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John M. Kelly Library

Movies: English Cinema


Ballykissangel

PN1992.77 .B355 pt. 1-6 DVD
released 1996-2001.
A young priest serving in the small Irish village of Ballykissangel discovers the town poses many more challenges than he expected.

Behind the Lines

PR6052 .A6488 R422 2003 DVD
96 minutes; released 1997.
A WWI soldier is sent to an asylum for publishing an anti-war tract. There he is treated by a doctor whose dealings with shell-shocked soldiers have left him an emotional mess. Starring Jonathan Pryce.

Bread and Roses

PN1997 .B7394 2001 DVD
110 minutes; released 2000.
A group of Latino immigrants working as janitors in Los Angeles take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them. Starring Adrien Brody. Directed by Ken Loach.

Breaking Away

PN1997 .B7396 2001 DVD
100 minutes; released 1979.
In this Academy Award winning comedy, an idealistic young man and his friends pursue jobs, bicycling glory, and a purpose to life in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Directed by Peter Yates.

Brief Encounter

PR6005 .O82 S752 2000 DVD
86 minutes; released 1946.
A married man and a suburban housewife have an affair in 1945 Britain. Based on Noel Coward's play Still Life. Directed by David Lean.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

PQ2603 .O754 P62 2000 DVD
162 minutes; released 1957.
British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy. Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins. Directed by David Lean.

The Browning Version

PR6035 .A75 B72 2005 DVD
89 minutes; released 1951.
An embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster--despised and feared by colleagues and pupils alike--reexamines his life when a young student shows him unexpected kindness. Starring Michael Redgrave. Directed by Anthony Asquith.

A Canterbury Tale

PN1997 .C368 2006 DVD
124 minutes; released 1944.
Adapted from Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-Century tales, this film centres on three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer's pilgrims: a plainspoken American Army sergeant, a resourceful British sergeant, and a melancholy landgirl. While enroute to Canterbury, they are waylaid and forced to solve a bizarre village crime. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Carla's Song

PN1997 .C29 1998 DVD
127 minutes; released 1996.
George, a Glasgow bus driver, risks his job by giving a free ride to a Nicaraguan woman with no money. Infatuated, he finds her somewhere to live, learns her boyfriend may be in danger, and eventually accompanies her to Nicaragua to help her learn what really happened to him. Starring Robert Carlyle, Scott Glenn and Oyanka Cabezas. Directed by Ken Loach.

Chariots of Fire

PN1997 .C437 2005 DVD
123 minutes; released 1981.
In this true story of two British runners competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics, a fervent Scottish missionary runs to serve God while the other runner, a Jewish student at Cambridge, sprints to seek glory and fight prejudice. Starring Ben Cross, Nigel Havers, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm and John Gielgud. Directed by Hugh Hudson.

Cold Comfort Farm

PR6013 .I23 C622 2002 DVD
105 minutes; released 1995.
A recently-orphaned young woman ignores the sage advise of her friend and mentor and moves to the country to live on a decrepit farm with her eccentric relatives, where she finds ample material for the novel she wishes to write. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Joanna Lumley. Directed by John Schlesinger.

La Commune

PN1997 .C655 2001 DVD
345 minutes; released 2000.
This film explores the brief, tragic period when poor working-class Parisians rose up against the bourgeois French national government in March 1871. In French with English subtitles. Directed by Peter Watkins.

The Conflict = Catholics

PR9313 .O59 C32 1999 DVD
80 minutes; released 1973.
A priest is sent from Rome to reform a traditional monastery in Ireland. Based on the novel by Brian Moore. Starring Martin Sheen and Michael Gambon. Directed by Jack Gold.

Doctor Zhivago

PG3476 .P27 D652 2001 DVD
200 minutes; released 1965.
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this film depicts Russia on the brink of revolution as seen through the eyes of a young doctor and poet. Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin and Alec Guinness. Directed by David Lean.

