Category Archives: film

Revisiting Jamaica Inn

How Good Is “Not That Bad?” For a long time, I avoided Jamaica Inn. No, not the actual motel, but the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film of that name. I had read comments by film critics to the effect that it … Continue reading

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I enjoy documentaries about current social issues. Does the History and Social Sciences department buy Oscar-nominated documentaries that fit into this category?

We are always on the lookout for outstanding documentaries, and make it a point each year to order the Oscar nominees in the fields of history and social sciences. Here are some of the films you’ll find in our collection … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ride the Pink Horse

Pink Noir? What are the characteristics of Film Noir? Rain-slicked streets, good; seedy characters, good; the city as the breeding ground for evil, good. But what about southwestern small towns? What about southwestern small-town fiestas? What about weird titles involving…oh, … Continue reading

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Another Criterion Carpet Ride…

It’s time for another quick look at a few of the many “Criterion Collection” feature film DVDs owned by the Dallas Public Library. The Criterion Company makes available the “best of the best” classic and contemporary films, of numerous nationalities. … Continue reading

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Night Watch (Better Make That Two Nights)

What’s your reaction when I say “Peter Greenaway?” Do you extend your hand and say “Pleased to make your acquaintance, Peter?” Actually, he’s the British film writer/director responsible for the once-notorious The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, … Continue reading

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