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Funny Business: Documentary Film Series

Not since Garbo laughed in the film, Ninotchka, has so much been done by one American to make a Russian laugh -- according to the documentary film, Exporting Raymond. Denver Public Library Film Series kicks off its 8th annual documentary showcase this Tuesday.

Denver Public Library’s Film Series has put together a mini-collection of docs that explores the world of comedy entertainment. Documentary films are often funny accidentally. These are no exception – but they also chronicle the world of professional comedy and comedy writing. It’s serious fun to watch other people try to be funny, with varying levels of success!

CHANGING MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREAM

David and Jackie Siegel

Feature films are supposed to be entertaining, while documentaries present us with grim reality. But the best documentaries often introduce us to extraordinary and intriguing people -- and sometimes go places even the filmmakers didn't anticipate. Here are some documentaries with a few unexpected twists.

Watching a movie doesn't usually make me want to fill up my car with items for the Goodwill, unless that movie is The Queen of Versailles. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started out wanting to tell the story of billionaire David Siegel and buxom third wife Jackie's quest to build the largest and most expensive house in the country. In the middle of filming, though, the housing crisis nearly wiped out Siegel and his predatory timeshare business.

Roger Ebert : June 18, 1942 - April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert passed away yesterday.

He had such a prominent presence online, on Twitter (my social medium of choice), Facebook and his blog. Here are some of the tweets that came across my feed yesterday afternoon. It's fascinating to see how widespread is the love for Roger Ebert.

Ebert's last tweet, linking to his last blog post for the Chicago Sun Times, posted 2 days before he passed away and 46 years after being named the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times:

Roger Ebert ‏@ebertchicago 2 Apr

My Leave of Presence: An update http://j.mp/YRRHq8

"So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."

--

The official announcement of his passing:

Suntimes ‏@Suntimes 4 Apr

It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away

Game of Thrones Returns

Game of Thrones Season 3

The wait for season three is over! HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series has returned with new episodes.

The anticipation for the new season has increased each time HBO released a teaser trailer (five of them!) or piece of news (Diana Rigg joins the cast!). Season three, loosely based on the first half of Book 3, A Storm of Swords, promises more of the action, intrigue, romance (and dragons!) we’ve come to expect from this series.

Oscar Wilde's Salome: Cinema's First Art Film Plays at DPL

The film Salomé starring Russian-born American actress and producer Alla Nazimova is legendary -- for its cast (rumored to be all gay and lesbian), its delayed release (made in 1923, it wasn't viewed by American Audiences until 1937), its complete failure to capture a contemporary audience and its current reappraisal as one of the foremost art films in cinema history with a devoted fan base. Enjoy a rare screening of Salomé on our big screen!

Fresh City Life's first film series of the new year, Vamp: Femme Fatales of the Silent Era, wraps with an exquisite relic from the silver screen archives. It's a treasure!

Salomé (1923)
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Our Dancing Daughters: Hollywood's Zenith of the Jazz Era

Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters. Photo: Glamamor.com

A film considered the great apex of the silent film era, Our Dancing Daughters is a perfect time capsule of 1920s high society and a showcase for the young woman formerly known as Lucille Le Sueur -- Joan Crawford.

She rose to fame as the quintessential Jazz Baby -- a woman of social means and relaxed morals who was liberated of the corsets and sexual mores of the previous age. And Joan Crawford was embraced by American and international film fans as the ideal movie star. She remained a box office favorite until the late 1940s and never stopped being a star until her death in 1977.

She Was The First "It" Girl

"We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they're sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun." -- Clara Bow

She challenged even the relaxed mores of Hollywood. Born to a mentally ill mother who tainted much of her childhood, she came from poverty and abuse to remake herself into the eponymous IT girl; Clara Bow is the stuff of Hollywood legends.

See the original film this month at Denver Public Library, and you'll get "it."

The Perfect Valentine's Day = Chocolate, Roses and Zombies

If all the hearts and flowers and sugary confections leave you feeling a bit underwhelmed, Fresh City Life offers an alternative: our Anti-Valentine’s Day Heartburn Party. And this year, for fun, we've added in zombies.

When we talked to our friends at Mile High Cinema and told them that we wanted to do something extra special for our Anti-Valentine's Day party this year, they didn't hesitate when they told us they had the perfect film for us: a new entry in the current love affair with zombies, Pontypool. Hope you can join us for this presentation of a newly-minted classic.

First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream

Marine Jahan as Jennifer Beals as Alexandra Owens in Flashdance

We're putting on our toe shoes -- for a film night at the Colorado Ballet

KNITTING EN POINTE: MOVIE AND KNITTING WORKSHOP HOSTED BY COLORADO BALLET

We’re excited about our renewed community partnership with the coolest cultural group in the neighborhood – Colorado Ballet! Together, we’ll be creating wonderful opportunities for you to learn about dance in the city and enjoy the best that the Denver performance scene has to offer. 

FEEDING FRENZY - 12 DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT FOOD

Once again, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has proclaimed Colorado the most fit state.

No one is exactly sure why only 20.7% of us fall into the "obese" category (obesity is defined as having a BMI equal to or above 30). It could be the absence of Southern cooking, our fondness for hiking and biking, or our participation in the Farm to School program.

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