DVD Picks: LGBTQ Films

by Terri Robar, Education & Outreach Librarian

June has been designated as the LGBTQ Pride Month. To celebrate, we’ve selected some of our favorite titles from The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers found on Advocate.com. Many more of these titles are available in our collection.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection, which can be searched by movie theme (or topic) as well as categories such as time period, genre, or language. Visit library.miami.edu/UDVD to view the entire collection.

Tin

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo’s Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo’s director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife.

Leopard

This documentary is a chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the age of the city’s drag balls and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.

Cranes

Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.

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With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered pink tour bus “Priscilla,” the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits.

Wages

Megan is a high school cheerleader. When her parents suspect that she is a lesbian, they send her to a conversion therapy camp. There Megan comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love.

Amour

This film follows Vivian who is going through a divorce. While vacationing in Nevada, she meets Cay, an open lesbian. The two are drawn into a passionate affair.

Viridiana

His life changed history, his courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White’s attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the true story of Harvey Milk.

Brief

Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.

Union

Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation, and guilt–as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. When his parents send him to a psychiatrist, the doctor helps them to see that there is nothing wrong with being different.

Pelle

The setting for this film is the Kit Kat Klub in 1931 Berlin. An American girl and a British academic meet and fall in love. Then they fall in with a German baron and are each seduced by him in turn. The crowd at the Kit Kat Klub represent a wide variety of lifestyles that are gradually being obscured by the rising darkness of the Nazi party.

Rosetta

Wealthy Mary Haines loses her husband to ruthless perfume-shopgirl Crystal Allen, who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler, whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another and ultimately learn about themselves.

Uncle

Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.



IBIS Yearbook (1927-1959) Now Available Online

IBIS, the University of Miami’s yearbook, has been published annually since 1927. Click the image to browse the digital collection.

IBIS, the University of Miami’s yearbook, has been published annually since 1927. Click the image to browse the collection.

The University of Miami Archives has recently completed a significant digitization project resulting in online access to one of the University’s oldest and most-cherished publications, IBIS yearbook. The first 33 volumes of IBIS, from 1927 to 1959, are now available for browsing and research through the University of Miami Libraries’ website. The collection is fully searchable by keyword, and images can be saved or printed for research or personal use.

Foreword from IBIS, 1927, stating “we hope [this yearbook] will prove as good a guide to those who follow as the blazed trail was to the settlers of the western frontier.” (Click to enlarge.)

Foreword from IBIS, 1927, stating “we hope [this yearbook] will prove as good a guide to those who follow as the blazed trail was to the settlers of the western frontier.” (Click to enlarge.)

The project, which began in fall 2013,  was completed in collaboration with the Libraries’ Preservation, Digital Production, Cataloging & Metadata, and Web & Application Development departments.

Housed at the University Archives in the Otto G. Richter Library, the entire yearbook collection is one of the most frequently researched archival resources by the UM community. It’s also considered a record of enduring historical value on subjects ranging from student life and campus activities to regional and national events. The publication is a frequent past recipient of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award, the highest honor for college yearbooks in the country.

You can visit the University Archives, located on the eighth floor of the Otto G. Richter Library, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact University Archivist Koichi Tasa for questions or suggestions on archiving and using historical resources of the University of Miami.

Browse the IBIS Yearbook Digital Collection »



DVD Picks: Cannes Film Festival Winners

by Terri Robar, Education & Outreach Librarian

The Palme d’Or (or Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It has gone by several names since its inception in 1939 but has always been awarded to the best entries. Here are a selection of the many fine films that have received this prize over the decades.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection, which can be searched by movie theme (or topic) as well as categories such as time period, genre, or language. Visit library.miami.edu/UDVD to view the entire collection.

Tin

Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar rejects both and, and on his third birthday, refuses to grow. In a state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out at all he surveys with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding, chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, West Germany.

Leopard

It is Sicily in the 1800s. Prince Salina, a great landowner, has to watch the decrease of his power and influence after ‘Il Risorgimento’, the unification of Italy. The upper classes try to ignore the nationalist movements and the prince is uncertain of his own feelings. Directed by Luchino Visconti, Italy.

Uncle

Choosing to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside, Boonmee is visited by his dead wife as a ghost and his lost son as a strange hairy beast with red glowing eyes. They’ve come to guide him to his final resting place, a cave where his first soul began. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

Wages

In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, France.

