Pop Culture Series: 75 Years of Wonder Woman

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By Lauren Fralinger, Lauren and Research Services

They’re often called the “trinity” in comic book circles: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Over the past 75 years, we have seen Superman and Batman on screen in many incarnations, each portrayal adding a bit more history to the character. 2016 has brought us only our second live portrayal of Wonder Woman, and though audiences haven’t seen her as frequently, that is about to change. Celebrating her 75th anniversary in 2016, Wonder Woman is a feminist pop culture icon whose legacy has endured nearly a century.

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Wonder Woman appears on the first issue of Sensation Comics (1942). Art by H. G. Peter.

Debuting in 1941 in All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman was one of the earliest female superheroes to make it into print. Developed by William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman was created to be a different kind of superhero. Still in their early days, superhero comics were dominated by powerful, almost exclusively male heroes who used physical strength or technology to win their battles. In contrast, Marston wanted to create a superhero who won not through the strength of their fists, but also through love. It was Marston’s wife Elizabeth who suggested that this new superhero be a woman.

Wonder Woman’s origins are steeped in Greek mythology. Born as Diana, Princess of the Amazons, she was sculpted from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta and imbued with powers from several Olympian goddesses. Withdrawn from the world and protected by the gods, the Amazons lived in isolation on a hidden island until it was accidentally discovered by an American intelligence officer whose plane crashed there during World War II. Selected to bring the man back to “Man’s World” and to join the fight against the Nazis, Diana was gifted a pair of magical, bulletproof bracelets and a lasso of truth, which forces honesty from anyone it captures. Wonder Woman quickly joined the war alongside other early superheroes and served on the Justice Society of America, one of the first superhero teams.

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Lynda Carter (left) first portrayed Wonder Woman on screen in the 1970s. Gal Godot (right) will take on the role in the 2017 series.

Over the course of 75 years, Wonder Woman has gone through dozens of incarnations in the comics as writers and stories have come and gone. Acknowledged early on as one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Comics stable, Wonder Woman went through a strange period in the late sixties and early seventies where her powers were taken from her entirely. Dismayed that one of the most recognizable and powerful women in pop culture was no longer able to compete on the same field as her super powered male counterparts, Gloria Steinem placed Wonder Woman on the cover of the inaugural issue of her new magazine, Ms., and criticized the decision to strip away everything that made Diana so empowered. A year later, Wonder Woman had her bracelets, lasso and superpowers returned, and was back in full fighting form.

Diana’s first on-screen portrayal was made by Lynda Carter in the 1970s Wonder Woman television series. Airing from 1975 to 1979 during the peak of the second-wave feminist movement, Wonder Woman presented a powerful, intelligent, and deeply human woman capable of extraordinary abilities to American audiences. Decades after the end of the 1970s series, Wonder Woman made appearances in various animated series such as Justice League and Justice League Unlimited in the early 2000s, but was not portrayed live again until 2016’s Batman vs. Superman. Though Batman and Superman both made the jump to the movies decades earlier, Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Amazon princess was the first time Wonder Woman had made it into theaters. Batman vs. Superman may have been her first silver screen appearance, but it won’t be her last; Gadot will reprise her role as Diana for 2017’s Wonder Woman.

Interested in more Wonder Woman? The Richter Library has you covered. Check out more books and comics about the adventures of the Amazon Princess here:

Books:

Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2016)

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine (2014)

Wonder Woman (2012)

Wonder Woman ‘77 (2016)

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman (2015)

Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2006)

Wonder Woman: Earth One (2016)

 

DVDs:

Wonder Woman: The Complete First Season (2004)

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)

 



DVD Picks: Funny Halloween Movies

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

Some people like to watch scary movies at Halloween, but some of us like to laugh. So here’s a list of movies that have plenty of spooks and monsters but are unlikely to give you nightmares.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

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In a world that has become overrun with zombies, two men must figure out how to survive. Wimpy Columbus is afraid of his own shadow, while Tallahassee is the biggest, baddest, gun-toting zombie-slayer who ever lived. When they meet two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, the four strike out for an amusement park that is said to be zombie-free. This mismatched group will have to rely on each other to survive, which could be worse than surrendering to the zombies.

