Russell Crowe plays Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
The year is 1805. Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated for his second term. Lewis and Clark get their first views of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3,” the Eroica, premieres in Vienna. Napoleon defeats the Russians and the Austrians at Austerlitz and is crowned King of Italy.
In the South Atlantic, the captain of HMS Surprise, JackAubrey, is charged with preventing the French from controlling the waters off Brazil. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Warren Beatty starred in and directed “Bulworth” coming soon to the library.
For as long as there have been politicians, there have been shenanigans. And for as long as there have been political shenanigans, satirists have been drawn to them like kids to candy stores. Will Rogers famously observed, “The best thing about any group of candidates is that only one of them can win.” (more…)
‘Tea with Mussolini’ will be shown on January 19 as part of Movies at the Library.
It is a rare film that not only deserves repeated viewing but demands it. Such a film, “Tea with Mussolini,” is next at Movies at the Library, Tuesday January 19 at 7 p.m.
A 1999 Italian-British production written by John Mortimer and Franco Zeffirelli and directed by Zeffirelli, it is based on the latter’s own experiences as a youth in 1930s Florence. His mother has died and his father has all but abandoned him, leaving him in the nominal care of a group of ex-pats, British and American. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Annette Bening stars in ‘Being Julia,’ playing Tuesday, November 24 at the library.
The Tuesday, November 24 showing in the Movies at the Library series is a champagne float kind of film. “Being Julia” was made in 2004 and is based on W. Somerset Maugham’s 1937 novel, “Theatre.” It stars Annette Bening in one of her most beguiling parts.
The New York Times said, “‘Being Julia’ may not make much psychological or dramatic sense, but Ms. Bening pretending to be Julia (who is always pretending to be herself) is sensational.” (more…)
The fall sports season is upon us. College football games are well underway; the NFL commandeers the airwaves several nights a week. NHL skaters are already racing around on manufactured ice. The World Series and the NBA’s regular season both begin October 27.
Small wonder that Movies at the Library has also been seized by sports fever. (more…)