New documentary reveals Bergman’s love for Ghostbusters

Before he died, legendary director Ingmar Bergman had acquired over 80,000 videocassettes, disposing ones he didn’t care for and keeping about 1,700 of them. That’s quite the collection, especially when you consider that the ones he kept are among the roughly 2% of films that Bergman decided were worth keeping. It might surprise you that … Continue reading “New documentary reveals Bergman’s love for Ghostbusters”

Before he died, legendary director Ingmar Bergman had acquired over 80,000 videocassettes, disposing ones he didn’t care for and keeping about 1,700 of them. That’s quite the collection, especially when you consider that the ones he kept are among the roughly 2% of films that Bergman decided were worth keeping.

It might surprise you that those movies included The Blues Brothers, Die Hard, and Ghostbusters.

Two Swedish filmmakers are producing Bergman’s Video, a documentary series that explores the themes in Bergman’s video collection. You would expect that his collections would include French New Wave and other important pieces of film, but… maybe not Romancing the Stone and Jurassic Park.

The point being: if Bergman, the director of The Seventh Seal, can enjoy Ghostbusters, then you have no reason to feel guilty about loving cheesy, crappy movies.

Ken Loach opens personal archives

Here’s a tantalizing story for fans of bonus material: filmmaker Ken Loach is publishing his personal archives of notes, scripts, research, and other materials through the British Film Insitute. Loach was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2006 for his film The Wind that Shakes the Barley and has received repute for his use of socialist … Continue reading “Ken Loach opens personal archives”

Here’s a tantalizing story for fans of bonus material: filmmaker Ken Loach is publishing his personal archives of notes, scripts, research, and other materials through the British Film Insitute. Loach was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2006 for his film The Wind that Shakes the Barley and has received repute for his use of socialist themes. It will certainly be interesting to take a look behind his filmmaking process when the archives are opened over the new few weeks.

One great example that’s already been released comes from his production of Poor Cow. You wouldn’t expect a call sheet to be that interesting, but the one posted by the BFI includes a cryptic poem about the film’s crew in the footer. Who knows what other mood-setting tidbits are there for future film scholars to pick apart?

If you don’t know Ken Loach, now is the time to start knowing. Watch some of his movies at Media Services:

Sweet Sixteen – HU DVD 1133
United Kingdom – DVD 1329
Bread and Roses – HU DVD 2619
The Navigators – HU DVD 2653
The Wind the Shakes the Barley – HU DVD 3374
Happy Ending – DVD 4320
Kes – HU DVD 8370
Ae Fond Kiss… – HU DVD 8803
Land and Freedom – DVD 9048

Director Tony Scott dies

Film director Tony Scott committed suicide yesterday at age 68. While he was never an arthouse institution and didn’t have critical weight, Scott’s movies were immensely popular and changed the direction of big-action blockbusters. Perhaps most notably, Scott was sort of a Hollywood kingmaker, directing films that were massively successful game-changers for Jerry Bruckheimer and … Continue reading “Director Tony Scott dies”

Film director Tony Scott committed suicide yesterday at age 68. While he was never an arthouse institution and didn’t have critical weight, Scott’s movies were immensely popular and changed the direction of big-action blockbusters. Perhaps most notably, Scott was sort of a Hollywood kingmaker, directing films that were massively successful game-changers for Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise.

Take off your faded pink caps and ride into the danger zone one last time with a few of Tony Scott’s films:

Top Gun – HU DVD 2959
True Romance – HU DVD 3820
Life in a Day – HU DVD 9229

Hitchcock turns 113

It would be remiss not to mention Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, which passed by yesterday. The legendary director, who needs no introduction, would have turned 113. Celebrate the big 1-1-3 by enjoying a deep cut of his filmography at Media Services: Vertigo – HU DVD 14* Psycho – HU DVD 77*Easy Virtue – DVD 332 Blackmail – DVD … Continue reading “Hitchcock turns 113”

It would be remiss not to mention Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, which passed by yesterday. The legendary director, who needs no introduction, would have turned 113.