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When three college professors lose their jobs, they decide to go into the freelance “paranormal investigation and elimination” business. When ghosts go on a rampage, only these men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!

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David and Jack are two American youths who just want to see a bit of Europe. A trek across the moors of northern England leads to an attack by a werewolf. Jack is killed, but returns as an undead corpse to warn David that he, too, will morph into a werewolf when the full moon rises.

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The story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, who decides to bring the magic of Christmas back to Halloween Town.

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When flesh eating zombies go on the hunt for a bite to eat, it is up to Shaun and his best pal to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree.

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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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A couple of likable ghosts contact the afterlife’s bio-exorcist to rid their home of a trendy New York family that moves in.

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Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

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And one more time: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, four women band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

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Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved.

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Sidelined after their spectacular save of New York City five years ago, the heroes of the hereafter once again answer the call when an underground river of ghoulish goo threatens to rot the Big Apple to the core.

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Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.



DVD Picks: Banned Books Week

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

This week, from September 25 to October 1, the UM Libraries have been celebrating Banned Books Week. It is a celebration of the triumph of our freedom of expression. The movies on this list are all based on books that we are featuring in our displays in the Richter Library. The captions for each movie include the information on when and where the book was banned or challenged.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

The book was burned in Alamagordo, New Mexico, in 2001 for being “satanic.” In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him and, though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, still it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

The book was banned in public schools in Chicago, Illinois, in 2013. In 1970s Iran, Marjane “Marji” Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long-held dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first-hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own.

The book was challenged in middle schools in Goffstown, New Hampshire, in 2011. In the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in the televised event in which one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts are chosen to fight to the death until one victor remains.

The book was banned in high school classrooms in Raceland, Louisiana, in 2008. With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare.

The book was challenged in schools in Morganton, North Carolina, in 2008. An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him, and forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mister,” is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

The book was challenged in middle schools in Brentwood, Tennessee, in 2006. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him–except the town’s most distinguished citizen.

The book series holds the record for being the most frequently challenged title in the U.S. for the decade of 2000-2009. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The book was banned in high schools in Nampa, Idaho, in 2012. After Tita is forced to make the cake for the wedding of the man she loves and her own sister, the guests are overcome with sadness. Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

The book was challenged in public schools in Olathe, Kansas, in 2007. In the Great Depression, George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers, dream of the autonomy of owning and operating their own ranch someday.

The book was challenged in high schools in Orono, Maine, in 2006. The fascinating true story of a young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s.

The book was banned in high schools in Coventry, Rhode Island, in 2000. Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. An otherwise typical soldier in WWII, without warning, he jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next.

The book was challenged in public schools in Lubbock, Texas, in 2008. In a parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands.



Star Trek: 50 Years of Exploration

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by Vanessa Rodriguez, E-Learning & Emerging Technologies Librarian

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the first episode of which aired September 8, 1966. Made by Desilu Productions (owned by Lucille Ball), Star Trek ran for only three seasons before being canceled. But what began as a small low-budget television show grew into a pop culture icon still relevant today.

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Promotional photo of the cast of Star Trek during the third season (1968–1969).

The technology appearing on Star Trek inspired scientists and inventors who wanted to create the things they saw on the show. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to go into space, was inspired by seeing Lt. Uhura on Star Trek, played by Nichelle Nichols. Nichols herself was encouraged to remain on the show by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who stressed the importance of her role to the black community.

Star Trek began as the vision of creator Gene Roddenberry, a former University of Miami student, though he did not complete his degree here. Instead he enlisted in the Air Force and after discharge served as a pilot for Pan Am airways. You can read articles from the Pan Am aircraft crash that he was on as a back-up pilot in our Special Collections Pan Am collection in the library. There is also a collection of Star Trek memorabilia located in the UM Alumni Center library that was donated by Roddenberry’s son.

Gene Roddenberry (left), a former University of Miami student, created Star Trek in partnership with Desilu Productions, owned by Lucille Ball (right).

