Vamps, Flapper, and and Shieks:
Films of The Jazz Age












Films of the Jazz Age
Post-1920s films set in the 1920s/30s

Complete listing of films made 1920-1929 in MRC
Documentaries about the 1920s/30s
Comedy Films

Films of the Jazz Age

Affairs of Anatole(1921)
Director, Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Bebe Daniels, Monte Blue. A New York socialite becomes bored with his newlywed bride and attempts to broaden his romantic horizons by rescuing a series of damsels in distress. 117 min. DVD X353; DVD 701
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Bare Knees(1928)
Director, Erle C. Kenton.. Cast: Virginia Lee Corbin, Donald Keith, Jane Winton, Johnnie Walker, Forrest Stanley, Maude Fulton. In this flapper movie from the roaring '20s Billie arrives home in the middle of her sister's birthday party and causes a sensation with her bare knees, bobbed hair, short skirts, new slang, cigarettes and other flapper accountrements. 61 min. DVD X4471; vhs 999:2671
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Beggars of Life(1928)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington. After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. 104 min. DVD X3097
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[Benchley, Robert]Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin
This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's. Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr. W's little game / directed by Lynn Shores (1934) -- The treasurer's report / directed by Thomas Chalmers (1928) -- Traffic regulations (1929) -- Sex life of a polyp (1928) -- Humorous flights / directed by Fred Fleck (1929) -- Crime control / produced and directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner. Robert Blauvelt (1941). DVD X3301; Video/C 999:3224

Betty Boop
Directed by Max and Dave Fleischer. See Animation

Beyond the Rocks(1922)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder. A young woman is tricked into an arranged marriage with an older millionaire by her female relatives, and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman as she honeymoons in the Alps and Paris. Discovering that his wife loves another, the husband rushes off to the Sahara. In 2003, Beyond the rocks was rediscovered at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, after being considered lost for decades. The nitrite print was virtually complete, and had Dutch intertitles. It was restored, a new score was composed and new English intertitles added, based on the original continuity script. 85 min. DVD 6750
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Blood & Sand(1922)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi, Walter Long. A romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. Juan Gallardo, Spain's most idolized matador, returns to his home town and finds himself the victim of his own desires and the sinister charms of the exotic Doña Sol. Based on the novel "Sangre y arena" by Vincente Blasco Ibáñez and the play by Tom Cushing. Special features: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles ; Parody starring Will Rogers from his 1924 film "Big moments from little pictures" produced by Hal Roach ; original theatrical trailer ; footage of Valentino's funeral procession ; audio recording of the love theme, Susan Rogers soloist ; Vicente Blasco Ibanez and the novel: a 1922 essay by Isaac Goldberg ; Valentino "speaks," excerpts from Photoplay Magazine ; about the score. 109 min. DVD 859
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The Chaser(1928)
Directed by Harry Langdon and Alfred de Gaetano. Cast: Gladys McConnell, Harry Langdon, Helen Hayward, William Jaimison, Charles Thurston. A dark, slightly kinky comedy in which carousing Harry is cast as a philanderer who is hauled into court by his disgruntled wife. As punishment, the judge orders Langdon to assume his wife's household duties, leading to the film's funniest moments. 63 min. DVD 9788
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Chicago(1927)
Directors: Frank Urson, Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Based on a true crime story, the movies is about a jazz-loving flapper Roxie Hart, put on trial for the murder of her lover, who hits the headlines with her courtroom theatrics. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 119 min. DVD X4586
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The Clinging Vine (1927)
Directed by Paul Sloane; produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Leatrice Joy, Tom Moore, Robert Edeson, Toby Claude. The clinging vine: She works in a male-dominated industry and lives in a male-dominated society. But that doesn't keep determined career woman Antoinette Allen from rising to the top. Still, even a buttoned-down female executive like Ms. Allen can make mistakes, like taking part in a crooked business deal -- or falling in love on the job. Age of ballyhoo: A television documentary about the Twenties told through the use of Hollywood movies, audio recordings and newsreels of the period. Narrated by Gloria Swanson. 71 min. DVD X1996
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Addison, Heather. "'Do Go On!': Performing Gender in The Clinging Vine (1926)." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 334-345, 2008 UC users only

College (1927)
Directed by James W. Horne. Featuring Buster Keaton. Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College finds himself embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary. 66 min. DVD 255; Video Disc 117:3
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Dancing Mothers (1926)
Directed by Herbert Brenon. Cast: Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Dorothy Cumming, Elsie Lawson, Norman Trevor. Set during the 1920's flapper era a wealthy family is torn apart when the wife discovers that her husband is cheating on her. The shock opens her eyes for the first time to the selfishness and shallowness of her daughter and husband. Based on the play by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding. 64 min. DVD X3150; vhs 999:2669
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The Extra Girl (1923)
Directed by F. Richard Jones. Cast: Mabel Normand, Ralph Graves, Vernon Dent, Anna Hernandez. A small town girl and would-be star wins a beauty contest through a mix-up and goes to Hollywood. When she arrives the mistake is discovered and she starts working in the props department of the studio instead. Her parents then come out to California and invest some money with a very shifty individual. Film is notable for the sets of a typical studio of the 1920s. 68 min. DVD 9789
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The Flapper (1920)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Olive Thomas, Warren Cook, Theodore Westman, Jr., Katherine Johnston, Arthur Housman. The story of an innocent girl from the country who comes to a boarding school and enjoys the sophisticated life of a liberated women until she gets mixed up with some crooks and must do what's responsible. Supplementary feature: Olive Thomas, everybody's sweetheart. 88 min. DVD X2016
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Free to Love(1925)
Directed by Frank O'Connor. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Raymond McKee, Winter Hall, Charles Hill Mailes. After serving time for a crime she did not commit, Clara Bow tries to kill the judge but can't go through with it. She becomes his ward instead and falls in love with a family friend -- a minister whose father has a weakness for jewels. Clara becomes unwittingly involved with the criminals who deal in stolen gems; but in the end she and her suitor are free to love. 61 min. DVD X3189

Johnson, Russell L. "Clara Bow In Free To Love (1925): Feature Films and Eugenics in the 1920s." Australasian Journal of American Studies; 2008, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p1-15, 15p

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Director: Rex Ingram. Cast: Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolf Valentino, Virginia Warwick. Partly set in Argentina, partly in France this anti-German story describes the horrors of World War I as the background for a tragic story of illicit love. It was Rex Ingram's first truly successful movie and established Rudolf Valentino as a star. Based on the novel of the same title by Vicente Blasco Ibañez. 150 min. vhs 999:1655
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"The Four Horsemen." Film & History ; May1973, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p6-7, 2p UC users only

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The Freshman (1925)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James Anderson, Hazel Keener. Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular. Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by Leonard Maltin, director Richard Correll and film historian Richard W. Bann on "The freshman"; commentary by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd, author Annette D'Agostino Lloyd and Richard Correll on "The kid brother"; production galleries ; Disc 2: "Scoring for comedy" featurette; production galleries ; production galleries.76 min. DVD 6209
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Girl Shy (1924)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels, Carlton Griffin. Feeling confident after having his collection of romantic stories published, a tailor's shy apprentice furiously pursues a rich girl and rescues her from marriage to the wrong man. 82 min. 999:1456
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Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino (Hollywood series)[Documentary]
Two great stars personified Hollywood: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. She sacrificed everything for stardom. He did nothing to seek the adoration which ultimately engulfed him. Swanson recalls her meteoric rise--and fall--with remarkable candor. Valentino's brother, Alberto, helps tell the story of the young Italian who became the silver screen's Great Lover--but whose private life failed to match his public image. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Sadie Thompson (1928) -- Queen Kelly (1928) -- The Sheik (1921) -- The Eagle (1925) -- Pullman bride (1917) -- Male and female (1919) -- Zaza (1923) -- Manhandled (1924) -- Stage struck (1925) -- Loves of Sunya (1927) -- Sunset Boulevard (1950) -- Four horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) -- Blood and sand (1922) -- Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) -- Son of the shiek (1926) 52 min. DVD X1783; vhs Video/C 6159

