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Saturday, February 6, 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.

In Shakespeare in Love, a young Shakespeare, out of ideas and strapped for cash, meets the love of his life and finds inspiration for one of his most popular plays. Best Picture and Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow) Academy Award winner. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Sunday, February 7, 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.

Actress Suzanne Vale (Streep) is a recovering drug addict trying to pick up the pieces of her acting career and get on with life after her discharge from a rehab center. For insurance purposes, she must stay with a “responsible” individual such as her mother (Shirley MacLaine), a comedy star in the 1950s and ’60s whose shadow Suzanne had struggled to escape. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her semi-autobiographical, 1987 novel about her and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst Michael Harty and Tom Poe, associate professor of film and media arts at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.


Sunday, February 7, 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.


Friday, February 12, 2016
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Some of Hollywood's most famous comedians, the Marx brothers, star in "Room Service", a comedy about cash-strapped producers of a play trying to find a backer for their play while also seeking a way to avoid being evicted from their hotel room. A rollicking good time with Groucho's rapier wit and Chico and Harpo's trademark comedic performances. Also starring Lucille Ball in one of her earlier films. 1939


Saturday, February 13, 2016

The name – the Black Panthers – is seared into ’60s history, evoking both clenched-fist activism and leather-jacketed, Afro-coiffed cool. The radical group stood at the vanguard of the era’s movement for social change in America before its decline and eventual disintegration in the 1970s and early ’80s.


Saturday, February 13, 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.

Joss Whedon puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s dialogue-rich comedy about two pairs of lovers with differing views on love. Claudio and Hero can’t find a way to be together, and Benedick and Beatrice can’t find a way to avoid each other.


Sunday, February 14, 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, February 14, 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.

Winner of seven Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture, this romantic comedy depicts an imaginary love affair between the up-andcoming Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and the beautiful, betrothed Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) during the writing of Romeo and Juliet. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Thursday, February 18, 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.


Friday, February 19, 2016
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Directed by Stanley Kramer ("Inherit the Wind", "The Defiant Ones"), "On the Beach" presents a post apocalyptic world after a nuclear war with the only survivors being the crew of a submarine. Each member is faced with the decision of what they want to do in a world without loved ones and a bleak future. Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. 1959


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