Reviews and Blog Posts: films

Coming Attractions: The Blonde Who Terrorized Washington

Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.

Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award.

How Does Hollywood Cry Uncle? Get Bruce!

When you laugh at something funny that an actor or entertainer has said at an awards show, in an interview or as patter in a concert event -- you likely have this man to thank. Hollywood's secret weapon is exposed in the documentary Get Bruce!

Check out this funny documentary at our upcoming film night at the library:

Get Bruce!(1999), Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-9 p.m., Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

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.

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Civil War

The Denver Public Library and Fresh City Life My Branch are proud to be among the 150 libraries nationwide hosting the 5-part discussion series Making Sense of the American Civil War.

This reading and discussion series will use books and scholar-led discussion as an entry into serious thought, discussion, and further reading. It will also offer an occasion to bring diverse groups together at the Library to examine the modern implications of the Civil War and emancipation. Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community. This series is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Bring Fresh To Your City Life This Week

Whether it's a seeing a classic film, learning a fibers technique or enjoying a fantastic concert -- Fresh City Life has a little something for everyone this week. 

Tonight is our ongoing celebration for the Denver Public Library's Film Series 10th Anniversary. In the second installment of our Westward the Women collection, we'll be showing Destry Rides Again, a film that marked Marlene Dietrich's Triumpahnt return to the screen after several near career-ending films. The series continues for two more weeks: next films up are The Harvey Girls and Johnny Guitar (with Joan Crawford as the head cowgirl!) Showtime 6p in the B2 Conference Center.

Culture, Crafts, and Chocolate!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of events this week, whether your taste for culture runs to opera or to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Kick off your summer by making sure you'll know how to use that new eReader when your vacation comes around! Access library materials 24/7, and never worry about turning something in late! Get all the info you need to start downloading eBooks or eAudios at eBooks 101 on Wednesday, May 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Come when we're going to be talking about YOUR questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

Pre-Holiday Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Feng Shui Garden

While you're making your Memorial Day weekend plans, take a mini break this week with a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

If you're planning on working in your garden this weekend, why not apply some Feng Shui principles? Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces will be presenting Feng Shui in the Garden twice this week:

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch

May is Off and Running...or Flying...With Fresh City Life My Branch!

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Whether you want to make something, learn something, or soar with Amelia Earhart, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Still have questions about your eReader, or considering getting one? Learn all about them and how they work with library collections in eBooks 101 on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch! Bring your laptop and/or device, and be ready to learn! Come during the time when we'll be talking about your particular questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

5:30 p.m. - Kindle Books

6 p.m. - Nooks and other eReaders

Tech, Tea, and Bond...James Bond

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

April is almost over, but that doesn't mean that Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming is! Join us this week and learn some new technology, sip a beverage, or dream about having a martini with James Bond!

Want to take your investing to the next level? Learn to use the Denver Public Library database ValueLine at Ross University Hills during Tuesday Technology Night on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. ValueLine has a wealth of information to help you make wise investment decisions--and it's always available with your library card from any computer!

Hugo Nominees Announced!

Among Others

The nominees for the Hugo Award, given in 15 categories by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, were recently announced. For the complete list, check the Hugo website.

Here are some of the nominated novels, works of nonfiction, and films that the Denver Public Library owns:

Best Novel:

Among Others, Jo Walton

A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

Deadline, Mira Grant

Embassytown, China Miéville

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