Majel Barrett, Gene Rodenberry’s wife, also attended the University of Miami though the two did not meet here. Barrett is best known for her roles in Star Trek as Number 1 in the original pilot, Nurse Chapel in the original series, Lwaxana Troi in the Next Generation series, and best of all perhaps, as the voice of the starship Enterprise computer in all the television series to date and most of the movies.

The franchise remains strong today with a new movie, Star Trek Beyond, having just come out this past summer and a new television series, Star Trek Discovery, set to debut next year. You can find the original series, some of the movies, and read more about Star Trek in general at UM Libraries. Here are a few of our selections:

Non-Fiction
Star Trek (BFI TV Classics)
Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant
The Politics of Star Trek: Justice, War, and the Future

Biographical
I am Spock
Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation

DVD Collection
Star Trek: The Original Series, Season One
Star Trek: The Original Crew Movie Collection
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special

 Music
The Motion Picture: Music from the Original Soundtrack
William Shatner Live



DVD Picks: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

On January 18, the country will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time to reflect on the legacy of a man who galvanized a nation to change. The films listed here help to tell the story of the man and his dream.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

This program offers a comprehensive historical overview detailing the expansion of civil rights to include more people. From the past to the present, this eight part series takes the viewer through one of the most powerful forces in American history: the promise of civil rights for all.

Miss Jane Pittman is celebrating her 110th birthday. As the civil rights movement heats up, Miss Jane, a former slave, recounts her memories of the black experience from picking potatoes on a southern plantation to fetching water for soldiers in the Civil War to her views on the current and turbulent equal rights movement.

A look at the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 as well as his career. It examines the possibility that James Earl Ray was not the only shooter or totally innocent of the crime. It looks at the FBI’s surveillance of Dr. King and J. Edgar Hoover’s feelings about him.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.

A small, predominantly Jewish suburb in Illinois is forced to confront its deepest fears about American rights and freedoms when a Nazi organizer, Frank Collin, selects it as the location for his next rally. Based on actual events.

Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.

In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.

Episode of the Biography television program. This film provides insight into the legendary civil rights leader’s personal and public life using interviews and rare footage.

President Truman led the nation through the end of World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, the struggle for civil rights, and the creation of the United Nations.

Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI’s attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.

The true story behind the landmark Supreme Court ruling known as Loving vs. Virginia, this film recounts the interracial couple who refused to accept a law that prohibited them from marrying.

King’s entire inspirational speech given in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.



DVD Picks: Forgotten Movies of the 90s

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

Everyone remembers the blockbusters, the award winners. But there are so many other movies, perfectly good ones that people enjoyed, that fall out of the collective memory. We thought that it would be nice to rediscover some of those from the 1990s. This list also includes early films by actors who went on to star in the blockbusters.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

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During Prohibition, two gangland bosses struggle for control over a city, with one of the boss’s lieutenants caught in the middle.

Natives of a small, isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Cameron falls for the most beautiful girl in school. However, she is forbidden to date until the most hated girl in school, her ill-tempered older sister, goes out too.

Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black commumnity of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows.

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle.

Lenny Nero sells dreams and hustles nightmares available on small disks that are viewable via a compact headpiece that makes every sensation immediate. Nero replays scenes of happier days with Faith Justin, who has run off with sadistic Philo Gant. As he attempts to win Faith back, he hooks up with an old friend, Lornette “Mace” Mason, and the two of them are caught in a deadly fantasy of conspiracy, murder, and betrayal.

After two ruthless drug dealers commit a brutal mass murder in Los Angeles and are forced to flee the state, their beautiful accomplice begs to go home to Arkansas and unwittingly leads them into a trap.

A cable installer, raised on television sitcoms, wants life to look like “My Three Sons.” And when he meets a single guy, he sees his chance for some serious male bonding.

A stewardess, a street-tough gun runner, a lonely bail bondsman, a shifty ex-con, a stoned-out beach bunny, and an earnest federal agent converge in a quest for a missing half million dollars.

Daryl Zero is a genius as a private investigator but a basket case in life. Steve Arlo is Zero’s smooth-talking front man and beleaguered gofer. Their search for a shady tycoon’s missing keys uncovers blackmail, revenge, and murder. But when love zeroes in on Zero, the world’s greatest detective suddenly doesn’t have a clue.

