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Special film event: The Biggest Little Farm

What happens when a Los Angeles filmmaker and a professional food writer decide to buy a ramshackle farm and attempt to grow crops and animals in complete harmony with nature? The result is an astonishingly beautiful documentary about the fulfillment of a promise to live a life of meaning and purpose.

Join the Library and Professor of Film & Literature Pete Fraser for a screening and discussion of Christian themes in The Biggest Little Farm. As an optional  literary complement, we will also discuss parallel themes in the film with Willa Cather’s short story “Neighbour Rosicky.” The full text of “Neighbour Rosicky” is available free from Project Gutenberg. It is not necessary to read the story to attend the screening or discussion.

The event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Library Auditorium. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. For more information or a PDF of “Neighbour Rosicky,” contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Special literature and cinema events on November 9th

On Friday, November 9, the Library Book Club will host two special events: At 12:00 Professor of Language and Literature Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of James Joyce’s Dubliners, concentrating on the final story, “The Dead.” In the evening at 6:30, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will screen and lead a discussion of John Huston’s cinematic adaption of “The Dead.”

According to Harold Bloom, “The Dead” (1914), although written in a naturalistic style, “inaugurates the art of the mature Joyce.” John Huston’s film of “The Dead” (1987) was the director’s final film and is exceptionally faithful to Joyce’s story, making it particularly interesting to watch following a reading. The endings of both the story and the film are extraordinarily beautiful and will more than repay your time and effort in getting to know these works.

If you still think Joyce is only for high-brow types, do not be afraid! Dr. Fraser and Prof. Quicke are expert, gentle guides, and as always, the Library is here to help. You will find excellent educational videos on James Joyce and John Huston from FMG Films on Demand (Regent ID & password required). Our English literature and Cinema databases contain a wealth of helpful articles such as these two articles on the relationship between the story and film:

José Ferrer Films at the University Library

Written by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library

On September 14 & 15, in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and the centennial of his birth, the University will host a film festival featuring the great Puerto Rican actor, José Ferrer (1912-1992). In a career that spanned over forty years, José Ferrer made more than fifty films, including Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he became the first Latino actor to win an Academy Award in 1950. On April 26, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service released a first class stamp of Ferrer to honor the “groundbreaking Latino movie, theater and television performer and the first Puerto Rican actor to succeed in Hollywood.” Ferrer was also the beloved uncle of Regent President Carlos Campo.

The film festival will feature discussions about Ferrer’s life and work with the actor’s children, Latino film scholar Dr. Charles Ramirez Berg, and Dr. Campo. Three of Ferrer’s most significant films will be screened: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Caine Mutiny, and Moulin Rouge. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place in Screening Rooms A & B in the Performing Arts Center.

To supplement the film festival, the Library has placed all the José Ferrer films in our collection on 3-day reserve. To view the available films click here. Regent students, staff, faculty, and alumni may check the films out by requesting them at the circulation desk.

For more information about the José Ferrer Film Festival, view the description on the University Events Calendar.

Hispanic films available in the Library

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the Library has prepared a filmography of relevant films and documentaries in the Library collection. The list includes feature films in Spanish produced in Spain and Latin America, as well as non-fiction films in English about topics related to Hispanic history and culture. To view the filmography, click here.

As with literature, films provide an inside look into the cultures from which they originate. The Library encourages everyone to enjoy the Hispanic film collection and gain a broader understanding for the cultures of Spain and Latin American.