Her Night of Romance(1924)
Director, Sidney Franklin. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. An heiress traveling in England disguises herself to discourage fortune hunters. She falls in love with a handsome nobleman who is secretly impoverished. 70 min. DVD X3777
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Her Sister from Paris (1925)
Directed by Sidney Franklin. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, George K. Arthur, Gertrude Claire. An impoverished British lord (Paul Menford) impersonates a doctor in order to woo an ailing American heiress (Dorothy Adams). The lord is in it for love, but his business associate (Joe Diamond) smells money. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. 70 min. DVD X3777
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Hula (1927)
Director, Victor Fleming. Cast: Clara Bow, Clive Brook, Arlette Marchal, Albert Gran, Agostino Borgato. The daughter of a pineapple plantation owner in "Hula" Calhoun, the daughter of a Hawaiian Planter, sidesteps the dissolute influence of her father through the guidance of her Uncle Edwin, who prefers a more natural existence to the society life of the family. although Hula is adored by Harry Dehan, a boisterous rounder, she becomes infatuated with Anthony Haldane, a young English engineer who comes to supervise the construction of a dam on the estate. Haldane remains distant, however; and when saving her from a runaway horse, he informs her that he is married. At her birthday party, the broken-hearted girl turns to Dehan, and in a drunken frenzy she provokes Haldane by her dancing; he then promises to obtain a divorce, but Mrs. Haldane appears. Hula jealously bribes the foreman to dynamite a spot near the dam, convincing the wife that her husband is ruined. Haldane's wife agrees to the divorce, and he is free to marry Hula. (Information from "American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films".) 64 min. DVD X3189
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Abate, Michelle Ann. "The tomboy shifts from feminist to flapper : Clara Bow in Victor Fleming's Hula." In: Tomboys : a literary and cultural history / Michelle Ann Abate. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS374.S46 A23 2008)

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It (1927)
Directors, Clarence Badger, Hugh Munro Neely. Cast: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Elinor Glyn, Priscilla Bonner, Julia Swayne Gordon, Gary Cooper. Bonus DVD feature: Clara Bow: discovering the "It" girl: A documentary featuring scenes from 25 of Clara Bow's films, as well as interviews with family members and acquaintances including biographer David Stenn, Budd Schulberg, Leonard Maltin and her son, Rex Bell Jr. A saucy lingerie salesgirl sets her sights on the handsome owner of the department store where she works. 72 min. DVD 1420; vhs 999:2200
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Horak, Laura ""Would you like to sin with Elinor Glyn?" Film as a Vehicle of Sensual Education." Camera Obscura 25(2 74): 75-117 (2010) UC users only
Orgeron, Marsha "Making "It" in Hollywood: Clara Bow, Fandom, and Consumer Culture." Cinema Journal, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Summer, 2003), pp. 76-97 UC users only

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The Jazz Singer(1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, Mary McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying. Out of respect, Jack foregoes his opening night to attend Atonement services at the temple and sings the Kol Nidre in his father's place. In motion picture history, this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound. Actor Al Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and "Mammy". Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by Ron Hutchinson, founder of The Vitaphone Projects and Nighthawks Bandleader Vince Giordano; vintage Al Jolson short films: "A plantation act," "An intimate dinner in celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee," "Hollywood handicap," and "A day at Santa Anita" ; radio show adaptation and movie trailer gallery; classic homage cartoon "I love to singa" which features a jazz-singing Owl Jolson. 89 min. DVD 8594; vhs 999:790

"Since its premiere in 1927, many jazz critcs have overlooked The Jazz Singer, America's pioneer talking picture, in the history of American jazz film. Despite its title, the talkie's account of Old World vs. New World tension and Jewish assimilation has little to do with the jazz sound made famous by such artists as Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. Yet as crtic Krin Gabbard argues, the film's appropriation of the title jazz reflects the cultural understanding of "jazz" during the American Jazz Age. In the 1920s, jazz, referring in general to up-tempo music, represented the emotional release and freedom of a generation striving to break established social conventions. While African American contributions to jazz were largely overlooked in the rise of Paul Whiteman and Al jolson's fame, blackface minstrelsy of the age represented white Americans attempt to ventriloquize blacks associated with supposed freedom of Negro primitivisim. Using jazz to represent Raboniwitz's break from Old World tradition and featuring a finale in blackface minstrelsy, The Jazz Singer (as Gabbard argues) lays the foundation for cultural representations of jazz in American cinema." [http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ASI/musi212/brandi/jazz.html]

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Kiki (1926)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody. A high-spirited Parisian gamine is determined to become a chorus girl and win the heart of the Follies manager, even if it means performing some rather unladylike stunts. 96 min. DVD X2921
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Love 'em and Leave 'em (1926)
Director, Frank Tuttle. Cast: Evelyn Brent, Lawrence Gray, Louise Brooks. Brooks as jazz-baby and flirtatious flapper is almost more than big sister can handle, who bails her out when she gambles away the department store's party fund. 64 min. DVD X3151
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The Love of Sunya (1927)
Directors, 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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Mantrap (1926)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, Ralph Prescott. A young woman's flirtatious nature leads her to romantic adventures at a back woods outpost along the Canadian border in the 1920's. 66 min. DVD X3150
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Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
Directed by William C. de Mille. Cast Lois Wilson, Theodore Roberts, Helen Ferguson, Mabel Van Buren. "Lulu Bett and her mother live with her sister, Ina, and brother-in-law, Dwight, and their two daughters - Diana, an older teenager, and a younger daughter, Monona, the typical pesky adolescent. Lulu is the housekeeper, cook and all-around "drudge" for the household and, although a relative, is treated with no more compassion than hired help and possibly with more disdain. Her domineering brother-in-law apparently takes great pleasure in cruel teasing, even his own children. His teasing toward Lulu is a constant reminder that she is not attractive and has no suitors. One day Dwight's world-traveling brother, Ninian, comes along after 20 years absence and falls for Lulu. Basically as an "I'll show you" reaction to her brother-in-law's teasing, she agrees to Ninian's marriage proposal. Later, however, he reveals that his wife left him 15 years ago, and he is not sure if she is alive or not. Lulu decides to go back home rather than risk living with a bigamist. This only intensifies the difficult situation at home as she has now embarrassed the family, a fact Dwight wants to keep quiet. The handsome schoolteacher, Neil Cornish, begins to show an interest in her, but Dwight does not approve - after all, Lulu may still be married. Lulu tells Neil about her marriage and the dilemma of not knowing if she's legally married or not. This does not dissuade him, and he continues to see Lulu. Diana is just as dissatisfied with the home as Lulu and decides to elope with Bobby Larkin. When Lulu learns of this, she goes to the train station and convinces Diana to come home. She promises not to tell Diwght and Ina. At home Diana has gone to her room, when Dwight and Ina come in and see Lulu wearing her hat and holding Diana's suitcase. They immediately assume she is running away with Neil and begin to berate her for trying to further disgrace the family. Dwight orders her to leave. Lulu's life seems to be crashing down all around her - she doesn't know if she's legally married or not, she can't return Neil's love for her, and she has no home or means of income." [Silents Are Golden] DVD 1689; vhs 999:215
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Horak, Laura. "Miss Lulu Bett." The Moving Image Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2008 UC users only
Jacobs, Lea. "Hollywood Naturalism." In: The decline of sentiment: American film in the 1920s Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008. pp: 38-40. (Main PN1993.5.U6 J198 2008)
Films of the 1920s / [compiled by] Richard Dyer MacCann. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; Iowa City, Iowa : in association with Image & Idea, c1996. pp: 80-83. (Main (Gardner) Stacks & Moffitt PN1995.75 .F56 1996)

Moran of the Lady Letty (1922)
Directed by George Melford. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Dorothy Dalton, Walter Long. "Wealthy young man Ramon Laredo is abducted and put into service aboard a ship commanded by a none-too-scrupulous smuggler. When the ship encounters the foundering "Lady Letty," some of the Letty's crew is brought aboard, including Letty 'Moran' Sternerson, feisty daughter of the Letty's captain. Moran and Ramon have little use for each other, but when trouble erupts and the smuggler Captain Kitchell turns his evil eye on Moran, it is Ramon who comes to her rescue." [IMDB] 68 min. DVD X1929
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My Lady of Whims(1925)
Director: Dallas M. Fitzerald. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Carmelita Geraghty, Francis McDonald, Lee Moran. Prudence is actually a nice girl at heart, even though she's led her indulgent but worried Dad to believe she's kicking up her heels and living life to the full in Greenwich Village. So Dad hires a muscle man to track down his "wayward" daughter and see that she stays out of trouble. 44 min. DVD X3189
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Olive Thomas, Everybody's Sweetheart [Documentary]
Olive Thomas was one of Hollywood's first true movie stars, the wife of Jack Pickford and a former Ziegfeld showgirl. Hailed in her time as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Thomas' rising film career was cut short by her tragic, and controversial, death at age 25. 57 min. DVD X2016

Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Directed by Harry Beaumont. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page. They were called jazz babies, "hot mamas" caught up in the '20s roar. They wore their hair bobbed and defied sexual convention and danced the Charleston and Black Bottom till dawn. This is their story told through the life of Diana Medford, an energetic flapper whose flirting and drinking masked her true feelings about love and sex. 97 min. DVD X5678; vhs 999:2672
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Our Modern Maidens (1929)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Anita Page, Josephine Dunn. A roaring twenties film with flaming youth, gleaming roadsters, supple flappers, and tuxedo clad rakes. Billie is a careless heiress to a fortune and good friends with her naive summer guest, Kentucky. Billie's fiance doesn't notice Kentucky--at first. And when Billie meets a smoldering young diplomat, the callow joy boys that surround her suddenly seem stale. 75 min. DVD X5680; vhs 999:3484
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Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (Germany, 1928)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind. Special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. 110 min. DVD 6629; vhs 999:31
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The Role of Women in the Movies. Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

