The popular films series, "Tuesday Night at the Movies," returns to the Madison Public Library on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm. "Pirate Radio" will be open the fall session. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Rhys Ifans in the story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the '60s, playing the music that defined a generation. The British government did not allow the radio stations in the 1960's to play rock and roll music, even that of the Beatles. The DJ's took boats out into International waters and broadcast what they wanted, much to the chagrin of the government authorities. The film is rather loosely based on the actual facts, but the music, the talented cast and the comedic situations make it a film that will be enjoyed by many. It is rated PG-13.
The 2nd film in the series in "Sherlock Holmes," starring Robert Downey, Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. It will be presented on September 21st. In a dynamic new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Holmes and Watson are sent on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. "Sherlock Holmes" is rated PG-13.
The classic musical from 1953, "Band Wagon," will be shown on September 28th. Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant lead the cast. Each song and dance routine, from the lovely "Dancing in the Dark" through the insanely happy "A Shine on Your Shoes" to the thrilling coda "That's Entertainment" is a slice of cinematic magic in this delightful musical. An original ballet sequence "Girl Hunt" choreographed for Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse by Michael Kidd is especially notable. The film is not rated, but is suitable for all audiences.
"Tea with Mussolini" is the first of three films to be shown in October. On October 5th, the library will present Cher, Judi Dench, and Joan Plowright in the semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli. The film tells of Luca Innocenti (born out of wedlock and not officially recognized by his father) and his struggle to assert his independence and find his way into a life of art. The coming-of-age tale is also a haunting evocation of a vanished world: that of the quiet city of Florence on the brink of World War II. The rating of this film is PG.
Nominated for Best Picture of 2009, "The Blind Side" is the selection for October 12th. Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates star in Hollywood's version of a true story of a young man who is an African American from the Memphis ghetto. His mother, who has serious drug problems, is unable to take care of him. He ends up living on the streets. A wealthy family takes him in and helps him to fulfill his potential as an athlete and as a human being. This film is rated PG-13.
"Young Victoria" will be the final film shown in October. It will screen on Tuesday, October 19th at 7pm. Emily Blunt stars as Victoria, the young queen. This dramatization covers the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. At the age of 17, Victoria was already the object of a royal power struggle as she was in line for the throne and everyone was vying to win her favor. The film is rated PG-13.
Two movies will be presented in November. "Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, will play on Tuesday, November 9th. It tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Believing he could bring his racially and economically divided country together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallied his underdog team as they made an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. The rating for this film is PG-13.
The final film of the fall series is "Shadow of a Doubt," which will screen on November 16th. This classic murder mystery (1943) was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and stars Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten), an Eastern bon vivant, arrives in a peaceful California town to visit relatives. Only his niece, also named Charlie (Teresa Wright), whose personality is inextricably linked with his, realizes that Uncle Charlie is the notorious "Merry Widow Murderer." This film is not rated.
All films begin promptly at 7pm in the Madison Public Library's Chase Room. The series is free and open to the public. A discussion period follows each film, and is led by series host Tim Hoey. The library is located at 39 Keep Street. For further information, contact Carrie Thompson, the library's Program Coordinator at (973) 377-0722.