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Summer viewing recommendations from ZSR!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:02 pm

ZSR has received a wide variety of films recently that can be seen on our New Films page. I would like to suggest a number of these fascinating titles for your possible viewing pleasure; ones with which you might not be familiar.

Documentary Features

  • A Great Day in Harlem (1994). DVD 12376. The story of the jazz musicians featured in a memorable 1958 photograph. Starring Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie. (1995 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary feature.)
  • Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010). DVD 12362. A look at the career of the African American rock band. Starring Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore.

Feature Films

  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012). DVD 12517. A unique film about an artist who makes a film about being stood up by an attractive woman, and then he shows the film to her! Starring Alisa Becher and Jc Cain.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe (2009). DVD 12346. A biography of the American artist and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons.
  • Girl on a Bicycle (2013). DVD 12327. A romantic comedy about an Italian man who finds himself with more relationships than he imagined while driving a tour bus in Paris. Starring Vincenzo Amato and Nora Tschirner.
  • Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project. No. 1 (1936-1981). DVD 12319. A collection of international films, rarely seen outside of their home countries, which have been saved and restored from potential neglect. (Part of The Criterion Collection.)
  • Separate But Equal (1991). DVD 12622. The dramatized story of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case. Starring Sidney Poitier and Burt Lancaster.
  • Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1962-1973). DVD 12384. The twenty-five films that introduced the legendary character. Starring Shintaro Katsu. (Part of The Criterion Collection.)

Television

  • Detective Montalbano/Il Commissario Montalbano [Episodes 1-3] (1999-2000). DVD 12279. An adaptation from a series of detective novels featuring a police inspector in Sicily. Starring Luca Zingaretti.
  • Frank Riva (2003-2004). DVD 12480. A retired undercover cop investigates the mysterious murder of his brother in a drug sting gone wrong. Starring Alain Delon and Jacques Perrin.
  • Ripper Street [Series One] (2013). DVD 12581. A police inspector in 1889 London, who failed to catch Jack the Ripper, tries to continue his work while fearing the killer’s return. Starring Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn.

2 Responses to “Summer viewing recommendations from ZSR!”

  1. I haven’t seen any of these! I think you just gave me my summer lineup!

  2. Awesome list Mary!
    Dibs on the O’Keefe film.


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