Just Desserts for the desert island

Lori Stevens (Stevenlo@uvsc.edu)
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 15:47:48 -0700 (PDT)

As I figured many of my favorites like "Visions of Light" showed up in other lists here are a few that no one has mentioned yet as far as I could tell..

The Man who Planted Trees- animation beautiful story beautifully done

Martha and Ethel- Jill Johnstone dir. These two gals decide to film a documentary about their "nannies" that they had while growing up. Martha and Ethel are the nannies. Great commentary about immigrants, family social infrastructure in the 50s and 60s and a myriad of other issues.

Ilha dos Flores (Island of Flowers)- Brazilian movie/doc. that was at Sundance a year ago (?) Satirical look at the food chain, ecology/poverty issues. Short but drives the point home.

Now for some light titles (you guys are too serious!! not a comedy on the list!!)

All the Great Operas in 10 minutes- as a voice music major undergrad I thought this was a great introduction to opera and will dispell all of those awful myths like opera is boring and loud and nothing exciting ever happens. This film includes a body count no less!!

Gizmo- I am afraid this one might be out of print... but it has old film clips of the craziest inventions known to man like the automated spaghetti fork, windshield wipers for you glasses, and a talking grandfather clock that tells your daughter's date that its time to hit the road. You set the time. These are the same clips Minitlube used in their commercials.

And last but certainly not least...

Buster Keaton: A hard Act to Follow- because I am a "dyed in the wool true blue" Buster Keaton fan and you asked what I would take with me. This chronicles Keaton's life and is loaded with film clips. It helps you gain an appreciation for his artistry as a comedian, actor, and director, as well as those he worked with, and a feel for the industry during the period.

Have a fun one!

Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058