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Adaptation (2002)
Directed by Spike Jonze. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche, "New Yorker" journalist Susan Orlean, Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. As Charlie struggles to adapt a best-selling book, he writes himself into the movie plot. 114 min. DVD 1647
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After the Revolution (Hungary, 1989)
Director András Szirtes. Featuring Andras Szirtes, Ester Karas, Ottiete Frierre. In this experimental, tongue-in-cheek feature made in the wake of the cataclysmic political changes of Hungary, the "hero" is a writer, who has shut himself off from the rest of the world. He is struggling to write a great novel. Every morning he sits down to write after feeding his cat and letting it out into the streets. The point-of-view of the film is that of the cat as perceived through the its eyes, ears and brain. As the writer reviews the material "shot" by the cat it becomes the basis of his novel. In Hungarian with English subtitles. 82 min. 999:2061
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Ainsi meurent les anges (Senegal, 2001)
Director: Moussa Sene Absa. Mory is a troubled Senegalese poet living outside Paris with his French wife and their children. His marriage falls apart under cross-cultural pressures, specifically his father's demand that he take a second wife in Senegal. Homeless in winter, separated from his children, his poems scattered over a Paris street, Mory returns to Senegal, penniless and with uncertain prospects. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 57 min. 999:3240

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Garritano, Carmela. "Troubled Men and the Women Who Create Havoc: Four Recent Films by West African Filmmakers." Research in African Literatures; Fall2003, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p159, 7p UC users only

Angel at My Table (UK | Australia | New Zealand | USA, 1990)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn, Kevin J. Wilson. A dramatization of the true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, literary fame. Special features: Audio commentary featuring Jane Campion, Stuart Dryburgh and Kerry Fox; a documentary about the making; theatrical trailer; "My Say", an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983; deleted scenes; stills gallery; a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted excerpts from Frame's autobiography. 158 min. DVD X4068
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize; Elvira Notari Prize; Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award; Little Golden Lion; OCIC Award

Barfly (1987)
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rourke, Alice Krige, J. C. Quinn, Frank Stallone. Quasi-autobiography of writer-alcoholic Charles Bukowski and life on the skids in L.A.'s bars and flophouses and his choice between that booze-ridden existence or a new life as a poet. 99 min. DVD 3367
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Barton Fink (1991)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Jon Polito. In this hilarious satire set in 1940s Hollywood, Barton Fink is a New York playwright who reluctantly relocates to Hollywood to write screenplays. Ordered to write a low budget screenplay about wrestling, Fink manages to type one sentence and then ... writer's block! His chatty insurance salesman neighbor helps out by teaching Fink about wrestling, but as the clock ticks, his life spins more and more out of control. 116 min. DVD 3336; vhs 999:2122
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; Best Director; Best Actor (John Turturro)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Michael Lerner)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards- Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)

Basic Instinct (1992)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Ozundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn. A tough but vulnerable detective investigates a murder identical to one described in the latest novel of a cold, calculating and beautiful novelist with an insatiable sexual appetite. 123 min. DVD 886; VHS 999:2282

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Beat (2000)
Directed by Gary Walkow. Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Courtney Love, Norman Reedus, Ron Livingston, Kyle Secor. A true story of two murders that shaped the lives of some of the most influential writers of the "Beat Generation." From their early college years to becoming expatriates in Mexico, William S. Burroughs and his wife Joan Vollmer were haunted by the murderof a college friend by another one of their closest friends. Their obsessive love pushes them to the limits and once again murder is part of their legacy. 80 min. DVD 1393
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Becoming Jane (UK, 2007)
Directed by Julian Jarrold. Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith. The young Jane Austen wishes to be a writer. Although she is offered many marriage proposals she accepts none until the mischevious Thomas Lefroy shows up and turns her world around. At first she finds him ignorant and self centered but as she gets to know him, they eventually fall in love. Thomas' relatives disagree with the match and threaten to disinherit him if he marries her. Jane's mother also disagrees with the match. Thomas tries to convince Jane to runaway with him but instead, Jane stays with her family and ends her affair with Lefroy. She begins to write some of her greatest works. Lefroy becomes the inspiration for Mr. Darcy in the novel, Pride and Prejudice. 120 min. DVD 9536
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott. A dramatization of the life of the poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality got him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spent two years in prison before leaving for the United States. 134 min. DVD 1071
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Javier Bardem); Freedom of Expression Award
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize (Julian Schnabel); Best Actor (Javier Bardem)

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The Belle of Amherst.
Directed by Charles S. Dubin. Julie Harris as America's first notable poetess, through an examination of her diaries and letters and observations on her life and family. Against a handsome set depicting Dickinson's Amherst, Massachusettes home, this portrayal shrewdly balances the agony of the secluded poet with the bright moments when Dickinson could see the joy in life. 1994. 90 min. DVD 8609
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Behind the Lines (Regeneration) (1997)
Directed by by Gillies Mackinnon. Cast: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce, Tanya Allen. As a psychiatrist at a respected Scottish asylum, Dr. Rivers heals shellshocked soldiers so they can be sent back into the trenches. Then he encounters a different kind of patient--a war hero sent to the asylum for publishing an outspoken anti-war pamphlet. As each struggles to cope with the war, the line between patient and doctor begins to blur. Taken from Pat Barker's 1991 novel "Regeneration" and based on true events. (Characters based on Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WWI poets). 95 min. DVD 4936
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The Beloved Rogue (1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Henry Victor, Mack Swain. A rich historical romance starring John Barrymore as the swashbuckling poet Frances Villon who battles to save his country from the devious Duke of Burgundy and nasty King Louis the XI in 17th Century France. Special feature: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles. 98 min. DVD X1704
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Best Seller (1987)
Directed by John Flynn. Cast: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant. Veteran L.A. police Lieutenant Meechum is also a successful novelist while Cleve is a former hit man who's ready to tell all to Meechum in what's certain to be an all-time best-seller. Yet Meechum is more interested in justice than royalties, and is prepared to send Cleve to prison for life. But when a startling revelation leaves him no choice, Meechum puts pen to paper in a shocking expose that could being down one of the city's most corrupt organizations...but only if he and Cleve aren't brought down first! 98 min. DVD X5526; vhs 999:2293
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Bright Star (UK | Australia | France, 2009)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Edie Martin. Based on true events, tells the story of the nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, who started out as unlikely lovers totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end. 119 min. DVD X2839
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Byron (UK, 2003)
Directed by Julian Farino. Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Little, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Cox, Philip Glenister. Relive the true story of one of history's greatest romantic and tragic heroes. Byron was a figure who defined the romantic spirit of the early 19th century. In five days he rises from obscurity to superstar status, but throws it all away in a scandal. 119 min. DVD X2840
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Capote (2005)
Directed by Bennett Miller. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Bob Balaban, Mark Pellegrino, Chris Cooper. Based on true events. Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. In 1959, when he learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." He arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith. However, his feelings of compassion for Perry conflict with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that produced an literary account that redefined modern non-fiction. 114 min. DVD 5329
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best First Film