When Hank, Jacob, and Lou find $4.4 million inside a crashed plane in a nature preserve, they quickly come up with the plan to keep the money safe until the plane has been found by others and the dust has settled. As new ideas of using the money arise, however, the trusty atmosphere between the unequal partners slowly dissolves, and intrigues are spun.

Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter is determined to be president of Carver High’s student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracy’s obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. Mr. M. never imagines that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.



DVD Picks: Thanksgiving on TV

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

You probably know that our DVD collection has movies but did you realize that we also have television shows? To help you get into the holiday mood, we’ve chosen some favorite Thanksgiving episodes from these series. Happy Turkey Day!

The following TV series are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

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Buffy Summers and the rest of the gang get a Thanksgiving surprise when the spirit of a Native American warrior returns to the land of the living.

On Thanksgiving, Bart gets into a fight with the family and runs away from home before sharing a turkey dinner with a group of homeless people at a soup kitchen and learning the true meaning of the holiday in the process.

Diane is one of the few graduate students selected to spend Thanksgiving with her professor and his family in the “Pilgrim tradition.”

Dozens of Chinese stowaways are discovered in a container ship in California; Toby looks to pick a fight over school prayer with a recess appointment; Thanksgiving at the White House sees C.J. in charge of turkeys and Charlie looking for the ultimate carving knife.

Frasier, Martin, and Niles fly to Boston for Thanksgiving. Frasier and Lilith go together for an interview with the principal of an exclusive boarding school, hoping to gain a spot for Frederick. They are so dogged that the principal agrees to admit Frederick if they both promise that he’ll never lay eyes on either of them again.

It’s Thanksgiving in a few days but the family nature of the holidays will be difficult for many to achieve. Don refuses to join Betty and the children with her family for the holidays, he balking at the notion of the long drive and short time to spend there.

The Conner family steps it up for this Thanksgiving episode after Roseanne wins the lottery. Roseanne and Jackie’s mother, Bev, is outraged at the idea of a gay couple adopting children and, in the middle of a dinnertime diatribe, accidentally outs her own attraction to women.

What do a pack of genetically-modified murderous turkeys, a Braveheart parody, Sally Struthers, and a starving Ethiopian child have in common? They’re all part of this deliciously wicked Thanksgiving episode, which became an instant classic for the subversive series.

The gang relives their worst Thanksgivings, including Joey getting a turkey stuck on his head, Chandler’s parents getting divorced, and Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler’s toe. It all ends with Monica with a turkey on her head, with sunglasses and a fez, shimmying.

Carol Hathaway faces an ethical dilemma when a patient admits that he, and not his friend, was driving the car that ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. It’s Thanksgiving and the doctors treat an animal rights activist who was attacked by the turkey he was trying to save. Doug Ross is going to the Bahamas with Linda Farrell and he is very much feeling like a kept man. Carter has to treat a transgender woman who has now reached an age where she can no longer pass as a woman.

Rita prepares a big Thanksgiving meal while Dexter and Debra conduct investigations. Dexter stops by Arthur’s house for a visit and realizes that though Arthur is in appearance the happy family man, he is in fact terrorizing his family. According to Arthur’s son Jonah, they are all regularly beaten. Jonah is afraid to confront his father and invites Dexter for Thanksgiving dinner.

House and the team take on the case of James Sidas, an exceptionally brilliant physicist and author who traded his successful career for a job as a courier. For the ailing patient, intelligence is a miserable burden that has prompted depression and addiction, and this, coupled with his myriad unusual symptoms, nearly stumps the team. Meanwhile, the doctors at Princeton Plainsboro wrestle with strained personal relationships on the eve of Thanksgiving.



DVD Picks: Frank Sinatra

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

One hundred years ago, on December 12, 1915, “Ol’ Blue Eyes” was born. Most people remember Frank Sinatra as a singer but he was also an actor and appeared in more than 60 films. Below is a selection of some of his best work on the big screen. And don’t forget to visit the Frank Sinatra Centennial Exhibit at the Weeks Music Library!