Celebrate the big 1-1-3 by enjoying a deep cut of his filmography at Media Services:

Vertigo – HU DVD 14*
Psycho – HU DVD 77*
Easy Virtue – DVD 332
Blackmail – DVD 332
Number Seventeen – DVD 333
The Ring – DVD 333
The Farmer’s Wife – DVD 334
The Manxman – DVD 335
Juno and the Paycock – DVD 336
The 39 Steps – DVD 337
Notorious – DVD 338
Strangers on a Train – HU DVD 339
Rebecca – HU DVD 345*
Rear Window – HU DVD 368*
The Lady Vanishes – HU DVD 426*
The Birds – HU DVD 1053
Dial M for Murder – HU DVD 1412
Lifeboat – HU DVD 1633
Shadow of a Doubt – HU DVD 1783
North by Northwest – HU DVD 2217
Sabotage – HU DVD 3522
Foreign Correspondent – HU DVD 3523
Suspicion – HU DVD 3524
Saboteur – HU DVD 3525
Rope – HU DVD 3526
Under Capricorn – HU DVD 3527
To Catch a Thief – HU DVD 3528
The Man Who Knew Too Much – HU DVD 3529
The Wrong Man – HU DVD 3530
Marnie – HU DVD 3531
Topaz – HU DVD 3532
Frenzy – HU DVD 3533
Spellbound – HU DVD 5198
Torn Curtain – HU DVD 5199
Family Plot – HU DVD 5200
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog – HU DVD 5394
The Trouble with Harry – HU DVD 5494
The Paradine Case – HU DVD 9142
Secret Agent – HU DVD 9763

Filmmaker Chris Marker dies at 91

Chris Marker, the groundbreaking French filmmaker and critic, died yesterday at age 91 — on his birthday, nonetheless. Marker’s multimedia art pushed the boundaries of its formats, from his unconventional documentary Sans Soleil to his critical essay writing and experiments with interactive media. Celebrate Marker’s work by visiting his films in our collection: A.K. (supplemental) … Continue reading “Filmmaker Chris Marker dies at 91”

Chris Marker, the groundbreaking French filmmaker and critic, died yesterday at age 91 — on his birthday, nonetheless. Marker’s multimedia art pushed the boundaries of its formats, from his unconventional documentary Sans Soleil to his critical essay writing and experiments with interactive media.

Celebrate Marker’s work by visiting his films in our collection:

  • A.K. (supplemental) — DVD 100
  • La jetée + Sans Soleil — HU DVD 2949*
  • Chats perchés — HU DVD 4927
  • La Sixiáeme Face du Pentagone — DVD 5111
  • Le souvenir d’un avenir — DVD 6037
  • Le fond de l’air est rouge — DVD 6039 
  • Batalla de Chile — HU DVD 6791 – 6794*

85 films Martin Scorsese says you should see

Martin Scorsese did a four hour interview with Fast Company last year for the December/January issue. In the interview he talked a lot about the business of making films and how he’s managed to stay in it and remain relevant for so long. Over the four hours, Scorsese referenced 85 “films you need to see … Continue reading “85 films Martin Scorsese says you should see”

Martin Scorsese did a four hour interview with Fast Company last year for the December/January issue. In the interview he talked a lot about the business of making films and how he’s managed to stay in it and remain relevant for so long.

Over the four hours, Scorsese referenced 85 “films you need to see to know anything about film.” Some films he briefly mentioned, and others he spoke about more in depth. Fast Company compiled a list which includes his direct quotes about the films where applicable, and which provides brief descriptions of the films when quotes weren’t available. This list is being blogged about as a unique film list that’s almost like the ultimate film course designed by a legendary filmmaker. There are some omissions noted by the ArtInfo blog, but they do recognize that he couldn’t list every influential film in history.

Here’s the beginning of Scorsese’s list. Go to Fast Company for the complete list.

