Movies: anytime, any location, all ages

Saturday, February 20, 2016

West Side Story - Starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno

The greatest story ever told in the most acclaimed musical of all time! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story. This electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York.

This 1961 musical drama runs 153 minutes and is unrated.

Come join us in the Ruiz meeting room for a great movie and light refreshments.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February.

Was Shakespeare really Shakespeare? Are the plays the timeless works of a barely schooled actor or a highly educated nobleman with ties to the Elizabethan court?


Sunday, February 21, 2016

The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with psychological studies of films starring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. A discussion follows each screening.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, this film focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are connected by the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway. Streep plays Clarissa, a New Yorker preparing a party for her AIDS-stricken friend in 2001. Julianne Moore is Laura, a pregnant, California housewife with a young son and an unhappy marriage in the 1950s. And Nicole Kidman is Woolf, in England, struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel in the 1920s.

Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst David Donovan and Julie Farstad, associate professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of screenings of four memorable films adapted from books by African American authors. Funding provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the A Winter’s Tale Spin Suggested Readings list. Discussions immediately follow film presentations.

These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 816.701.3683 or email kaitestover@kclibrary.org.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

But, soft! What light through yonder film projector breaks? Be sure to check out these Hollywood interpretations of Shakespeare’s prose each Saturday in February.

Cole Porter’s lively musical retelling of The Taming of the Shrew revolves around a bickering divorced couple still in love with each other, two impoverished lovers trying to make enough money to marry, and a pair of gangsters who refuse to leave the stage until they collect on a gambling debt.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Director Richard Loncraine successfully relocates the story of the murderously scheming king to 1930, and Ian McKellan delivers a memorable performance in the title role. Also starring Annette Bening, the film drew Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the A Winter’s Tale Spin Suggested Readings list. Discussions immediately follow film presentations.

These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 816.701.3683 or email kaitestover@kclibrary.org.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Ben Whishaw, whom you may know as Q in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, stars as the titular Richard. Patrick Stewart, Clémence Poésy, and Rory Kinnear also appear in this first of four films in the BBC’s series of adaptations of Shakespeare histories, The Hollow Crown.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

This event previously planned for Wednesday, February 17, at the Plaza Branch has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 5, at the Central Library.

The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when the influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong Latino-American communities in our country.

A discussion afterward is led by two University of Kansas scholars: Ruben Flores, an associate professor of American studies associate director of the school’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Christina Bejarano, an associate professor of political science and faculty member in university’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


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