS/Script factory masterclass with Charlie Kaufman. 124 min. DVD X1389
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McMahon, Gary. "Magical Realism in New York." Film International; Oct2009, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p17-26, 10p UC users only

The Truman Show (1998)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris. Truman's life is a fake. He lives in a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere. His friends and people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular television series in the world: The Truman show. He thinks he is an ordinary man and has no idea about how he is being exploited. What will he do when he finds out? Special features: How's it going to end?, the making of the Truman show parts 1-2; Faux finishing, the visual effects of the Truman show; photo gallery, 2 theatrical trailers; 2 TV spots. 113 min. DVD 7383
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Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - David Lean Award for Direction
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Jim Carrey); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Ed Harris)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris)

Unbreakable (2000)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn, Charlayne Woodard, Spencer Treat Clark. After David Dunn emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor-- and without a single scratch on him-- he meets a mysterious stranger who believes comic book heroes walk the earth and whose obsession with David will change David's life forever. Special features: Additional scenes, intoroduced by M. Night Shyamalan ; behind the scenes, with Bruce Willis ; comic books and superheroes, feature with Samuel L. Jackson ; train station sequence, multi-angle feature ; excerpt from an early film of M. Night Shyamalan ; 2 Alex Ross illustrations. 107 min. DVD 8231
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Hicks, Heather J. "Hoodoo Economics: White Men's Work and Black Men's Magic in Contemporary American Film." Camera Obscura; Aug2003, Vol. 18 Issue 53, p25-55, 30p UC users only
Maio, Kathi. "Not Your Average Joe...Or Filmmaker." Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apr2001, Vol. 100 Issue 4, p99, 5p UC users only

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Un Señor Muy Viejo Con Unas Alas Enormes) (Spain / Cuba / Italy, 1988)
Directed by Fernando Birri. Amid the debris of a Columbian cyclone lands a man whose seemingly miraculous anatomy attracts the curious and devout from around the world. Silent and disheveled, this fantastical"creature" is housed in a chicken coop as onlookers wait for his heavenly message which turns out to be a very mixed blessing. Based on a story by Gabriel García Márquez. 90 min. vhs 999:488
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Waking Life (2001)
Directed by Richard Linklater. Voices: Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelie Linklater, Wiley Wiggins, Glover Gill, Lara Hicks, Ames Asbell, Leigh Mahoney, Sara Bell, Jeanine Attaway, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. In this original animated feature film join Wiley Wiggins as he searches for answers to the question of whether we are sleepwalking through our waking state or wake-walking through our dreams. Special features: Audio commentary with director Richard Linklater, Tommy Pallota, Bob Sabiston and Wiley Wiggins; audio commentary with 25+ animators addressing the animation work for the scenes that worked on; text commentary; greatest hits from the live action version; Bob Sabiston's animation software tutorial; deleted live action scenes; selections from Linklater's "audition tapes"; Sundance Channel special; short films by Bob Sabiston (Snack and drink; Wiley Wiggins test); bios of participants and filmmakers; theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD 3384
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Abeel, Erica. "Dream Project: Richard Linklater Breaks New Ground with Waking Life." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 11, pp. 26-28, 52, Nov 2001 UC users only
Boorman, John. "The New Frontier? Richard Linklater's Waking Life." In: Projections 12 : film-makers on film schools / edited by John Boorman, Fraser MacDonald and Walter Donohue ; associate editor, Oren Moverman. London ; New York : Faber and Faber, c2002. (Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.P7 P76 2002)
Chang, Chris. "Cosmic babble." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2001, Vol. 37 Issue 5, p22, 3p UCB users only
Jones, Kent. "To Live or Clarify the Moment: Rick Linklater's Waking Life." Senses of Cinema, vol. 19, pp. (no pagination), Mar 2002
Mann, Douglas. "Buddhists, Existentialists, and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life." Journal of Film and Video Volume 62, Number 4, Winter 2010 UCB users only
Rosenbaum, J.
"Good Vibrations: Waking Life." In: Essential cinema : on the necessity of film canons / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main Stack; Moffitt; PFA PN1994.R5684 2004)
Smith, Gavin. "Waking Life." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p66, 1p UCB users only
Stoehr, Kevin "The on-going wow: Waking life and the waltz between detachment and immersion." In: Movies and the meaning of life : philosophers take on Hollywood / [edited by] Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico. Chicago : Open Court, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.M665 2005)
Ward, Paul. ""I was dreaming I was awake and then I woke up and found myself asleep': Dreaming spectacle and reality in Waking Life'." In: The spectacle of the real : from Hollywood to 'reality' TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Intellect, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43 S64 2005)

Zurdo (Mexico, 2003)
Directed by Carlos Salcés. Cast: Alex Perea, Arcelia Ramírez, Giovanni Florido, Alejandro Camacho, Guillermo Gil. The story of Lefty, a young boy in a futuristic fantasy version of a small Mexican town who is extremely talented at playing marbles. When a corrupt cop from a nearby village challenges him to a competition with an enormous cash prize, can Lefty's talent be any match for Romo's cheating and threats? The town forces Lefty to accept the challenge, hoping to make money off of his talents. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 110 min. DVD X4045
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Children's Classics

Alice in Wonderland / Alice Through the Looking Glass SEE Fantasy Films

Babe: A Little Pig Goes a Long Way (1995)
Directed by Chris Noonan. A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success. Based on the novel by Dick King-Smith. 92 min. DVD 9052
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Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers) (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Florence Roberts, Henry Kleinbach. Musical comedy with Laurel and Hardy in a story that takes them to Toyland where they try to pay off the mortgage on Widow Peep's shoe. 77 min. DVD 6015
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Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête) (France, 1946)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast. 90 min. DVD 216; vhs 999:113
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee. Charlie and five others draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy factory that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Special features: Disc 1: Movie; theatrical trailer; Disc 2: "Becoming Oompa-Loompa:" how they turned one man into hundreds of Oompa-Loompas; "Attakc of the squirrels:" a look at the trained nut-sorting squirrels; "Fantastic Mr. Dahl:" a look into the life of Roald Dahl; "Oompa-Loompa dance:" learn to dance like an Oompa-Loompa; "The inventing machine": see what happens to an Oompa-Loompa when you create your own candy concoctions; "Search for the Golden Ticket": can you find the Golden Ticket?; 5 making-of featurettes. 115 min. DVD 4748
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Charlotte's Web (2006)
Directed by Gary Winick. Cast: Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Essie Davis, Louis Corbett, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Gary Basaraba, Beau Bridges. Voices: Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, Andre Benjamin, Dominic Scott Kay, Sam Shepard, Abraham Benrubi. Fern is a young farm girl who rescues the runt, Wilbur. Wilbur the pig is saved from certain death and Fern visits him every day at her Uncle Homer's farm. But it's Wilbur's friendship with Charlotte the spider that ultimately saves him from the "smoke house." Charlotte's talent for weaving praiseworthy words about Wilbur into her web turns the Zuckerman farm into a tourist attraction. Based on the book by E.B. White. 97 min. DVD 8965
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Fantastic Mr. Fox(2009)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Voices: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is, until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky old ways and plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. 87 min. DVD X3119
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Anderson, Wes. "Animal Planet." Film Comment, Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p22-25, 4p UC users only
Davies, Sam. "Wild Things." Sight & Sound, Nov2009, Vol. 19 Issue 11, p16-19, 3p UC users only
Sicinski, Michael. "Songs of Innocence and Experience." Cinema Scope, Winter2010, Issue 41, p25-27, 3p UC users only

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Screenplay by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) Cast: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig. Filled with surreal landscapes and tongue-twisting rhymes for which Dr. Seuss is famous, this film opens with young Bart Collins dreaming of his piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T wants to prove that his method of teaching piano is the best method in the world. He banishes all other musical instruments and lures 500 boys to perform on the biggest grand piano ever built. 89 min. DVD 1672
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Von Gunden, Kenneth. "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T." In: Flights of fancy : the great fantasy films Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 1989. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 V57 1989; MOFF: PN1995.9.F36 V57 1989)

Holes (1969)
Directed by Andrew Davis. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Dulé Hill, Shia LaBeouf, Henry Winkler, Roma Maffia, Eartha Kitt, Siobhan Fallon Hogan. Young Stanley Yelnats finds himself at Camp Green Lake, where digging a hole a day keeps the warden at bay and "builds character". An ancient family curse still dogs Stanley and he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life. Stanley and his campmates will have to forge fast friendships to unearth the mystery of what's really going on in the desert. Based on the novel by Louis Sachar. Special features: gag reel; deleted scenes; cast commentary with Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jake M. Smith, Max Kasch; "Dig it" music video performed by the cast; "The making of 'Holes'" featurette; filmmaker's commentary with director Andrew Davis and author/screenwriter Louis Sachar. 117 min. DVD X6196
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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat, David Keith. On his 9th birthday, Omri receives a cupboard that magically brings his toy Indian Little Bear to life. They bond, embarking on an amazing adventure, until Omri's friend Patrick brings a 6-shooting cowboy to life and the secret of the cupboard is in danger of being revealed. Based on the children's novel by Lynne Reid Banks. 96 min. DVD X692
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Strong, Pauline Turner. "Animated Indians: Critique and Contradiction in Commodified Children's Culture." (portrayal of Native Americans in films) Cultural Anthropology v11, n3 (August, 1996):405 (20 pages). UC users only

James and the Giant Peach (UK / USA, 1996)
Directed by Henry Selick. Voices, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Joanna Lumley, Susan Sarandon, Paul Terry, David Thewlis. Based upon a popular children's book by Roald Dahl, and created through a mix of live-action, stop-motion animation and computer-generated special effects. "When James accidentally spills some magic crocodile tongues near an old peach tree, one of the peaches grows as huge as a house. James discovers a secret entranceway into this peach, where he befriends the insects that live inside of it. When the stem snaps off of the tree, the peach starts rolling away, and James and his friends begin to share exciting adventures." 79 min. DVD 5899
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Jumanji (1995)
Directed by Joe Johnston. With Robin Williams. When Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan tries to outwit the game's powerful forces. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. 104 min. DVD 49
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) (USA / UK, 2005)
Directed by Andrew Adamson. Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Kiran Shah, James Cosmo, Judy McIntosh, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Patrick Kake. Four London children are sent to a professor's country home for protection during WWII. There they find a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land called Narnia, that has been locked in winter for over 100 years by someone known as "The White Witch." To defeat the Witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia, and fight the great battle between good and evil. Based on the book by C.S. Lewis. 135 min. DVD 5387
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Harsh, Donna J. "Aslan in Filmland: The Animation of Narnia." In: Children's novels and the movies / edited by Douglas Street. New York : F. Ungar Pub. Co., c1983. (Moffitt PN1997.85 .C44 1983)
Russell, James. "Narnia as a Site of National Struggle: Marketing, Christianity, and National Purpose in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Cinema Journal, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 59-76, Summer 2009 UC users only
Stoner, Megan. "The Lion, the Witch, and the War Scenes: How Narnia Went from Allegory to Action Flick." In: Fantasy fiction into film : essays / edited by Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F36 F37 2007)
Tankard, Paul. "The Lion, the Witch and the Multiplex." In: Fantasy fiction into film : essays / edited by Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F36 F37 2007)
Wolf, Alain. "Mobilizing meaning?: religious symbolism in film adaptations of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Nov2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p239-254, 16p UC users only

