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Movies: American Literature on Film

Louisa May Alcott

Little Women


PS1017 .L522 2001 DVD
115 minutes; released 1933.
The story of four New England sisters and their family during the American Civil War. Starring Katharine Hepburn. Directed by George Cukor.

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

PZ2102 .R33 F32 2003 DVD
113 minutes; released 1966.
In a future world, literature is banned and the job of firemen is to burn books.

William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch

PS3552 .U75N32 2003 DVD
115 minutes; released 1991.
An exterminator and drug addict seeks to escape from his troubled existence in 1953 New York and flees to a hallucinatory version of Tangiers where reality and fantasy have merged. Compelled to make sense of this alien territory, he writes a book called "Naked lunch." Directed by David Cronenberg.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

PS3511 .I9 G72 2003 DVD
143 minutes; released 1974.
A young man who has become mysteriously wealthy attempts to woo back his ex-girlfriend. Starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Directed by Jack Clayton.

Joseph Heller

Catch 22

PS3558 .E476 C32 2001 DVD
121 minutes; released 1970.
An anti-war satire revolving around a group of American pilots and flyers in the Mediterranean in World War II. Starring Alan Arkin. Directed by Mike Nichols.

Ernest Hemingway

The Killers

PS3515 .E37K5522 2003 DVD
196 minutes; released 1946.
Melodramatic thriller about two hit men who become curious about the life and death of the man they were hired to kill. This set features three film versions of Hemingway's story.

John Irving

The Cider House Rules

PS3559 .R8 C52 2000 DVD
125 minutes; released 1999.
A comp.phponate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. Starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine. Directed by Lasse Hallstrm.

Henry James

The Bostonians

PS2116 .B622 2003 DVD
122 minutes; released 1984.
A militant suffragette aims to educate a brilliantly gifted but naive young girl, hoping to mold and use this girl for the feminist cause. Meanwhile, a penniless young lawyer who strongly disapproves of feminists falls for this young woman. Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Reeve. Directed by James Ivory.

The Europeans

PS2116 .E822 2003 DVD
91 minutes; released 1979.
A sophisticated European brother and sister arouse suspicion when they arrive unexpectedly at the house of their puritan American cousins. Starring Lee Remick, Lisa Eichhorn and Robin Ellis. Directed by James Ivory.

The Golden Bowl

PS2116 .G622 2000 DVD
131 minutes; released 2000.
The daughter of an American tycoon marries an impoverished but charming Italian aristocrat. But then, through a twist of fate, her father marries this aristocrat's former lover. Starring Uma Thurman, Nick Nolte and Anjelica Huston. Directed by James Ivory.

Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

PS3561 .E84 O52 1997 DVD
138 minutes; released 1975.
A convict on the run fakes insanity and moves in to a state mental hospital. This film won eight Academy Awards in 1975. Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Milos Forman.

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

PS 3562 .E353 T62 2005 DVD
129 minutes; released 1962.
A small town lawyer defends a black man wrongfully accused of rape. Starring Gregory Peck. Directed by Robert Mulligan.

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

PS2384 .M622 2004 DVD
115 minutes; released 1956.
The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat embarks on an unrelenting search for the great white whale which maimed and disfigured him. Directed by John Huston.

Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

PS3525 .I5156 D42 2002 DVD
112 minutes; released 1966.
A television adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy about a middle-aged man at the end of his emotional rope.
Starring Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock, James Farentino, and George Segal.


PS3525 .I5156 F592 2002 DVD
106 minutes; released 2001.
A New York man and woman are mistaken for being Jewish during World War II.

Incident at Vichy

PS3525 .I5156 I52 2002 DVD
80 minutes; released 2073.
In a detention room in Nazi-occupied France, eight men suspected of being Jewish are awaiting interrogation before being either released or sent to concentration camps. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

A Memory of Two Mondays

PS3525 .I5156 M4 2002 DVD
80 minutes; released 2073.
A group of desperate workers earn their livings in a Brooklyn automobile parts warehouse during the Great Depr.phpon of the 1930s. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind

PS3524 .I972 G62 2005 DVD
238 minutes; released 1939.
The epic story of the South's fight to maintain it's way of life during the American Civil War.

Flannery O'Connor

The Comforts of Home

PS3565 .C57 C62 2000z DVD
40 minutes; released 1983.
The seemingly happy relationship between a mother and son is disrupted by the arrival of a young woman.

The Displaced Person

PS3565 .C57 D57 2007 DVD
58 minutes; released 1977.
When a Polish refugee arrives in Georgia with his family in the 1940s, their integration into southern culture does not go smoothly.

