The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film

Genre:  Documentary
Release Date: June 10, 2008 (limited)

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American cinema contains hundreds of examples of libraries and librarians on screen. Films such as Sophie's Choice, Philadelphia and It's a Wonderful Life show librarians as negative stereotypes. On the other hand, the librarians in Lorenzo's Oil, Desk Set and The Shawshank Redemption are competent and professional. In the film, dozens of interviews with real librarians are interwoven with clips of movie librarians as Seidl explores issues of censorship, intellectual freedom, funding and the value of reading. The real and fictional elements come together to telling effect in the films interview with the late Peg Perry, a gravel-voiced librarian who happened to be the sister of Katherine Hepburn, star of the classic librarian movie Desk Set, which receives due recognition in Seidl's charming blend of humour and critical analyses.

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