Three of this year’s Oscar-nominated best pictures and a 1945 film noir are the Wednesday afternoon movie offerings this month at Southbury Public Library. On May 10th Denzel Washington stars as a working-class black man in the 1950s struggling against racism and trying to preserve his self-pride. Viola Davis won the Oscar for her supporting role as the devoted wife and mother, mediating clashes between father and son.
The May 17th film tells the story of the African-American women mathematicians who, in the early 1960s, played a pivotal but previously unheralded role in the American space program, overcoming the indignities of segregation and eventually winning the respect of their colleagues and supervisors.
One of the year’s best foreign-language films, from Sweden, will be shown on May 24th (with English subtitles). It concerns a cranky but quietly heroic man forced into early retirement at the age of 59 because of a heart condition and overwhelmed with grief for his late wife. His lack of purpose festers into picking arguments with people.
The 1945 film showing on May 31st casts Edward G. Robinson as a timid middle-aged bookkeeper pulled into a world of crime and deception by a seductive woman, played by Joan Bennett, and her manipulative boyfriend (Dan Duryea). The movie was directed by the Fritz Lang.
The films, offered free to the public, begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley Meeting room surround sound theater, with infrared listening system available. Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list the titles of the films. They are sponsored by Friends of the Southbury Public Library, with the videos provided by Connecticut Libraries. For further information, call the Library at 203-262-0626.
Contact: Irene Sudol, Admin. Asst.
203-262-0626 ext. 144
FAX #: 203-262-6734
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488