Mary Poppins (1964)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn. An irrepressible nanny soars out of the London skies, bringing a carpetbag of magical adventures into the lives of the Banks family on Cherry Tree Lane. Blends live-action and animation. Based on the Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers. Special features: The making of Mary Poppins ; "Hollywood goes to a world premiere" ; Mary Poppins trivia game ; Original theatrical trailer. 102 min. DVD 2396
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The NeverEnding Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) (West Germany / USA, 1984)
Directed by Wolfgang Peterson. Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sidney Bromley, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn. When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter. Based on the book by Michael Ende. 92 min. DVD 2970
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Peter Pan (1924)
Directed by Herbert Brenon. Cast: Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Anna May Wong, Virginia Browne Faire, Esther Ralston, Mary Brian. An early silent film version of James M. Barrie's play about Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy and her brothers to fly with him to Never Never Land. On this island of magic, they struggle to rescue the Lost Boys from Captain Hook and his band of pirates, encountering along the way the fairy Tinkerbell, a man-eating crocodile, and a band of valiant Indians. 102 min. DVD 239
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Peter Pan (1953)
Disney. This animated story begins when the hero of Wendy, John and Michael's bedtime stories--Peter Pan--returns to the nursery and invites them on a magical journey to Never Land. With the help of Tinker Bell, his feisty sidekick, and a dazzling shower of pixie dust, Peter Pan teaches them to fly. Off they soar to an enchanted island filled with wonder and adventure. Before they know it, they're knee-deep in a high-flying battle with swashbuckling pirates, led by Peter's arch enemy, Captain Hook--whose time is nearly up against a ticktocking crocodile. Based on the play by James M. Barrie. 76 min. DVD 136; VHS 999:220
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The Princess Bride (1987)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal. A bent fairy tale, complete with fencing, fighting, chases and escapes. Return to a time when men were men and swamps were fire swamps, full of quicksand and rodents of unusual size. Lagoons were inhabited by shrieking eels, and the most beautiful woman in the world was named... Buttercup? Based on the novel by William Goldman. 98 min. DVD 974
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Goldman, William. "The Princess Bride" In: William Goldman : four screenplays with essays. New York : Applause Books, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3557.O384 A6 1995)

The Red Balloon (Le Ballon rouge) (France, 1956)
Directed by Albert Lamorisse. Academy award winning children's film about a young French boy who makes friends with a bright red balloon that joins him as he goes to school, plays with his friends, etc. No dialogue, entire story told in music and sound. 34 min. DVD 9639; vhs 999:991
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963)
Directed by George Pal. Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Noah Berry, Jr. An elderly Chinese magician comes into a small western town facing a crisis of identity. He puts on a show filled with mythic characters who force the townspeople to review their values and lives. After transforming the townspeople he leaves town. The film received an "honorary Oscar" for the makeup wizardry of William Tuttle. Based on the novel The circus of Dr. Lao by Charles C. Finney. 100 min. DVD 9736
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The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie) (France, 2010)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kerian Mayan, David Chausse. Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this, they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years and live in a world of dreams. Through her active dream life, Anastasia will find love, loss and possibly a waking life. French provocateur Breillat continues her deconstruction of classic fairytales with her latest, 'The Sleeping Beauty'. 82 min. DVD X6857
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Stuart Little (1999)
Directed by Rob Minkoff. Cast: Michael J. Fox (voice of Stuart Little), Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki. The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child. Special features: Exclusive sneak peek at "Stuart Little 2 " ; "A little look with Stuart" game ; Stuarts Central Park adventure game ; bloopers & gag reel ; visual effects gag reel ; Making it big HBO special ; director and animation supervisor's commentary ; visual effects supervisor's commentary, visual effects interactive featurette ; read-along with Stuart ; artists' screen tests ; Boat race, early concept reel with director's commentary ; art galleries ; talent files ; theatrical trailers ; scene selections. Based on the book Stuart Little by E.B. White. 85 min. DVD 9102
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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Voices: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones, Daniel Mays, Gad Elmaleh, Mackenzie Crook. In this animated adventure curious young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin find himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to a dastardly pirate. With the help of Snowy, Captain Haddock, and bumbling detectives Thompson & Thompson, Tintin will travel half the world to find the final resting place of the Unicorn. Based on the "The Adventures of Tintin" by Hergé. Special features: The journey to Tintin featurette; Snowy, from beginning to end featurette. 106 min. DVD X7245
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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Director, Spike Jonze. Cast: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker. Following an incident with his sister Claire and her friends, Max throws a tantrum when his mother pays more attention to her boyfriend than to him and runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world is inhabited by large wild beasts, including Carol who has the same temperament as Max. Instead of eating him like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. Based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Special features: Series of "Where the wild things are" shorts by Lance Bange: "The absurd difficulty of filming a dog running and barking at the same time," "Crew pranks Spike," "Vampire attack: the Max Records short" and "The kids take over the picture." 101 min. DVD X2744
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director, Mel Stuart. Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney, Paris Themmen, Peter Ostrum. Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka has a contest and hides five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. All five ticket winners get a free tour of the mysterious Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of Wonka candy. Four of the children are nasty brats who are punished by Willie Wonka with various diabolical, but funny, methods. Only Charlie, a likeable child, wins the heart of the manufacturer. Based on the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. 100 min. DVD 1723
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Kachur, Robert M. "A Consuming Tradition: Candy and Socio-Religious Identity Formation in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." In: Critical approaches to food in children's literature / edited by Kara K. Keeling and Scott T. Pollard. New York : Routledge, 2009. (Education-Psychology PN1009.5.F66 C75 2009)
Pulliam, June. "Charlie's Evolving Moral Universe: Filmic Interpretations of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." In: Fantasy fiction into film : essays / edited by Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F36 F37 2007)
Seiter, Richard D. "The Bittersweet Journey from Charlie to Willy Wonka." In: Children's novels and the movies / edited by Douglas Street. New York : F. Ungar Pub. Co., c1983. (Moffitt PN1997.85 .C44 1983)

The Witches (UK | USA, 1989)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Cast: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher. In this enchanting fantasy film nine-year-old Luke finds that saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy who has been turned into a mouse. Based on the book The witches by Roald Dahl. 92 min. DVD X6178
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The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz (1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, The Munchkins. When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog, Toto, and starts to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return home, she begins to travel to the city of Oz where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the all-mighty Wizard of Oz will help them, but they have to get to the Emerald City before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. Special features on DVD 6972: Disc 1. The wonderful Wizard of Oz storybook; Prettier than ever : the restoration of Oz; We haven't really met properly ... : character bios; music-only track; theatrical trailers -- Disc 2. The wonderful World of Oz : the making of a movie classic (1990 TV special); memories of Oz (2001 TCM documentary); The art of imagination : a tribute to Oz; Because of the wonderful things it does : the legacy of Oz; Harold Arlen's home movies; outtakes and deleted scenes; special effects sequences; from the vault : another romance of celluloid : electrical power (1938 MGM short), cavalcade of Academy Awards (1939 newsreel), Texas contest winners 1939 trailer; audio vault (selection only); Leo is on the air radio promo; Good News of 1939 radio show; 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast; stills galleries -- Disc 3. L. Frank Baum : the man behind the curtain; The Wizard of Oz (1910 short); The magic cloak of Oz (1914 short); His majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914 feature); The Wizard of Oz (1925 feature); The Wizard of Oz (1933 animated short). Special features DVD 2417: Disc 1: The movie; Audio Commentary hosted by John Fricke with archival audio interviews; the "Wonderful wizard of Oz storybook"; Prettier than ever: the restoration of Oz; We haven't really met properly ... supporting cast profile gallery ; Disc 2: The wonderful wizard of Oz: the making of a movie classic [1990 TV special]; Memories of Oz [2001 TCM documentary]; The art of imagination: a tribute to Oz; Because of the wonderful things it does: the legacy of Oz ; Harold Arlen's home movies; Outtakes and deleted scenes; It's a Twister! It's a twister! The tornado tests; "Off to See the wizard" Clips; 3 vault shorts; Stills gallery; Theatrical trailer Gallery ; Disc 3: Victor Fleming: master craftsman; L. Frank Baum: "The man behind the curtain"; Hollywood celebrates its biggest little stars! "The dreamer of Oz" (1990); "The wonderful wizard of Oz" (1910); "The wizard of Oz"(1933) ; Disc 4: "The magic cloak of Oz" (1914); "His majesty, the scarecrow of Oz" (1914); "The patchwork girl of Oz" (1914); "The wizard of Oz" (1925).101 min.DVD X2417 (Limited 70th Anniversary Collector's ed.); DVD 6972; DVD 85
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Wizard of Oz (1933)
Directed by Ted Eshbaugh. Animated short. Included on DVD X2417 disc 3

Wizard of Oz (1925)
Directed by Larry Semon. "A Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry , and two farmhands are swept to Oz by a tornado. Snowball, a black farmhand soon joins them after a lightning bolt chases him into the sky. They land in Oz, where the farmhands try to avoid capture. Semon becomes a scarecrow, Hardy briefly disguises himself as a Tin Woodman, and Snowball is given a Lion suit by the Wizard, which he uses to scare the Pumperdink guards." [IMDB] Included on DVD X2417 disc 4

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz(1910)
Directed by Otis Turner. "Chased off by the antics of Hank the Mule, Dorothy ends up in her cornfield, where she realizes her family's Scarecrow is alive. She helps him down and he takes a tumble on the turnstyle. A cyclone soon arrives and leaves Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and Hank spinning around on a haystack, with Imogene the Cow flying soon after. Soon after their arrival, the Wizard of Oz issues a public decree that he is a humbug, to make sure no one ever finds out. Glinda pops up out of the background and transforms Toto into a man in a bulldog suit to serve as a better protector for Dorothy. Then they encounter the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka. Nevertheless, she is captured by Momba, the Wicked Witch of the West (suggesting Baum thought the other witches were Mombe, Mombo, and Mombu, in keeping with the council in _Queen Zixi of Ix_) and her flying lizards and soldiers. Dorothy defeats Momba, and they arrive at the Emerald City just in time for the Wizard's going away party." [IMDB] 13 min. supplement included on DVD X2417 Disc 3; also included on DVD 2944

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
Directed by J. Farrell MacDonald. "Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr. Pipt, who has been stirring the powder of life for nine years. Ojo adds plenty of brains to Margolotte's Patchwork servant before she is brought to life with the powder. When Scraps does come to life, she accidentally knocks the liquid of petrifaction upon Unc Nunkie, Margolotte, and Danx (daughter Jesseva's boyfriend). So all go on separate journeys to find the ingredients to the antidote. (Of course Jesseva has Danx shrunken to take with her, which causes trouble with Jinjur.) Of course, no one ever told Ojo that some of the ingredients were illegal to obtain." [IMDB] Included on DVD X2417 disc 4; also included on DVD 644

His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz (1914)
Directed by L. Frank Baum. "A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera follows two farmers placing a Scarecrow upon a pole in a cornfield. Pon rescues a Kansas girl named Dorothy from the evil witch Mombi, whom Princess Gloria has been taken to by King Krewl to freeze her heart so she will no longer love Pon. An Indian princess has a ceremony to bring the Scarecrow to life. Pon rescues the cold-hearted princess and they flee for help, discovering the Scarecrow, who promptly falls in love with the princess, and Button-Bright, a lost boy from America. They come to the castle of the Tin Emperor, Nick Chopper, and after oiling him, he falls in love with Gloria. After a bit of a chase aided by the Sawhorse and the Wizard, Mombi turns Pon into a Kangaroo, and a slough of Fred Woodward's animals battle it out." [IMDB] Included on DVD X2417 disc 4

The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)
Directed by J. Farrell MacDonald. "The fairies of Oz gather in the forest of Burzee one evening and weave a magic cloak that gives the wearer one wish, so long as it has not been stolen. The man in the moon tells them that their messenger should give it to the first miserable person she sees. Two children, Fluff and her younger brother "Bud" (a child's attempt at "brother," which stuck), have just lost their father and are taken by Aunt Rivette to live in Nole, the capital city of Noland, where the king has just died without heir. The messenger gives Fluff the cloak, who wishes to be happy again, while a legal loophole places Bud on the throne, and they empty the treasury to buy toys. Their pet mule Nickodemus is captured by robbers and puts together a small animal army (including the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Lonesome Zoop, the Woozy, and others) to battle the Rolly Rogues that have invaded the city. The cloak is nowhere to be found because 683 year old bewitching Queen Zixi of neighboring Ix, has been informed by Quavo the minstrel of the cloaks power, and wants to see herself young and beautiful, as others see her, but she cannot." [IMDB] 38 min. Included on DVD X2417 disc 4

Fairy Tales

Animated films
Cinema and the realms of enchantment : lectures, seminars and essays / by Marina Warner and others ; edited by Duncan Petrie. London : British Film Institute, 1993. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 C55 1993; PFA : PN1995.9.F36 C55)
Rankin, Walter. Grimm pictures : fairy tale archetypes in eight horror and suspense films Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (PFA : PN1995.9.H6 R35 2007)
Zipes, Jack "Cracking the magic mirror : re-presentations of Snow White" In: The enchanted screen : the unknown history of fairy-tale films / Jack Zipes. New York : Routledge, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F34 Z57 2011)

Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête) (France, 1946)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast. 90 min. DVD 216; vhs 999:113
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Cinderella
For variations and various versions of Cinderella, SEE Remakes

Cinderella(1914)
Directed by James Kirkwood. Cast: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon, Georgia Wilson, Lucille Carney, W.N. Cone, Inez Marcel, Hayward Mack. Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but is able to go to the royal ball through the help of the Fairy Godmother. 52 min. DVD X2009
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Cinderella(1911)
Directed by George O. Nicholas. Cast: Florence La Badie, Harry Benham. 14 min. DVD 5863
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Cinderella (Cendrillon)(1912)
Directed by Georges Méliès. 23:45 min. DVD 9625

From the Brothers Grimm--American Versions of Folktale Classics.