Dixon, Wheeler W. "Bennet Miller: An Interview" Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 26. 1 (2006 Fall): 3-12. UC users only
Drapkin, Jennifer. "Wrestling with Fame." Psychology Today, Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p50-56, 6p UC users only
Frus, Phyllis. "The Figure in the Landscape: Capote and Infamous." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p52-61, 10p UC users only
James, Nick. "Waiting for the Hangman" Sight and Sound (16:3) pp. 22-24, 2006 Mar UC users only
Knight, Mike Vaughn, James "A Life Not Lived." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 51 (9), 2006. UC users only
Rafidi, Mark. "Capote: Archetypal Quest of the Other." Screen Education, Spring2009, Issue 55, p107-111, 5p UC users only
Teachout, Terry. "Journalism, Hollywood Style" Commentary 120. 5 (2005 Dec): 69-72. UC users only

The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkogo) (1938)
Director, Mark Donski. Cast: Alexei Lyarsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Mikhail Troyansky, J. Alexeyeva. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Detstvo Gorkovo) was the first of Russian director Mark Donski's trilogy based upon Gorky's memoirs. Alexei Lyarsky plays the young Maxim, who grows up under the czarist regime with his grandparents as guardians. Continually demeaned by his martinet grandfather, Maxim is drawn to his warm-hearted grandmother, who instills in him the willingness to pursue his writing muse. Gorky's (and Donski's) deep abiding love for Russia is conveyed through the film's remarkably romanticist landscape shots along the Volga River. Includes the silent short "Moscow clad in snow" (5 min.), featuring documentary scenes of Moscow from 1909, filmed for Pathe Frères. 86 min. DVD 7620
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Children of the Century (Les enfants du siècle) (1999)
Directed by Diane Kurys. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel, Stefano Dionisi, Robin Renucci, Karin Viard, Isabelle Carre, Patrick Chesnais, Arnaud Giovanetti, Denis Podalydès, Olivier Foubert, Marie-France Mignal, Michel Robin. A dramatization of the love affair between the authors George Sand and Alfred de Musset that scandalized their families, friends and the salons of Paris in nineteenth century France. 137 min. DVD 8161
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Closer(2004)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen. Dan, an aspiring novelist, cannot help but feel immensely attracted to Alice, a young American waitress and stripper who is in London after escaping from a failed relationship. After some time Dan meets Anna, a photographer who also attracts him. From there, things go downhill for Alice and Dan. Eventually Dan, Alice, Anna and Alice's fiancé, Larry, take part in a twisted dance of deceit, guilt and anger. Based on the play by Patrick Marber. Special feature: Music video: "The blower's daughter" performed by Damien Rice. 104 min. DVD 6682
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The Color of Pomegranates (Nran guyne) (Soviet Union, 1969)
Directed by Sergei Paradzhanov. Cast: Sofiko Chiaureli, M. Aleksanian, V. Galstian. Stylized biographical drama of the life of noted eighteenth century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat Nova. Based on his writings, the film which depicts the poet's life in eight sections from childhood to death, is rich with symbols of sacred and secular Armenian life. 88 min. DVD 6262
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Dark Stranger (TV, 1955)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Woodward, Evelyn Ankers. A writer's fiction becomes terrifying reality, sucking him into his own novel being played out. Ray Ericson writes of a lovely woman who leaves her steady boyfriend for a man out to kill her. Suddenly he realizes life is imitating art: he is in the killer role! How can the novelist prevent destroying the woman he's come to love? Originally presented as an episode on the television series The Star and the Story on Jan. 8, 1955. 30 min. DVD X2331
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The Day of Despair ( O dia do desespero) (Portugal / France / Switzerland, 1991)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Teresa Madruga, Mário Barroso, Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória, Canto e Castro, Ruy de Carvalho. Portrait of the last days of the 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco who suffered from an eye disease and one day woke up blind. His despair, as a writer unable to write, led him to suicide. 73 min. DVD X2151
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Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Caroline Aaron, Woody Allen, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian, Billy Crystal, Judy Davis, Hazelle Goodman, Mariel Hemingway, Amy Irving, Julie Kavner, Eric Lloyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Elisabeth Shue, Stanley Tucci, Robin Williams. Harry Block has gone through three wives, six psychiatrists and dozens of girlfriends during his long literary career. But when Harry writes a bestseller about his best friends, his best friends become his worst enemies. 96 min. DVD 105; vhs 999:2015
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)(France, 2007)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz Lopez Garmendia, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Marina Hands, Max von Sydow, Isaach De Bankole. A drama based on the true story of the French editor of Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind. Based on the novel "Le scaphandre et le papillon" by Jean-Dominique Bauby. 112 min. DVD 9852
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign Language Film

Down with Love (2003)
Director, Peyton Reed. Cast: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Tony Randall. A feminist writer in the early 1960's who is promoting her book 'Down With Love' has sworn off love. A New York City journalist thinks he doesn't need love. See what happens when they fall for each other in this old-fashioned romantic comedy. Special features: Commentary by director Peyton Reed; deleted scenes; gag reel; music video "Here's to love" performed by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; 8 production vignettes; theatrical trailer; more. 102 min. DVD X5983
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Lovejoy, Alice. "Rules of Attraction." Film Comment, May/Jun2003, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p26, 4p UC users only
Martin, Nina K. "Down with Love and up with sex: sex and the post-feminist single girl." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Spring2007, Issue 49, p1-1, 1p
Taylor, Anthea. "Celebrity (post)feminism, the Sixties feminist blockbuster and Down with Love." Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics & Culture, Jun2010, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p79-96, 18p UC users only

Dreamchild(UK, 1985)
Directed by Gavin Millar. Cast: Coral Browne, Peter Gallagher, Ian Holm. Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration of Alice in Wonderland, visits New York at age 80, and reminisces about her friendship with Lewis Carroll and his fantasy creatures. In a wondrous blend of fantasy and reality, she confronts the unsettling memories of her past -- and the Rev. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), whose affection for Alice created a beloved literary classic. 90 min. DVD X4368; vhs 999:3048
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The Dying Gaul(2005)
Directed by Craig Lucas. Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott, Robin Bartlett. "A powerful and seductive Hollywood mogul convinces an impoverished West Hollywood writer, whose lover has recently died of AIDS, to sell his autobiographical screenplay for big bucks. The writer, Robert, knows he'll have to make major changes in the script (like changing the sex of the dying lover). During the rewrite, the producer, Jeffrey, takes Robert under his wing, introducing him to his wife Elaine, herself a closet screenwriter. Jeffrey approaches Robert for sex and Elaine approaches Robert out of curiosity about his sex life in grief. The entangled triangle of relationships threatens more than the completion of a film script." [IMDB] Based on the play by Craig Lucas. 95 min. DVD X4613
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Factotum (2005)
Directed by Bent Hamer. Cast: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly, Tom Lyons, Karen Young. This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Based on the novel by Charles Bukowski. 94 min. DVD 6751
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The Farewell (Abschied: Brechts letzter Sommer) (Germany / Poland, 2000)
Directed by Jan Schutte. Cast: Josef Bierbichler, Monica Bleibtreu, Klaus Pohl, Jeanette Hain, Elfriede Irall, Margit Rogal, Samuel Fintzi. In addition to his prodigious output as a playwright, poet and theatrical producer, Bertolt Brecht maintained no fewer than three mistresses at any one time throughtout his adult life. Takes place in a single day, toward the end of his life, in the late summer of 1956, as Brecht prepares to leave his lakeside home and return to Berlin for the fall theater season. Surrounded by the women who form his extended family, he is the center of a quiet storm. 87 min. DVD 4334
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A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Kay Medford, Bennett Cerf, Virginia Graham, Burl Ives, John Cameron Swayze, Mike Wallace, Walter Winchell. Lonesome Rhodes, a big ol' teddy bear of a man, sits in a dusty, squalid Arkansas jail, swapping stories with his fellow drifters and plunking on his guitar. It's not much of a life -- until a chance encounter skyrockets Lonesome to TV fame and more money, and power than even the greediest man can handle. Features a terrific supporting performance by a youngish Walter Matthau as Mel Miller, the nerdy, bespectacled script ace who helps create the Rhodes persona and then watches it self-destruct. 126 min. DVD 3923
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Finding Neverland (UK / USA, 2004)
Directed by Marc Forster. Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald. Well-known playwright James M. Barrie finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters begin to question his future. Then by chance he meets a widow and her four adventurous boys. Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie's greatest work. Traverses both fantasy and everyday reality, melding the difficulties of adult life with the spellbinding allure and childlike innocence of the boy who never grows up. 101 min. DVD 3665
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Family Film (Live Action); Best Young Actor (Freddie Highmore)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
Venice Film Festival - Laterna Magica Prize

