Would you like to watch an interesting movie? Are you tired of or uninterested in the current and popular movie titles? Take a look in our catalog to see what kinds of interesting and entertaining films that you can check out. Choose from more than 2,200.
First, go to the catalog. Search with the keyword “videorecording.” This will grab all the videocassettes (needs VCR) and all the DVDs (needs a DVD player) and put them into the results list, so you can browse. Of course, if you do not have a VCR, you can further limit your search to just the DVDs by searching “videorecording dvd” in the Quick Search.
Second, browse the results in the catalog to see titles that might interest you. If you want to look at the newest ones first, then use the “Sort results by” feature and select “Publish Date Descending.” As you browse, you will see many educational titles. Typically, the more entertaining titles may be found in the PN 1990’s call number range, since that is where the film history titles can be found. It might even be worth browsing these titles on the shelves.
To narrow your results add another keyword to “videorecording.” Examples: videorecording charlie chaplin; videorecording war; videorecording mgm; videorecording comedy; videorecording twentieth century; videorecording romance; etc.
Finally, look for the film on the shelves with the call number. Remember to verify the status to see that it is not already checked out. Take it to the circulation desk and check out the movie for a week.
Consider the following motion pictures:
· Pride and prejudice [videorecording] / screenplay by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin ; produced by Hunt Stromberg ; directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PR4034 .P7 1985 (Videocassette) The vicissitudes of a British mother faced with the task of marrying off five daughters in a limited market.
· Raise the red lantern [videorecording] = Da hong deng long gao gao gua. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.F67 D33 2005 (DVD) An international film about China in the age when concubines were common. Originally produced as motion picture in China in 1991. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong.
· The deliberate stranger. 2nd Floor (Main Collection) PN1997 .D455 2009 (DVD) No one really knew him. Not local politicians awed by his ” Kennedy-like” presence. Not the coeds he charmed. And when the nation found out who Ted Bundy was, it was too late to save the lives of innocent young women nationwide.
· Adio kerida [videorecording] = Goodbye dear love / a film by Ruth Behar. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .A356 2002 (Videocassette) Anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic Jews and her family’s ties to them. Her grandparents were Jewish emigrants to Cuba and hoped it would be their promised land. But like most Cuban Jews, they left Cuba after the revolution and resettled in the United States, with only a small number of Jews remaining on the island.
· The great Gatsby [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PS3511.I9 G7 2000 (DVD) On Long Island in the early 1920s the mysterious Jay Gatsby tries to rekindle his romance with Daisy, a young woman who has married another man, the wealthy and cruel Tom Buchanan.
· Almost a woman [videorecording] / WGBH Educational Foundation ; produced by Ronald Colby ; screenplay by Esmeralda Santiago ; directed by Betty Kaplan. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) F128.9.P85 S267 2002 (Videocassette)
· The films of Sydney Pollack. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1998.3.P65 F5 1999 (DVD)
· The films of Robert Zemeckis . Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1998.3.Z44 F54 2001 (DVD)
· [En passion] [videorecording] / en film av Ingmar Bergman. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.F67 P37 2004 (DVD) In this stark drama, Max Von Sydow plays Andreas, a loner who, despite himself, becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife and the beautiful widow Anna (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion. One of Bergman’s first films to be photographed in color.
· Modern times [videorecording] / written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.C55 M63 (DVD) A devastating satire on the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers. Shows Charlie as a factory worker, jailbird, night watchman, and a singing waiter. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but voices emanate from TV sets and radios.
· Gold rush. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). PN1995.9.C55 G64 1980 (Videocassette) The little tramp on the loose during the Klondike goldrush of ’98.
· All the President’s men [videorecording] / Warner Bros. ; a Wildwood Enterprises production ; produced by Walter Coblenz ; screenplay by William Goldman ; directed by Alan J. Pakula. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.P6 A45 2006 (2 DVDs)
· The Manchurian candidate [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .M2564 2004 (DVD) A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced conditioning to carry out the orders of the enemy upon release. When a decorated Korean War veteran who has been brainwashed starts to commit political assassinations, his old military commander begins to suspect and must stop him.
· The Nutcracker [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) M1520 .N87 1977a (Videocassette) On Christmas Eve, after a day of festivities, a young girl on the verge of growing up sleeps and dreams about the transformation of her toy soldier into a handsome prince, his battle and victory over a wicked Mouse King, beautiful puppets, a giant Christmas tree and a kingdom of sweets.
· Battle of Algiers [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .B37 1988 (Videocassette) A dramatic re-enactment of Algeria’s fight for independence from France, covering the period from 1954-1962.
· Midway [videorecording] / a Universal picture. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997.M5365 M5 2001 (DVD) Dramatic personal stories of the men who fought the courageous battle that was to be the Pacific turning point for the United States.
· The Navajo code talkers [videorecording] / a film by Tom McCarthy. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). D810.C88 N38 1986 (Videocassette) Navajo Indians relate their experiences as “code talkers” during the U.S. Pacific campaign against Japan in World War II. Includes 1940s archival footage and interviews with Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald, artists Carl Gorman and R.C. Gorman, and a Presidential commendation by Ronald Reagan.
· Patton [videorecording] / Twentieth Century Fox presents ; screenstory and screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North ; produced by Frank McCarthy ; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1997 .P38866 2006 (DVD). A dramatization of the experiences of General George S. Patton during World War II.
· The true story of the Bridge on the River Kwai [videorecording] / The History Channel. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor). D767.6 .T78 2005 (DVD) Made famous by a Hollywood movie, the bridges of the River Kwai emblematize one of the most misunderstood events in history. Contrary to the film version, the structures represent a period of terror, desperation, and death for 16,000 POWs.
· The world at war [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) D743.23 . W67 2004 (11 DVDs)
· Son of the ocean [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) DS712 .S6 (Videocassette) Presents a riverboat journey on the Yangtze River from Chungking to Wuhan. Shows some of China’s most beautiful, fertile, and underdeveloped regions as well as some of its poorest and most populous areas.
· The directors. The films of Barbra Streisand [videorecording] Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PN1995.9.P7 E439 2000 (Videocassette)
· Waiting for Godot [videorecording]. Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) PQ2603.E378 E53 2001 (Videocassette) A key work in modern theater and acknowledged throughout the world as a classic, Beckett’s most famous play is shown here in a definitive film version starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith. They play two remarkable tramps who wait for the perhaps mythical personage, Godot, and through their suffering, patience and often hilarious wit, transcend themselves to become a portrait of the suffering of mankind itself.
· 1776 Main Book Collection (2nd Floor) M1500.E268 S42 1985. (Videocassette) A delightful musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production by Stuart Ostrow. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence which leads to the Declaration, signed July 4, 1776.
This article was contributed by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction. It is second in a two part series on films in the library. Read the first one here.