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Mutzmag: an Appalachian Folktale. Set in the Appalachian mountains around 1920, this American folktale is about a plucky young girl named Mutzmag who accompanies her two teenaged sisters when they decide to leave their tumble-down shack to seek their fortunes elsewhere. The girls lose their way in the forest and end up at the cabin of a wicked witch and her giant husband who plan to kill the girls. Mutzmag saves the day with nothing but a broken pocket knife and a ball of string. 53 min. Video/C 4145

Soldier Jack, An American Folktale. An adaptation of an Appalachian "Jack" tale set in the 1940's in which Soldier Jack becomes a hero when he uses his magic sack to capture Death and saves the President's daughter from a fatal illness. After many years in a world without Death, Jack realizes his mistake and releases Death back into the world again. 40 min. Video/C 4146

Ashpet. Set in the rural South in the early years of World War II, Ashpet is a humorous adaptation of the Grimm's folktale "Cinderella". In this updated Appalachian version, old Granny helps Ashpet attend the church picnic where she charms Doc Ellison's son but loses one of her fancy red shoes. 45 min. Video/C 4147

Hansel and Gretel, an Appalachian Version.In this adaptation of the Grimm's folktale "Hansel and Gretel" filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a poor Depression-era father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children so they walk them into the forest and "lose" them. Banjo tunes serenade the resourceful pair in this Appalachian version, as they find their way through a misty forest to the harrowing witch's decorative log cabin with its outdoor kitchen, and eventually back home to their backwoods hollow. 16 min. Video/C 4148

Rapunzel, Rapunzel. In this live-action, turn of the century American adaptation of the Grimm Brother's folktale "Rapunzel", a young girl is imprisoned in a tall wooden tower by a witch. She allows a young man to climb her long brown hair but the witch discovers the nocturnal visitor, cuts Rapunzel's hair and blinds the young man. He wanders for many years until he is healed by Rapunzel's tears. 15 min. Video/C 4149

The Frog King; and, The Making of The Frog King. A live-action, American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The Frog Prince" of a girl who promises a frog that she will be his friend if he will retrieve her golden ball from a well. Her father compels her to keep the promise and when, in a rage, she throws the odious frog against the wall, he turns into a handsome and appealing suitor. 27 min. Video/C 4150

Bristlelip. An American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "King Thrushbeard". In this updated version set in Federalist Virginia around 1815, an exasperated father to humble his haughty daughter, plans to send her to work as a kitchen maid in the home of one of her rejected suitors. 20 min. Video/C 4151

Jack and the Dentist's Daughter. An American adaptation of a Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The master thief". Filmed with a predominantly black cast and set in small-town America during the early 1930's, it is a comical story about a clever hero who wins his true love by using his head. 36 min. Video/C 4152

Bearskin or the Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years. A live-action, American version of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "Bearskin", in which a soldier, returned from the Civil War, makes a deal with the devil that he will neither wash nor pray for seven years. In return he will be rich for life. 20 min. Video/C 4153

The Goose Girl. A live-action, American adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' folktale called "The Goose girl". Set in seventeenth century America, this story deals with a young princess who is forced by her maid to swap places on the way to her wedding. She is sent to tend the geese and the maid, disguised as the princess, prepares to marry the prince but eventually the identity of the true princess is revealed. Shows that endurance and virtue triumph. 18 min. Video/C 4154

Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) (France, 1970)
Directed by Jacques Demy. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle, Delphine Seyrig. A fairy tale about a king who wishes to marry his daughter to fulfill his wife's last wishes. She knows this is wrong and flees wearing a donkey skin until with the help of her fairy godmother, both princess and king find suitable mates and true love. 90 min. DVD 3459
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Hill, Rodney. "Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)" Film Quarterly, Winter2005/2006, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p40-44, 5p
Le Gras, Gwénaëlle. "Soft and hard: Catherine Deneuve in 1970." Studies in French Cinema, 2005, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p27-35, 9p UC users only
Zipes, Jack. "Abusing and abandoning children : "Hansel and Gretel," "Tom Thumb," "The Pied Piper," "Donkey-skin." In: The enchanted screen : the unknown history of fairy-tale films / Jack Zipes. New York : Routledge, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F34 Z57 2011)

The Donkey's Hide (Oslinaya shkura) (Soviet Union, 1982)
Directed by Nadezhda Kosheverova. Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, tells the story of the arrival of a wicked fairy at the christening of Therese, daughter of King Gaston IX. But the wicked fairy's curse is circumvented by a good fairy who puts a donkey's hide on the princess, so she will not be recognised and also gives the princess a magic ring capable of making its wearer change his or her appearance. 85 min. DVD 2351
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Zipes, Jack. "Abusing and abandoning children : "Hansel and Gretel," "Tom Thumb," "The Pied Piper," "Donkey-skin." In: The enchanted screen : the unknown history of fairy-tale films / Jack Zipes. New York : Routledge, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F34 Z57 2011)

Golden Horns (Zolotye Roga) (Soviet Union, 1972)
Directed by Aleksandr Rou. Based on an old Russian fairy tale, tells the story of a woman searching for children taken by the old witch Baba Yaga. Along her way she comes to the aid of the noble deer called Golden Horns. In gratitude for her aid, Golden Horns gives the woman a magic ring and information which leads her to an encounter with Baba Yaga. 74 min. DVD 2328
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Into the Woods (TV, 1990)
Directed by James Lapine. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Cast: Westenberg, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, Barbara Bryne. In this television production of the 1987 Broadway musical the fairy tale characters of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, and Jack (and the Beanstalk) are linked together with the characters of a baker and his wife. Their stories intertwine as they all search for something different in the woods. After they have all found happiness, they must band together to fight a giant. 153 min. DVD 1999
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Fairy Tales from the DEFA (East Germany) Studios

Die Trick-Fabrik : DEFA-Animationsfilme 1955-1990 / Ralf Schenk, Sabine Scholze (Red.) ; mit Beitragen von Jorg Herrmann ... [et al.]. Berlin : Bertz, c2003. (MAIN: PN1999.D4 T75 2003)

Der Arme Müllerbursch und das Kätzchen (East Germany, 1971)
Directed by Helmut Barkowsky, Lothar Barke. In this animated film of a Grimm's fairy tale a miller wants to retire and tells his three mill hands that the one who can bring him the best horse will get the mill. Two of the mill hands try to cheat but honest Hans meets a tabby cat who promises if Hans will be his servant for seven years that he will be rewarded with a wonderful horse. Hans if faithful to his promise and not only gets the horse and the mill but the hand of a princess as well. In German; PAL format. 51 min. vhs 999:2614
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Aschenbrödel: Die schonsten Marchenfilme (1954)
Six films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, presenting animations of well-known fables and fairy tales. Lotte Reiniger developed the art of using silhouettes in film during the 1920s. These current films were developed in Great Britain where she had immigrated prior to World War II. Contents: Aschenbrodel (Cinderella) / Brothers Grimm -- Daumelinchen (Thumbelina) / H. C. Andersen -- Hansel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) / Brothers Grimm -- Der Heuschreck und die Ameise (Grasshopper and the ant) nach "Grille und die Ameise" / Jean de Lafontaine -- Die drei Wunsche (Three wishes) / Brothers Grimm -- Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave little tailor) / Brothers Grimm. PAL format. In German without subtitles. 60 min. Video/C 8416

Der Bärenhauter (Bear-skinned man; Bearskin) (East Germany, 1986)
Directed by Walter Beck. Cast: Jens-Uwe Bogadtke, Janina Hartwig, Manfred Heine, Hans Teuscher, Heidemarie Wenzel, Dieter Wien. Christopher, a penniless soldier, is suddenly confronted by the Devil who offers to make him rich if he will not wash himself, cut his nails or hair or sleep in a bed for 7 years. Christopher agrees and at first his fortune brings him many friends but as time goes by and he become unkempt people shun him. He looks for lodgings in a prison, where he bails out a heavily indebted goldsmith, which helps him win the heart of Catherine, the goldsmith's daughter. Christopher leaves her and does not return until the fixed time has expired and then faces her as a handsome stranger. In German without English subtitles. 79 min. Video/C 7255
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Das Birnenmädchen (Pear Girl) (1988)
Directed by Horst J. Tappert. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A poor farmer who must give the king three baskets of pears yearly does not have enough pears so he places his daughter in one of the baskets. The prince discovers her and falls in love but the King does not approve so he gives the pear girl an almost impossible task. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 22 min. vhs 999:2620
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Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Musicians of Bremen) (East Germany, 1987)
Directed by Peter Pohler. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Musicians of Bremen: Four old animals, who are no longer wanted by their masters, leave their homes to form a group of town musicians and along the way unwittingly disband a company of robbers. Based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 92 min. vhs 999:2616
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Dornröschen (Briar Rose) (East Germany, 1987)
Directed by Peter Pohler. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Musicians of Bremen: Four old animals, who are no longer wanted by their masters, leave their homes to form a group of town musicians and along the way unwittingly disband a company of robbers. Based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 92 min. vhs 999:2616