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Parisian Love (1925)
Directed by Elmer Clifton. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, James Gordon Russell, Hazel Keener, Lou Tellegen, Jean De Briac, Otto Matiesen, Alyce Mills. Marie, a dancer in a seedy district of Paris, attempts to seduce the wealthy man who stole her lover in an elaborate scheme of revenge. 73 min. DVD 6195; vhs 999:2517
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Picadilly (UK, 1929)
Direced by E.A. Dupont. Cast: Anna Mae Wong, Jameson Thomas, Gilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones. "Just before making his talkie directorial debut with Atlantic, director E.A. DuPont dashed off the silent "backstage" drama Piccadilly. By the time the film was released in 1929, talking pictures had taken a firm hold of the British film industry, obliging DuPont to reshoot much of the picture with dialogue. American screen favorites Anna May Wong and Gilda Gray (the girl who popularized the "shimmy dance") head the cast, the former as Shosho, a dishwasher in the London nightclub where the latter, cast as dancer Mabel Greenfield, performs nightly. Jealous of Mabel's dancing partner Victor Smiles (Cyril Ritchard), club owner Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) fires Victor, whereupon business drops off dramatically. In desperation, Wilmot takes Shosho out of the kitchen and puts her on stage, where she scores a big success. Feeling threatened by Shosho, Mabel heads to her rival's apartment with blood in her eye. A shot rings out, Shosho falls dead, and Mabel is accused of murder. But during the trial, it turns out that Shosho was done in by her Chinese sweetheart Jim (Kim Ho Chang). In his first feature film appearance, Charles Laughton performs an outrageous bit as a rowdy night club patron; also seen in a minuscule role is young Ray Milland. The talkie version of Piccadilly wasn't released in the U.S. until 1932." (Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide) 109 min. DVD 3597
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The Plastic Age (1925)
Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Gilbert Roland, Mary Alden, Henry B. Walthall, J. Gordon Edwards, Jr., Felix Valle, David Butler. Clara Bow plays Cynthia Day, a tough girl at Prescott College who runs with a fast crowd. A freshman, Hugh Carver, falls for her, though Cynthia knows her lifestyle is bad for him. In their senior year, Cynthia becomes more quiet and studious, and finally regains Hugh, now a football hero, who never stopped loving her. 73 min. DVD 6195; vhs 999:2517
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Le pompier des Folies-Bergère (Fireman of the Follies-Bergère) (France, 1928)
With Josephine Baker; music, Eric le Guen. 7:38 min. DVD 9633 (Disc 1)

Reckless Rosie (1929)
Directed by Neal Burns. Cast: Billy Engle, Frances Lee. The story is about two rival lingerie manufacturers. One has invented a new negligee and entrusts it to pretty Francis Lee to take to the underwear show. However, on the way, the evil rivals pull out all the stops two get it." [IMDB] 11 min. DVD X427
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The Red Kimono (1925)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson, Tyrone Power, Sr.A vulnerable young woman, whose blind trust in a man leads her into a New Orleans bordello, endures the hardships of that life, but is eventually driven to murdering her lover. A sympathetic jury acquits her and after a period of hardship she ultimately finds happiness. 80 min. DVD 9795; vhs 999:2657
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La revue des revues (France, 1927)
Directed by Joe Francys. Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation. The light story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues' white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffman Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" who triumphs in two show stopping numbers. 103 min. DVD 9107
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Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

Sadie Thompson (1928)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh, Charles Lane, Florence Midgley, James A. Marcus, Sophia Artega, Will Stanton. Arguably Swanson's finest performance of the silent era. A classic tale of Sadie, a loose woman who sails to Pago Pago to start a new life, only to fall under the influence of an unforgiving and overzealous preacher whose lust for her masquerades as a desire to save her soul. Unable to accept his sin, he cuts his throat and Sadie goes to Sydney with an admiring marine. Sadly, the final reel is currently lost. 97 min. DVD X353
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Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)

Sex (1920)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Louise Glaum, William Conklin, Viola Barry, Myrtle Stedman, Irving Cummings. A cabaret star who uses her sex appeal to lure men, ruin marriages and then move on to better prospects, finds the tables turned when she gets married and her husband is seduced by another woman. Special features: "Photo gallery of un-clad and under-clad stars from the silent era and into the early 1930s, including Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Mest, and many more." 81 min. DVD X2017
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The Sheik(1921)
Directed by George Melford. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Adolph Menjou. A desert sheik kidnaps an English girl and holds her captive. Later an evil Arab abducts her. When the sheik rescues her, she admits that she loves him and they are married. Based on the novel by Edith M. Hull; adaptation by Monte M. Katterjohn. 79 min. DVD 1283; vhs 999:1969
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La Sirène des tropiques (Siren of the Tropics) (France, 1927)
Directed by Henri Etievant, Mario Nalpas. Cast: Josephine Baker, Pierre Batcheff, Georges Melchior, Regina Dalthy. Papitou is a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris. 87 min. DVD 4050

Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Powrie, Phil; Rebillard, Éric. "Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in "La Sirène des tropiques". Studies in French Cinema, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p245-264, 20p, UC users only
Rebillard, Éric; Powrie, Phil. "Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in "La Sirène des tropiques"." Studies in French Cinema, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p245-264, 20p UC users only
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

A Society Sensation (orig. 1918, re-released in 1924)
Directed by Edmund Mortimer. Cast: starring Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Zasu Pitts. A wealthy society playboy falls in love with the daughter of a poor fisherman. Based on the story The borrowed duchess by Perley Poore Sheehan. 25 min. DVD X1929
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The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montague Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Binunsky Hyman. A sheik's son is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl, they fall in love, and ride off into the sunset together. 68 min. DVD 1283
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Stolen Moments (orig. 1920, re-released in 1922)
Directed by James Vincent. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Marguerite Namara, Aileen Pringle (as Aileen Savage) "Vera Blaine, a young woman in the deep South, is passionate and romantic. So, she's easy prey for José Dalmarez, a novelist visiting from Brazil. Vera refuses a proposal from Hugh, her upright guardian, thinking she will marry Dalmarez. She writes him love letters and inscribes a book to him with loving words. When she learns that his intentions do not include marriage, she spurns him, and he returns to Brazil. Several years pass, with his behavior unchanged: he courts a local beauty, Inez, to the ire of her brother. Work then takes Dalmarez back to the States, where he encounters a now-married Vera and sets out to blackmail her. Will he have his foul way?" [IMDB] 35 min. DVD X1929
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The Temptress(1926)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno and Lionel Barrymore (106 min.) Unhappy wife Elena falls in love with a Spanish engineer, Robledo. When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker, Robledo returns to South America. Subsequently, Elena and her husband also go to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. 106 min. DVD 4286
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Why Change Your Wife? (1920)
Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Thomas Meighan, Theodore Kosloff, Lucien Littlefield. In this comedy, a husband is lured away from his prim wife, who transforms herself into an attractive and stylish woman to win him back. 100 min. DVD X353
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Horak, Laura. "Don’t Change Your Husband." The Moving Image Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2008 UC users only

The Wild Party (1929)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara, Adrienne Doré, Joyce Compton, Jack Oakie, Jack Luden, Phillips Holmes. Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect. 75 min. DVD X6240
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Within the Law (1926)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody.Follows a shopgirl who is unjustly accused of stealing and then sent to jail. She plots revenge against her former employer, using 'rich men's' legal tricks, yet staying 'within the law.' 105 min. DVD X2921
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Anastasia (1956)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Gregoire Gromoff, Karel Stepanek, Ina de la Haye, Katherine Kath. An expatriate White Russian general sets in motion a grand hoax after he meets a destitute woman on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. He is amazed at her resemblance to Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas of Russia, rumored to have somehow survived the Bolsheviks' execution of the Romanoff family in 1918. He trains her to impersonate the missing princess but soon begins to feel she may be the real Anastasia. Ultimately, the truth can only be decided by one person--Anastasia's grandmother, the Dowager Empress. 104 min. DVD 3518
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The Aviator (2004)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Kelli Garner, Frances Conroy, Brent Spiner, Stanley DeSantis, Edward Herrmann, Willem Dafoe. Follows the life of Howard Hughes as the twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, who comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic. The film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow a star and enjoying a romance with Katharine Hepburn. But Hollywood's old-boy network never fully accepted Hughes, and in time his passion for flying began to reclaim his attentions. In time he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft. Hughes also found time to romance Ava Gardner and founded his own airline, Trans-World Airlines. As his ideas became bolder and more eccentric, he gained many powerful enemies. 170 min. DVD 3996
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Bernice Bobs Her Hair.
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Cast: Shelley Duvall, Veronica Cartwright. It's the hot summer of 1919. While visiting her cousin Marjorie, sweet-but-dull Bernice is transformed into a smooth-talking man-trap by her vampish cousin. However, the "make-over" works too well, as Bernice becomes the belle of the ball, captivating every boy's interest. . .even Marjorie's boyfriend Warren. The now worldly Bernice has the last laugh. Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Broadcast as part of the PBS television series The American short story in 1977. 48 min. DVD X3314; Video/C 799

