Instructional Media Center

• February Feature •


8 femmes - PQ2680.H663 H852 2002 DVD
French musical/murder mystery.  The patriarch of a wealthy family is murdered.  One of the 8 women in his life is guilty.  The phone line has been cut and a fierce winter storm prevents anyone from coming or going.  Nothing left to do but sing!  Starring a young, up and coming Ludivine Sagnier and the ageless, inimitable Catherine Deneuve.

Blues Brothers – PN1995.9.M86 B584 2005 DVD
The greatest ensemble of R&B talent in one movie.  John Belushi and Dan Akroyd take their SNL skit to the big screen by way of director John Landis.  Accompanying them along the way – Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, ½ of Booker T and the MGs, and host of cameos.  Jake and Elwood Blues are charged with saving the church from foreclosure.  They’re on a mission from God.  It’s dark out.  And they’re wearing sunglasses.

CabaretPN1995.9.M86 C323 2003 DVD
Set in Berlin 1930, Liza Minnelli plays American Sally Bowles, star of the notorious Kit-Kat Club.  Love triangles and the rise of the Nazis provide a controversial backdrop to what many critics consider the most influential contemporary musical film.  Nominated for 10 Academy Awards and ranked #5 on the American Film Institutes list of greatest musicals. 

Der Blaue Engel - PN1995.9.G47 B584 2001 DVD
A middle-aged professor’s life is derailed by his obsession with a beautiful cabaret performer named Lola Lola.  One of Germany’s first sound films, this movie helped make Marlene Dietrich an international star.  Reed’s copy includes Dietrich’s screen test and the original trailer.

DreamgirlsPN1995.9.M86 D75 2007 DVD
2006 film version of the popular Broadway musical.  The story is loosely based on The Supremes, their crossover to pop music and subsequent success.  A Motown girl group, The Dreamettes, land a job backing a local rising star.  Various affairs shape the group’s destiny and eventually they lose the leading man and skyrocket to stardom. This was the film debut for Jennifer Hudson who made the leap from American Idol, capturing the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Une Femme est une Femme - PN1995.9.F7 F4554 2004 DVD
A tribute to classic Hollywood musicals from director Jean-Luc Godard.  Striptease artist Angela wants a child, but her boyfriend Emile isn’t ready for fatherhood.  The couple agrees that Angela will have a child with Emile’s good friend, resulting in much drama.

Grease – PN1995.9.M86 G74374 2006 DVD
If you haven’t seen this movie, you must not own a television. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John star in this 70s version of Romeo and Juliet set in the 50s.  The T-Birds (Montagues) and Pink Ladies (Capulets) try to put an end to the star crossed, doomed relationship of a bad boy and a good girl, resulting in their tragic double suicide. Grease was the highest grossing musical of all-time and solely responsible for everyone having to do the hand jive at bar/bat mitzvahs everywhere.  Curiously, the whole movie starts with an animated title sequence featuring a slick disco tune from Barry Gibb.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - PN1995.9.M86 H439 2001 DVD
Following a botched sex-change operation and numerous romantic disappointments, Hedwig travels across the United States, telling her life story in stage shows performed at a series of strip-mall seafood restaurants.        

Moulin RougePN1995.9.F7 M685 2001 DVD
From the catalog “Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections”

Oklahoma! - PN1995.9.M86 O563 2005 DVD  
The first collaboration from the famous composer/librettist team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.  Romance with cowboys, set on the Oklahoma plains.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - PN1995.9.M86 P3 1997 DVD
A tragic love story starring Catherine Deneuve, set on the coast of France.  All dialogue is sung. Winner of the Palm d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.

Pardes  - PN1995.9.I645 P37 1998 DVD
Rajiv, the American-born son of a wealthy Indian businessman, prepares to marry the traditional Indian woman his father has selected for him, but an unexpected love triangle complicates his father’s plans.

Rent - PN1995.9.M86 R468 2006 DVD
Based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème.  A group of bohemians living in New York City’s East Village encounter heartbreak, drug addiction and AIDS.

Repo! The genetic operaPN1995.9.O64 R476 2009 DVD
The year is 2056.  Affordable health care has arrived in the form of payment plans for organ transplants. But skipping out on your medical bills is no longer an option.  Repo men are charged with repossessing the organs of delinquent customers.  Starring a colorful cast that includes Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy), Ogre (from Skinny Puppy) and Paris Hilton (from the tabloids).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - PN1995.9.H6 R624 2006 DVD
Horror parody meets rock opera.  Naïve couple Brad and Janet unwittingly stumble into the bizarre world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, mad scientist and self-described “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.”  If you want the full Rocky Horror experience, checkout the Saturday night screenings, midnight at the Clinton St. theater.

Slumdog Millionaire PN1997.2.S58 B792 2009 DVD
18 year old Jamal Malik is on the verge of winning India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.  As the show breaks preceding the final question, producers and the police question Jamal about his surprising wealth of knowledge.  Jamal recounts his life story revealing answers to the show’s questions, while telling a tale of struggle and triumph. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for best film and best director.

Singin’ in the RainPN1995.9.C655 S5645 2002 DVD  
MGM’s big musical comedy about Hollywood in transition from silent pictures to “talkies”.  Hailed by the American Film Institute as the greatest musical of all-time and #5 on the list of greatest American films.

South Pacific - PN1995.9.M86 S6 1998 video
In this classic musical from composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, Americans stationed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II find love and adventure.

West Side Story - PN1997 .W453 1998 video
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet moves to 1950s New York City, where feuding between rival gangs threatens to separate young lovers Tony and Maria.  Featuring choreography by Jerome Robbins, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
PN1995.9.C55 W5669 2005 DVD
The original starring Gene Wilder.  A handful of spoiled kids and one lucky young lad score tickets to the super secret Wonka chocolate factory, only to find that the exotic and alluring world of candy making is equally horrifying, full of traps meant to eliminate and disfigure nosey, disobedient children.