Geer, Jennifer. "J. M. Barrie Gets the Miramax Treatment: Finding (and Marketing) Neverland." Children's Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 193-212, Fall 2007 UC users only
Haun, Harry. "Peter Pan Complex: Marc Forster Enters J. M. Barrie's World with 'Finding Neverland'." Film Journal International, vol. 107, no. 10, pp. 14, 51, Oct 2004 UC users only
Jackson, Kevin. "The Innocents." Sight and Sound, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 14-17, Nov 2004 UC users only
Maier, Sarah E. "From Peter Pan to Finding Neverland: A Visual Biomythography of James M. Barrie." In: Fantasy fiction into film : essays / edited by Leslie Stratyner and James R. Keller. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F36 F37 2007)
Tibbetts, John C. "Finding Neverland." American Historical Review, Apr2005, Vol. 110 Issue 2, p553-554, 2p UC users only

The Freethinker: Strindberg, 1849-1912 (Fritänkaren) (Sweden, 1994)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Using dramatic re-enactments, presents a non-linear depiction of the life of Swedish novelist and playwright, August Strindberg. Depicted as a rebel, an idealistic and controversial iconoclast Strindberg openly criticized the hypocrisy of 19th century society. 274 min. DVD X1195
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Friedrich Schiller: Eine Dichterjugend (Germany, 1923)
Directed by Curt Goetz. Cast: Theodor Loos (Friedrich Schiller), Hermann Vallentin, Isabel Heermann, Max Patteg, Ilka Grüning. A silent film about the youth of the leading German 18th century dramatist, poet, and literary theorist Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). In 1773 he had to leave home and spent miserable years under strict discipline at the military academy of The Duke Karl Eugen, which only strengthened his longing for freedom. His first play "The Robbers" (1781) spoke of the ideas of liberty and became a landmark in German theater. Following the conventions of the silent movie era, the positive was tinted.80 min. Includes two different improvised piano scores by Joachim Bärenz. Special features: Deleted and missing scenes from the original screenplay. 102 min. DVD X765
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The Front (1976)
Director, Martin Ritt. Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy. A searing indictment of the McCarthy era blacklisting and Communist witchhunts of the 1950's. Woody Allen plays a hapless ghost writer fated to become a symbolic hero. Directed by Martin Ritt who experienced blacklisting firsthand. 94 min. DVD X3649; 999:806

Hall,Jeanne. "The Benefits of Hindsight: Re-Visions of HUAC and the Film and Television Industries in "The Front" and "Guilty by Suspicion" Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter, 2000-2001, pp. 15-26 UC users only

Gothic (UK, 1986)
Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall. In 1816, a sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of horror and madness. Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Shelley's fiancée Mary Godwin, her stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron's friend John Polidori spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears and share the terrifying fantasies that chase them through the castle that night. 87 min. DVD X3893
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Heart Beat (1979)
Directed by John Byrum. Cast: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard. Part ode to the Beat Generation, part domestic comedy, this film, based on the memoirs of Carolyn Cassady, tells of her life with Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac. They were three unconventional people who thumbed their noses at the conventional 1950's, sharing a lifestyle that foreshadowed the social and sexual upheavals of the 60's. 999:2745
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Hamsun (Germany / Norway / Sweden / Denmark, 1996)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Max von Sydow, Ghita Norby, Nette Hoff, Asa Soderling, Eindride Eidsvold, Gard Eidsvold, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Erik Hiviu, Edgar Selge, Ernst Jacobi. Based on true events this is the story of Knut Hamsun, Norway's most beloved author, who supported Hitler during World War II and was regarded as a traitor after the war. Although Hamsun believed it was his destiny to rescue his country from the ravages of a World War, he and his wife Marie faced the angry wrath of a betrayed nation and the private drama of their turbulent relationship. 153 min. 999:2675
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Henry & June(1990)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant, Kevin Spacey. Upon meeting unconventional American author Henry Miller in Paris in 1931, a young writer named Anais Nin boldly embarks on a passionate voyage of self-discovery, and faithfully records every experience in her diary. 137 min. DVD 346
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Henry Fool(1997)
Directed by Hal Hartley. Cast: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey. Simon Grim, a socially inept garbage man who lives in Queens with his depressed mother and promiscuous sister, turns out to be a brilliant poet and an overnight literary sensation, after being encouraged to write down his ideas by Henry Fool, a boozy pseudo-intellectual who rents the Grim family basement. 137 min. DVD X4606
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Andrews, David. "Poking Henry Fool with a stick." Film Criticism, Fall 1999, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p1-21, 21p UC users only
Gilbey, Ryan. "Pulling the pin on Hal Hartley." Sight & Sound, November 1998, Vol. 8 Issue 11, p8-9, 2p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "Henry Fool." Nation, July 13 1998, Vol. 267 Issue 2, p35-36, 2p UC users only
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The Hours (2002)
Directed by Stephen Daldry. Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly, Miranda Richardson. In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway,' under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it. Based on the book by Michael Cunningham. Special features (ca. 4 hrs): Commentary by Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman; commentary by directorStephen Daldry and novelist Michael Cunningham; introduction by the filmmakers; 4 featurettes: "Three women", "The mind and times of Virginia Woolf", "The music of The hours", "The Lives of Mrs. Dalloway"; theatrical trailer. 114 min. DVD 1717
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Nicole Kidman)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)

LeBlanc, Michael. "Melancholic Arrangements: Music, Queer Melodrama, and the Seeds of Transformation in The Hours." Camera Obscura, Jan2006, Vol. 21 Issue 61, p104-145, 42p, UC users only
Sim, Lorraine. "Writers and Biographical Cinema: Hysteria and the Domestic Everyday." Australian Feminist Studies, Nov2006, Vol. 21 Issue 51, p355-368, 14p UC users only

Hare, David. The hours : a screenplay / by David Hare. New York : Miramax, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2 .H68 2002)

