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Series Title: Criterion Collection
Call Number: DVD 2009-233
Description: A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town during the Fascist period.
Keywords: Federico Fellini; Surrealism; Historical

American Graffiti
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Call Number: DVD 2002-2
Description: Four teens come of age in 1962; stars Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss.
Keywords: George Lucas

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre
Series Title: 2002
Call Number: DVD 2012-196
Description: Asterix and Obelix travel to Egypt to help architect Numerobis build a palace for Cleopatra.

Auberge Espagnole
Series Title: (2002)
Call Number: DVD 2004-21
Description: Life of a French college student who participates in an exchange program in Spain.
Keywords: French/Spanish

Balada Triste de Trompeta = The Last Circus
Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2012-37
Description: A twisted love triangle.
Keywords: Clowns; Iglesia

Being There
Series Title: 1979
Call Number: DVD 2015-2
Description: A sheltered gardener who's previous life experience included only what he'd seen on TV, heads out into the world and stumbles into the inner circle of political power brokers.
Keywords: Peter Sellers; Social Isolation

Belle Epoque [The Age of Beauty]
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2007- 39
Description: Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter, faces a romantic dilemma when he must choose between a free-thinking artist and her four daughters
Keywords: Spanish; Romance

Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion
Series Title: Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films (1938)
Call Number: DVD 2007-488
Description: Professor Henry Higgins works to make a pretty flower girl into a young lady of society.
Keywords: Social Class; Speech

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Series Title: 2012
Call Number: DVD 2013-49
Description: Friendships develop when seven seniors outsource their retirement to reside at a resort in India that is less luxurious than advertised. Cast includes Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.

Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis = Welcome to the Sticks
Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2011-283
Description: A post office manager cheats for a transfer to the French Rivera to please his wife, but is caught, and instead transferred to the northernmost city of France known for its difficult language, dampness, and drunken population.
Keywords: Dany Boon

Black King
Series Title: African-American Film Heritage Video Series
Call Number: VCR 2000-246
Description: Satire about the Back-to-Africa movement (1935)
Keywords: Satire; Back-to-Africa movement

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Series Title: Audrey Hepburn Collection
Call Number: VCR 2007-191
Description: A romantic comedy featuring Holly Golightly, an eccentric New York City playgirl, and her neighbor; based on the novella by Truman Capote; starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard
Keywords: Capote, Truman; Hepburn, Audrey

Charme Dscret de la Bourgeoisie = Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Series Title: Coleccion Bunuel (1972)
Call Number: DVD 2014-113
Description: Surrealist and satirical film where six upper-class men sit down to dinner but never eat, thwarted by vaudevillian imagined and actual events.
Keywords: Luis Bunuel; Surrealism

Como era Gostoso o Meu france's = How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
Series Title: International Cinema
Call Number: VCR 2004-70
Description: French soldier captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians in the coastal wilds of Brazil.In Portuguese, French, and Tupi with English subtitles.
Keywords: Portuguese/French

Crimen Ferpecto = Perfect Crime
Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2013-34
Description: Beaten out by his rival Don Antonio for department manager, Rafael becomes the most likely suspect when Don Antonio mysteriously disappears.
Keywords: Thriller; Crime

Day for Night
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 98-71
Description: Truffaut's 1973 "homage to movie-making;" dubbed in English.
Keywords: Francois Truffaut

Dias de Futbol = Soccer days
Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2012-243
Description: An ex-convict and amateur shrink, convinces his pals that the best way to overcome their midlife crises and lack of success with women is to reassemble their old soccer team and win something in life, even if only a local championship.

Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2006-142
Description: Stanley Kubrick's satire about nuclear holocaust; special edition including two documentaries and new interviews.
Keywords: Satire; Peter Sellers

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2002- 22
Description: Stanley Kubrick's satire about nuclear holocaust
Keywords: Satire; Peter Sellers

El Abrazo Partido = Lost Embrace
Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2012-35
Description: A young man who lives in a Jewish working-class section of Buenos Aires gets motivated by the idea of moving to Poland.
Keywords: Immigrants; Burman

En la Puta Vida = Tricky life
Series Title: 2001
Call Number: DVD 2012-164
Description: Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital.
Keywords: Prostitution; Crime; Silva

Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda [Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Wo
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2005-7
Description: Comedic history of a love replete with passion, aversion, machismo, and infidelity; based on the play by Sabina Berman.
Keywords: Spanish (Mexico); Sabina Berman

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Call Number: VCR 98- 42
Description: Directed by Joel Cohen; starring Francis McDormand
Keywords: Joel Cohen; Ethan Cohen

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Series Title: 1986
Call Number: DVD 2012-49
Description: High school students ditch school to spend an unforgttable day in Chicago.

Firemen's Ball
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Call Number: VCR 86- 7
Description: Originally filmed in Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1967, with title"Hori, ma panenko"
Keywords: Czech

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf
Series Title: American Playhouse
Call Number: DVD 2004- 41
Description: The journey of six African-American women in America
Keywords: African-American Women

French Twist = Gazon Maudit
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-20
Description: Suburban housewife Loli is furious when she discovers her husband has been cheating on her for years. When the van of a tough-talking tender-hearted lesbian named Marijo breaks down in front of Loli's house things take an unusual turn.
Keywords: Josiane Balasko; Romance

Fresa y Chocolate = Strawberries and Chocolate
Series Title: 1994
Call Number: DVD 2012-53
Description: A flamboyant man falls in love with a communist.
Keywords: Sexuality

God is Brazilian = Deus e Brasileiro
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-194
Description: God decides to take a vacation and goes to northeast Brazil to find a saint who can rule the universe in his absence.
Keywords: Fantasy; Faith; Carlos Diegues

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Call Number: VCR 2000- 37
Description: Stars Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft; based on Webb's novel
Keywords: Charles Webb; Mike Nichols

Gran Calavera = Great Madcap
Series Title: Coleccion Mexico en Pantalla (1949)
Call Number: DVD 2014-130
Description: A comedy about a family's attempts to change the wealthy patriarch's somewhat indulgent and hedonistic ways by fooling him into thinking his large fortune is gone.
Keywords: Luis Bunuel

Habemus Papum = We Have a Pope
Series Title: 2011
Call Number: DVD 2013-237
Description: Fears of a newly elected Pope.
Keywords: Nanni Moretti

Harold and Maude
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2007-186
Description: A young man obsessed with death falls in love with a 79-year-old woman; starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
Keywords: Ruth Gordon; Bud Cort

Importance of Being Earnest
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 93- 48
Description: Based on the play by Oscar Wilde
Keywords: Oscar Wilde

Importance of Being Earnest
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2014-3
Description: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym, Ernest. Cast includes Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, and Tom Wilkinson.
Keywords: Romance

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Call Number: DVD 2006-222
Description: 1991 film about the romance between feminist author George Sand and composer Frederic Chopin; starring Hugh Grant, Judy Davis
Keywords: George Sand, Frederic Chopin

Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2013-68
Description: After being deported from the U.S., El Benny gets involved in drug trafficking to make money for his family.
Keywords: Luis Estrada; Drug Trafficking

Series Title: 2011
Call Number: DVD 2012-119
Description: After a paragliding accident, a quadriplegic aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

Invasions Barbares = The Barbarian Invasions
Series Title: 2003
Call Number: DVD 2004-55
Description: A dying man tries to reconcile with family and friends.

Series Title: 2007
Call Number: DVD 2013-60
Description: After becoming pregnant, a 16 year old decides to give up her child to an adoptive couple. Cast includes Ellen Page and Michael Cera.
Keywords: Teenage Pregnancy

Kind Hearts and Cornets
Series Title: Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films (1949)
Call Number: DVD 2007-477
Description: Louis Mazzini must kill eight of his relatives to avenge his mother's disinheritanceto ascend to her family's dukedom. Directed by Robert Hamer and based on the novel by Roy Horniman.

