Reviews and Blog Posts: film

Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

director Sarah Polley

The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.

It's Kinky Boots Time in Denver

PR shot from the film Kinky Boots

In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.

To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.

Dustin Hoffman Thought He'd Be Prettier -- As a Woman

Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.

Freedom Summer - Advanced Screening at the Blair-Caldwell Library

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer Protests

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Presents: An Advanced Screening of the Film Freedom Summer with Special Guest Speaker Dr. Winston Grady-Willis (Prof. and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, MSU)

Garbo Laughs -- Tonight

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka

See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'

Ninotchka (1939)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Open Up Your Von Trapp and Sing

Join Fresh City Life for our first ever sing along film night! We've got the film cued up, there'll be fresh, hot popcorn and lots of fun and laughs. Don't hide your gift for singing show tunes in your big Ethel Merman voice -- share it with the world this Friday. And one lucky audience member will win tickets to the upcoming production of The Sound of Music set for this summer at the Buell Theatre!

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Plaza Voices: Best Vietnamese Films

Cover of Khi người ta yêu phần 1

Did you know that there are almost 10,000 items in Vietnamese within the Denver Public Library collection? The majority of these items are housed at the Barnum Branch Library, where DPL’s Vietnamese speakers come on a regular basis to check out DVDs, books and CDs.

Many outside of the Barnum area are unaware that this collection exists, and there are those, like myself, who simply find it intriguing and mysterious. In order to learn more, I asked Sao T. to give some recommendations for the best Vietnamese movies at DPL. Sao first came to the US in 1978 and has been working for DPL for over 20 years. Many of the Vietnamese items in the collection are a result of her hard work and selection, and I am pretty sure that there isn’t a single Vietnamese customer at DPL who doesn’t know who Sao is.

Tina, bring me my tights: Joan Crawford's Torch Song as Swan Song

This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.

Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.

Be Mine, blah, blah, blah: Anti-Valentine's Day Party at DPL

If the treacle-y sweetness of Valentine's Day leaves you feeling not so loving, come sit next to us for a night of ironic, cinema fun. We're throwing our annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party and you're invited!

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

If You Can't Stand The Heat, Go To the Movies: Special Saturday Film Presentation of Wall-E

Denver Public Library is the coolest place to be on a hot summer day. We're turning down the lights and serving up a film treat for the whole family. Join us for a large screen presentation of Pixar's modern fairytale, Wall-E. 

With beautiful animation and grown-up themes of consumerism, mass consumption and unrequited love, WALL-E is entertaining for the most discerning film enthusiast while at the same time capturing the imagination of kids. It's a visual delight.

This film is being shown in conjunction with our morning cooking demo series United State of Food, which centers on food supply education. Come to both events or just cruise in for the movie.

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