Billy Bathgate (1991)
Directed by Robert Benton. Screenplay by Tom Stoppard. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Steven Hill, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi. An action-packed gangster epic detailing the rise and fall of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz as seen through the eyes of his young protege, Billy Bathgate. Billy, an ambitious streetwise kid seduced by the power, money and glamour of crime, soon begins to seriously question if his passport to the good life is going to come from the fiery Dutch and his gang!Based on the book by E.L. Doctorow. 107 min. DVD 2741
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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Directed by Woody Allen, Cast: Jim Broadbent, John Cusack, Harvey Fierstein, Chazz Palminteri, Mary-Louise Parker, Rob Reiner, Jennifer Tilly, Tracey Ullman, Joe Viterelli, Jack Warden, Dianne Wiest. David Shayne is an idealistic young writer who'll do anything to get his first Broadway play off the ground -- even if it means teaming up with the mob! Surrounded by a wacky cast of characters, including a gangster's ditzy girlfriend, a tipsy actress and a mob hit man, Shayne's got to pull it all off before the curtain falls, and the bullets start to fly. 95 min. DVD 110; VHS 999:1874
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Chicago (2002)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski. Music, John Kander: lyrics, Fred Ebb: original score music, Danny Elfman. In this dazzling musical set at a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse. 113 min. DVD 1850
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Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel) (France, 2009)
Directed by Anne Fontaine. Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Audrey Tautou, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain. Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel. Adapted from the novel L'irreguliere by Edmonde Charles-Roux. Special features: Walking the red carpet: from Los Angeles to New York ; Coco before Chanel "La rencontre" ; the making of Coco before Chanel ; commentary with writer/director Anne Fontaine, theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD X2737
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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (France, 2009)
Directed by Jan Kounen. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen.By the 1920s, Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion. After a disastrous reaction to an early production of his Rite of Spring ballet, Igor Stravinsky has become a penniless refugee living in exile. When the two are introduced, the attraction is immediate and together they embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists. Based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh.110 min. DVD X4665
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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;

Elmer Gantry (1994)
Director, Richard Brooks. Cast: Cast: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones, Patti Page. One man's fervent pursuit of wealth and power leads him to religion for profit in the evangelist tents of the 1920's Midwestern Corn Belt. 147 min. DVD 8941; vhs 999:898
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The Fall (2006)
Directed by Tarsem. 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 Great Gatsby (1974)
Directed by Jack Clayton. Cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom. In 1920s Long Island, a mysterious American millionaire's efforts to recapture the sweetheart of his youth results in tragedy. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 143 min. DVD 4499
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The Great Gatsby.(TV, 2000)
Directed by Robert Markowitz. Cast: Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd, Martin Donovan. On Long Island in the early 1920s the mysterious Jay Gatsby tries to rekindle his romance with Daisy, a young woman who has married another man, the wealthy and cruel Tom Buchanan. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 100 min. DVD X3086; Video/C 7678
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Hansel and Gretel, An Appalachian Version (1984)
Producer, director, and narrator, Tom Davenport. Cast: Scott Honeycutt (Hansel), Aaron Mack (Gretel), Marlene Elbin (witch). 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

Hay Fever(UK, TV, 1984)
Directed by Cecilia Brereton. Cast: Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Patricia Hodge, Joan Sims. Set in an early 1920's British country house, follows the outlandish behaviour of the Bliss family when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. Based on the play by Noël Coward. DVD X2390
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The Jazz Age
Depicts life in America during the 1920's, a prosperous era of excessive pleasure-seeking which has come to be known as the Jazz Age. After World War I to the Great Crash of 1929, America went through a profound and exhilarating change in morals and manners. Much of the footage is drawn from newsreels and period motion pictures and goes beyond the stereotypes of flappers and gangsters to create a portrait of life on Main Street, as well as depicting the frenetic energy of nightclubs, jazz bands and chorus lines. Contents: A nation searches for "normalcy" after WWI -- New manners, new morals -- Big business in bootleg hooch -- Spotlight on Chicago gangsters -- Trans-Atlantic cruise boom -- Artists and writers flock to Paris -- All eyes on lucky Lindy -- Jazz age sports heroes -- Americans become fearless stock speculators -- Wall St. lays an egg. Originally televised in 1956 on NBC's Project 20. 60 min. DVD 1676

The Last Flight (1931)
Directed by Wilhelm Dieterle. Cast:Richard Barthelmess, David Manner, John Mack Brown, Helen Chandler, Elliott Nugent, Walter Byron. Four Yankee WWI pilots are invalided out of service, victims of profound physical and emotional injuries. Disillusioned by their wartime experiences, the four buddies head to Paris. Gradually the friends' ranks diminish due to misadventure and sudden death, until only one remains. Based on the novel "Single Lady" by John Monk Saunders. 76 min. DVD X5293
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Little Laura & Big John (1973)
Directed by Luke Moberly. Cast: Fabian Forte, Karen Black, Ivy Thayer, Paul Gleason. Based on a true story, features an action-packed depiction of the John Ashley gang and their exploits running liquor and robbing banks in search of the good life. The wave of crime covers south Florida during the prohibition years of the roaring '20's. The plot centers around the desperate love between two people destined for destruction. Based on a story by Philip Weidling. 82 min. DVD X3142
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Matewan(1954)
Directed by John Sayles. Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham. Based on true events, a labor leader seeking to organize the workers of a company town sets off a powderkeg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal in this dramatic retelling of the bitter clash between unionist miners and the tyrannical coal company owners in West Virginia in the 1920's. 100 min. DVD 3720; vhs 999:508
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The Moderns (1983)
Director, Alan Rudolph. Cast: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Genevieve Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O'Connor, John Lone. Sex. Corruption. Loony cocktail parties. No wonder Paris in the 1920's was the place to be. At the center of it: Nick Hart, an expatriate American painter, the beautiful brunette, Rachel and her ruthless, rich art collector husband, Bertram Stone in this comedy triangle involving sex, jealousy and modern art. 126 min. DVD X3173; vhs 999:3152
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. (1994)
Director, Alan Rudolph. Cast: Performers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton, Sam Robards, Lili Taylor, James LeGros, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Stephen Baldwin, Tom McGowan, Rebecca Miller. Dorothy Parker, a brilliant writer with a razor-sharp tongue, shares a professional but intimate relationship with comic genius Robert Benchley. But when she meets Charlie McArthur, she falls hopelessly in love, a condition even literary genius can't seem to cure. 124 min. <DVD X4299
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The Painted Veil (1984)
Director, John Curran. Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Juliet Howland, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Maggie Steed, Lorraine Laurence, Johnny Lee, Li Feng. Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. 125 min. DVD X600
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A Passage to India (1984)
Director, David Lean. Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Judy Davis, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Victor Banerjee. While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancee, becomes appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau. Special DVD features: Reflections of David Lean ; bonus trailers; talent files; interactive menus ; production notes; scene selections. 164 min. DVD 667; VHS 999:2304
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Featuring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly. A World War I veteran returns to New York, innocently becomes involved in bootlegging, builds up an empire and dies in a gang war. 106 min. DVD 3509
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Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Barbara Rush, Victor Buono, Hank Henry. In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north side. A lighthearted gangster spoof spirited along by guns, gags, tunes, and bootleg gin. 123 min. DVD 7900
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Rose of Washington Square (1939)
Directed by Gregory Ratoff. Cast: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Hobart Cavanaugh. Rose Sargent dreams of being a star but can only find work singing in dive bars and speakeasies. When she meets the handsome charmer Bart Clinton the two instantly fall in love. But he's a gambler and a con artist who seems to always wiggle his way in and out of trouble. While singing at her friend Ted Cotter's party Rose is discovered by a top agent and her life and career take off towards stardom. Rose quickly realizes she must choose which life and love she wants. Special features: Isolated score track; Funny girl, funny man featurette; deleted scenes; restoration comparison; original theatrical trailer; advertising gallery; still gallery. 86 min. DVD X407
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Roxie Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Directed by E. Elias Merhige. Cast: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes, Aden Gillet, Eddie Izzard, Udi Kier, Catherine McCormack, Ronan Vibert. This riveting suspense thriller is about the filming of Nosferatu and the difficult relationship between the director, F. W. Murnau and actor Max Schreck. As cast and crew begin to disappear, it seems that Murnau has made a devil's bargain with Schreck, whose performance is too authentic. 92 min. DVD 2330