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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII who smuggles the weapons to partisans. He doesn’t mention to the workers that the war is over and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground “shelter” — only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Directed by Emir Kusturica, Serbia and Montenegro.

Cranes

When Veronica’s lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris’ family. His cousin seduces her and, out of guilt, she marries him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris, she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return. Later, she learns Boris has been killed in the war. Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, Soviet Union.

Viridiana

Novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. Directed by Luis Buñuel, Mexico.

Brief

Middle-aged Dr. Alec Harvey and suburban housewife Laura Jesson are middle-class suburbanites who meet on a train platform in the dour, gray Britain of 1945. They enter into a quietly passionate, ultimately doomed love affair. Directed by David Lean, United Kingdom.

Pelle

A boat filled with Swedish immigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm at the end of the 19th Century. Lasse and his son Pelle find work on a farm but are treated very poorly. Pelle is determined to make a better life. Directed by Bille August, Denmark

Union

In 1862, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, United States.

Rosetta

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgium.

Amour

A touching tale of a loving couple whose unbreakable bonds of marriage are tested by life’s greatest challenge. Directed by Michael Haneke, Austria.



Join Us for an Artist Talk on Creating a Literary Map of Los Angeles

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How might one depict the literary history of a city as complex and diverse as Los Angeles? In 2011, artist J. Michael Walker tackled this question, creating a “City in Mind: A Lyrical Map of the City of Los Angeles” (color pencil on polypropylene paper, 50″ high x 256” wide), a monumental illustrated literary map of Los Angeles. First exhibited at the Hammer Museum, the map was later acquired by the UCLA Library, where it will soon be placed on permanent display. The remarkably generative work — now fully digitized — has been integrated into history, literature, and digital humanities courses at UCLA and led to new opportunities for teaching with special collections in the digital era.

In conversation with Kelly Miller, Associate Dean of Learning and Research Services at the University of Miami Libraries, J. Michael Walker will discuss the work, how it came to be, and the collaborations it has inspired.

The conversation will be followed by Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP now to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026.

About the Artist
Photo-by-Michael-Dooley_crop2J. Michael Walker’s multicultural works connect history and spirituality with an empathic feminism. His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Harvard Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, and the Autry Center Museum of the American West. His first book, All the Saints of the City of the Angels (Heyday, 2008), which he both wrote and illustrated, as an exploration of the history and multicultural heritage of Los Angeles, won Art Book of the Year and Best Regional Non-Fiction on the Pacific West for 2009, and is in its second printing. J. Michael’s essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, on the Zocalo website, and in Iris, the online magazine of the Getty Museum.



Local Food Experts Engage Foodie Community of South Florida

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Click the image above to watch a video of the discussion on May 13. More photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook.

by Sarah Block, Library Communications

Local food experts reflected on South Florida’s abundant natural offerings, strong multicultural seasonings, and rich supply of untapped resources—all shaping the area’s evolving culinary landscape during a panel discussion at UM Special Collections’ Tropical Gastronomies. The event featured chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken, food blogger and Edible South Florida editor Gretchen Schmidt, and author and historian Mandy Baca.

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Mandy Baca, author of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs & Empanadas, discusses Miami food history with chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken and food blogger and Edible South Florida editor Gretchen Schmidt.

Moderated by Special Collections Head Cristina Favretto, the discussion touched on well-established fares and flavors such as stone crabs, citrus, and mangos, the formation of Van Aken’s New World Cuisine, and how recent developments like the farm-to-table movement are shedding light on lesser-known edible flora and fauna. The event was held as part of a UM Libraries-wide exhibition exploring the rich culinary traditions of South Florida, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Vintage restaurant postcards and menus, local organizational cookbooks, and dining brochures from Pan American World Airlines, Inc., and other materials are on display from Special Collections.

During the event, Favretto announced that Special Collections aims to further its collection of food- and cooking-related materials through the establishment of the Culinary History Collection of Florida, and is seeking donations of historical materials such as restaurant menus, local and regional recipe books, oral histories with chefs, and images of restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets. Individuals interested in contributing to the archive are encouraged to contact Special Collections at 305-284-3247 or asc.library@miami.edu.

Photos by Andrew Innerarity.

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The discussion touched on well-established fares and flavors and how recent developments like the farm-to-table movement are shedding light on lesser-known edible flora and fauna.