Der Eisenhans (Iron Jack) (East Germany, 1988)
Director, Karl Heinz Lotz. Iron Jack guards the woods and is therefore always in the way of the king who will have any animal slain for his opulent banquets. The king commissions the Black Hunter to arrest Iron Jack, but the king's son Prince Joachim, defies his father and flees with Iron Jack into the woods. Joachim eventually wanders into the neighboring kingdom and falls in love with Princess Ulrike. After defeating the Black Hunter, Iron Jack, the prince and princess celebrate in the Nature Spirit's cave. PAL format; German without subtitles. 79 min. Video/C 7248
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Es waren einmal drei Schwestern (Once Upon a Time There Were Three Sisters) (East Germany, 1988)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. Three sisters, one after the other, come to a spring which is in reality an enchanted young man who can only be transformed by marriage. All three of the girls give him their word, but only one keeps her promise. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 17 min. vhs 999:2620
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Frau Holle (Mother Hulda). (East Germany, 1963)
Director, Gottfried Kolditz. One day, a kindhearted young woman drops her spindle into a well and goes in after it. At the bottom of the well instead of drowning, she finds herself in a beautiful meadow ... Mother Hulda's realm. She willingly helps the old lady, working diligently every day. Mother Hulda rewards her by having gold shower on her. Her lazy stepsister insists on having as many riches and flings herself into the well, but unkind and lazy she will not serve Mother Hulda, and so dirty pitch is showered on her. PAL format; German without titles. 59 min. Video/C 7247
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Froschkönig (Frog Prince) (East Germany, 1988)
Director, Walter Beck Princess Henriette accidentally drops her golden ball into a spring where a frog offers to retrieve it but on one condition: from now on, she must share food and bed with him. She promises, but filled with disgust eventually throws him against a wall where he is turned into a handsome prince. But as she has broken her promise, the prince is only partly freed and has to leave her, but now in love with him, she works to finally free him from the spell. PAL format. In German without titles. 64 min. Video/C 7244
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Die Geschichte vom armen Hassan (Story of poor Hassan) (East Germany, 1958)
Directed by Konrad Petzold. Cast: Ekkehard Schall, Erwin Geschonneck, Ernest Otto Fuhrmann, Georgetta Sager, Heinz Schubert. Hassan, a poor man is literally dying of thirst, while the fountains of the wealthy merchant Machmud are brimming over. In order to save his parrot Hassan murders Mahmud's watchdog. He is taken to court and sentenced to take on the watchdog's duties and when a horse is stolen, he has to carry out that animal's work as well. One day Machmud and an evil friend go riding in a carriage with Hassan taking on the part of one of the horses. He slips off his shackles and flings the carriage against a rock. Hassan then goes back to open the merchant's garden to all who are thirsty. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 58 min. Video/C 7261
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Die Geschichte von der Gänseprinzessin und ihrem treuen Pferd Falada (The Goose Princess) (1976)
Directed by Konrad Petzold. Cast: Dana Moravkova, Michaela Kuklova, Eberhard Mellies, Regina Beyer, Peter Zimmermann, Gerry Wolff, Alexander Hochst, Karsten Janzon. On her way to marry a distant Prince, the young Princess Aurinia is forced to trade places with her evil maidservant and becomes a goose girl instead of a bride on her arrival at the castle. But the king and Prince Ivo become suspicious because of the evil deeds perpetrated by the self-styled princess. And Ivo falls in love with the amiable maidservant Aurinia. The fraud is eventually exposed, the maidservant receives her just punishment and Aurinia celebrates her wedding to the prince. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96min. Video/C 7257
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Die Geschichte vom Fischer und seiner Frau (Fisherman and his Wife)(East Germany, 1976)
Directed by Werner Krauße. A humble fisherman nets a golden fish that grants wishes until the fisherman's wife with her preposterous wishes causes a reversal of their fortune. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96 min. vhs 999:2618
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Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (The Story of Little Mook) (East Germany, 1953)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. Cast: Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Trude Hesterberg, Alwin Lippisch, Silja Lesny, Charles Hans Voigt, Werner Peters, Gerhard Hansel.A little boy, Muck, is banished from his home but meets a wondrous old woman who gives him magic racing slippers and a wand with which to hunt up hidden treasures. Convinced that he has found his fortune, Muck sets out for the Sultan's court where he is soon made the chief bursar. But Muck's career evokes much envy among the courtiers, so with a bit of magic, he has their heads fitted with donkey's ears. He also helps Prince Hassan find his beloved Amarza, the Sultan's daughter. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 96 min. Video/C 7258
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Das gestohlene Gesicht (Crystal Ball) (East Germany, 1985)
Directed by Lothar Barke. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. An animated film of a Grimm's fairy tale. A young man hears that in the Castle of the Golden Sun is an enchanted Princess awaiting a deliverer so he sets off for the castle. Along the way he outsmarts two giants to gain a wishing hat, and instantly wishes himself at the castle. There he finds the princess but she is old and wrinkled and tells him that she will return to her youthful state if he can retrieve a crystal ball hidden in an egg. He manages, after many adventures to retrieve the ball, restore the princess to her former beauty and becomes king of the Castle of the Golden Sun. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 33 min. vhs 999:2622
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Die Goldene Gans (The Golden Goose) (East Germany, 1964)
Director, Siegfried Hartmann. Klaus does a kind deed for an old woman and she in turn gives him a golden goose which has one special property: all who are prying, nosy or envious get stuck fast on it and glued to one another. As Klaus goes on his way he collects a weird following and looks so foolish that the melancholy princess laughs. The king has decreed that anyone who can make the princess laugh shall have her as his bride. But the king, in view of Klaus's poverty, sets him new tasks, but Klaus carries them out, and wins the princess. PAL format. In German without titles. 64 min. Video/C 7242
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Die Goldene Jurte (East Germany, 1961)
Directors, Gottfried Kolditz, Rabschaa Dordschpalam. Cast: Dshambaagijn Lubsandshamdz, Zaagani Zegmed, Batsuchijn Zorig, Surengijn Suchbaatar. Pagwa, a herdsman in Mongolia, must guard a mysterious chest which may never be opened in order to preserve the region's wealth. But his sons act in contempt of the prohibition and plunge the entire valley into a drought. His youngest son, seeks out the sage Arat, takes in his lessons and on his way home rescues the daughter of the water khan who presents him with three precious gifts: a magic cap, a little hammer which makes a golden tent appear and a lambskin which conjures up rainfall. With the help of these magical powers he is able to bring back the herd and restore rainfall to the area. PAL format. In German without titles. Based on a legend from Mongolia. PAL format. In German without titles. 76 min. Video/C 7263
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Das hölzerne kälbchen (Wooden calf; Little Wooden Calf; Little Peasant (East Germany, 1960)
Directed by Bernhard Thieme. Cast: Gunther Haack, Ursula Alberts, Kurt Steingraf, Gertrud Brendler, Willi Neuenhahn, Franz Christoph Giercke, Iris Hewald, Manfred Kroop. The story of a poor peasant who had no livestock, so he carved a calf out of wood and then asked if he could put his "cow" in the communal herd. The cow-herd agreed, not knowing it was of wood, and when the "cow" disappeared, the peasant led the cow-herd before the mayor, who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the missing calf. Being an enterprising and clever fellow the peasant continued to fool the gullible villagers with many other schemes until he eventually became rich. PAL format. In German without titles. 50 min. Video/C 7254
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Das kalte Herz (Cold Heart) (East Germany, 1950)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Lutz Moik, Hanna Rucker, Paul Bildt, Erwin Geschonneck, Lotte Loebinger, Paul Esser. Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, after loosing his wealth, abandons his bride and summons an evil spirit. Peter is promised all the riches on earth if he is willing to exchange his heart for a cold stone. The young charcoal burner consents and from that moment on, he becomes richer and richer, but also brutal and ruthless, even beating his own wife to death. Only then does he come to his senses, but he can only be redeemed if he retrieves his true heart from the evil spirit. He manages to outwit the evil spirit with the help of the good spirit of the forest, who brings his wife back to life. Based on the fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff. In German without English subtitles. 101 min. Video/C 7246
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Die kluge Bauerntochter (Peasant's wise daughter) (East Germany, 1983)
Directed by Monika Anderson. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. The daughter of a poor man successfully solves three riddles posed by the king to become his bride. When he tires of her and sends her home, he allows her to take her most cherished possession so she takes the king to her peasant's farmhouse while he is sleeping. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 20 min. vhs 999:2619
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König Drosselbart (King Thrushbeard) (East Germany, 1965)
Director, Walter Beck. Princess Roswitha is to pick a future husband but none meets her fancy, not even the last one whom she mocks as "King Grisly Beard." She is so offending that the king decrees to marry her to the next beggar who comes along which happens to be a poor minstrel with whom the princess now must share a shabby hut. He teachers her to make pottery, but while selling her jugs she relapses into her old haughtiness. Then an unknown horseman destroys her stand and in desperation she enters service as a maid at court. After this painful apprenticeship, the minstrel discloses his real identity "King Grisly Beard," and they become a happy couple. PAL format; German without titles. 70 min. Video/C 7250
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Little Match Girl (La Petite marchande d'allumettes) (1928)
Director, Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Jean Storm, Manuel Raaby, Anny Xells. The little match girl, inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, shows the visions seen by a poor match seller as she lights her matches one by one to keep from freezing to death. 33 min. DVD 7586
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Der Prinz hinter den sieben Meeren (Prince Beyond the Seven Seas). (East Germany, 1982)
Director, Walter Beck. Cast: Marina Krogull, Bodo Wolf, Renate Blume, Manfred Heine, Leon Niemczyk. The merchant's daughter Constanze, begs her father to ask a lion for a favor. Her father approaches the lion who agrees to his request with one condition: that he send the first person he meets upon his return home to the lion's den. It is Constanze. Against her father's will she goes to the lion and discovers that he is an enchanged prince and that only a woman's love can release him from the spell. In German without subtitles. 74 min. Video/C 7241

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Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood). (East Germany, 1962)
Director, Götz Friedrich. Little Red Riding Hood, always friendly and innocent, often visits her grandmother who lives in the depths of the forest. But one day, she is caught at her grandmother's house and devoured by the wolf. But her friends, the bunny, squirrel and bear seek help. Her parents rush to the scene, rescue Little Red Riding Hood and see to it that the wolf receives its just punishment. PAL format; In German without titles. 69 min. Video/C 7249
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Rumpelstilzchen (Rumpelstiltskin)(Das Zaubermaennchen) (East Germany, 1960)
Directed by Christoph Engel. Cast: Karl Heinz Rothin, Karin Lesch, Reinhard Michalke, Peter Dommisch, Nikolaus Paryla, Bodo Mette, Siegfried Seibt. When the lazy miller has nothing left to pay his taxes he lies to the tax-collector that his daughter can spin straw into gold. So, for three nights, she is locked in the castle tower and ordered to spin straw into gold. A little elf performs the task for her, and on the last night requests her firstborn child as payment. She marries the King and in one year the elf returns for payment. She implores him to let her keep the child. The dwarf responds by agreeing if she can guess his name. With the help of Hans, the miller's boy, all ends well. 74 min. Video/C 7240

Schneewittchen (Snow White) (1961)
Director, Gottfried Kolditz. After her father's death the beautiful princess Snow White, on the order of her jealous step-mother, is to killed by the castle hunter. But the hunter is unable to murder the princess, so he leaves Snow White in the woods where she finds shelter with seven dwarves who work in a mine. The queen's magic mirror reveals Snow White's location, and the queen comes close to killing the princess. 60 min. Video/C 7238
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Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot (Snow White and Rose Red). (East Germany, 1979)
Director, Siegfried Hartmann Snow White, Rose Red and their mother live on the edge of the forest. One day two princes find themselves in front of the family's little shack but soon are transformed by the mountain goblin into a bear and a falcon. All through the winter, the unsuspecting girls tend to the needs of the bear and falcon. They also encounter "Moldy Beard" whom they befriend, but he sets a trap for them. In the nick of time, the bear and the falcon save them and in view of such affection, the mountain goblin has to give up and the four celebrate their wedding. PAL format; German without English subtitles. 67 min. Video/C 7251
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Die Schöne und das Tier (Beauty and the Beast) (East Germany, 1976)
Producers, Horst Philipp, Manfred Jahne, Anita Uebe, Helga Kurth. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. Beauty and the beast: Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast. Based on the story by Jeane-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 24 min. vhs 999:2617
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Die Schwarze Burg (Black Castle) (1976)
Directed by Barbara Eckhold. Animated puppet film of German fairy tales. A soldier returns home to find his village has changed: A monster who lives in an old castle is terrorizing the village and when he discovers that his fiancee is a captive in the castle, he decides to deal with the monster. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 17 min. vhs 999:2617
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Sechse Kommen durch die Welt (Six Soldiers of Fortune). (East Germany, 1972)
Director, Rainer Simon. A king discharges his soldiers with a mere pittance and when one soldier protests he winds up in a dungeon. But there he meets Strongman who breaks down the prison gate. As they escape they are joined by 4 companions with marvelous talents: the best sprinter, the musician whose fiddle can make anybody dance, the hunter with an eagle's eye and Crooked Cap, the girl who can make frost. Together, they eventually gain the state's treasures and go off to divide it among the people. PAL format; German without titles. 62 min. Video/C 7252
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Das Singende, Klingende Bäumchen(The Singing, Ringing Tree).(1961)
Director, Francesco Stefani. Cast: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Kruger, Dorothea Thiesing, Fredy Barten. To win the love of a beautiful but haughty princess a prince sets out to find the singing, ringing tree. He finds the tree in the possession of an evil gnome who turns the prince into a bear. The bear/prince abducts the princes from the castle and takes her to an enchanged garden where, deprived of her beauty and power, she slowly changes for the better and falls in love with the prince. 73 min. Video/C 7239
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Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave Little Tailor) (East Germany, 1964)
Directed by Kurt Weiler. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A tailor inscribes on his belt his deed of killing seven with one blow, so the king engages him to drive off the kingdom's enemies. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 31 min. vhs 999:2619
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Der Teufel vom Mühlenberg (Devil from Mill Mountain) (1964)
Directed by Herbert Ballmann. Cast: Eva Kotthaus, Hans-Peter Minetti, Willy A. Kleinau, Werner Peters, Gerhard Frei, Heinz Kammer. During the Middle Ages, the greedy owner of a mill sets a forest mill on fire and steals the last ration of flour from the mill. From this time on, the farmers are forced to have their grain ground at his mill. Anne discovers the stolen sacks and so the miller abducts her, taking her to a castle where young miller Jorg is already captive. But the three good spirits of the forest rescue the pair, and aid them in rebuilding the forest mill. When the evil miller is left empty-handed and seeks revenge, the good spirits transform him into a stone statue. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 84 min. Video/C 7262
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Tischlein deck dich (Table, the Donkey and the Stick) (1970)
Directed by Werner Krausse. Three brothers acquire three marvelous items that bring them the good life, but they lose them to thieves. Based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 35 min. vhs 999:2618