La Nana = The Maid
Series Title: 2009
Call Number: DVD 2012-36
Description: A drama centered on a maid who trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years drives away the other candidates.
Keywords: Chile; Silva

Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2008-3
Description: The story revolves around the character of Munnabhai, who learns more about the life of Mahatma Gandhi and tries to apply the latter's concept of Satyagraha to modern life.
Keywords: India; Gandhi; Rajkumar Hirani

Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2010-18
Description: A crime boss begins to have visions of Mahatma Ghandi.
Keywords: Rajkumar Hirani

Latter Days
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2007-127
Description: A promiscuous gay party animal develops a relationship with a young Mormon missionary
Keywords: Gay men: Relationships; Mormons

Les Femmes du 6eme etage = Women on the 6th Floor
Series Title: 2010
Call Number: DVD 2011-285
Description: Film by Philippe Le Guay set in 1960s Paris. An uptight stockbroker discovers servants quarters in a building he owns where a group of Spanish maids are living who show him a new approach on life.
Keywords: Immigrants

Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2009-232
Description: In 1941, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a tiny Greek island for four months of lookout duty. Their relief ship is torpedoed and their radio destroyed. As they lose all touch with the world outside they are absorbed into the life of the idyllic island.
Keywords: Gabriele Salvatores; War; Historical; Portuguese

Memory of Two Mondays
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2004- 37
Description: Life during the Great Depression
Keywords: Arthur Miller

Memory of Two Mondays
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 2005-119
Description: Miller's play about life during the Great Depression, starring Jack Warden, Harvey Keitel (1970)
Keywords: Arthur Miller; Great Depression

Milky Way = La Voie Lacteee = Via Lactea
Series Title: Collecion Bunuel (1969)
Call Number: DVD 2014-107
Description: Surreal comedy on the history of human folly. On a modern odyssey, two hippie pilgrims travel through time to meet Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Devil, the Marquis de Sade, and a multitude of fools and knaves who wielded oppressive power in the name of holiness.
Keywords: Surrealism

Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de "Nervios"
Series Title: (1988)
Call Number: DVD 2003-18
Description: Story of a woman on verge of nervous breakdown; directed by Pedro Almodovar.
Keywords: Almodovar

Mundo Maravilloso = Wonderful World
Series Title: 2008
Call Number: DVD 2013-84
Description: A fairy tale about the political and socioeconomic realities of Mexico. Juan Perez is rewarded with riches after a fluke accident is mistaken as an attempt of suicide to protest against the government and his social condition. But when other poor people, his close friends, find out about his reversal of fortune, they imitate him faking suicide attempts in different buildings in Mexico City. Cast includes Damian Alcazar and Cecilia Suarez.
Keywords: Luis Estrada

O Auto da Compadecida = A Dog's Will
Series Title: (2000)
Call Number: DVD 2014-132
Description: Adventures of two poor yet resourceful men from a small Northeast Brazil beginning when the food they were given at a bakery job kills the dog they fed it to and leads to a funeral mass for the dog and continues after Chico's is gunned down by criminals and is persuading the Virgin Mary to put in a good word for himself and his friends to Jesus.
Keywords: Catholics; Brazil; Fantasy

O Brother, Where Art Thou
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2010-106
Description: Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", the story of three convicts who escaped from a prison farm in Mississippi, and their adventures as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it's lost forever in a flood. Cast includes George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson.
Keywords: Joel Coen; Crime 1930

Series Title: 1959
Call Number: DVD 2011-10
Description: Two young boys in suburban Tokyo take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set.
Keywords: Family; Japan

Ostre Sledovane Vlaky = Closely Watched Trains
Series Title: 1966
Call Number: DVD 2013-94
Description: A young trainmaster becomes involved in a plot to blow up a German ammunition train during World War II, but when the plan backfires, he is forced to commit the ultimate act of courage.
Keywords: Czech

Pepi, Luci, Bom
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2008-14
Description: Set in Madrid in the punk-inspired 1980s.
Keywords: Pedro Almodovar; Punk

Phorpa = The Cup
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2008-169
Description: Comedy set in 1996 about a group of boys in a Tibetan monastery-in-exile in India who are determined to watch the World Cup soccer tournament.
Keywords: Tibet; Soccer

Placard = The Closet
Series Title: (2000)
Call Number: DVD 2004-22
Description: Man worries about being fired.