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelley. A musical-comedy spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the motion picture industry in the late 1920's during the changeover from silent films to sound. Video disc 163 has special features: An audio essay by film historian, Ronald Haver; the original film versions of songs performed in Singin' in the Rain; a behind-the-scenes outtake from the making of the film; and "The Voice from The Screen", an early demonstration of talking movies. 103 min. DVD 3; VHS 999:36
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Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zohra Lambert. In this blistering drama of frustrated first love in a small Kansas town in the 1920s the conflict between what caring parents and society advise and what their desires demand pushes Bud to physical collapse and Deanie to madness. 111 min. DVD 7537
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The Sun Also Rises
Director Henry King, 1957. Cast: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert, Juliette Greco, Marcel Dalio, Robert Evans. A group of Americans that have become friends because of the war, spend their time in Europe in 1922, still living as if every day was their last. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. 130 min. DVD 7628
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Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint, Ruby Dee, Terrence Dashon Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kay`aru, Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown. A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. 113 min. DVD 4785
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Bryan, Violet Harrington. "I'm Watching God": Modifications and Omissions in the Film Adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Xavier Review, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p26-39, 14p UC users only

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Directed by Sydney Pollack. Cast: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Bonnie Bedelia, Red Buttons. A story of the haunting madness and desperation of Depression-era marathon dance contest participants. rought together by chance, Gloria and Robert test the limits of their friendship and physical endurance, encouraged by the manipulative contest promoter. 120 min. DVD 9178
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Gig Young)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Susannah York)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Gig Young)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Jane Fonda)

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (aka. Three Broadway Girls) (1932)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Madge Evans, Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, David Manners, Lowell Sherman, Phillips Smalley, Sidney Bracy. In this comedy a trio of money hungry women all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Set in the jazz age of the roaring twenties, each woman represents a different personality type, from sensitive, to kind-hearted, to difficult and untrustworthy. Re-filmed in 1953 as How to marry a millionaire. 80 min. DVD X6066
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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Directed by Budd Boetticher. Cast: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Warren Oates, Dyan Cannon. A dramatization of the life of Jack Diamond, a man who "had the moves." Some were on the dance floor, where he earned the nickname Legs. Others were in the streets of New York, where he built a criminal empire in the Roaring '20s - and was the target of so many gangland shootouts he was also dubbed the Clay Pigeon. 101 min. DVD X6549
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Under the Biltmore Clock (1987)
Directed by Neal Miller. Cast: Sean Young, Lenny Von Dohlen, Barnard Hughes. It's 1920 and as Myra Harper dances and romances one young man after another under New York's Biltmore clock, she is transformed from a fresh teenager into a jaded 21-year-old. Then she becomes engaged to wealthy Knowleton Whitney, and it's time to meet his outrageously eccentric family and the bizarre characters who inhabit Whitney mansion. Suddenly Myra is caught on a comic roller coaster of events trying to save her romance. Based on the short story, "Myra meets his family," by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 119 min. DVD X5731; vhs 999:2673
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The Untouchables (1987)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Patricia Clarkson. A fierce, larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone, the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago and Eliot Ness, the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. 119 min. DVD; vhs 8432999:2720

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Vortex(UK, TV, 1969)
Directed by Philip Dudley Cast: Margaret Leighton, Richard Warwick. Explores the darker side of the cocktail party set. Emotional blackmail, drug abuse and shattered relationships are minutely observed in this disturbing, early piece from the playwright. Based on the playt by Noël Coward. 70 min. DVD X2390
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The Wild Party (1975)
Directed by James Ivory. Cast: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling. Since "talking pictures" have come in, Jolly has been losing his boxoffice appeal so he has produced, using all his savings, a film that will be screened for all the studio heads that night at the party. Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March. 109 min. DVD X2638
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ireland / UK / Germany / Italy / Spain / France, 2006)
Directed by Ken Loach. Cast: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh ; production designer, Fergus Clegg. Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Gerard Kearney, William Ruane. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom in Ireland in 1920. As the Irish freedom fighters' bold tactics bring the British to a breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families who fought side by side find themselves pitted against one another, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test. 127 min. DVD 8399
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palm d'Or

Women in Love (UK, 1969)
Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Alan Bates, Jennie Linden. A sensual investigation of the relationships of two couples among the elite of Britian's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence. 131 min. DVD X4848; 999:884
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Williams, Melanie. "Staccato and Wrenchingly Modern: Reflections on the 1970s Stardom of Glenda Jackson" In: Don't look now : British cinema in the 1970s / edited by Paul Newland. Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, 2010. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.G7 D66 2010)

The World Moves On (1934)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny, Sig Ruman, Louise Dresser, Stepin Fetchit. Covers over one hundred years in the lives of two Louisiana familes, The Girards, of French extraction, and the Warburtons, formerly of Manchester. Forming an alliance by marriage in 1825, the families rapidly corner the cotton business in the South. Years later, three of Girard/Warburton sons split up to head business operations in England, France and Germany: as a result, descendants of the original families find themselves fighting on opposite sides during WWI. Surviving the war, Richard, the last of the descendants becomes a sharkish Wall Street speculator in the 1920s, ultimately losing his fortune in the Wall Street Crash. Bloody but unbowed, Richard and his wife Mary cut their losses and return to their ancestral home, to start all over again. 104 min. DVD 9368
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Zelig (1983)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. DVD 1014; vhs 999:803
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Annie (1981)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann, Aileen Quinn. Charles Strouse, music: Martin Charnin, lyrics. A lavish musical production of the story of the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, who is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks. One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage. Based on the stage play by Charles Strouse, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, created by Harold Gray. 127 min. DVD 1436
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Atonement (UK / France, 2007)
Directed by Joe Wright. Cast: Tim Bevan; Eric Fellner; Paul Webster; Christopher Hampton; Joe Wright; Saoirse Ronan; Brenda Blethyn; Vanessa Redgrave; Julia West; In 1935, thirteen-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia. He hopes that Cecilia has comparable feelings. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony - who has a crush on Robbie, is compelled to interfere. She goes so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but, ultimately, he is arrested. Briony bears false witness and the course of three lives is changed forever. As Briony grow older, she continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan. 123 min. DVD X815
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Drama
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Actor of the Year (James McAvoy); British Supporting Actress of the Year (Vanessa Redgrave)

The Aviator (2004)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Kelli Garner, Frances Conroy, Brent Spiner, Stanley DeSantis, Edward Herrmann, Willem Dafoe. Follows the life of Howard Hughes as the twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, who comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic. The film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow a star and enjoying a romance with Katharine Hepburn. But Hollywood's old-boy network never fully accepted Hughes, and in time his passion for flying began to reclaim his attentions. In time he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft. Hughes also found time to romance Ava Gardner and founded his own airline, Trans-World Airlines. As his ideas became bolder and more eccentric, he gained many powerful enemies. 170 min. DVD 3996