Urwaldmärchen (Jungle Fairy Tale) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon makes friends with a peasant boy who asks the dragon to help him restore a bird to a princess. Together they fight the evil witch to rescue the princess' bird, and in the battle the young dragon gains confidence in himself. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621
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Vom faulen Töpfer und dem fleißigen Wäscher (Concerning the Lazy Potter and the Industrious Laundryman.) (East Germany, 1977)
Directed by Katja Georgi. Animated puppet films of German fairy tales. A timid young dragon ma The lazy potter was very envious of the industrious laundryman so he sets out to ruin his reputation with the king by reporting that the laundryman is so clever he can make a grey elephant white. When the king makes his demand the laundryman turns the tables by demanding he be supplied with a pot large enough to hold an elephant. In German without subtitles. PAL format. 15 min. vhs 999:2621
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Wie heiratet man einen König (Clever Peasant's Daughter; Peasant's Wise Daughter) (East Germany, 1977)
Director, Rainer Simon. Cast: Cox Habbema, Eberhard Esche, Sigurd Schulz, Hannes Fischer, Peter Dommisch, Jurgen Holtz, Alfredo Lugo. A farmer, discovering a golden casket without a lid on land he received from the King, takes the casket to the king who accuses him of having stolen the lid and has him locked up. The farmer's clever daughter can win his freedom however if she solves three riddles. Not only does she solve them but also wins the love of the young king. As queen, she insists on having a say in his kingly decisions thereby offending his vanity. He expels her, allowing her to take only what is dearest to her and so PAL format tape; in German without subtitles. 77 min. Video/C 7260
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Zwerg Nase (Dwarf Nose) (East Germany, 1985)
Director, Katja Georgi. An animated puppet film of a German fairy tale. After unwisely insulting a disagreeable old woman in the market, Jacob is persuaded to help carry her purchases home and unknowingly falls under a spell that lasts seven years and drastically changes his appearance. In German; PAL format. 38 min. vhs 999:2614
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Ghosts, Angels, and the Afterlife

Horror Films

After Life (Wandafuru raifu) (Japan, 1998)
Director, Kore-eda Hirokazu. In Kore-eda's thought-provoking vision, the newly deceased find themselves in a way station somewhere between Heaven and Earth. With the help of dedicated caseworkers, each soul is given three days to choose one cherished memory for their life that they will relive for eternity. As the film reveals, recognizing happiness and finding a life's worth of meaning in a single event is no simple task. 118 min. DVD 1341
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Beetlejuice (1988)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder. A couple of likable ghosts contact the afterlife's bio-exorcist to rid their home of a trendy New York family that moves in. 92 min. DVD 3998
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Between Two Worlds(1944)
Directed by Edward A. Blatt. Cast: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet, Faye Emerson, Paul Henreid. After a Nazi bomb raid on an English port town, a group of passengers aboard a luxury liner see their tickets are stamped for passage to heaven...or hell. Based on the play Outward bound by Sutton Vane. 112 min. DVD X5034
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Big Trouble in Little China(1986)
Directed by John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax. Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped. 99 min. DVD X34
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The Bishop's Wife(1947)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester.An angel named Dudley materializes in answer to the prayers of a harried young bishop, Henry Brougham. Brougham's efforts to raise money for a new cathedral have endangered his marriage. Dudley enters the bishop's household hoping to end the problems plaguing the family, but instead the bishop's neglected wife becomes infatuated with him. 109 min. DVD X2427
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A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)
Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. DVD 842; VHS 999:2418
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A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)
Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu. 103 min. DVD 8757
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A Chinese Ghost Story III (Qian nu you hun III; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan III; Qian nu you hun III) (Hong Kong, 1991)
Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Tony Leung, Joey Wang, Jacky Cheung, Nina Li.In the heart of a weird wood stands Orchid Temple, a haunted place that is the doom of men. Beautiful spirits lure travelers to their doom. When the lowly monk Fong ventures to the temple, intent on driving the ghosts away, he instead falls in love with the beautiful Lotus. This forbidden passion places the couple in danger from both the local ghostbusters, and the forest's hideous supernational beings. 106 min. DVD 4884
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Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Ethel Waters, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne. Petunia Jackson, a poor but devout woman, is burdened with a shiftless husband called Little Joe. When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul. 99 min. DVD 5684; vhs 999:357
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City of Angels (1998)
Directed by Brad Silberling. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher. Seth is an angel who must decide if he'll forsake his immortality and become human on the chance that the woman of his dreams might love him. That woman is Maggie, a pragmatic heart surgeon who doesn't believe in angels until she meets Seth. Special features: 2 commentaries: one by the director, the other by the producer and the screenwriters; scene-specific commentaries by the cinematographer and production designer; making-of and visual effects documentaries; additional scenes; interviews with Alanis Morrissette and Peter Gabriel; music videos by the Goo Goo Dolls and U2; music-only track with Gabriel Yared commentary; theatrical trailer gallery. 114 min. DVD 9963
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Dogma (1999)
Directed by Kevin Smith. Cast: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Alan Rickman, Chris Roc, George Carlin. Two banished angels find a loophole that would get them back into heaven. The only snag? They'll be destroying existence in the process. In an effort to stop them, the overworked voice of God taps cynical mortal Bethany to save the world by preventing the angels from reaching their unholy destination. Along the way he meets two unlikely prophets named Jay and Silent Bob, and the quick-witted thirteenth apostle. 128 min. DVD 741
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Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) (Germay, 1993)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Horst Buchholz, Nastassja Kinski, Heinz Ruhmann, Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Rudiger Vogler, Willem Dafoe. In this sequel to "Wings of desire," an angel dares to cross the line and stumbles into the harsh reality of post-Cold War Berlin to find himself engaged in deadly combat to protect the mortals he loves. 146 min. DVD 665
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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
Directed by Gregory LaCava. Cast: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore. United States President Judson Hammond, a corrupt politician, is visited by the Angel Gabriel during recuperation from a near-fatal automobile accident. President Hammond miraculously becomes virtuous, although his zeal for reform is as misguided as his previous indifference was destructive.

"Unsatisfied with status quo politics, filmmakers looked to authoritarian leadership on the left and the right for possible solutions. Dubbed by the trade press as the "dictator craze," these films presented "strong tyrannical personalities who, whatever their flaws as human beings and citizens, at least knew how to take strong action" ... Movies allowed Americans to fantasize about embracing revolutionary leadership, whether left or right, that could take the nation out of hard times. Inspired by events such as the government's brutal attack of peaceful Bonus Army marchers in July 1932, films like The Power and the Glory (1933) and Gabriel Over the White House (1933) dealt with strikes, massive gatherings of the unemployed, massacres by private police or government forces, and dictators who presided over these events, allegedly for the benefit of the nation." [Ross, Steven. "The Seen, the Unseen, and the Obscene: Pre-Code Hollywood." Reviews in American History 28.2 (2000) 270-277) 78 min. DVD X1007; vhs 999:3420

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Ghost (1990)
Directed by Jerry Zucker. Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Leeds, Vincent Schiavelli. A ghost teams up with a psychic to uncover the truth behind his murder --and to rescue his sweetheart from a similar fate. 126 min. DVD 8732
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Whoopi Goldberg)

Ghostbusters (1984)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis. When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! 105 min. DVD 8150
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Ghostbusters 2 (1956)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson. Doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler regroup to nuke the spooks in this high-spirited comedy. Sidelined after their spectacular save of New York City five years ago, the heroes of the hereafter once again answer the call when an underground river of ghoulish goo threatens to rot the Big Apple to the core. Special features: 2 episodes from the animated series "The real Ghostbusters : Citizen ghost" and "The real Ghostbusters : Partner in slime". 124 min. DVD 8151
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Go Down Death (1944)
Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: Myra D. Hemmings, Samuel H. James, Eddye L. Houston, Spencer Williams, Ames Droughan, Walter McMillion. Based on a poem of the same title by James Weldon Johnson. Director, Spencer Williams. A minister's reputation is in question as he wavers between heaven and hell. 50 min. DVD X4312; DVD 1589; DVD X4312; also on VHS Video 999:1166
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Green Pastures (1936)
Directed by Marc Connelly and William Keighley. Cast: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Eddie Anderson, Frank Wilson, George Reed, Abraham Gleaves, Myrtle Anderson, Al Stokes, Edna M. Harris, James Fuller, George Randol, Ida Forsyne, Hall Johnson Choir. All-black cast in Marc Connelly fable portrays the story of God in His heaven and his people on earth as told to a group of Sunday school children. 90 min. DVD 5066
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Winokur, Mark. "The Green Pastures as an allegory of Accommodation: Christ, Race, and the All-Black Musical." Film & History 1995 25(1-2): 6-16.