Howl(1979)
Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey. Cast: James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams. In this drama Allen Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher find themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. Based in part on "Howl and other poems" by Allen Ginsberg. 84 min. DVD X5204
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I, the Worst of All (Yo, la peor de todas) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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In a Lonely Place (1950)
Director, Nicholas Ray. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart. A hotheaded Hollywood screenwriter, questioned for murder, is drawn to his neighbor when she confirms his alibi. His volatile nature eventually threatens to destroy their one last chance for real love. DVD 3486; also VHS 999:974
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In Custody (UK / India, 1993)
Directed by Ismail Merchant. Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth, Neena Gupta, Tinnu Anand, Prayag Raj, Ajay Sahmi. Nur is considered the greatest living Urdu poet and Deven hopes to rekindle interest in the language by recording Nur reciting his magical verse. But multiple problems block Deven's path, the greatest being Nur's two shrewish wives, his love of drink, and the vastly bloated poet himself. Deven's monstrous task quickly turns into a cultural odyssey that follows a humorous path to an unexpected conclusion. 124 min. DVD 3712
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Indecent Acts(1995)
Director, William Parry. In 1895, Oscar Wilde, the most famous writer of the victorian age, was found guilty of homosexual crimes and sentenced to two years hard labor. This film, through readings and reconstruction of the courtroom scene, contrasts the treatment that Wilde suffered with that of contemporary gay sex offenders. 54 min. Video/C 6337

The importance of reinventing Oscar : versions of Wilde during the last 100 years / edited by Uwe Boker, Richard Corballis, ... Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2002. (Main Stack PR5824.I466 2002)
Waldrep, Shelton. "The Uses and Misuses of Oscar Wilde." In: Victorian afterlife : postmodern culture rewrites the nineteenth century / John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, editors. pp:49-63. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PR461.V5 2000)

Infamous (2006)
Directed by Douglas McGrath. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Toby Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lee Pace, Daniel Craig, Juliet Stevenson, Michael Panes, Hope Davis, Sandra Bullock, Isabella Rossellini, John Benjamin Hickey, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels. While researching his book "In Cold Blood", writer Truman Capote develops a relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and, in particular Perry Smith, while both men waited for their date of execution on death row. Based on the novel "Truman Capote: in which various friends, enemies, acquaintances and detractors recall his turbulent career" by George Plimpton. 118 min. DVD 7325
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Frus, Phyllis. "The Figure in the Landscape: Capote and Infamous." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p52-61, 10p UC users only

Iris (UK / USA, 2001)
Directed by Richard Eyre. Cast: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton. Adapted from the memoirs of literary critic John Bayley, the film recounts his courtship of and long marriage to British novelist Iris Murdoch. The scenario tacks back and forth from the young Iris - ready to seduce one and all with her coy command of words and sex appeal--to the elder Iris - slowly giving way to the cruel erasure of Alzheimer's. 91 min. DVD 1275
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Dolan, J., Gordon, S. and Tincknell, E. "The "postfeminist" biopic: Re-telling the past in The Hours, Sylvia and Iris." In: Adaptation in contemporary culture : textual infidelities / edited by Rachel Carroll. London ; New York : Continuum, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN171.A33 A33 2009)
Sim, Lorraine. "Writers and Biographical Cinema: Hysteria and the Domestic Everyday." Australian Feminist Studies, Nov2006, Vol. 21 Issue 51, p355-368, 14p UC users only

Julia (1977)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Meryl Streep. "From "Pentimento," the memoirs of late playwright Lillian Hellman, JULIA covers those years in the 1930s when Lillian attained fame with the production of her first play "The Childrens' Hour" on Broadway. Not surprisingly, it centers on Lillian's relationship with her lifelong friend, Julia. It is a relationship that goes beyond mere acquaintance and one for which the word "love" seems appropriate. While Julia attends the University in Vienna, studying with such luminaries as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, Lillian suffers through revisions of her play with her mentor and sometimes lover Dashiel Hammett at a New England beachhouse. After becoming a celebrated playwright, Lillian is invited to a writers conference in Russia. Julia, having taken up the battle against fascism, enlists Lillian en route to smuggle money through Nazi Germany which will assist in the Anti-Fascist cause. It is a dangerous mission especially for a Jewish intellectual on her way to communist Russia. During a brief meeting with Julia on this trip, Lillian learns that Julia has had a child which is called Lilly. Shortly after returning to the States, Lillian is informed of Julia's murder. The details of her death are shrouded in secrecy. Lillian sadly travels to England to search for her namesake the child she had promised Julia to care for." [IMDB] 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)
"Julia." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)
Marcus, Alan. "Uncovering an Auteur: Fred Zinnemann." Film History 2000 12(1): 49-56 8p. UC users only < DD>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)

(2009)
Directed by Nora Ephron. Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch, Frances Sternhagen, Helen Carey, Deborah Rush, Joan Juliet Buck, Vanessa Ferlito, Casey Wilson, Jillian Bach. A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in this true story of how Julia Child's life and cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Based on the book "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell and "My life in France" by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme. Special features: Commentary with writer/director Nora Ephron (optional English subtitled commentary); "Secret ingredients: creating Julie & Julia" featurette. 123 min.DVD X2429
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Kafka (Ireland / UK / Italy / Germany, 1991)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Alec Guinness, Joel Grey. In 1919 Prague, Czechoslovakia, Jeremy Irons plays Kafka, an insurance clerk and aspiring writer leading a staid and reclusive life, until his closest friend mysteriously disappears without a trace. A seductive co-worker leads Kafka to a group of anarchists who speak of a "cover-up of monumental proportions" controlled from within a castle outside the city. Searching for the truth, Kafka ventures behind the castle's walls and discovers a terrifying secret. 100 min. 999:3365
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Last Images of the Shipwreck (Últimas imágenes del naufragio) (Argentina | Spain, 1989)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Noem?i Frenkel, Pablo Brichta. An insurance agent in a midlife crisis is trying to finish a novel. He stops a woman he thinks is about to commit suicide by throwing herself onto subway tracks. They share a meal and he finds out that the suicide act is practiced to find customers. Believing he has found the subject of his novel, he tries to pay for her story, and becomes submerged in her family's life. 127 min. DVD X3543
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The Last Station (Germany | Russia | UK, 2009)
Directed by Michael Hoffman. Cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Kerry Condon. In honor of his newly created religion, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy renounces his title, property, and family in favor of poverty and celibacy. For the Countess Sofya, his wife of nearly fifty years, this is the last straw! After she discovers his plans to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family, she decides to use every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers. Based on the novel by Jay Parini. Special features: The missed station ; deleted scenes ; a tribute to Christopher Plummer ; commentary with Christopher Plummer & Helen Mirren; commentary with director Michael Hoffman. 113 min. DVD X3844
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The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
Directed by Stephen T. Kay. Cast: Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, John Doe, Claire Forlani, Jim Haynie, Marg Helgenberger, Lucinda Jenney, Gretchen Mol. Beat icon Neal Cassady is forced to choose between the lustful life of a drifter or the all-elusive American dream in this drama loosely based on several incidents from Cassady's life, as well as a letter that Neal sent to Jack Kerouac about some complicated events in his love life. 93 min. DVD X4293; 999:2724
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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter whom lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. 112 min. DVD 5035
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
Golden Globes - Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Actor (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor

Fried, John. "Leaving Las Vegas." Cineaste 22:1 (April 1996) p. 64 UC users only
Nick James. "Intoxication." Sight and Sound 7:2 (February 1997) p. 26-28UC users only
Piano, Doreen. "Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Voice Abjection." In: Exclusions in feminist thought : challenging the boundaries of womanhood / edited by Mary Brewer. Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2002. (Main Stack HQ1206.E98 2002)
Stenberg, Douglas. "'A Kind of View Into the Other Side of Time': Echoes Of Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground in Leaving Las Vegas." Literature Film Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 28 Issue 3, P214, 8p UC users only
Thomson, David. "The hole you're in." Film Comment; Nov/Dec95, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p36, 4pUC users only

