Doubt (2008) PG-13
Doubt is an excellent, engaging film with a great cast led by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is set in 1964, in a Catholic elementary school in New York City. Streep plays the principal of the school, a very traditional and rigid nun. Hoffman plays a priest in the parish, with more progressive views. The story focuses on a conflict between these two characters. It is one of those thought-provoking films that compels you to talk about it afterward, since it allows the viewer to absorb the story based on one’s own background and perspective.
And you can talk about it! Join us this Friday — December 4 — at 7:00 to watch and discuss the film. Sign up online, in person at Readers Services, or by phone at 630/887-8760, ext. 239.
Bells are Ringing (1960)
Telephone operator Ella Peterson (Judy Holliday) becomes involved with the lives of all the customers at Susanswerphone, including handsome playwright Jeffrey Moss (Dean Martin). When Ella finally meets Jeffrey, its love at first sight, but she can’t tell him who she really is–the motherly voice on the phone who has been listening to his problems and giving him advice. Includes the songs “Just in Time” and “The Party’s Over.” Also with Jean Stapleton (of All in the Family) and directed by Vincente Minnelli. See it at the library on Friday, December 5 at 7:00.
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
When young mother Shirley MacLaine’s troublesome husband Harry shows up in the small New England town where she is living, trouble isn’t the word for it. Harry was a bad husband and an even worse corpse. When he is found dead (of natural causes, it turns out), everyone thinks that he (or she) somehow accidentally murdered him—and tries to dispose of the body. The absolutely gorgeous autumn scenery is nearly another character.
Directed–with much humor–by Alfred Hitchcock and also starring John Forsythe and Jerry Mathers (of Leave it to Beaver). See it at the library on October 3 at 7:00.