East is East

PN1997 .E3 2000 DVD
96 minutes; released 1999.
The conflict between two generations of a Pakistani family living in northern England in the 1970s. Based on the play by Ayub Khan-Din. Directed by Damien O'Donnell.

Elizabeth I

DA355 .E459 2006 DVD
211-minute mini-series on 2 discs; released 2005.
This film explores the intersection of the private and public life of Elizabeth I in the latter half of her reign, offering a personal look at her allies, her enemies, and her suitors as she struggles to survive in a male-dominated world. Starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Tom Hooper.

The Fallen Idol

PR6013 .R44 B3722 2006 DVD
95 minutes; released 1948.
A young boy's image of the butler he idolizes changes when he suspects him of murder. Directed by Carol Reed.

A Handful of Dust

PR6045 .A97 H322 2004 DVD
114 minutes; released 1988.
A wealthy 1930s couple and their son live an idyllic life until the chance arrival of a penniless scrounger irrevocably shatters it. Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, James Wilby and Alec Guinness. Directed by Charles Sturridge.

The Hours

PS3553 .U484 H682 2003 DVD
114 minutes; released 2002.
The story of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway as told from the perspectives of the author, a lonely '50s housewife reading the book, and a New York hostess who is a modern-day interpretation of the book's lead character. Based on the novel by Michael Cunningham. Starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ed Harris. Directed by Stephen Daldry.

Howards End

PR6011 .O58 H62 2005 DVD
142 minutes; released 1992.
Two free-spirited sisters in Edwardian Britain become acquainted with a prosperous but conservative family while also befriending a passionate but poverty-stricken clerk. Based on the novel by E.M. Forster. Starring Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham-Carter. Directed by James Ivory.

If....

PN1997 .I37 2007 DVD
2 discs; 112 minutes; released 1969.
A group of rebelious students turn on the administration at a repressive English boarding school. Directed by Lindsay Anderson.

The Ladykillers

PN1997 .L3395 2002 DVD
91 minutes; released 1955.
In this Ealing Studios comedy, a gang of London bank robbers plot to murder an elderly widow when she starts interfering with their plans. Starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick.

The Killing Fields

DS554.83 .D4 S3322 2001 DVD
141 minutes; released 1984.
An American journalist covering the war in Cambodia finds himself trapped as the conflict worsens. Meanwhile, his Cambodian friend is exiled to labour camps in the countryside where he endures four years of starvation, torture and war before escaping to Thailand. Directed by Roland Joff.

Lawrence of Arabia

D568.4 .L4152 2003 DVD
227 minutes; released 1962.
This film tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, a lieutenant in the British Army who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during the First World War. The film won 7 Academy Awards in 1962 including Best Picture. Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle and Omar Sharif. Directed by David Lean.

The Maggie

PN1997 .M34 2005 DVD
92 minutes; released 1954.
When an American airline magnate needs to transport valuable building materials, he is tricked into giving the job to the wily Peter Mactaggart, skipper of 'The Maggie'. Directed for Ealing Studios by Alexander Mackendrick.

The Man in the White Suit

PN1997 .M345 2002 DVD
85 minutes; released 1951.
When a nutty chemist (Alec Guiness) invents a miracle fabric that refuses to wear out or get dirty, he finds himself up against the trade unions and clothing manufacturers who wish to supress his discovery. Directed for Ealing Studios by Alexander Mackendrick.

Naked

PN1997 .N352 2005 DVD
131 minutes; released 1993.
A charming but vicious drifter on the lam in London rejects those who would care for him and hurls himself into a nocturnal odyssey through the city, colliding with a succession of desperate and dispossessed people and hurting everyone in his path. Directed by Mike Leigh.

Passport to Pimlico

PN1997 .P37 2005 DVD
85 minutes; released 1949.
The residents of the London district of Pimlico declare their independence from Britain; however, their delight sours when they find themselves without food or water.

Persuasion

PR4034 .P42 1999 DVD
104 minutes; released 1995.
A young couple's second chance at love stands in danger of being ruined by the social conventions that destroyed it ten years before. Based on the novel by Jane Austen. Directed by Roger Michell.

Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers

PN1997 .P4368 2007 DVD
2 discs; 261 minutes.
Contains thirteen films by the identical twin duo of Stephen and Timothy Quay, who for over 30 years have been making strangely alluring shorts using puppetry and stop-motion animation.

The Red Shoes

PT8116 .R632 1999 DVD
134 minutes; released 1948.
Winner of 2 Academy Awards in 1949, this film depicts a young ballerina's dilemma as chooses between the composer she loves and the dance manager who demands she sacrifice everything for her career. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

The Remains of the Day

PR6059 .S5 R462 2001 DVD
134 minutes; released 1993.
The housekeeper at a large English estate falls in love with the butler who is devoted to his duty. Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by James Ivory.

A Run for Your Money

PN1997 .R86 2005 DVD
83 minutes; released 1949.
In this Ealing comedy, two Welsh miners who are unaccustomed to the ways of city life win a trip to London and are taken advantage of.

Secrets and Lies

PN1997 .S329 2004 DVD
142 minutes; released 1996.
After her adoptive parents die, a young black woman seeks out her birth mother only to discover her mother is white. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Picture. Directed by Mike Leigh.

The Shooting Party

PR6053 .O414 S52 2003 DVD
97 minutes; released 1985.
A group of English aristocrats gathering for a shooting party in 1913 sets the stage for the beginning of the end of the traditional values they represent. Directed by Alan Bridges.

Slumdog Millionaire

PR9499.4 .S93 Q22 2009 DVD
120 minutes; released 2008.
A young man from the slums of Mumbai is competing on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" But when he is one question away from winning 20-million rupees, the police suspect him of cheating. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture. Directed by Danny Boyle.

To Serve Them All My Days

PR6007 .E36 T622 2003 DVD
663-minute mini-series on 4 discs; released 1980.
When a young Welshman returns from World War I disillusioned and shellshocked, he hesitantly agrees to teach at an elite English boys' school. Luckily, the faith of the headmaster who hired him proves well-founded. Based on the novel by R.F. Delderfield. Starring John Duttine. Directed by Ronald Wilson, Peter Jefferies and Terence Dudley.

The Titfield Thunderbolt

PN1997 .T58 2005 DVD
84 minutes; released 1953.
In this Ealing comedy, the residents of a small English village take on the operation of a railroad line to save it from closure. But fierce competition from an omnibus company threatens the project's success.

Trainspotting

PR6073 .E47 T732 1996 DVD
94 minutes; released 1996.
An intimate look inside the subculture of heroin abuse in Scotland based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Audio-track available in English or French. Starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Kelly Macdonald. Directed by Danny Boyle.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

PR3714 .T722 2006 DVD
94 minutes; released 2005.
A narrator, played by an actor in a film called Tristram Shandy, experiences constant interruptions while trying to tell his story. Based on the novel by Laurence Sterne. Starring Steve Coogan. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Vera Drake

PN1997.2 .V47 2005 DVD
125 minutes; released 2004.
A woman in 1950s England devoted to caring for her family secretly aids women who want to terminate unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities find her out, her world and family life rapidly unravel. Starring Imelda Staunton. Directed by Mike Leigh.

Where Angels Fear to Tread

PR 6011 .O58 W52 2001 DVD
112 minutes; released 1991.
A widowed woman, desperate to escape her oppressive, upper-class in-laws, finds refuge in rural Italy and impulsively marries. But when a child is born, tragedy strikes, and her scandalized relatives plot to kidnap her baby. Based on the novel by E.M. Forster. Starring Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham-Carter and Rupert Graves. Directed by Charles Sturridge.

Whisky Galore!

PR6025 .A26 W52 2005 DVD
82 minutes; released 1948.
A ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky sinks near a small Scottish island which happens to be experiencing... a whisky drought! Their only obstacle is a meddlesome English customs officer whom they must outwit.