Letters from the Park (Cartas del Parque) Gabriel García Márquez Collection. (Cuba / Spain, 1988)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Two shy young lovers enlist the help of the local poet to write passionate letters to each other, but soon the woman becomes the object of the poet's affection, and all are faced with a perplexing dilemma. 85 min. 999:490
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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Directed by William Dieterle. Featuring Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien Moore, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern. Explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed. History knows Emile Zola as the lone man who cried out, "I accuse!," in the famous Dreyfus Case where the French army deliberately persecuted an innocent Jew. 117 min. DVD 6805; vhs 999:2864
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Lost Weekend (1945)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen. A would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a three-day binge. This film gives an uncompromising look at the devestating effects of alcoholism. 100 min. DVD 535; vhs 999:433
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Misery (1990)
Director, Rob Reiner. Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth. Suffering injuries from a car accident, novelist Paul Sheldon is taken in by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes, whose care turns to torture when she dislikes his new book. Based on the novel by Stephen King. Special features: audio commentary by director Rob Reiner, audio commentary by screenwriter William Goldman, Misery loves company featurette, Marc Shaiman's musical Misery tour featurette, Diagnosing Annie Wilkes featurette, Advice for the stalked featurette, Profile of a stalker featurette, Celebrity stalkers featurette, Anti-stalking laws featurette. 107 min. DVD X2664
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Browning, Mark. Stephen King on the big screen / Mark Browning. Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.I483 Z56 2009)
The films of Stephen King : from Carrie to Secret window Edited by Tony Magistrale. New York ; Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008. (MAIN and PFA: PS3561.I483 Z6555 2008)
Keesey, Douglas. "'Your Legs Must Be Singing Grand Opera': Masculinity, Masochism, and Stephen King's Misery." American Imago: Studies in Psychoanalysis and Culture, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 53-71, Spring 2002 UC users only
Magistrale, Tony. Hollywood's Stephen King New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Full-text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3561.I483 Z758 2003)
Williams, Tony. "The King Adaptations." In: Hearths of darkness: the family in the American horror film / Tony Williams. Madison [New Jersey]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1996. (UCB Main and Moffitt PN1995.9.H6 W46 1996)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (USA | Japan, 1985)
Directed by Paul Schrader. Cast: Roy Scheider [English] narration, Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Yasosuke Bando, Toshiyuki Nagashima. A dramatization of the life of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima, the impossible harmony he created between self, art, and society, and his famously committed public seppuku (ritual suicide). Disc 1 the film: Morning, November 25, 1970 -- Childhood -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Beauty -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Power -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Destruction -- Aspirations -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Fame -- "Our day" -- Writing -- "Kyoko's House:" Osamu -- Masks -- "Kyoko's House:" The decaying body -- "Kyoko's House:" "I exist" -- Photo shoot -- "Kyoko's House:" Shadows -- Arrival -- "Runaway Horses:" Plan -- Kendo -- "Runaway Horses:" Final command -- Bound by blood -- "Runaway Horses:" Action -- "Patriotism" -- Shield Society -- Hostage -- Moment -- Final act -- Harmony -- Color bars (1985) (120 min.); Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Trailer (2 min.). Disc 2 the supplements: Making "Mishima" [featurette] (44 min.) -- Producing "Mishima" [featurette] (22 min.) -- Chieko Schrader [audio feature] (26 min.) -- John Nathan and Donald Richie [featurette] (27 min.) -- Mishima on Mishima [featurette, in French with English subtitles] (6 min.) -- The strange case of Yukio Mishima [featurette] (55 min); book includes the essays "Pen and Sword" by Kevin Jackson, "Banned in Japan" (describing the reaction of the Japanese to the film), and "On Set" by Eiko Ishioka. 120 min. DVD X4061
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Miss Potter (2006)
Directed by Chris Noonan. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson, Matyelok Gibbs, Lloyd Owen, Anton Lesser, David Bamber. In an effort to give their younger brother, Norman a project to keep him busy now that he has joined the family publishing house, the older Warne brothers agree to publish Miss Beatrix Potter's first children's book. They don't expect the book to sell well, but they need to keep Norman busy. As they work together, Norman and Beatrix become close. After the first book is published, Beatrix goes on to a second book and that sells well. One day at lunch, she meets the rest of Norman's family, including his sister, Millie and the two women become fast friends. Norman proposes, but Beatrix's parents object. After much argument, they agree to let Beatrix marry Norman provided they wait until the end of the summer. Special features: Feature commentary with director Chris Noonan; The tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter; The making of a real-life fairy tale; "When you taught me how to dance"; Music video performed by Katie Melua; Theatrical trailer. 93 min. DVD 8190
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Alter, Ethan. "Miss Potter." Film Journal International, Jan2007, Vol. 110 Issue 1, p39-40, 2p UC users only
Jays, David. "Miss Potter." Sight & Sound, Mar2007, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p65-66, 2p UC users only
Law, Shirley. "Miss Potter and the 'Green World' of Children's Literature." (cover story) Screen Education; 2007, Issue 45, p18-23, 6p UC users only

