Go to the movies at the library—July 19, 2013
It was early spring in 1973. We had gone to Denver for the weekend, (from Sutherland it was a relatively short drive). Saturday night after shopping at Cinderella City and having a good meal someplace you couldn’t find in Ogallala or North Platte, we went to the movie “Deliverance.” I wore hot pants and a paisley body suit. The movie was compelling, so much so that the mood was hushed and somber as patrons exited the theater. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground; maybe the hot pants weren’t such a wise fashion choice. Back at the hotel, after a cup of hot tea, we talked about the movie: the ominous ending, the guitar-banjo duet, the comparisons, loosely at least, to “Heart of Darkness.”
All these decades later I remember those details because of the evocative power of film.
1970—different boyfriend—we went to Omaha (not all that far from Kearney) to see the movie “Mash.” We’d shopped and eaten at West Roads with our friends Anne and Bill, and were going to the movie there. As usual, Anne and I were running late. As a result, we had to sit close to the front in the theater, and bend our necks back to see. Our guys were so MAD! It was still a fabulous movie, hilarious, yet serious, one of the best satires I’ve ever seen. I’ve had a crush on Elliott Gould every since then, although the last time I saw him he looked OLD!
These and MANY other titles are available from our fantastic collection of both old and new movies at the library. You can relive some of your classic film experiences or enjoy some quality movies from earlier times. You can also learn some pop culture or even some history from earlier movies. An example is “All the President’s Men” which gives a fairly accurate view of the whole Watergate fiasco and President Nixon’s hubris.
Recently my husband and I watched “Klute” again. It is an atmospheric mystery starring Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda. I’d forgotten how good it was. Another neat suspense movie from the early 1970’s that is available at the library is “Play Misty for me.” If you want intrigue, but without the afraid of any noise factor, watch “Torn Curtain.” This movie is a political thriller that gives terrific insight into the cold war and the whole spy thing.
The Academy Award for Best Picture in 1975 went to “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The movie also took best actor and actress, director, and screenplay, sweeping the Oscars for that year. It is a quality film based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and we have it at the library. If you’ve seen it, you’ll never forget the ending. Here’s a bit of background for those of you who have missed it, Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is facing prison time, and thinks that a way to avoid that is to pretend to be mentally ill. So he goes into an institution where he encounters the evil Miss Ratched (Louise Fletcher), and the other patients and staff, including a character played by Danny DeVito.
A FEW of the other classics you will find at the library are: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a funny and sensitive portrayal of some of the early problems with interracial dating and marriage, “Dirty Dancing,” with another of my movie crushes Patrick Swayze whose sensual moves are apparent both on and off the dance floor, “Apocalypse Now,” which gives one view of the war in Southeast Asia and also has some terrific 60’s music, “Easy Rider,” which helps define an earlier age and mindset, and “Forrest Gump,” one of my top five all time movies, where you can learn a bit about history, have some laughs and some tears, appreciate the symbolism, and come away with a positive attitude about life and humanity.
So look in the on-line card catalogue or come scan our dvd shelves for your next viewing experience.