Que he Hecho yo Para Merecer Esto? = What Have I Done??
Series Title: 1984
Call Number: DVD 2005-17
Description: Black comedy about a housewife hooked on amphetamines; written and directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Raising Arizona
Series Title: 1987
Call Number: DVD 2013-50
Description: In order to start a family, an ex-con and a police officer resort to kidnapping one of the newborn quintuplets of a wealthy Arizona family. Cast includes Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter. Directed by Joel Coen.
Keywords: Crime

Rules of the Game = Regle du Jeu
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 84-25
Description: Renoir's satire on the decadence of pre-World War II French aristocracy.
Keywords: Jean Renoir

Scotland, PA
Series Title:
Call Number: DVD 2008-146
Description: A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife.
Keywords: Shakespeare; Billy Morrissette

Shirat Ha-Sirenah = Song of the Siren
Series Title: (1994)
Call Number: DVD 2014-146
Description: Life of 32 year-old Talila Katz who is faced with two dangers: Saddam Hussein's nightly missiles and marriage to an 'unsuitable' suitor.
Keywords: Romance; Gulf War

Simon del Desierto
Series Title: Coleccion Bunuel (1965)
Call Number: DVD 2014-108
Description: A deeply religious man of the 4th century climbs and lives on a column to be nearer to God. The Devil tries to seduce him come down to Earth.
Keywords: Asceticism; Religion; Surrealism

Smoke Signals
Series Title: 1998
Call Number: DVD 2012-193
Description: Depicts two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who leave their small town to retrieve the remains of Victor's father. Cast includes Irene Bedard.

Series Title: (1978)
Call Number: DVD 2014-164
Description: Donald Moffat portrays Tartuffe, a man who manipulates his way into the confidence of an affluent bourgeois man then tries to seduce his wife and daughter. Cast includes Victor Garber, Tammy Grimes, and Patricia Elliott.
Keywords: Moliere

Taxi para 3 = A Cab for 3
Series Title: 2001
Call Number: DVD 2007-135
Description: Black comedy telling the story of Ulises, a taxi driver who thinks that joining the gang that holds him up may just be the way out.
Keywords: Taxicab drivers

Series Title: Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare
Call Number: VCR 97- 11
Description: Reissue of the version released by Time-Life Video; originally broadcast by the BBC in 1979
Keywords: Shakespeare

Series Title: Showcase Theater
Call Number: VCR 90- 26
Description: Starring Maurice Evans, Richard Burton, Roddy McDowell, and Lee Remick
Keywords: Shakespeare

This Must be the Place
Series Title: 2011
Call Number: DVD 2013-238
Description: A retired rock star learns that his father is close to death, and travels to New York to reconcile with him, only to arrive too late. He then embarks on a quest to find his father's nemesis and persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal taking refuge in the U.S. Starring Sean Penn.

True West
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 90- 34
Description: Based on the play by Sam Shepard

Tune in Tomorrow
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Call Number: DVD 2007- 94
Description: Pedro, an eccentric television writer, develops a number of schemes to help a fellow writer pursue a woman; too late they realize Pedro's using their affair to liven up the plot of his soap opera
Keywords: Radio and Television Writers

Un dia sin Mexicanos = Day without a Mexican
Series Title: 2004
Call Number: DVD 2012-166
Description: California awakens one day to discover its boundaries have been completely shut down and one third of its population has vanished with the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million as their Hispanic heritage.
Keywords: Immigrant

Series Title: 2006
Call Number: DVD 2012-139
Description: After her own death, a mother returns to her home town to fix issues unresolved during her life.
Keywords: Almodovar; Penelope Cruz

Zero for Conduct = Zero de Conduite
Series Title:
Call Number: VCR 84-11
Description: A touching and telling look at the French educational system that was banned in France until 1946.
Keywords: France