Molière (France / Italy, 1978)
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. Cast: Philippe Caubère, Jean Daste, Josephine Derenne. How did Moliere, a child born in 1622 to working-class parents, become such a well-known author? This film dramatizes the life of an honest man who struggles incessantly to practice his art in a century of hypocrisy and repression. 290 min. DVD 4590; vhs Video/C 952
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Directed by Alan Rudolph. Cast: 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 MacArthur, she falls hopelessly in love, a condition even literary genius can't seem to cure. 124 min. DVD X4299; 999:3393
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My Brilliant Career (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford, Patricia Kennedy. Sybylla Melvyn struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and vulnerability. 100 min. DVD 4025
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My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud (En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud) (France, 1993)
Directed by Gérard Mordillat. Cast: Sami Frey, Marc Barbe, Julie Jezequel, Valerie Jeannet, Clotilde de Bayser, Charlotte Valandrey. Presents the last two years of the life of French poet, madman, genius, and theatrical impressario, Antonin Artaud. Based on the diaries of Jacques Prevel, a poet who befriended Artaud in 1946 when he was released from an insane asylum. Special features: Documentary by Gerard Mordillat and Jerome Prieur (1933, 21 min.) "Jacques Prevel, de colere et de haine," an intimate portrait of the poet Jacques Prevel, a very close disciple of Artaud, based on the accounts of those close to him ; booklet including interviews with the directors and profiles of the participants ; optional subtitles ; scene selection. 93 min. DVD 5094
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Naked Lunch
Director/writer, David Cronenberg.Cast: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Scorsiani, Roy Scheider. Part-time pest-control man and full-time drug addict Bill Lee seeks escape from his troubled existence in 1953 New York and flees to Interzone (a hallucinatory version of Tangiers) where reality and fantasy have merged. It's a strange, surreal landscape inhabited by mugwumps, half-alien, half-insect creatures, man-sized centipedes, carnivorous typewriters and bizarre humans. Compelled to make sense of this alien territory, he writes a book called "Naked lunch." Filled with spectacular special effects and stunning imagery. 115 min. DVD 3630
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A Night to Remember (1942)
Directed by Richard Wallace. Cast: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright, Sidney Toler. A woman rents a gloomy basement apartment in Greenwich Village thinking it will provide the perfect atmosphere for her mystery writer husband to create his next book. They soon find themselves in the middle of a real-life mystery when a corpse turns up in their apartment 91 min. DVD 3483
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Nora (France / USA, 1999)
Directed by Pat Murphy. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Peter McDonald, Roberto Citran. Tells the story of reknowned rebel lovers, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle, following the famous literary pair from the dark streets of Dublin to the sun-kissed Italian coast. Bold, earthy and honest, their volatile sexually-charged relationship broke all social and religious bounds and became the basis for Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses. 106 min. DVD 3483
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Orphée (Orpheus) (1949)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Orpheus is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld. Although they have become dangerously entangled, the Princess sends Orphee back out of the Underworld, to carry on his life with Eurydice. Cocteau's modern version of the Orpheus legend, based on his own play. 86 min. DVD 209; vhs 999:211
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Permanent Midnight (1998)
Director, David Veloz. Cast: Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley, Maria Bello, Owen Wilson, Cheryl Ladd, Peter Greene, Janeane Garofalo. A dramatization of the true story of TV writer Jerry Stahl who makes a fortune writing drivel and sinks into unrepentant drug addiction. 88 min. DVD 9086
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Piñero
Directed by Leon Ichaso. The story of the life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Pinero (played by Benjamin Bratt), whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and drug dealing, Pinero turned his prison experiences into the 1974 Tony-nominated play Short Eyes and founded the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Manhattan's Lower East Side. 2001. 94 min. DVD 1192
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The Player (1991)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson. In this thriller of murderous obsession among Hollywood's glamorous elite, movie studio executive Griffin Mill starts receiving anonymous death threats from a rejected screenwriter. Finally, his desperation drives him to kill...but did he rub out the wrong writer? This suspenseful satire ruthlessly skewers Hollywood's dark side with the help of more than 65 superstar cameo appearances. 124 min. DVD 5519; vhs 999:2083
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Direction
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director; Best Actor (Tim Robbins)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture; Comedy/Musical; Best Actor, Comedy/Musical (Tim Robbins)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Il Postino (The Postman) (France / Italy / Belgium, 1994)
Directed by Michael Radford. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. In this romantic comedy the postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice. 103 min. DVD 9136; vhs 999:2064
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Il Postino (The Postman) (France / Italy / Belgium, 1994)
Directed by Michael Radford. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. In this romantic comedy the postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice. 103 min. DVD 9136; vhs 999:2064
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Prick Up Your Ears (UK, 1987)
Director, Stephen Frears. Cast: Gary Oldman (Joe Orton), Alfred Molina (Kenneth Halliwell), Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson, Frances Barber, Margaret Tyzack, Wallace Shawn. Based on the true story of the murder/suicide of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell. When Orton, after years of unsuccessful collaboration with Halliwell, breaks away and achieves fame and fortune on his own, Halliwell cracks, hammers Orton to death and then kills himself. 105 min. 999:3488
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Priest of Love (UK, 1981)
Directed by Christopher Miles. Cast: Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith, Jorge Rivero, Maurizio Merli. Following the controversial reception of his novel The Rainbow, David H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda leave England for the United States, where they hope that Lawrence's bold themes will be received in a more tolerant climate. Such is not the case, and the Lawrence's travel first to Mexico, and then to Italy, while David attempts to complete and then publish his best known work. However, as the furor over the book taxes David's well being, tuberculosis saps his physical health. Based on The priest of love by Harry T. Moore and on letters and writings of D.H. Lawrence. 129 min. DVD X6578
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Pull My Daisy(1959)
Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie; written and narrated by Jack Kerouac; edited by Leon Prochnik, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie; music composed and conducted by David Amram ; adapted, and photographed by Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie. Narrated by Jack Kerouac. Cast: Mooney Peebles, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Larry Rivers, Beltiane, David Amram, Alice Neal, Sally Gross, Denise Parker, Pablo Frank. Presents Jack Kerouac's adapted play; this version is widely acknowledged as a classic moment in American independent cinema, marked by Robert Frank's filmmaking debut. The film describes the moods and feelings of a group of poets and musicians meeting in a loft apartment on a Friday morning. Jack Kerouac speaks for all the characters and comments on their actions. 1959. 28 min. DVD 9964; also on DVD X1747; vhs Video/C 4336

Kerouac, Jack. Pull my daisy, text ad-libbed by Jack Kerouac for the film by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie New York, Grove Press [1961] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3521.E735 P8 1961a)

Blain, Allan. "The Making (and Unmaking) of Pull My Daisy." Film History 1988 2(3): 185-205 21p. UC users only
Diggory, Terence. "What abstract art means in Pull my daisy." In: Reconstructing the Beats / edited by Jennie Skerl. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS228.B6 R43 2004; available online - UCB users only)
Hanhardt, John G. "Movement toward the real: "Pull My Daisy" and the American independent film, 1950-65." In: Beat culture and the New America, 1950-1965 / Lisa Phillips, with contributions by Maurice Berger ... [et al.] New York ; Paris : Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Flammarion, c1995 (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.S6 P53 1995)
Sargeant, Jack. Naked lens : an illustrated history of beat cinema London : Creation Books, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 S37 2001; earlier edition at PFA)
Sterritt, David. Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1998. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA: PS228.B6 S755 1998)
Villa, Sara. "Pull My Daisy. A Bebop Revolution." Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts. [Online, np, nd) UC users only

Pyaasa (India, 1957)
Directed by Guru Dutt. Cast: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, Johnny Walker. Vijay, an unsuccessful poet, elects to live on streets where a young prostitute, Gulab falls in love with him and his poetry. When a dead beggar to whom Vijay gave his coat is mistaken for Vijay, Gulab has his poetry published in a book which becomes a best seller. Everyone who previously rejected Vijay now gathers to pay tribute to the dead poet, but Visjay disrupts the celebration with a passionate song denouncing hypocrisy and wrongly-placed social values. 146 min. DVD 3541; vhs 999:2470
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Cousins, Mark. "Guru Dutt: Such Sweet Sorrow." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 30-2
Khan, P., et. al., The song picture man [Guru Dutt]. Sight & Sound v. ns4 (October 1994) p. 26-8

Quiet days in Clichy (Stille dage i Clichy) (Denmark, 1970)
Director, Jens Jorgen Thorsen. Cast: Louis White, Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda, Ulla Lemvigh-Mueller. English language version of the film (adaptated from the novel by Henry Miller) which was seized by the U.S.Government in 1970 on charges of obscenity. When it was finally released by the courts the film mysteriously disappeared. Now more than 30 years laterthis adults-only classic featuring the originalsoundtrack by rock legend Country Joe McDonald isre-released. The plot centers around Joe, a struggling writer and his roommate Cal. Together they laugh andlove their way through a decadent Paris paved with wanton women, wild orgies and outrageous erotic adventures. Special features: Dirty books, dirty movies: Barney Rosset on Henry Miller ; Songs of Clichy: interview with Country Joe McDonald ; poster and still gallery ; talent bios. ; liner notes by author Jim Knipfel ; court documents (DVD-Rom). Adapted from the novel of the same title by Henry Miller.100 min. DVD 1553
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Quiet days in Clichy (Jours tranquilles à Clichy) (France / Italy / Germany, 1989)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Featuring Nigel Havers, Andrew McCarthy, Barbara De Rossi, Stephanie Cotta, Eva Grimaldi, Isolde Barth. A womanizing photographer takes up residence with an impoverished writer in the promiscuous red light district of 1930's Paris. Together, they spend days at the club Melody, a place of ill-repute where prostitutes satisfy the passions and desires of their clientele. Adapted from the novel of the same title, written by Henry Miller. 100 min. 999:2900