Ace in the Hole: “This Billy Wilder film was so tough and brutal in its cynicism that it died a sudden death at the box office, and they re-released it under the title Big Carnival, which didn’t help. Chuck Tatum is a reporter who’s very modern–he’ll do anything to get the story, to make up the story! He risks not only his reputation, but also the life of this guy who’s trapped in the mine.” 1951

All That Heaven Allows: In this Douglas Sirk melodrama, Rock Hudson plays a gardener who falls in love with a society widow played by Jane Wyman. Scandale! 1955

America, America: Drawn directly from director Elia Kazan’s family history, this film offers a passionate, intense view of the challenges faced by Greek immigrants at the end of the 19th century. 1963

An American in Paris: This Vincente Minnelli film, with Gene Kelly, picked up the idea of stopping within a film for a dance from The Red Shoes. 1951

Apocalypse Now: This Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece is from a period when directors like Brian DePalma, John Milius, Paul Schrader, Scorsese and others had great freedom—freedom that they then lost. 1979

Arsenic and Old Lace: Scorsese is a big fan of many Frank Capra movies, and this Cary Grant vehicle is one of several that he’s enjoyed with his family at his office screening room. 1944

The Bad and the Beautiful: Vincente Minnelli directed this film about a cynical Hollywood mogul trying to make a comeback. It stars Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon and Dick Powell. 1952

The Band Wagon: “It’s my favorite of the Vincente Minnelli musicals. I love the storyline that combines Faust and a musical comedy, and the disaster that results. Tony Hunter, the lead character played by Fred Astaire, is a former vaudeville dancer whose time has passed, and who’s trying to make it on Broadway, which is a very different medium of course. By the time the movie was made, the popularity of the Astaire/Rogers films had waned, raising the question of what are you going to do with Fred Astaire in Technicolor? So, really, Tony Hunter is Fred Astaire–his whole reputation is on the line, and so was Fred Astaire’s.” 1953

Born on the Fourth of July: Produced by Universal Pictures under Tom Pollock and Casey Silver, this Tom Cruise movie (directed by Oliver Stone) was an example of how that studio “wanted to make special pictures,” says Scorsese. 1989

Cape Fear: As he once explained to Stephen Spielberg over dinner in Tribeca, one of Scorsese’s fears about directing a remake of this film was that, “The original was so good. I mean, you’ve got Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, it’s terrific!” 1962

See more at Fast Company.

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The Real Georges Méliès: Friday, November 18 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm Lower Level of the Library

The Real Georges Méliès Friday, November 18, at 4:30 pm American University Library Media Classroom Lower Level Discover the films of George Méliès, whose life and work structure the story of Martin Scorsese’s HUGO. Professor Despina Kakoudaki will present an overview of early cinema, show and discuss some of Méliès most beloved films, and screen … Continue reading “The Real Georges Méliès: Friday, November 18 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm Lower Level of the Library”

The Real Georges Méliès
Friday, November 18, at 4:30 pm

American University Library

Media Classroom
Lower Level

Discover the films of George Méliès, whose life and work structure the story of Martin Scorsese’s HUGO. Professor Despina Kakoudaki will present an overview of early cinema, show and discuss some of Méliès most beloved films, and screen Trip to the Moon (1902).

The Media Classroom is located in Media Services, on the lower level of the American University Library. Inquire at the Media Services desk and we’ll direct you to the screening room.

More Georges Méliès can be found here in Media Services:

Méliès le cinémagicien – DVD 540

The great train robbery and other primary works – DVD 551
A Trip to the Moon

The Magic of Méliès – DVD 554

Georges Méliès̀: first wizard of cinema (1896-1913) – DVD 4141

Landmarks of early film: Vol. 1 – DVD 6116
A Trip to the Moon

Saved from the flames: 54 rare and restored films – DVD 7271
Excelsior! Prince of Magicians

Film Screening and Q&A with Director, Patrice Leconte – Sunday, November 13 from 4 – 6pm in Wechsler Theater

French Film Director Q&A and Screening Sunday, November 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wechsler TheaterMeet celebrated French film director and screenwriter Patrice Leconte. He will present and discuss his film Ridicule, nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1996. Leconte’s films are known for visual style and weaving musical scores into the storytelling.Sponsor: School of … Continue reading “Film Screening and Q&A with Director, Patrice Leconte – Sunday, November 13 from 4 – 6pm in Wechsler Theater”