The River

PS3565 .C57 R592 2000z DVD
29 minutes; released 1983.
The story of a lonely little boy, neglected by his parents and left in the hands of a hired babysitter who takes him to a healing service on a riverbank.

Wise Blood

PS 3565 .C57 W52 2009 DVD
106 minutes; released 1979.
An army veteran in the American South becomes a travelling preacher. Directed by John Huston.

Eugene O'Neill

The Iceman Cometh

PS3529 .N5 I42 2001 DVD
210 minutes; released 1960.
An assortment of down-and-out denizens meet in a seedy New York saloon. Starring Jason Robards. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

A Touch of the Poet

PS3529 .N5 T6 2000z DVD
150 minutes; released 1974.
A proud Irish-American clings to memories of European gentility as he sits in a shabby Boston tavern in 1828. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

E. Annie Proulx

Shipping News

PS3566 .R697 S42 2002 DVD
111 minutes; released 2001.
A journalist moves with his daughter from a New York town to a small fishing village in Newfoundland. Starring Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Judi Dench. Directed by Lasse Hallstrm.

John Steinbeck

Burning Bright

PS3537 .T3234 .B8 2003 DVD
100 minutes; released 1959.
A man discovers that he is infertile and that his pregant wife is carrying another man's child. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

The Grapes of Wrath

PS3537 .T34 G72 2004 DVD
129 minutes; released 1940.
At the height of the Great Depr.phpon, a released convict is released returns to his Oklahoma home. The reunited famiy, beset by poverty, decides to move to California. But the trip proves more arduous than they expected. Starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell. Directed by John Ford.

Of Mice and Men

PS3537 .T3234 O42 2003 DVD
110 minutes; released 1992.
Set during the 1930's Depr.phpon, two drifters dream of a better life. Starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Directed by Gary Sinise.

William Styron

Sophie's Choice

PS3569 .T9 S672 1998 DVD
150 minutes; released 1982.
A Polish-Catholic woman who has survived a Nazi concentration camp falls in love with a Jew in 1947 Brooklyn. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.

Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

PS1305 .A3 2007 DVD
213 minutes; released 1985.
A boy travels down the M.phpsippi River on a raft meeting an assortment of people.

Alice Walker

The Colour Purple

PS3573 .A425C622 2003 DVD
154 minutes; released 1985.
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who is forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.

Tennessee Williams

Baby Doll

PS3545 .I5365 B3522 2006 DVD
114 minutes; released 1956.
A childlike bride of a M.phpssippi cotton gin owner becomes the pawn in a battle between her husband and his business rival. Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Starring Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, and Eli Wallach.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

PS3545 .I5365 C3722 2006 DVD
108 minutes; released 1958.
A family gathers for a dinner at their M.phpssippi estate where their turbulent inter-relationships are revealed. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives.

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Cataloguing Department DVD
120 minutes; released 1976.
A minister's daughter, frustrated with longing for a socially prominent young doctor, decides to settle for one night with him in a rented hotel room. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

The Glass Menagerie

PS3545 .I5365 .G52 2002 DVD
105 minutes; released 1973.
A mother's preoccupation with her past as a Southern belle and her unrealistic dreams for her children's futures threatens to smother her painfully shy lame daughter and her.phpiring writer son. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Sam Waterston, Michael Moriarty, and Joanna Miles. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.

The Night of the Iguana

PS3545 .I5365 N5422 2006 DVD
125 minutes; released 1964.
A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. Starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

PS3545 .I5365 R622 DVD
103 minutes; released 1961.
A recently-widowed woman rents a luxury apartment in Rome where she is introduced to a young Italian man with whom she falls in love. Starring Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty.

A Streetcar Named Desire

PS3545 .I5365 S82 2006 DVD
122 minutes; released 1951.
In New Orleans during the years following WWII, a neurotic woman visits her younger sister to escape her past. But her sister's husband instantly dislikes her. This film won four Academy Awards in 1951. Starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Directed by Elia Kazan.

Sweet Bird of Youth

PS3545 .I5365 S8722 2006 DVD
120 minutes; released 1962.
A drifter travelling with a washed-up actress returns to his home town where he runs into a girl whose father, the sheriff, had run him out of town years before.

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

Cataloguing Department DVD
70 minutes; released 1966.
In a dreamlike fictitious Latin American country, a worn-out Casanova, a Camille living on memories, a Byron pitiful in his disillusioned pride, and others less famous live out a hopeless existence. Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.