Quills (USA / Germany / UK, 2000)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine. History's most infamous sexual adventurer lives in a madhouse, where a beautiful laundry maid helps him smuggle his erotic stories to the printer. Defying orders from the asylum's resident priest, the titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor tries to put an end to the fun. 124 min. DVD 865
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Bullough, Vern. "Quills: The Movie." Sexuality & Culture, Winter2001, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p3, 4p UC users only
Steinberg, David. "Morality, Yes; Moralism, No: An Ode to the Marquis De Sade." Sexuality & Culture; Winter2001, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p7, 4p UC users only
Steinberg, Davis. "When Heterosexuals Go Bad." Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide; Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p47-48, 2p UC users only

The Romantic Englishwoman (France | UK, 1975)
Director, Joseph Losey. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Michael Caine, Helmut Berger, Michael Lonsdale, Béatrice Romand, Kate Nelligan, Nathalie Delon, Reinhard Kolldehoff. Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself, after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden Baden. She didn't quite find herself there, but had a brief encounter in a lift with a German who says he is a poet. Now the German is in England [and] gets himself invited to tea where he claims he admires Fielding's books. Which one does he like the best? Tom Jones. Amused at being confused with the other Fielding, the novelist works the German into the plot. Based on the novel by Thomas Wiseman. 112 min. DVD X6031
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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)

Satan's Brew (Satansbraten) (Germany, 1976)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Kurt Raab, Helen Vita, Margit Carstensen, Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven. This fast-paced black comedy follows the frantic efforts of a starving and confused writer to beg, borrow or steal some money and at the same time make some sense of his confusing life. Unable to write enough to keep his publisher's royalty advances coming, he seeks out a woman he imagines is a prostitute and interviews her and then takes a look at the "gay scene," where he quickly becomes a celebrity. 112 min. DVD 1623; also VHS 999:2891
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Shadowlands(UK, 1993)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, James Frain, Daniel Goode, Scott Handy. Based on the true story of C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor who remains untouched by any great passion until he meets and falls in love with Joy Gresham, a feisty, abrasive New York divorcee. 133 min. DVD 6395
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film; Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)

Maio, Kathi. "In the shadowland of the Hollywood biopic." Fantasy & Science Fiction; Oct/Nov94, Vol. 87 Issue 4/5, p77, 7p UC users only

Shakespeare In Love.
Directed by John Madden, Cast: Gwyenth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench. When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: she's promised to marry someone else, and she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production! 1998. 122 min. DVD 59; VHS 999:2440

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Awards

Academy Award - Best Film; Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow); Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film ; Best Actress (Judi Dench)
Golden Globes - Best Film, Comedy/Musical;
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench)

Norman, Marc. New York : Hyperion, Miramax Books, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .S38365 1998b)

The Shining (USA / UK, 1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd. "A novelist - Jack Torrance take a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, old, huge and beautiful Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker - Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife - Wendy and his son Danny. It happens that Danny, has a mysterious power known as "The Shining" that shows him things from the past and future. Some of the visions come from Tony - "the little boy who lives in Danny's mouth". Danny meets Hallorann - the hotel cook in their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this "Shining" and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237. As the days go by, Danny has visions of previous guests and employees who died at the hotel years before, meanwhile Jack starts driving into insanity, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did." [IMDB] 143 min. DVD 198; VHS 999:992
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The Singing Detective (UK, TV, 1986)
Directed by Jon Amiel. The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band. Vol. 1. Skin -- Vol. 2. Heat -- Vol. 3. Lovely days -- Vol. 4. Clues -- Vol. 5. Pitter patter -- Vol. 6. Who done it. Approx. 70 min. each DVD 1666; vhs 999:1750 (6 parts)
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Bell, Robert H. "Implicated without choice: The double vision of The Singing Detective." Literature Film Quarterly; 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p200, 9p UC users only
Coward, Rosalind. "Dennis Potter and the Question of the Television Author." Critical Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 79-87, January 1987
Creeber, Glen. "The Singing Detective." In: The television genre book / edited by Glen Creeber ; associate editors, Toby Miller and John Tulloch. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main Stack PN1992.55.T45 2001)
Hunningher, Joost. "The Singing Detective (Dennis Potter): Who Done It?" In: British television drama in the 1980s / edited and introduced by George W. Brandt. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1992.65.B682 1993)
Marinov, Samuel G. "Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar: Redefining the Genre of Musical Film." In: The passion of Dennis Potter : international collected essays / edited by Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main Stack PN1992.4.P68.P37 2000)
Roberts, Rex. "The Singing Detective." Film Journal International, Nov2003, Vol. 106 Issue 11, p56, 2p; UC users only
Tonguette, Peter. "Off-Key: What the Critics Missed in The Singing Detective." Senses of Cinema vol. 30, pp. (no pagination), January 2004

The Singing Detective (2003)
Director, Keith Gordon. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Wright Penn, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Carla Gugino, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito, Saul Rubinek. Bedridden with an excruciating case of skin-rotting psoriasis, novelist Dan Dark escapes into his vivid imagination. There, gunmen and private detectives pursue their own unusual agendas, often casting himself as the titular "warbler" whose pain and anger is focused like a laser on his cheating wife and anyone else who's made his real and imaginary worlds unbearable. 108 min. DVD 2415
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Slam (1998)
Directed by Marc Levin. Cast: Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Beau Sia, Lawrence Wilson. Trapped in Dodge City, a drug-infested war zone in southeast Washington D.C., Ray Joshua gets caught up in a drug deal gone bad and is sucked into the criminal justice system. In jail he finds truth in himself and his craft through Lauren Bell, a beautiful and charismatic writing teacher who leads him to the path of salvation. Using his talent for poetic rap, Ray learns to survive and rise above the pain of his lost generation. Special features: Interactive menus ; scene access ; trailer ; production commentary with Marc Levine & Bonz Malone ; music video, The world I know by Goodie Mob & Esthero. 103 min. DVD 5486
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Directed by Noah Baumbach. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Halley Feiffer, Anna Paquin. Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settled into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents. Their mom begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, dad has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing. 81 min.DVD 5326
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Screenplay
National Board of Review, USA - Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Screenplay
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay
Sundance Film Festival - Directing Award, Dramatic

Stranger than Fiction (2006)
Directed by Marc Forster. Cast: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson. Kay Effiel is an author writing her latest novel. Her story revolves about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. Harold is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence. One day he begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she is putting down on paper. Harold enlists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life. He begins to have a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him. 113 min. DVD 9053
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Rafidi, Mark. "The Story Behind the Story: Stranger Than Fiction." Screen Education, Summer2008, Issue 52, p149-154, 6p UC users only
Toumarkine, Doris. "Stranger than Fiction." Film Journal International, Dec2006, Vol. 109 Issue 12, p65-66, 2p UC users only

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. "In this noir film, a struggling screenwriter agrees to write a comeback script for an actress in the twilight of her career. When he falls for another screenwriter, jealousy, wrath and even murder come into play." [Online Universities] 110 min. DVD 1476; vhs 999:182
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Awards & Honors

Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director; Best Actress, Drama (Gloria Swanson)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actress (Gloria Swanson)
National Film Registry Selection