French Film Director Q&A and Screening

Sunday, November 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater
Meet celebrated French film director and screenwriter Patrice Leconte. He will present and discuss his film Ridicule, nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1996. Leconte’s films are known for visual style and weaving musical scores into the storytelling.
Sponsor: School of Communication
Contact: Kyle Brannon, 202-885-2074

Check out a few of Patrice Leconte’s other films here in Media Services:
Patrice Leconte Movies

Girl on the Bridge– HU DVD 9076

Lumière & Company– HU DVD 283

Monsieur Hire– HU DVD 4819

The Widow of Saint-Pierre– HU DVD 269


Happy Birthday Tim Burton!!

It’s Tim Burton’s birthday! Check out some of these titles available for check out from the Media Services Home Use Collection. 9 – HU DVD 7049 Alice in Wonderland – HU DVD 7719 Alice in Wonderland – HU BLU-RAY 7719 Batman – HU DVD 4701 Batman Returns – HU DVD 4702 Big Fish – HU … Continue reading “Happy Birthday Tim Burton!!”

It’s Tim Burton’s birthday! Check out some of these titles available for check out from the Media Services Home Use Collection.







9 – HU DVD 7049

Alice in Wonderland – HU DVD 7719


Alice in Wonderland
– HU BLU-RAY 7719


Batman
– HU DVD 4701


Batman Returns
– HU DVD 4702


Big Fish
– HU DVD 4712


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
– HU DVD 7094


Edward Scissorhands
– HU DVD 3928


Ed Wood
– HU DVD 1006


Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
– HU DVD 6516


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
– HU DVD 4111


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
– HU DVD 4711

Hindi Language and Bollywood Films

Here’s a list of some recommended Hindi language films, hand picked by a Media Services staff member who is an avid watcher of Hindi language films. The best part is that all the following films are part of the Media Services Home Use Collection. Take one home today! Recent (1990-present): 3 Idiots (2009) HU DVD … Continue reading “Hindi Language and Bollywood Films”

Here’s a list of some recommended Hindi language films, hand picked by a Media Services staff member who is an avid watcher of Hindi language films. The best part is that all the following films are part of the Media Services Home Use Collection. Take one home today!

Recent (1990-present):

3 Idiots (2009) HU DVD 7996

Bombay (1995) HU DVD 235

Chak de! India (2007) HU DVD 3688

Devdas (2002) HU DVD 8087

Hey! Ram (2000) HU DVD 226

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) HU DVD 232

Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) HU DVD 241

In Custody (1994) HU DVD 3649

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) HU DVD 3743

Lagaan (2001) HU DVD 312

Mission Kashmir (2000) HU DVD 321

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) HU DVD 8088

Rang De Basanti (2006) HU DVD 3140

Satya (1998) HU DVD 224

Veer-Zaara (2004) HU DVD 8086

Directed by Karan Johar:

All of Karan Johar films star Shahrukh Khan and have been major box office hits, making him one of the most popular directors of the past decade.

My Name Is Khan (2010) HU DVD 7380

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) HU DVD 742

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) HU DVD 3690

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) HU DVD 228

Classics:

Shree 420 (1955) HU DVD 7997

Mother India (1957) HU DVD 3178

Pyaasa (1957) HU DVD 238

Mughal-e-Azam (1960) HU DVD 3756

Bandini (1963) HU DVD 233

Guide (1965) HU DVD 236

Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973) HU DVD 3695

Umrao Jaan (1981) HU DVD 322

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) HU DVD 3693

Amitabh Bachchan Films:

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most famous actors of the 70’s, and a number of his films are considered classics.

Sholay (1975) HU DVD 6009

Deewaar (1975) HU DVD 225

Amar, Akbar, Anthony (1979) HU DVD 3696

Art Films&Independent Films:

Water (2005) HU DVD 3498

Earth (1998) HU DVD 4675

Ankur (1974) HU DVD 223

Gaja Gamini (2000) HU DVD 315

Junoon (1979) HU DVD 7129

Gulabi Aaina/The Pink Mirror (2003) HU DVD 3692

Salaam Bombay (1988) HU DVD 4789