The Hollywood Librarian

The Hollywood Librarian

A Look at Librarians Through Film

DVD - 2009
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"The Hollywood Librarian is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject of librarians. A vivid blend of factual documentary, feature film, and storytelling, it reveals the history and realities of librarianship in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies. Interviews with actual librarians, intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians, examine such issues as literature, books and reading, censorship, library funding, citizenship and democracy. For the first time, we see and understand the real lives and real work of American librarians who for decades have been a cultural force hiding in plain sight."--Container.
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Media Education Foundation, ©2009
ISBN: 9781932869316
Branch Call Number: DVD 020.92 HOLLYWOOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Look at librarians through film


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Dec 15, 2017

The title of this documentary is misleading, though there are numerous film clips starring Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Parker Posey, Shirley Jones, Noah Wylie and more. The majority of the film concerns the history of libraries in America ( the special role played by Andrew Carnegie in donating 2500 to towns across the country ), real life librarians, and the financial and political problems facing our library systems ( think the patriot act ). Personally I liked the mixture of real life and film stories. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 28, 2015

I believe in libraries and all the information that they provide to anyone with a library card. In fact, you don't need a library card to go into a library. This was a poignant look at librarians and patrons, and the skewed stereotypes of librarians in films. It didn't feel random to me. I loved this film.

Jul 18, 2011

The title is misleading. The film consists of a series of interview clips loosely related to the topic of libraries and librarians, with a few movie clips randomly thrown in. It could have been interesting but was unfocussed and very poorly edited.

Nonfyction Jul 09, 2010

Fun for librarians


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