Haunted Spooks (1920)
Directed by Alfred J. Goulding and Hal Roach. Cast: Harold Lloyd. After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (Davis). The inheritance is a house, which her scheming uncle "haunts" so that he can scare them off and claim the property. 22 min. DVD 4683; also included on DVD 4953
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Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn, Laird Cregar. Deceased turn-of-the century playboy Henry Van Cleve presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha notwithstanding. Special features: New video conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris; Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter s life and career; audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977; Lubitsch home piano recordings; original theatrical trailer; a new essay by film scholar William Paul. 112 min. DVD 4679
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Heaven Can Wait (1978 )
Directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. Cast: Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Warden. In this romantic fantasy a Los Angeles Rams quarterback accidently goes to heaven after a car accident, and returns to earth in the body of a wealthy corporate giant. Here he has to cope with a beautiful Englishwoman, a treacherous wife and a scheming secretary. 101 min. DVD 552
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Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
Golden Globes - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1943)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, John Emery, Donald MacBride, Don Costello. Joe is a boxer who is headed for a championship fight when he is killed in a plane crash. Unfortunately for Joe, he was not supposed to die in the crash, but was instead brought up to heaven too soon by an overeager angel. It is now up to Mr. Jordan, the angel's boss, to find Joe a new body and give him another chance to fight for the title. Joe meets an idealistic young woman to whom he is immediately smitten, and she gives him a reason to live beyond prize fighting. From the play "Heaven can wait" by Harry Segall. 94 min. DVD X53
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Hereafter (2010)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, George McLaren, Frankie McLaren,Thierry Neuvic, Marthe Keller, Derek Jacobi, Lyndsey Marshal, Richard Kind, Steven R. Schirripa, Jenifer Lewis. This feature film peers at an intriguing question--is there an afterlife?--through the lens of George, Marie, and Marcus, who are each tortured in different ways by the thought of life after death. George Lonegan is psychic. It was once his career: he was "the man who can speak to the dead," with a high-traffic website, and a popular biography. But he fled that life, unable to cope with the emotional burden of his abilities. Marie Lelay is a French TV presenter coping with the intense emotions brought on by a near death experience in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. She's written a book on the subject, which was greeted with derision by her colleagues. Marcus and Jason live in a London council estate, covering for their mother, who's a hopeless junkie. When Jason meets a sudden and tragic end, Marcus is set hopelessly adrift, and begins obsessively researching psychics and seers who can help him contact Jason on the other side. Special features: Tsunami!: Recreating a disaster [featurette] (7 min.); Hereafter's locations: Casting the silent characters [featurette] (3 min.); The Eastwood experience [featurette] (4 min.). 129 min. DVD X5981
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The Hunt (Twilight Zone) (TV, 1962)
Director, Harold D. Schuster. Cast: Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan, Robert Foulk, Dexter Dupont. "An old hunter on a raccoon hunt follows his dog into a pond and dies. The next day he is able to walk amongst the living and makes his peace with the world. He starts to walk down a new road and almost enters Heaven, but he doesn't since they won't allow his dog. Later on down the road, he finds the real entrance to Heaven since the previous gate was actually Hell." 30 min. DVD 2621
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Michael (1996)
Director, Nora Ephron. Cast: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stapleton. Two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with an "angel expert" are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her motel with a real, live archangel named Michael. 106 min. DVD 9963
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Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (Germany, 1987)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk. Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal. Set in modern-day Berlin, the film is not only a love story, but also serves as a reminder of just how good it feels to live. 130 min. DVD 1726; vhs 999:342
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It's a Wonderful Life (1947)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers. George Bailey is prevented from committing suicide by a guardian angel, who takes him back through his life to show him the good things he had done that changed the lives of his family and friends. Special features: Exclusive documentary, The Making of It's a wonderful life (28 min.), special tribute to Frank Capra, A personal remembrance, made by Frank Capra, Jr. ; original theatrical trailer. 160 min. DVD 348; vhs 999:29
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A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven)(UK, 1946)
Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Cast: David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring, Richard Attenborough. As his crippled Lancaster bomber plunges toward its destruction, a young pilot radios desperately for help. His signal is picked up by a young radio operator, and in the final moments of his life, a special bond is formed between the two. The next morning the pilot awakes to find he somehow survived. It's a miracle ... or is it? 102 min. Video/C 999:3504
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Painted Skin (Hua pi zhi yinyang fawang) (Hong Kong, China, 1992)
Director, King Hu. An evil warlord torments the wandering ghost of a beautiful woman so mercilessly that her only recourse is to disguise herself with the face paint of a concubine. Her plight attracts the attention of an honorable ghost-fighter determined to set her soul free. 95 min. DVD 1153
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Rouge (Yan zhi kou) (Hong Kong, 1987)
Directed by Stanley Kwan. Having committed suicide some fifty years ago, the ghost of a famous courtesan returns to the world to seek her septuagenarian lover. Multi-zone DVD. 93 min. DVD 2789
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What Dreams May Come (1998)
Director, Vincent Ward. Cast: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow, Jessica Brooks Grant, Josh Paddock, Rosalind Chao. Four years after Chris and Annie Nielsen lose their children in a traffic accident, Chris himself is killed and finds himself reunited with his children in a beautiful and astonishing afterlife, but Annie commits suicide in despair and is banished to a very different realm. Chris risks his own eternal happiness to find Annie and rescue her from her fate. Special features: Director's commentary, 2 theatrical trailers, "making of" featurette, visual effects notes and clips, alternate ending, photo gallery, biographies and filmographies of featured cast and crew. Based on the novel by Richard Matheson. 114 min. DVD X556
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Whodunit (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) (TV, 1956)
Director, Francis M. Cockrell. Cast: John Williams, Amanda Blake, Jerry Paris. Recently deceased mystery writer Alexander Arlington appears before the recording angel in heaven. All goes well until he learns that his death was a murder, rather than a heart attack, as he had imagined. He receives permission from the angel to live his last day over again, so that he can find out who killed him. Back in his home, he relives a bitter fight with his assistant, and is certain that the assistant is the murderer. But when his nephew makes some threatening statements, and then he catches a glimpse of his wife warmly kissing a male friend, he starts to realize that almost everyone he knows has a motive for killing him. 30 min. DVD 4467
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Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (Germany, 1987)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk. Romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal. Set in modern-day Berlin, the film is not only a love story, but also serves as a reminder of just how good it feels to live. 130 min. DVD 1726; vhs 999:342
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Yumeji (1991)
Director, Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Kenji Sawada, Tomoko Mariya, Masumi Miyazaki, Tamasaburo Bando. A sensual, absurdist ghost story spun around the character and work of real-life painter and poet Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), seen as a chronic philanderer and dreamer. 128 min. DVD 5479
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Beowulf(2007)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Ray Winstone, Robin Wright Penn, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Brendan Gleeson, Alison Lohman, Angelina Jolie. In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The animation is the talking point of this movie, a landmark in computer imagery. 114 min. DVD 9555
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Asma, Stephen T. "Never Mind Grendel. Can Beowulf Conquer the 21st-Century Guilt Trip?" Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 54, no. 15, pp. B14-B15, 2007 Dec 7
Bernau, Anke. "Suspended Animation: Myth, Memory and History in Beowulf." Screening the Past: An International, Refereed, Electronic Journal of Visual Media & History, Dec2009, Issue 26, p29-29
Bildhauer, Bettina. "Animation and the human between animal and cyborg : Jester Till, Beowulf, The adventures of Prince Ahmed." In: Filming the Middle Ages / Bettina Bildhauer. London : Reaktion Books, 2011 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 B55 2011)
Chen, Kuo-jung. "The Untold Stories of Beowulf: Cinematic Renditions and Textual Interpretations." Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Literary and Cultural Studies 41. 1 (2010 Dec): 111-131.
Emanuelson, Karen. "Monster or Warrior? Beowulf as Problematic Hero." In: The image of the hero II in literature, media, and society : proceedings [of] 2010 conference [of the] Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery / edited by Will Wright and Steve Kaplan.Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Conference (2010 : Colorado Springs, Colo.) Pueblo, Colo. : The Society, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.5.H45 S632 2010)
Forni, Kathleen. "Popularizing High Culture: Zemeckis's Beowulf." Studies in Popular Culture, Spring2009, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p45-59, 15p
Heinecken, Dawn. " Popularizing High Culture: Zemeckis's Beowulf." Studies in Popular Culture, Spring 2009 | 31.2
Kershaw, Sylvia; Ormond, Laurie. "We are the Monsters Now": The Genre Medievalism of Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf." Screening the Past: An International, Refereed, Electronic Journal of Visual Media & History, Dec2009,
Risden, E. L. "The Cinematic Sexualizing of Beowulf." Essays in Medieval Studies, Feb2010, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p109-115, 7p UCB users only
Toswell, M. J. " The Simulacrum of Neomedievalism." In: Defining neomedievalism(s) / edited by Karl Fugelso. Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks CB351 .S78 v.19 (2010))
White, Armond. "The Lost Dimension." First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life, Jun/Jul2010, Issue 204, p75-77, 3p UCB users only

Beowulf (1999)
Directed by Graham Baker. Cast: Christopher Lambert, Oliver Cotton, Gotz Otto, Layla Roberts. Living in a techno-futile world of the future, a medieval land where technology's secrets are locked away in a mute past, Beowulf fights his way through a besieging army and into a mysterious, ominous castle on the edge of nowhere to face an evil within. 93 min. DVD X4007
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Bildhauer, Bettina. "Animation and the human between animal and cyborg : Jester Till, Beowulf, The adventures of Prince Ahmed." In: Filming the Middle Ages / Bettina Bildhauer. London : Reaktion Books, 2011 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 B55 2011)
Chen, Kuo-jung. "The Untold Stories of Beowulf: Cinematic Renditions and Textual Interpretations." Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Literary and Cultural Studies 41. 1 (2010 Dec): 111-131.
Forni, Kathleen. "Graham Baker's Beowulf: Intersections between High and Low Culture" Literature/Film Quarterly 35. 3 (2007): 244-249.
Magennis, Hugh. "Michael Crichton, Ibn Fadlan, Fantasy Cinema: Beowulf at the Movies." Old English Newsletter (35:1) pp. 34-38, 2001 Fall

Conan the Barbarian (1981)
Directed by John Milius. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Max Von Sydow, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gaviola, Gerry Lopez, Mako, Valerie Quennessen, William Smith. Cimmerian Conan is captured as a child after his parents are murdered by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom. After years of enslavement, Conan is freed to learn the "riddle of steel" and to kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom. 129 min. DVD 4640
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Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Sarah Douglas. Conan the Barbarian vs. the evil Queen Taramis who has promised to bring his beloved back from the dead if he returns with a magic treasure. 101 min. DVD 4640
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Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King (Germany / Italy / UK / USA, 2004)
Directed by Uli Edel. Cast: Benno Furmann, Alicia Witt, Kristanna Loken, Julian Sands, Samuel West. The son of a simple swordsmith, Siegfried, is actually an orphaned prince and an heir to the throne. To save his kingdom, Siegfried engages in battle and slays an evil dragon that is guarding a cursed ancient and deadly ring. Based on the Germanic myth "Das Nibelungenlied" and the Nordic "Volsunga Saga" which also inspired the four-opera cycle by Richard Wagner and J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "The Lord of the Rings." 132 min. DVD 9071
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Excalibur(USA / UK, 1981)
Directed by John Boorman. Cast: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nichol Williamson. A lush retelling of the legend of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table and the tale of the mythical sword Excalibur, and its passing from the wizard Merlin to the future king of England. A visually stunning film unflinching in its scenes of combat and black magic. 141 min. DVD X1080
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Bartone, Richard C. "Variations on Arthurian Legend in Lancelot du Lac and Excalibur." In: Popular Arthurian traditions / edited by Sally K. Slocum. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1992. (Main Stack PN57.A6.P6 1992)
D'Heur, J. M. "Arthur, Excalibur and the Enchanter Boorman." In: Studia in honorem prof. M. de Riquer. Barcelona : Quaderns Crema, c1986. (MAIN: PC14.R54 S77 1986)
Lacy, Norris J. "Mythopoeia in Excalibur." In: Cinema Arthuriana : essays on Arthurian film / edited by Kevin J. Harty. New York : Garland Pub., 1991. (Main Stack PN1995.9.A75.C5 1991)
Purdon, Liam O. "Hollywood's Myopic Medievalism: Excalibur and Malory's Morte d'Arthur." In: Popular Arthurian traditions / edited by Sally K. Slocum. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1992. (Main Stack PN57.A6.P6 1992)
Shichtman, Martin B. "Hollywood's New Weston: The Grail Myth in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and John Boorman's Excalibur." In: The Grail : a casebook / edited with an introduction by Dhira B. Mahoney. (Main Stack PN686.G7.G73 2000)
Whitaker, Muriel. "Fire, Water, Rock: Elements of Setting in Excalibur." In: Cinema Arthuriana : essays on Arthurian film / edited by Kevin J. Harty. New York : Garland Pub., 1991. (Main Stack PN1995.9.A75.C5 1991)

First Knight(1995)
Directed by Jerry Zucker. Cast: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross. This is a new vision of King Arthur's Camelot. A vision of battles, courage, and of the undeniable love that brought an entire kingdom to its knees ... and the undying passion that made it live forever. 133 min. DVD 1009
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Haydock, Nickolas A. "Arthurian Melodrama, Chaucerian Spectacle, and the Waywardness of Cinematic Pastiche in First Knight and A Knight's Tale." Studies in Medievalism, vol. 12, pp. 5-38, 2002.
Jenkins, Jacqueline. "First Knights and Common Men: Masculinity in American Arthurian Film." In: King Arthur on film : new essays on Arthurian cinema / edited by Kevin J. Harty. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1999. (Main Stack PN1995.9.A75.K56 1999; PFA PN1995.9.A75.K56 1999)
Jewers, Caroline. "Hard Days Knights: First Knight, A Knight's Tale, and Black Knight." In: The medieval hero on screen : representations from Beowulf to Buffy / edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray ; with a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004; PFA PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004)