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Dramatic
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Baby Face Nelson (1995)
Directed by Scott Levy. Cast: Scott Levy. In this dramatization of the life of George "Baby Face" Nelson, the gangster becomes intoxicated on the publicity of his crimes, but with allies like John Dillinger and enemies like J. Edgar Hoover, the joy ride of his crime spree can't last forever. 81 min. Video/C 999:630
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Before the Rains (2007)
Directed by Santosh Sivan.. Cast: Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Linus Roache. Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement. When a British spice planter falls in love with his alluring servant, the idealistic young man finds himself torn between his ambitions and his family, his village, and his past. Loyalties are tested and destinies decided as two worlds collide. 97 min. DVD X143
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Directed by John Badham. Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson. The adventures of an outlaw barnstorming black baseball team in 1939, who take on their own League's unfair rules as they steal cars, food and home base -- anything to keep their pitching and catching the best and boldest. 111 min. DVD X3172; vhs 999:2776
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Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Michael J. Pollard. A likeable young couple embark on a series of increasingly violent crimes during the darkest days of the Depression. 112 min. DVD 70; also on VHS 999:2
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Bound for Glory (1976)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Randy Quaid. Set against the grim backdrop of depression America, this film joyously celebrates the life of Woody Guthrie, America's great folk balladeer and poet. As he traveled across America his buoyant spirit and soul-rousing music surrounded him with a quiet strength enabling him to do battle with the social injustice which surrounded him. 149 min. DVD X1038; vhs 999:1749
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Bingham, Dennis. "Woody Guthrie, Warts-and-All: The Biopic in the New American Cinema of the 1970s." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011 UC users only
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Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine. Based on characters in the book Sister of the road, which is the autobiography of Bertha Thompson. Set in the 1930's, a homeless woman (Bertha) and an union organizer team up on a crime spree to get revenge from a railroad company. 88 min. DVD 3302
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Bright Young Things(UK, 2003)
Directed by Stephen Fry. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Stockard Channing, Richard E. Grant, Peter O'Toole. During the 1930's, the world of the British uppercrust society is one of nightclubs, dancing, jazz and speed. Their lives revolve around an endless series of parties and pleasure seeking, including motorcars, jazz bands, gossip journalism, drugs, and gramophones. Inevitably, however, the frantic pace of living begins to take its toll and one by one they begin to crash and burn in the search for newer and faster sensations. 105 min. DVD X2645
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Cabaret (1972)
Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey. The story of an egocentric American girl who dreams of becoming a star while working in a third-rate Berlin cabaret. But as starry-eyed Sally and an impish emcee sound the call to decadent fun, in the streets of Berlin an ominous political party grows in brutal force. Based on the musical play by Joe Masteroff, the play I am a camera by John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories. Special features: 1972 documentary: The Recreation of an era ; Kit Kat Klub memory gallery and 1997 documentary, Cabaret: a legend in the making ; theatrical trailer ; interactive menus ; production notes ; scene access. 124 min. DVD 339; also VHS 999:794
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Director; Best Direction; Best Actress (Liza Minnelli); Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction; Best Actress (Liza Minnelli)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Carnivale (TV series, 2005)
Cast: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson, Tim DeKay, Clea Duvall. A television series set in the heartland of America during the Dustbowl days of 1934. A traveling carnival harbors a troubled healer who eventually clashes with an Evangelical minister. Set to a backdrop of sandstorms, plagues, drought and pestilence - signs of God's fury and harbingers of the Apocalypse - the final conflict between good and evil takes place. ca. 720 min. DVD 3306

Chicago(1927)
Directors: Frank Urson, Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Based on a true crime story, the movies is about a jazz-loving flapper Roxie Hart, put on trial for the murder of her lover, who hits the headlines with her courtroom theatrics. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 119 min. DVD X4586
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Chinatown (1974)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Jenson, Diane Ladd, Dick Bakalyan, John Huston. The plot is a labyrinth of successive revelations having to do with Los Angeles water reserves, land rights, fraud and intra-family hanky-panky, climaxing in Los Angeles's Chinatown. DVD 162; VHS 999:381
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Cider House Rules (1999)
Directed by Lasse Hallström. Cast: Cast: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, Heavy D, K. Todd Freeman, Paz de la Huerta, Erykah Badu. Homer has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an orphanage in rural Maine and has been groomed by its proprietor to be his successor. But Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside. There he falls for the beautiful Candy and learns some powerful lessons about life, love and home. Based on the novel by John Irving. 113 min. DVD 553
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Cinderella Man (2005)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, David Huband. During the Great Depression, an everyday common-man hero, James J. Braddock was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. With the Depression going strong in the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-boxer was seemingly as broken-down and out-of-luck as the rest of the America. Driven by love and determination, he returned to the ring. He did not have much of a shot, but James was fueled by something beyond mere competition. He kept winning and suddenly, the ordinary working man became an icon who carried the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders. Eventually, he rose through the ranks and went on to fight the heavyweight champ, the unstoppable Max Baer. 145 min. DVD 5208
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Conner, Karen "From Man to Myth: A Review of "Cinderella Man"." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 51 (13), 2006. UC users only
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Coco Before Chanel (Coco Avant Chanel) (France, 2009)
Directed by Anne Fontaine. Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Audrey Tautou, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain. Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel. Adapted from the novel L'irreguliere by Edmonde Charles-Roux. Special features: Walking the red carpet: from Los Angeles to New York ; Coco before Chanel "La rencontre" ; the making of Coco before Chanel ; commentary with writer/director Anne Fontaine, theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD X2737
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The Color Purple (1985)
Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Alice Walker's novel. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey. A young uneducated woman living in the rural South is raped by her father who then forces her to marry a man who beats her. Her life is transformed by the friendship of two women who help her find self-respect and the courage to change her life. Based on the novel by Alice Walker: (Bancroft BANC MSS 92/109 z (typescript) Non-circulating; may be used only in The Bancroft Library; Circulating copies: Moffitt PS3573.A425.C6 1985; Main Stack PS3573.A425.C6 1992) 154 min. DVD 28; vhs 999:228
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Awards
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Whoopi Goldberg)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)

The Cotton Club (1984)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Nicolas Cage, Fred Gwynne. In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz, dancing and gangsters rule supreme. Harlem's Cotton Club is in the center of it all, where rich upper-eastsiders mix with dressed-up mobsters. On stage is gifted coronet player Dixie Dwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation Sandman Williams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila Rose Oliver, because of strict club rules. As tension rises, so do tempers, and the nightclub becomes a pressure-cooker of jilted loves and mob jobs. 129 min. DVD 788; VHS 999:2852
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Cradle Will Rock (2000)
Directed by Tim Robbins. Cast: Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Cherry Jones, Angus MacFadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Jamey Sheridan, John Turturro, Emily Watson. A kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America, from high society to life on the streets in Depression-era New York City. Based on the true story of Orson Welles' controversial musical about a steel strike that was closed down by government decree. 134 min. DVD 281
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Day of the Locust (1975)
Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Donald Sutherland, William Atherton, Richard A. Dysart, Geraldine Page.A naive young set designer seeks work in Tinseltown and falls in love with a wannabe actress who lives with her alcoholic father. This powerful presentation of Hollywood's decadence in the late '30s, is masterful in creating a world of platinum blonds, cockfights, self-delusion, killer ambition and broken dreams. Based on the novel by Nathanael West. 144 min. 999:1144
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The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti(2004)
A docu-drama about the 1927 Massachusetts trial and execution of two Italian-American immigrant anarchists based on Vanzetti's own letters and speeches. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants to America were executed after they were convicted of killing two people during a robbery in South Braintree. Their controversial trial became a political firestorm fueled by anti-immigration and "Red Scare" hysteria that gripped post-World War I America. This unique docu-drama, shot on location around Boston where the case took place, tells the events from the point of view of Vanzetti. Written and directed by David Rothauser. 57 min. DVD 6909

Dick Tracy (1990)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman. G-man Dick Tracy battles a cast of superstar villians in San Francisco. 105 min. DVD X1906; vhs 999:1144
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Dogville (2003)
Directed by Lars von Trier, 170 min. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, et al. Grace arrives in the isolated Rocky Mountain town of Dogville, on the run from gangsters. Initially the townspeople agree to hide her, but when outsiders start looking for the fugitive, the locals make demands of Grace in exchange for the risk of harboring her. But Grace has a secret and it's a dangerous one. Dogville may regret it ever decided to bare its teeth. Disc 2 of DVD 2821 contains "Dogville Confessions" (198 min.), a documentary depicting the intense drama that takes place during the making of Dogville as Lars Von Trier and Nicole Kidman work through the creative process under very extreme conditions. Contains deleted scenes from the feature film. DVD 3001 (US format); DVD 2821 (non-US format DVD)
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Easy Virtue (UK | Canada, 2008)
Directed by Stephan Elliott. Cast: Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kris Marshall, Katherine Parkinson, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus, Pip Torrens. John Whittaker is a young Englishman who falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy, glamorous American woman. The two impulsively decide to get married. He takes her home to meet his family, she arrives like a blast from the future. John's mother takes an instant disliking to Lairta and undermines her every move. But Larita will blow their entrenched British stuffiness right out the window. Based on the play by Noel Coward. 96 min. DVD X2297
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Emperor of the North (1991)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner, Malcolm Atterbury, Harry Caesar, Simon Oakland. A legendary depression-era hobo and his young accomplice battle a sadistic railroad worker in a determined bid to hitch a ride. 120 min. DVD X1765
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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)(France / Germany / Czech Republic, 2008)
Directed by Christophe Barratier. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder. When Pigoil's adulterous wife leaves with his beloved son, he gambles everything to get him back. As the previous manager of the now closed Chansonia Theatre, he makes a deal with the new owner to give him one month to turn the theater around and make a profit. Special features: Deleted scenes ; commentary with director Christophe Barratier and actress Nora Arnezeder ; Nora Arnezeder: the young revelaton's beautiful adventure ; The film locations: Thomas Lautner's Making of ; Paris 36: interview with the actors. 120 min. DVD X2299
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Godfather II (parts 1 & 2) (1971-74)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg. The saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family continues with the roots and rise of a young Don Vito and the ascension of Michael as the new Don. 200 min. DVD 908; VHS 999:137
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture, Drama; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Gosford Park (UK | USA | Italy, 1972)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, James Wilby. Drama set at the estate in the English countryside of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered. 138 min. DVD 1219
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay
American Film Institute Awards - Director of the Year
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Acting Ensemble
Golden Globe Awards - Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Screenplay
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director

Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin. The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. 100 min. DVD 2434; also VHS 999:508
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

The Great Debaters (2007)
Directed by Denzel Washington. Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, John Heard, Kimberly Elise. Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story. Special features: deleted scenes; "The great debaters : an historical perspective;" "That's what my baby likes," music video; "My soul is a witness," music video. 124 min. DVD X6464
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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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Hammett(1982)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Lydia Lei. Imaginary story about Dashiell Hammett, a writer who lives the hard-boiled life he writes about. 97 min. 999:360
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A Handful of Dust (UK, 1988)
Director, Charles Sturridge. Cast: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi Dench, Alec Guinness. In 1930s England, Tony and Brenda Last and their son, John Andrew, live an idyllic life in the huge Victorian country house that is the symbol of Tony's family pride. The chance arrival of a penniless scrounger irrevocably shatters the gentle balance of their lives as Brenda's search for excitement and Tony's determination to hold on to what is his eventually lead in the direction of divorce and send Tony to South America. Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh. 113 min. DVD X2888
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Harlem Nights (1989)
Directed by Eddie Murphy. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw, Jasmine Guy, and Arsenio Hall. Three generations of comedy legends star in this tale of nightclub owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) and his son Quick (Eddie Murphy), who fight to keep a vicious mobster and a corrupt police force from putting them out of business. 115 min. DVD 1054
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Hay Fever(UK, TV, 1984)
Directed by Cecilia Brereton Cast: Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Patricia Hodge, Joan Sims. Set in an early 1920's British country house, follows the outlandish behaviour of the Bliss family when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. Based on the play by Noel Coward. 91 min. DVD X2390
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I Am a Camera (1955)
Directed by Henry Cornelius. Cast: Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters. Into a struggling writer's life comes a madcap chanteuse whose decadent lifestyle and zest for living effects everyone around her. The film takes place in the pre-Nazi Berlin of the early 1930s. Based on the novel "Berlin stories" by Christopher Isherwood and the play by John Van Druten. 95 min. DVD X2076
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Ke Huy Quan. Indiana Jones, the daredevil archeologist, is out to find the famous Ankara Stone and to save hundreds of children who've been enslaved by a mysterious cult. 118 min. DVD 4611; VHS 999:1285
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Inherit the Wind (1960)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan. A historical drama of the so called "Monkey Trial" which pitted attorney Clarence Darrow and the fundamentalist William Jennings Brian in heated courtroom debate. It is set in a small Tennessee town which gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher, John T. Scopes, was arrested for violating state law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his students. 108 min. DVD 1105; vhs 999:639
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Johnson, Phillip E. "Inherit the Wind: The Play's the Thing Evolution and the Law: Reflections on the Legacy of the Scopes Trial." 13 Regent University Law Review. 279 (2000-2001) UC users only
Moore, Randy. "Creationism in the United States: VII. The Lingering Impact of "Inherit the Wind",: The American Biology Teacher Vol. 61, No. 4 (Apr., 1999), pp. 246-250 UC users only
Riley, Karen L.; Brown, Jennifer A.; Braswell, Ray. "Historical Truth and Film." American Educational History Journal, Fall2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p263-273, 11p UC users only
Spoto, Donald. Stanley Kramer, film maker New York : Putnam, c1978 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.A3 .K725 1978)
Uelmen, Gerald F. "Trial as a Circus: Inherit the Wind, The Symposium: Picturing Justice: Images of Law and Lawyers in the Visual Media." 30 University of Southern Florida Law Review. 1221 (1995-1996) UC users only

Julia (1977)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Meryl Streep. Born to great wealth, the fiercely independent Julia devotes her life to political causes, fighting facism in the 1930's. While traveling in Europe, a friend of Julia's is swept into a dangerous world, smuggling money across hostile borders. 117 min. DVD 5057
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards); Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actress, Drama (Jane Fonda); Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role (Vanessa Redgrave)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards); Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards)

The films of Fred Zinnemann : critical perspectives / edited by Arthur Nolletti, Jr. Albany : State University of New York Press, c1999. (MAIN: PN1998.3.Z56 F56 1999)
Marcus, Alan. "Uncovering an Auteur: Fred Zinnemann." Film History 2000 12(1): 49-56 8p. UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Mythic Figures: Women and Co-Being in Three Films by Fred Zinnemann." Film Criticism, Spring-Fall94, Vol. 18/19 Issue 3/1, p140-154, 15p; (AN 31374653) UC users only
Sinyard, Neil. Fred Zinnemann : films of character and conscience Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2003. (MAIN: PN1998.3.Z56 S56 2003)

June Moon(TV, 1949)
Directed by Walter Hart. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Eva Marie Saint, Edward Andrews, Glenda Farrell, Jean Carson, Joshua Shelley, Philip Sterling. One of the most enduring jazz age satires, stemming out of Ring Lardner's own disillusionment with song publishers rejecting his sardonic lyrics in favor of mindless ditties. It tells the story of brash, aspiring songwriter Fred M. Stevens, bound for New York City and success. Adapted by Gerald Goode from the 1929 play by Ring W. Lardner, Jr. and George S. Kaufman. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on June 22, 1949.

Kansas City (1995)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi, Brooke Smith. Set in 1934 Kansas City, a telegraph operator named Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton, wife of a powerful businessman who commutes to Washington to advise President Roosevelt. Blondie figures she can use Carolyn to gain safe passage for her husband Johnny who is in the grip of the city's top gangster, a club owner named Seldom Seen. The movie unfolds in the dark streets of the downtown Kansas City night. 116 min. Video/C 999:2090

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King Kong (2005)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell. In the 1930s, a down-on-her-luck actress accompanies an over-ambitious filmmaker on an expedition to a remote island. There they encounter a terrifying giant ape who forms an attachment to the beautiful actress. Hoping to win fame and fortune, the filmmaker brings the ape back to New York City for public exhibition, with catastrophic results. Special features: Disc 1: The Volkswagen Toureg & King Kong; "Wish you were here" film trailer; Disc 2: Special introduction by Peter Jackson; post-production diaries: director Peter Jackson reveales virtually every aspect of post-production with nearly three hours of exclusive behind the scenes footage; "Kong's New York, 1933" - explores vaudeville, the skyscraper boom, the construction of the Empire State building and more; "Skull Island: a natural history": travel to treacherous Skull Island with Peter Jackson and his crew. 188 min. DVD 5347
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The Last Tycoon.(1977)
Director Elia Kazan. Cast: Robert DeNiro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Dana Andrews. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 123 min. DVD X1074; vhs 999:2539
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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully. Jazz age singing sensation Ruth Etting had it all, but it took more than talent to make it big. Her rise to fame at the hands of her Chicago gangster boyfriend turned her life off stage into a world of fear and abuse. Special features: 3 vintage shorts, the first two with Ruth Etting: A modern Cinderella ; Roseland ; A salute to the theatres; theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD 8876
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Mildred Pierce (TV, 2011)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, James LeGros, Melissa Leo, Brían F. O'Byrne, Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood. An intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years and struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life, including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon and ex-husband Bert Pierce. Based on the novel by James M. Cain. 344 min. DVD X6908
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Miller's Crossing (1990)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman. The control of the gangster-political boss of an eastern city is slipping. The situation is complicated by a woman - both the boss and his trusted lieutenant are in love with her. Then the boss's control is challenged by an upstart Italian underboss and his ruthless henchman. 115 min. DVD 3331
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Murder Inc. (1960)
Directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart Rosenberg. Cast: Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, David J. Stewart, Simon Oakland. In the violent burroughs of 1930s New york, gangs spawned by Prohibition have found new work ... as racketeers and contract killers. The most vicious of these is Murder, Inc., the merciless Brownsville, Brooklyn syndicate. As their reign of terror spreads, only one cop has the nerve to methodically track them down, determined to destroy them by any means necessary! Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus. 103 min.min. DVD X2400
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O Brother Where Art Thou? (1999)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, John Goodman, Michael Badalucco, Holly Hunter. Disenchanted with the daily drudge of a Mississippi prison farm, the silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill busts loose, still shackled to his two chain-gang mates. Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", this is the story of the three convicts and their adventures as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it's lost forever in a flood. 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 778
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Once Upon a Time in America (1983)
Director, Sergio Leone. Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams. A epic tale of the lives of two New York gangsters from the period of the early 1900's through prohibition, and climaxing in their subsequent reunion in the 1960's. Friends from childhood, they entered a life of crime together that inevitably led to tragedy and death. 226 min. DVD 4150; vhs 999:3099
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Once Upon a Time in America (1983)
Director, Sergio Leone. Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams. "Epic, episodic, tale of the lives of a small group of New York City Jewish gangsters spanning over 40 years. Told mostly in flashbacks and flash-forwards, the movie centers on small-time hood David 'Noodles' Aaronson (Robert De Nero) and his lifelong partners in crime; Max (James Woods), Cockeye (William Forsythe) and Patsy (James Hayden) and their friends from growing up in the rough Jewish neighborhood of New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s, to the last years of Prohibition in the early 1930s, and then to the late 1960s where an elderly Noodles returns to New York after many years in hiding to look into the past." [Internet Movie Database] 226 min. DVD 1682; vhs 999:3099
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The Painted Veil (China / US, 2006)
Director, John Curran. Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Juliet Howland, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Maggie Steed, Lorraine Laurence, Johnny Lee, Li Feng. Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. 102 min. DVD X600
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Paper Moon (1973)
Director, Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Orphaned Addie is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray, who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie. Later Moses runs afoul of a bootlegger and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side. Based on the novel "Addie Pray" by Joe David Brown. 102 min. DVD 7684
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Tatum O'Neal)
Golden Globes - Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Tatum O'Neal)