Swimming Pool (France | UK, 2003)
Directed by François Ozon. Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie Lamour. Sarah is a famous British murder mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher to stay at his home in the south of France. Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her - until late one night, when John's sexy and provocative daughter, Julie, unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's English reserve is jarred by Julie's lifestyle. An increasingly unsettling series of events occur that blend a creative process with a possible real-life murder. Special features: interviews with Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier; outtakes; poster and picture galleries. 103 min. DVD 6930
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Ryan, Gilbey. "An Interview with François Ozon." In: Projections 12 : film-makers on film schools / edited by John Boorman, Fraser MacDonald and Walter Donohue ; associate editor, Oren Moverman. London ; New York : Faber and Faber, c2002. (Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.P7 P76 2002)

Sylvia (2003)
Directed by Christine Jeffs. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, Andrew Havill, Sam Troughton, Lucy Davenport, Antony Strachan, Blythe Danner, Michael Gambon. A dramatization of the life story of American author and poet Sylvia Plath. Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath developed a talent as a writer and published her first poem when she was eight years old. That same year, Plath was forced to confront the unexpected death of her father. In 1950, she began studying at Smith College on a literary scholarship. In 1955, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England at Cambridge. There, Plath met author Ted Hughes, the two fell in love, and married in 1958. However, marriage, family, and a growing reputation as an important poet failed to bring Plath happiness. 111 min. DVD 2310
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Sim, Lorraine. "Writers and Biographical Cinema: Hysteria and the Domestic Everyday." Australian Feminist Studies, Nov2006, Vol. 21 Issue 51, p355-368, 14p UC users only

Tales of Ordinary Madness (2000)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Ben Gazzara, Ornella Muti, Susan Tyrrell, Tanya Lopert, Roy Brocksmith. A hard-drinking poet living in the dark alley of the world, specifically Los Angeles, is surrounded by desperate and depraved characters. One, a prostitute whom he loves deeply, inspires him to write incredible poems, but soon he must choose between her and his art. Based on Charles Bukowski's "Erections, ejaculations, exhibitions, and general tales of ordinary madness." Special features: excerpt from documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 98 min. DVD X1675
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Tenebrae (Italy, 1982)
Directed by Dario Argento. Cast: Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo. Italian master of horror Dario Argento returns to the thriller genre with this sly and sexy tribute to Hitchcock. Giulio, a nerdy film student and lifelong voyeur, begins to believe that two lovely young strangers may have conspired to commit a brutal murder. But when reel obsession leads to real danger, one question alone holds the key to terror: Do you like Hitchcock? 93 min. DVD X1650
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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Cast: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret McWade, Spring Byington, Nana Bryant, Henry Kolker, Leona Maricle, Robert Greig, Frederick Burton. A staid Connecticut town is scandalized when it discovers that the author of a sexually-explicit bestselling novel is actually a local girl. Based on an original story by Mary McCarthy. 94 min. DVD X1853
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The Third Man (1949)
Director, Carol Reed; screenplay by Graham Greene. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard. "An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime." [IMDB] Special features on DVD 7683: Disc 1: Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich; 2 audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy and one by film scholar Dana Polan; abridged recording of Graham Greene's treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke ; Disc 2: "Shadowing The third man" (2005): a 90-min. feature documentary on the making of the film; "Graham Greene: the hunted man": an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC's Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist; "Who was the third man?" (2000): a 30-min. Austrian documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; The third man on the radio: the 1951 "A ticket to Tangiers" episode of the series The lives of Harry Lime, written and performed by Orson Welles, and the 1951 Lux radio theatre adaptation of The third man; illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos, original UK press book, and U.S. trailer; actor Joseph Cotten's alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version; archival footage of postwar Vienna; a look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film ; plus, a booklet featuring essays by Luc Sante, Charles Drazin, and Philip Kerr. Special features on DVD 140: Introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich; Abridged recording of Graham Green's treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke; Joseph Cotten's alternate opening voiceover narration for the U.S. version; Archival footage of composer Anton Karas and the film's famous sewer location; Collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos, with a brief production history; Original and re-release theatrical trailers, restoration demonstation. 101 min. DVD 7683; DVD 140; vhs 999:184
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival

Time Regained (Le Temps Retrouvé) (France / Italy / Portugal, 1999)
Directed by Raoul Ruiz. Featuring Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich, Marcello Mazzarella. Set in 1922, this film opens with the French author on his deathbed remembering his life. Gradually his own experiences give way to the characters in his novels -- fiction eclipses reality as the author's creations combine with his own experiences. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that make the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema. 158 min. DVD 632
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Total Eclipse (UK / France / Belgium / Italy, 1995)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer. A drama based on the life of the French writer Arthur Rimbaud, whose philosophy of living life to the extreme inspired the rock generation and of Paul Verlaine, a writer of lesser talent who is torn between his growing infatuation with Rimbaud and the domestic demands of his wife. Together, these two men feed each other's hunger for life and love, trying desperately to straddle the lines between knowledge and self-destruction, creativity and delusion. 112 min. DVD 1074
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Geist, Kenneth. "Total Eclipse." Films in Review. Jan 1996. Vol. 47, Iss. 1-2; p. 68 (17 pages)UC users only
Turk, Edward Baron "Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse, a Contemporary "Film Maudit"." The French Review, Vol. 72, No. 2 (Dec., 1998), pp. 260-272UC users only

The TV Set (2006)
Directed by Jake Kasdan. Cast: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Davis. TV writer Mike Klein is in the Prime Time of his life: his show just got picked up by a network, his favorite actor is set to star, and his wife is about to have a baby. But even though his wife is sure to deliver, the network president might not. After locking horns with the steely suit, the hapless Mike must scramble to maintain creative control, before his beloved project is altered irrevocably, and his entire career winds up in permanent hiatus. Special features: Audio commentaries by writer/director Jake Kasdan, executive producer Judd Apatow, producer Aaron Ryder, and actors David Duchovny and Lindsay Sloane; "The making of the TV set" featurette; deleted scenes. 88 min. DVD X4600
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Welcome to Sajjanpur (India, 2008)
Director, Shyam Benegal. Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Divya Dutta, Ravi Kishan, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ila Arun, Yashpal Sharma. Mahadev is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist, but his ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. He soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not so amusing results. 138 min. DVD X1833
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Wilde (UK / Germany / Japan, 1997)
Directed by Brian Gilbert. Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Wilkinson, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Judy Parfitt. Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde devours all that life has to offer, but there's only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature. 116 min. DVD X4334; vhs 999:3056
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Dickinson, Peter. "Oscar Wilde: Reading the Life after the Life." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 414-32, Summer 2005 UC users only
Holland, Merlin. "The Film Wilde: A Wasted Opportunity?." Wildean: The Journal of the Oscar Wilde Society. 12: 30-33. 1998 Jan.
The importance of reinventing Oscar : versions of Wilde during the last 100 years / edited by Uwe Boker, Richard Corballis, ... Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2002. (Main Stack PR5824.I466 2002)
Kauffmann, Stanley. "In A Different Light." New Republic; 05/18/98, Vol. 218 Issue 20, p24-25, 2p UC users only
Medhurst, Andy. "Licensed to cheek." Sight & Sound, Oct97, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p27-35, 4p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "The actor as critic: An interview with Stephen Fry." Cineaste; 1998, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p8, 5p UC users only
Sadoff, Dianne F.
"Styles of Queer Heritage: Picturing Oscar Wilde as Icon." In: Victorian vogue : British novels on screen / Dianne F. Sadoff. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR878.M73 S33 2010)
Waldrep, Shelton. "The Uses and Misuses of Oscar Wilde." In: Victorian afterlife : postmodern culture rewrites the nineteenth century / John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, editors. pp:49-63. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PR461.V5 2000)
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