The Golden Blade(1953)
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans, George Macready, Kathleen Hughes, Steven Geray, Edgar Barrier, Alice Kelley. "Harum (Rock Hudson) is a fearless man of the people who comes to Bagdad to avenge the murder of his father and meets Krairuzan (Piper Laurie), a princess disguised as a commoner, working against a plot by a band of evil schemers trying to do away with her father, the Caliph. She gives Harum a golden sword which, in his hands, makes him invincible. Harum uses the sword in the name of justice and is doing quite well until a duplicate sword is placed in his scabbard during one of his off-guard moments, and he winds up in chains." [Internet Movie Database] 81 min. DVD 8144
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 1 (UK / USA, 2010)
Directed by David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Toby Jones, David Legeno, Simon McBurney, Helen McCrory, Nick Moran, Peter Mullan, David O'Hara, Clémence Poésy, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright. Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction--the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. 138 min. DVD X557
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 2 (UK / USA, 2011)
Directed by David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Kelly MacDonald, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. 130 min. DVD X6730
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK / USA, 2007)
Directed by David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon. Lord Voldemort has returned, but the ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth. They appoint Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. When Umbridge refuses to teach practical defensive magic, Ron and Hermione convince Harry to secretly train a select group of students for the wizarding war that lies ahead. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Special features: 17 minutes of never-before-seen footage; "Trailing Tonks" spend a day with actress Nat Tena and receive a very personal and often wacky tour of the stages; "Harry Potter: the magic of editing:" director David Yates and editor Mark Day show what a difference a good edit makes to allow the viewers to edit a scene; A & E documentary: "The hidden secrets of Harry Potter:" viewers take a thrilling look back at the past Harry Potter films in search of clues to the mysteries of the upcoming Harry Potter sage. 138 min. DVD X557
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK / USA, 2002)
Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. Finds young wizard Harry and his friends Ron and Hermoine facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force that is terrorizing the school. 161 min. DVD 4847
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK / USA, 2005)
Directed by Mike Newell. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith. Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts is marked by the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, in which student representatives from three different wizarding schools compete in a series of increasingly challenging contests. However, Voldemort's Death Eaters are gaining strength and create the Dark Mark - giving evidence that the Dark Lord is ready to rise again. The competitors for the Tournament are selected by the goblet of fire, which this year makes a very surprising announcement. 157 min. DVD 5287
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK / USA, 2009)
Directed by David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, David Bradley, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Gemma Jones, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright. Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds. Hogwarts, once thought to be a safe haven, may no longer be safe. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Harry will have to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses, a critical piece of information known only to Horace Slughorn, Hogwarts' former Potions Professor. Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter. Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. 153 min. DVD X2437
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK / USA, 2004)
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Gary Oldman. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts. There they are forced to face escaped prisoner Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry must overcome the threats of Dementors, outsmart a werewolf, and finally deal with the truth about Sirius and his relationship with his parents. Harry and friends master advanced magic classes, cross time barriers, and change the course of more than one life. 142 min. DVD 4848
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Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone (UK / USA, 2001)
Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 152 min. DVD 4846
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Kismet (1955)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone, Monty Woolley, Sebastian Cabot, Jay C. Flippen, Mike Mazurki, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia. Choreography, Jack Cole. This lush musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet and his daughter cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, and a magical curse. Special features: Film short "The battle of Gettysburg," cartoon "The first bad man," MGM parade tv series excerpts, song outtakes, and theatrical trailers. 113 min. DVD 9894
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Legend of Zu (Shu shan zheng zhuan) (Hong Kong, 2001)
Directed by Tsui Hark. Cast: Zheng Yijian, Zhang Bozhi, Gu Tianle, Hung Jinbao (Samo Hung), Zhang Ziyi. In this fantasy film immortals train for hundreds of years to perfect their martial arts. However, an evil force is threatening their existence on the mountains of Zu, and they must band together to fight back. 105 min. DVD 4893
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Zealand / USA, 2001)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis. In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. 178 min. DVD 1254
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (USA / New Zealand / Germany, 2002)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis. Follows Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, and brave members of the Fellowship as they continue their quest to destroy the Ring of Power. As darkness descends on Middle-earth, a strange creature named Gollum leads the heroes to the Black Gates of Mordor. The rest of Middle-earth prepares for a battle that will decide the fate of all. 175 min. DVD 1843
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (USA / New Zealand / Germany, 2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble. Frodo makes his way through the darkness to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Aragon learns of his destiny as the true King and the others prepare for a massive battle that will determine the fate of Middle-Earth. 200 min. DVD 2773
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Awards

Academy Awards, USA - Best Picture; Best Director
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Acting Ensemble
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes - Best Picture; Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Acting Ensemble
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Director

The NeverEnding Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) (West Germany / USA, 1984)
Directed by Wolfgang Peterson. Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sidney Bromley, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn. When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter. 92 min. DVD 2970
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The Princess Bride (1987)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal. A bent fairy tale, complete with fencing, fighting, chases and escapes. Return to a time when men were men and swamps were fire swamps, full of quicksand and rodents of unusual size. Lagoons were inhabited by shrieking eels, and the most beautiful woman in the world was named... Buttercup? 98 min. DVD 974
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The 13th Warrior (1999)
Directed by John McTiernan. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhoi, Vladimir Kulich, Omar Sharif. In AD 922, Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North. Ibn Fadlan is appalled by the Vikings customs--their wanton sexuality, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. And then he learns the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that slaughters the Vikings and devours their flesh. 103 min. DVD 5842; vhs 999:3632
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Willow (1988)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Billy Barty, Jean Marsh. In this fantasy classic Willow Ufgood leaves his village to carry a special baby to safety. Aided by a swashbuckling warrior, Willow's quest is plagued by danger as the Powers of Darkness scheme to destroy the child--a child destined to bring everlasting peace and freedom to the land. 130 min. DVD 4366
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[The Adventures of] Baron Muenchhausen (UK / West Germany, 1988)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. The amazing journeys of Baron von Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms with the object of saving a European city from the superior forces of a Turkish sultan. 126 min. DVD 8687; vhs 999:2045
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Aladdin
For various film versions of Aladdin tales, SEE The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Arabs and the Middle East

Ali-Baba
For various film versions of Ali-Baba tales, SEE The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Arabs and the Middle East

Clash of the Titans (UK | USA, 2010)
Directed by Louis Leterrier. Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Jason Flemyng. When Hades, the god of the underworld, takes his family, Perseus embarks on a mission to defeat him before he can seize ultimate power and unleash hell on earth. 106 min. DVD X4186
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Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd. "Gods of the silver screen: cinematic representations of myth and divinity." In: A companion to Greek religion / edited by Daniel Ogden. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks BL790 .C66 2007)

Clash of the Titans (1981)
Directed by Desmond Davis. Cast: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, Sian Phillips, Flora Robson, Laurence Olivier. Perseus is the mortal son of Zeus, who sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing beloved Andromeda from the wrath the goddess Thetis. Perils await Perseus time and again. In order to fufill his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa, and answering riddles. Special features: "A conversation with Ray Harryhausen" featurette; "Myths and monsters" gallery; theatrical trailer. 118 min. DVD X2761
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Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd. "Gods of the silver screen: cinematic representations of myth and divinity." In: A companion to Greek religion / edited by Daniel Ogden. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks BL790 .C66 2007)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Giants of Thessaly (aka. I Giganti della Tessaglia ; Gli argonauti ; The argonauts) (Italy, 1960)
Directed by Riccardo Freda. Cast: Roland Carey, Ziva Rodann, Alberto Farnese, Massimo Girotti. Jason and Orpheus leave Thessaly on a quest for the magical Golden Fleece. On their adventures they encounter an assortment of monsters, wizards and a witch. 73 min. DVD X4875
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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Directed by Gordon Hessler. Cast: Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. Sinbad the sailor finds a strange map and sets sail for a previously uncharted island where he crosses swords with an evil magician who brings inanimate objects to life to oppose Sinbad in his quest. Special features: "Mysterious island" featurette; "3 worlds of Gulliver" featurette; "Earth vs. the flying saucers" featurette; vintage advertising; theatrical trailer; talent files; interactive menus; production notes; scene selections. 105 min. DVD 3397
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)
Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Greek Mirthology(1954)
Animated short. "Popeye's four nephews would rather eat ice cream than spinach, so he tells them a story about how spinach saved his great-great-great Uncle Hercules. This story explains the origin of Popeye's fondness for spinach! Bluto plays Hercules' nemesis in the historical sections and reappears in the present-day story for a surprise ending." [Big Cartoon Database] DVD 8506

Hercules (Le fatiche di Ercole)(Italy / Spain, 1959)
Directed by Pietro Francisci. Cast: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Ivo Garrani. Hercules, the half-god superhero, travels to the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus in order to tutor Iphitus, son of King Pelias, in the art of combat. 107 min. DVD 8196
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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Directed by Don Chaffey. Jason is a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece which is guarded by a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomous Hydra, and an army of skeletons. 104 min. DVD 3394
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Blanshard, Alastair. "Myth and the fantastic : Jason and the Argonauts (1963)." In: Classics on screen : ancient Greece and Rome on film / Alastair J. L. Blanshard, Kim Shahabudin. London : Bristol Classical Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1995.9.C515 B53 2011)
Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd. "Gods of the silver screen: cinematic representations of myth and divinity." In: A companion to Greek religion / edited by Daniel Ogden. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks BL790 .C66 2007)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81
Von Gunden, Kenneth. "Jason and the Argonauts: Ancient Mythology" In: Flights of fancy : the great fantasy films Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 1989. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 V57 1989; MOFF: PN1995.9.F36 V57 1989)
Pettigrew, Neil. "Jason and the Argonauts (1963): The Skeleton Battle." Cinefantastique, Feb99, Vol. 31 Issue 1/2, p30-30 UC users only

Münchhausen (Germany, 1943)
Director, Josef von Baky. The famous Baron Munchhausen is called to the court of St. Petersburg. He becomes a favorite of the Tsarina, duels with a jealous Potemkin and receives the gift of eternal youth from the diabolical Cagliostro. 104 min. DVD 2870; vhs 999:3123 (PAL format)
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Prometheus' Garden(1988)
Directed by Bruce Bickford. Claymation story inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods. In Prometheus' Garden the viewer is immersed in a cinematic universe unlike any other. The dark and magical images of this haunting film unfold in a dreamlike stream of consciousness revealing an unlikely cast of clay characters engaged in a violent struggle for survival. In Luck of a Foghorn, animation, home movies, and documentary cinematography unfold with a dreamlike symphonic score by Laird Dixon, taking viewers behind the scenes of the making of Bickford's animated masterpiece, Prometheus' Garden. 28 min. DVD X293

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher, Richard Eyer. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. Sinbad a bold sailor and prince of Baghdad, sets out for the mysterious island of Colossa where he hopes to obtain the egg of a roc--a fierce, giant bird. The egg will help restore to normal size the Princess Parisa who has been reduced to the size of a man's thumb by the evil magician, Sokurah. On Colossa, Parisa liberates the Genie of the magic lamp and together, Sinbad, Parisa and the Genie battle a man-eating cyclops, a two-headed roc, a fire-breathing dragon and a skeleton brought to life by Sokurah. All of these creatures must be defeated before Parisa can be restored. Special DVD features: Documentary "Ray Harryhausen chronicles" (58 min.); original theatrical trailer; scene access; production notes; interviews; "A look behind the Voyage" and "Jason and the Argonauts"; SFX featurette. 94 min. DVD 3395
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)
Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. Sinbad, daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets out to do battle with a Minaton, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte and other assorted creatures in a quest designed to win the hand of a beautiful princess. Special features: Ray Harryhauen chronicles; this is dynamation featurette. 114 min. DVD 3396
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Bellin, Joshua David. "Monsters from the Middle East: Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad Trilogy." In: Framing monsters : fantasy film and social alienation Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F36 B45 2005)
Harryhausen, Ray. Ray Harryhausen : an animated life New York : Billboard Books, 2004. (MAIN: NC1766.U52 H374 2004)
Mandell, P. "Of genies and dragons: the career of Ray Harryhausen." American Cinematographer v. 73 (December 1992) p. 77-81

Syrinx
Director, Ryan Larkin. Animated short. Using animated charcoal sketches, the Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes is brought to life. 2:54 min. DVD 4572

Super Heroes

The amazing transforming superhero! : essays on the revision of characters in comic books, film and television / edited by Terrence R. Wandtke. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (Main Stack PN6714.A43 2007)
Di Paolo, Marc. War, politics and superheroes : ethics and propaganda in comics and film / Marc Di Paolo. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN6714 .D53 2011)
Film and comic books / edited by Ian Gordon, Mark Jancovich, Matthew P. McAllister. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2007. (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.F55 2007)
Garrett, Greg. Holy superheroes! : exploring the sacred in comics, graphic novels, and film Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c2008. (MAIN: PN6712 .G37 2008)
Lichtenfeld, Eric. "March of the Superheroes." In: Action speaks louder : violence, spectacle, and the American action movie Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004. (MAIN: PN1995.9.A3 L48 2004; MOFF: PN1995.9.A3 L48 2004)
McAllister, Matt. "Blockbuster Meets Superhero: Comic, or Art House Meets Graphic Novel? The Contradictory Relationship between Film and Comic Art." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 108-14, October 2006 UC users only

