Historical stories, both real and imagined, are told in the three films being shown this month on Wednesday afternoons at Southbury Public Library. The July 12th film, based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” stars Rachel Weisz as the American professor, Deborah E. Lipstadt, fighting a legal battle against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she called him a Holocaust denier. Tom Wilkinson plays her not always sympathetic lawyer.
The 1985 film on July 19 is based on a 13th century legend, with Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer playing a stalwart knight and beautiful maiden. Once lovers, they are fated by a jealous bishop’s curse to be eternally apart. By day she is a hawk; by night he is a wolf.
A romantic comedy set in the 1790s and loosely based on a Jane Austen novel will be shown on July 26. The main character is Lady Susan Vernon, played by Kate Beckinsale, a beautiful widow who is staying at the estate of her in-laws to escape rumors about her dalliances. She confides to her American sister-in-law, played by Chloe Sevigny, her intention to snag a husband for herself and her rather reluctant daughter. But first, another dalliance.
All the films begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley Meeting room surround sound theater, with infrared listening system available, along with closed captioning. Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the library cannot list the titles of the films. They are offered free to the public by Friends of the Southbury Public Library, with the videos provided by Connecticut Libraries. For further information, call the library at 203-262-0626 or visit http://southburylibrary.org/adult-services/wednesday-movies/ .
Contact: Elizabeth Kelly
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 133