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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Swoon with Irene Dunne, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis. Take in this lineup of great screen romances.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

If only we could strike it rich, then our problems would be over. Right? Not according to John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which demonstrates that with newfound wealth comes plenty of bad baggage: bloodthirsty bandits, betrayal, and madness. Shot almost entirely in Mexico (one of the first Hollywood movies made on a foreign location) and oozing authenticity with every frame, this superb adventure won two Oscars for John Huston (directing and screenplay) and another (supporting actor) for his father – the only such father-son win in Academy history.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Please join us this afternoon for our Sunday family movie. (Parents with children)


Friday, May 2, 2014
2:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Plan to attend May's offering "Lifeboat", directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This tense World War II drama was nominated for three Academy Awards. Filmed in 1944, this movie is a Hitchcock classic. Not Rated.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Figures from history come to life in May's lineup of Hollywood bio-pics.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Just weeks after marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving (he was white, she was African American) were dragged from their bed in the middle of the night and jailed for violating a Virginia law against marrying a person of a different race. Convicted, they were banished from the state and spent the next nine years fighting for the right to return, eventually taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thanks to the Lovings, the last remaining miscegenation laws in the U.S. were overturned.

Randal M. Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, provides opening and closing remarks.


Friday, May 9, 2014

42 - starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford
History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. Each week, the free series Hollywood’s Greatest Year will present a movie from 1939.

Figures from history come to life in May's lineup of Hollywood bio-pics.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Join us each month as we enjoy a movie on our big screen.


Friday, May 16, 2014
2:00pm @ Waldo Branch

This month's movie is the remake of "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Made-for-television, the remake features more special effects and otherwise updates a classic. Not rated.