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

Two lovesick sailors on shore leave in Hollywood fall hard for the same beautiful singer. The race for Susie’s heart leads them both into a series of comical and musical adventures.

The story of two baseball pros who moonlight as a song-and-dance team in the off-season. They both lose their hearts to the new female manager.

Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran, returns to 1948 Parkton, Indiana, his hometown. There he must come to terms with his roots and his future.

Three sailors have a 24-hour shore leave to enjoy New York. Chip tries but can’t resist the advances of a cab driver, Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he’s the perfect example of a “prehistoric man,” and Gabey finds the model who poses for the Miss Turnstiles advertisements, who isn’t quite the glamorous celebrity he envisioned.

The film powerfully dramatizes Israel’s heroic 1947-48 struggle for independence. It centers on the legendary David “Mickey” Marcus, an American Jew and World War II hero, who got involved by becoming a volunteer military adviser to the new state of Israel and the country’s first general in 2,000 years. Against the wishes of his wife, Mickey begins transforming a ragtag underground army into a first-class fighting machine. But as the threat of war looms, Mickey must also confront his growing attraction to beautiful activist Magda Simon.

A society wedding is being arranged in Newport, Rhode Island. The beautiful Tracy Samantha Lord is to marry George Kittredge. However, Tracy’s ex-husband, the songwriter C. K. Dexter-Haven, has never stopped loving her and has hopes of winning her back. A New York scandal sheet reporter and photographer arrive to cover the wedding and complicate the tangled romances.

Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies the attempts of officers and men to break him when he refuses to fight on the company’s boxing team.

Tony Manetta, a small-time Miami Beach hotel operator barely able to make the payments on his own modest inn, dreams of one day opening a million dollar resort. In addition to bill collectors, Tony must contend with his beatnik girlfriend and his well-meaning but conservative brother and sister-in-law. Through thick and thin, however, one thing remains constant: the love between Tony and his young son who admires him even if he isn’t a big shot.

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 that transforms the men into human time bombs. Returned to the United States as war heroes, one of them is used by his mother to promote her Joseph McCarthy-like husband’s political career.

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Detective Tony Rome discovers that everyone he talks to about a case winds up dead.



DVD Picks: Best College Movies

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

And so we face the start of another school year! No matter what challenges lie ahead, know that all of them have been faced by students before you. As proof, we offer you the following movies from our DVD collection. Many are dramas looking at the serious side of academia. Some are comedies to remind you that there is a light-hearted side to college life. Enjoy these titles and many others at the UM Libraries.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

 

Of all the famous players and coaches in the history of American football, one name stands out–the great Knute Rockne – all American. Pat O’Brien stars as Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, and former United States President Ronald Reagan stars as the ill-fated George “The Gipper” Gip in this story about what it takes to become a hero.

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication.

A college professor develops an anti-gravity substance by accident and equips his Model T and his college’s basketball player’s shoes with it. He tries to convince the Pentagon of its value but has problems with a local crook who wants to profit from the idea.

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During a single weekend, college professor Grady Tripp scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up.

Hart is a confused first year law student at Harvard. He is trying to survive the year under his strictest professor, the legendary Kingsfield. With the help of some of his classmates in his study group, Hart becomes one of the smartest students in his class.

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. Classic Marx Brothers comedy.

Grossly overweight Prof. Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him.

A young Ivy League couple cross social barriers to marry, then must cope with untimely illness and death.

First-term freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.



DVD Picks: Best of Spielberg

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

Actors are the visible icons of any movie but the director is the driving force behind the scenes. Certain directors have such a flare for the art that they can even eclipse the actors and become household names. Steven Spielberg is one such director. We offer up this list of some of his most beloved films.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.

On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. As a panel of experts review the park, their visit becomes anything but tranquil as the security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results.

This film tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.

An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him, and forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mister,” is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

This incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did.

The first three of the Indiana Jones movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and the Last Crusade. Heroes, villains, treasure, action, magic, danger, excitement: these films have it all.

Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the pre-crime unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up.

What Spielberg list could be complete without the classic “I’m-Never-Going-In-The-Water-Again” story of a killer shark that has taken over the waters near a seaside community and the three men who set out to kill it?

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully passed millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.