Batman (1943)
Directed by Lambert Hillyer. Cast: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson. This is the Batman that started it all in a 1943 movie serial. Watch as mild-mannered Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, the classic superhero who, with Robin, protects Gotham City from the evil schemes of Dr. Tito Daka. Based on the Batman comic magazine feature by Bob Kane, appearing in Detective comics and Batman magazines. Contents: Electrical brain -- Bat's cave -- Mark of the Zombies -- Slaves of the rising sun -- Living corpse -- Poison pearl -- Phony doctor -- Lured by radium -- Sign of the sphinx -- Flying spies -- Nipponese trap -- Embers of evil -- Eight steps down -- Executioner strikes -- Doom of the rising sun. 259 min. DVD 259
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Batman (1989)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance. A young boy who witnesses his parents' murder grows up to become Batman, a masked vigilante who battles against an arch-criminal known as The Joker. 126 min. DVD 4093
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Batman and Robin (1997)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle MacPherson, John Glover, Vivica A. Fox, Vendela K. Thommessen, Elizabeth Sanders. Batman and Robin have teamed up with Batgirl, and now they must fight Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy before they freeze Gotham City. Based upon the DC Comics and the Batman characters created by Bob Kane. Special features: Commentary by director Joel Schumacher; Shadows of the bat : the cinematic saga of the Dark Knight part 6; additional scene, Alfred's lost love; Beyond Batman documentary gallery; 4 music videos; "The heroes" and "The villains" profile galleries. 125 min. DVD X1490
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Batman and Robin (serial, 1949)
Directed by Spencer Bennet. Cast: Robert Lowery, John Duncan, Jane Adams, Lyle Talbot, William Fawcett, Leonard Penn. Batman and Robin battle the Wizard who can control any vehicle with a remote control device he has stolen. Disc. 1. Chapter 1. Batman takes over ; Chapter 2. Tunnel of terror ; Chapter 3. Robin's wild ride ; Chapter 4. Batman trapped ; Chapter 5. Robin rescues Batman ; Chapter 6. Target: Robin ; Chapter 7. The fatal blast -- Disc 2. Chapter 8. Robin meets the wizard ; Chapter 9. The wizard strikes back ; Chapter 10. Batman's last chance ; Chapter 11. Robin's ruse ; Chapter 12. Robin rides the wind ; Chapter 13. The wizard's challenge ; Chapter 14. Batman vs. wizard ; Chapter 15. Batman victorious. Based on the Batman comic magazine feature appearing in Detective comics and Batman magazine, created by Bob Kane. Originally issued as a motion picture serial in 1949. 261 min. DVD X4172
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Batman Begins (2005)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred, detective Jim Gordon and his ally Lucius Fox, Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes his alter ego, Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high-tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. 140 min. DVD 5249
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Batman and philosophy : the dark knight of the soul / edited by Mark D. White and Robert Arp. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2008 (MAIN: PN6728.B36 B376 2008; MOFF: PN6728.B36 B376 2008)
Fingeroth, Danny. Superman on the couch : what superheroes really tell us about ourselves and our society New York : Continuum, 2004. (MAIN: PN6714 .F54 2004)
Hassler-Forest, Dan. "From Flying man to Falling man: 9/11 discourse in Superman returns and Batman begins." In: Portraying 9/11 : essays on representations in comics, literature, film and theatre / edited by Véronique Bragard, Christophe Dony and Warren Rosenberg. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HV6432.7 .P683 2011)
Killian, Kyle. "Batman (and World War III) Begins: Hollywood Takes on Terror." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 2007, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p77-82, 6p
Lowentrout, P. "Batman: Winging through the Ruins of the American Baroque." Extrapolation Spring92, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p24-31, 8pUC users only
Orr, Philip. "The Anoedipal Mythos of Batman and Catwoman." Journal of Popular Culture, Spring94, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p169-182, 14p UC users only

Batman Forever (1995)
Directed by Joel Schumacher. Cast: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle. Batman faces two nemesis - Two-Face and the Riddler. Former District Attorney Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face, believes that Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side. He decides to unleash a reign of terror on the citizens of Gotham City. Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler, is a computer genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne. He is out to get Bruce at all costs. The Riddler has perfected a device for draining information from all the brains in Gotham, including Bruce's knowledge of his other identity. Bruce's love interest is Dr. Chase Meridan. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, whose family is killed by Two-Face, becomes Bruce's ward and Batman's new partner, Robin. 122 min. DVD X5344
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Batman Returns (1992)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken. Gotham City faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman. Can Batman battle two formidable foes at once? 126 min. DVD 4094
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Blade(1998)
Directed by Stephen Norrington. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue. In this science fiction thriller a tortured soul Blade, possessing powers greater than any man, sharpens his lethal skills under the guidance of a professional vampire hunter. When the bloodthirsty Immortals' lord, Deacon Frost, declares war on the human race, Blade is humanity's last hope for survival. Blade and Deacon Frost characters created for Marvel Comics by Mary Wolfman & Gene Colan. 91 min. DVD X5629; vhs 999:2119
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Captain America (2011)
Directed by Joe Johnston. Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci. After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into Captain America, a Super Soldier. Now, as Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. 123 min. DVD X6697
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Captain Midnight
Five promotions for science fiction films which involve nuclear energy (11 min., 195-?) -- A Captain Midnight promotion featuring the ballplayer, Duke Snider (2 min., 195-?) -- Captain Midnight: Atomic proving grounds (demonstrates how this superhero survives an atom bomb explosion by hiding in an air raid shelter) (14 min., 195-?) Video/C 4803

The Crow (1994)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Cast: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott. Exactly one year after a young rock guitarist and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, he returns, watched over by a hypnotic crow, to seek revenge against the crime lord and his band of thugs, who must answer for their crimes. Based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O'Barr. Originally released as motion picture in 1994. Special features: Behind-the-scenes featurette ; commentary with producer Jeff Most and screenwriter John Shirley ; profile of James O'Barr ; extended scenes ; deleted footage montage ; original poster concepts ; production design stills ; storyboards. 101 min. DVD 1388
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The Dark Knight(2008)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Ron Dean, Cillian Murphy, Chin Han, Nestor Carbonell, Eric Roberts, Ritchie Coster, Anthony Michael Hall. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind, known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Based on the characters created by Bob Kane for DC Comics. Special features (Disc 2): Gotham uncovered: creation of a scene; The dark knight IMAX scenes; Gotham tonight; The galleries; trailers. 153 min. DVD X749
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Byrne, Craig. The Dark Knight : featuring production art and full shooting script / written by Craig Byrne. New York : Universe Publishing, 2008. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.D37 B97 2008)

Hancock(2008)
Directed by Peter Berg. Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan. "The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family." Special features: Superhumans : the making of Hancock; Seeing the future : an in-depth look at the scenes of Hancock using pre-visualization, film and behind-the-scenes footage; Building a better hero : special effects featurette; Bumps and bruises : stunts featurette; Mere mortals : behind the scenes with "Dirty Pete," the directing style of Peter Berg. 102 min. DVD X5324
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Hulk (2003)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte. David Banner is involved in a freak lab accident exposing him to gamma radiation. As a result, whenever the mild-mannered man becomes angry, he transforms into a huge, rampaging creature that destroys everything in his path. Based on the Marvel comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. 138 min. DVD X661
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Iron Man (2008)
Directed by Jon Favreau. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg, Bill Smitrovich, Sayed Badreya. A wealthy industrialist is held captive in enemy territory and escapes by building a high-tech suit made of armor. When he returns home, he decides to use his money, talents, and suit to save the world. 125 min. DVD X3071
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Iron Man 2 (2008)
Directed by Jon Favreau. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell. Now that the world knows billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored super hero Iron Man, his life has suddenly become even more intense. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit, but for Ivan Vanko, it's revenge. With Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, Stark must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet. 124 min. DVD X4716
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Spawn (1997)
Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé. Cast: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson, D.B. Sweeney. Spawn was once a man and now is a hell-spawn battling the forces of evil on earth and in himself. Using his strange powers, he fights to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny. Based on the comic book by Todd McFarlane. Features: Interactive menus, audio commentary, Todd Mcfarlane interview, "Making of spawn" featurette, sketch gallery over 200 illustrations, scene to storyboard comparisons, Todd Mcfarlane sketches, Filter & Crystal Method video, theatrical trailer, cast bios & filmographies. 94 min. DVD X4952
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Spider-Man (2002)
Directed by Sam Raimi. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris. After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter's uncle, he swears to use his "spider-skills" to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ. Special features: Disc 1: "Weaving the web": subtitled factoids; Commentary by director Sam Raimi, Kirsten Dunst, producer Laura Ziskin & co-producer Grant Curtis; SFX commentary by special effects designer John Dykstra & visual effects crew; branching web-i-sodes; music videos: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott "Hero" and Sum 41 "What we're all about"; TV spots; theatrical trailer; filmographies & character files. Special features: Disc 2: HBO making-of Spider-Man; Spider-mania: an E! Entertainment special; Director profile: Sam Raimi; Composer profile: Danny Elfman; Screen tests: Toby Maguire, J.K. Simmons & CGI Spider-Man; costume and make up tests; Gag/outtake reel; conceptual art & production design gallery; Historical documentary - Spider-Man: the mythology of the 21st century; the Spider-Man comic archives; Rouges gallery; The loves of Peter Parker; Comic book artists gallery; Activision game: hints & tips. 121 min. DVD 9332
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Spider-man 2 (2004)
Directed by Sam Raimi. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Donna Murphy. Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, is desperately trying to balance his dual identities. He can't keep up at college, pay his rent, or seem to make amends with his estranged best friend Harry and his beloved Mary Jane is more skeptical than ever. Peter begins to notice that he's losing some of his powers and wonders if the cost of being a superhero isn't too high. Meanwhile Peter's idol, the renowned scientist Otto Octavius, has turned into a maniacal cyborg after a failed science experiment. Peter realizes he must decide between the ordinary life he so desires and the responsibilities of retaining his secret identity to stop "Doc Ock" and save New York City from destruction. Special features: Disc one: Commentary with director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, producer Avi Arad and co-producer Grant Curtis; technical commentary; blooper reel; Spidey sense 2 (trivia track with "pop-up" facts and trivia); four web-i-sodes (featurettes); Ordinary (music video by Train); previews. Disc two: Making the Amazing (12-part documentary); Hero in crisis (looks at Peter Parker and his personal battles); Eight arms to hold you (documentary about Doc Ock); Interwoven : the women of Spider-Man (a look into the lives of Mary Jane, Aunt May and the other women in Peter Parker's life); Enter the web (multi-angle look behind-the-scenes at the climactic Pier sequence captured in real-time); art gallery; Activision's Spider-Man 2 : spinning the game. 128 min. DVD 9335
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Spider-man 3 (2007)
Directed by Sam Raimi. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell. Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to his love M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he struggles to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves. Special features: Disc one. Commentaries by director and cast or by filmmakers (with optional English or Spanish subtitles), bloopers, music video by Snow Patrol, galleries -- Disc two. Trailers; TV spots; featurettes: "Grains of sand: building a Sandman," "Re-imagining the Goblin," "Covered in black: creating Venom," "On location: New York from rooftops to backstreets," "On location: Cleveland - the chase on Euclid Avenue," "Inside the editing room," "Science of sound," "Hanging on: Gwen Stacy and the collapse floor," "Fighting, flying and driving: the stunts," "Wall of water." 139 min. DVD 8843
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Superman (Animated shorts) (1941-1943)
Directed by Max Fleischer. See Animation videography
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Superman (1978)
Directed by Richard Donner. Performer: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York. As an infant, Superman is sent to earth from the doomed planet Krypton. As he grows up, he learns he has super powers which he must hide from the ordinary mortals around him. But the time comes when Superman's powers for good are revealed to the world. Superman battles with supercriminal Lex Luthor and his cohorts as they attempt to destroy California by activating the San Andreas fault. 154 min. DVD 2249
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Superman II (1980)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, E.G. Marshall. This epic takes up where Superman, the movie leaves off. Superman deals with three fugitive super-powered Kryptonian do-badders, whose powers rival Superman's own. 127 min. DVD 2250
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Superman III (1983)
Directed by Richard Lester. Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder. Superman III adds a third all-star chapter to the amazing adventures of Superman. Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) is a genial half-wit who just happens to be a natural-born genius at computer programming. In his hands, a computer keyboard turns into a deadly weapon and soon, Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his career. 125 min. DVD 2251
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Superman IV (1987)
Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Mark McClure, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel, the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash and Superman saves the Statue of Liberty, repulses a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuilds the demolished Great Wall of China and performs many more spectacular feats. 90 min. DVD 2252
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X-Men (2000)
Directed by Bryan Singer. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park and Anna Paquin. A war is brewing between those with special powers ("mutants") and the rest of humanity -- and the only ones who can save the humans from certain destruction are a special group of mutants - the "X-Men." (Based on the comic series). 104 min. DVD 5699; also DVD X1600
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X-Men 2 (2003)
Directed by Bryan Singer. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Anna Paquin. In the wake of a shocking attack on the President, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission ever. Professor Xavier and the superhero mutants are pitted against a mutant-hating scientist who is determined to wipe out the mutant race by tricking Xavier into abusing his telepathic powers. Now the X-Men must stand united with their deadliest enemies to combat a menace that threatens every mutant on the planet. But could a new alliance backfire and annihilate the human race? 134 min. DVD X1601
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