Abate, Michelle Ann. "The tomboy returns to Hollywood : Tatum O'Neal in Peter Bogdanovich's Paper moon ." In: Tomboys : a literary and cultural history / Michelle Ann Abate. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS374.S46 A23 2008)

Paradise Lost (TV, 1971)
Director, Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: George Bartenieff, MacIntyre Dixon, Jay Garner, Cliff Gorman, Howard Green, Rose Gregorio, Sam Groom, Fred Gwynne, David Hurst, Dorrie Kavanaugh, Mike Kellin, Ric Mancini, Biff McGuire, Bernadette Peters, Sam Schacht, James T. Sloyan, Jo Van Fleet, George Voskovec, Eli Wallach, Marian Winters. Set in 1932 during the depression, the story unfolds in the modest two-family home of Leo and Clara Gordon as misfortune strikes. Based on the play by Clifford Odets. Originally broadcast on the television program Theater in America in 1971. 160 min. DVD X4461
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Pennies from Heaven (UK, TV, 1978)
Directed by Piers Haggard. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Gemma Craven, Kenneth Colley, Hywel Bennett. Dennis Potter's television mini-series follows the adventures, mishaps, and yearnings of a traveling song sheet peddler living on a tight commission during the depression in England, as he tries to make dreams fit the promises of the lyrics he carries. 517 min. DVD 2816
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Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, Jessica Harper, Vernal Bagneris. A musical drama about a young sheet-music salesman during the Depression who is doomed forever to believe in the lyrics of the songs he sells. 108 min. DVD 4150; vhs 999:1673
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Places in the Heart 1984)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover. It's the 1930's in Waxahachie, Texas. Against this Depression-torn background unforgettable characters meet and collide. Its emotionally gripping story centers around Edna Spalding (Sally Fields) and her unending struggle against extraordinary hardships. 112 min. DVD X6546
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Public Enemies (2009)
Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Rory Cochrane, Billie Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephan Lang, John Ortiz, David Wenham, Giovanni Ribisi. No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang thrilled many, Hoover made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One. Based on the book by Bryan Burrough. 84 min. DVD X2493
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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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Radio Days (1987)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Tony Roberts. A look back at radio from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, focusing on an extended Jewish family, all avid radio listeners, and on a young woman who eventually succeeds as a radio gossip columnist. 96 min. DVD 1023; vhs 999:807
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Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott. Indiana Jones is a bullwhip-cracking archeologist assigned by the U.S. Government to find the mystically empowered Ark of the Covenant before the Nazies can obtain it for their own evil use. 115 min. DVD 4610; also VHS 999:1284
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin. Michael Sullivan works as an enforcer for his adopted father, Irish gangster John Rooney. When Sullivan's son, Mike Jr., witnesses one of his father's killings on Rooney's behalf, the gangster decides that his ward and his family are liabilities that must be removed. Sullivan tries to safeguard his son and get even with the man who betrayed him, while his son focuses on bonding with his emotionally distant father. 117 min. DVD 3894
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Roxie Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2003)
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan. When a legless Depression-era beer baroness in Winnipeg announces a contest to find the world's saddest tune, trouble brews within a fractured family competing for the $25,000 prize. Based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Special features: 3 short films from director Guy Maddin; "Teardrops in the snow: the making of the Saddest Music in the World" featurette; "The Saddest Characters in the World: the cast of the Saddest Music in the World" featurette; teasers; original theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X3864
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The Sensible Thing.'(2000)
Director Elise Robertson. Cast: Jason Cole, Kristina Robbins, Lee Kopp, Barbara Van Dermeer, Jeffrey Gowan. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 60 min. Video/C 7681

Ship of Fools (1965)
Director, Stanley Kramer. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, Elizabeth Ashley, George Segal, Jose Greco, Michael Dunn, Charles Korvin, Heinz Ruehmann, Lilia Skala. Set in 1933, this portrays the separate yet interlocking lives of several passengers aboard a luxury liner sailing from Mexico to Germany, showing us a cross-section of humanity in a world on the verge of war. 149 min. Video/C 999:1017

The Sting (1973)
Directed by George Roy Hill. Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw. Set in 1930's Chicago, this Academy Award winning film deals with two con men who seek revenge on a big-time gangster who was responsible for the murder of their friend. 129 min. DVD 1439
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Una Thurman, Anthony Lapaglia, Gretchen Mol.In this fictional biography Emmet Ray ruled as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world in the 1930's. But his reputation was eclipsed by his eccentric career moves, hilarious clashes with gangsters and stormy love affairs with two very different women. 95 min. DVD 289; VHS 999:2816
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Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint, Ruby Dee, Terrence Dashon Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kay`aru, Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown. A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. 113 min. DVD 4785
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Bryan, Violet Harrington. "I'm Watching God": Modifications and Omissions in the Film Adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Xavier Review, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p26-39, 14p UC users only

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciaran Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Barry Del Sherman, Paul F. Tompkins. Self-made oilman Daniel Plainview has a voracious appetite for money and power. Working with his "son and partner," 11-year-old H.W., he becomes a California tycoon in the early years of the 20th century. His only challenge comes from a young, ambitious charismatic preacher, Eli Sunday. Special features: 15 minutes - pics, research, etc for the making of "There will be blood; trailers; "fishing" sequence; haircut/interrupted hymn; dailies gone wild; The story of petroleum (ca. 1923). Based on the novel "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair. 123 min. DVD 9844
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
Golden Globes - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)

Blake, Richard A. "After Sunset." America, 3/10/2008, Vol. 198 Issue 8, p18-20, 3p
Goldman, Michael. "Old-fashioned Filmmaking." Millimeter, Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p8-14, 5p
Heyraud, Joyce King. "There Will Be Blood." Psychological Perspectives, Jun2008, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p179-180, 2p;
James, Nick; Walters, Ben; Bell, James. "Black gold." Sight & Sound, Feb2008, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p30-34, 5p
Jones, Kent. "Triumph of the Will." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p24-27, 4p
Klawans, Stuart. "A Hard Man." Nation, 1/28/2008, Vol. 286 Issue 3, p32-34, 3p,
Murray, Terri. "There Will Be Blood." Philosophy Now, Jul/Aug2009, Issue 74, p42-45, 4p

Thieves Like Us (1973)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Keith Carradine, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall, Louise Fletcher, Ann Latham, Tom Skerritt. Set in Mississippi during the 1930s Depression, this film portrays the life of a convicted murderer who escapes from a prison farm with two buddies. They are soon wanted for a series of violent bank robberies. These men are not particularly bad people but in this particular time in American history robbing banks was all these pathetic desperadoes could do with any amount of success. 123 min. DVD 8242; vhs 999:2238
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Victor, Victoria (1982)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras. A starving singer in Depression-era Paris is convinced by an equally hapless performer that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams. 134 min. DVD 9580; vhs 999:3150
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La Vie en Rose (La Môme) (France / UK / Czech Republic, 2007)
Directed by Olivier Dahan. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gerard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Pierre Martins, Catherine Allegret, Marc Barbe. Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally "rescued" by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music--at least for a while. Special features: "Stepping into character:" an exclusive behind the scenes look at Marion Cotillard's transformation into Edith Piaf's character, including an interview with the director and award-winning Marion Cotillard; Edith Piaf documentary. 141 min. DVD 8800
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What Makes Sammy Run? (TV, 1959)
Directed by Delbert Mann. Cast:Larry Blyden, John Forsythe, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill, Norman Fell. Sammy Glick is a Jewish boy born in New York's Lower East Side who decides to climb the ladder of success by any means necessary. Through backstabbing and double-crossing, Sammy fights to become the motion picture industry's top screenwriter. A rags to riches story about the world of 1930s Hollywood based on the controversial novel. Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg. 105 min. DVD X1117
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Zelig (1983)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. DVD 1014; vhs 999:803
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