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New Titles–July 21st



The Movies Begin: A Treasury of Early Cinema

A 5-disc set, featuring “The Great Train Robbery and Other Primary Works,” “The European Pioneers,” “Experimentation and Discovery,” “The Magic of Melies,” and “Comedy, Spectacle, and New Horizons,” the genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of the cinema’s formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise. (image from


Strange Days

A thriller set in the urban inferno of 1999 Los Angeles. Lenny Nero sells dreams and hustles nightmares available on small disks that are viewable via a compact headpiece that makes every sensation immediate. Nero replays scenes of happier days with Faith Justin, who has run off with sadistic Philo Gant. Nero hooks up with an old friend, Lornette “Mace” Mason, as he attempts to win back Faith and the two of them are caught in a deadly fantasy of conspiracy, murder and betrayal.

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Fast Food Fast Women

On her 5th birthday, Bella, an overworked waitress, is set up on a date with Bruno, an irresponsible cab driver and father of two. One of Bella’s regulars, a long time widow, responds to an ad and meets Emily. Soon, however, a random encounter changes Bella’s life in a way she could never have imagined.



J’accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as “a human cry against the bellicose din of armies.” Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François (Séverin-Mars), but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz (Romuald Joubé). Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of war, depicted with stark realism. (image from


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Kal Ho Naa Ho

Rohit and Naina are sweethearts and hope to marry soon. Their relationship undergoes a change when Naina’s family experiences money problems. Then Aman Mathur enters their lives, and his dynamic and outgoing personality has a positive effect on everyone he comes into contact with. But Aman (cancer patient) himself is human, and cannot help himself falling in love with beautiful Naina. But Aman cannot marry Naina for he has a dark secret, that he cannot share with anyone.



Sexual Stereotypes in the Media

Media specialists define sexual stereotypes and discuss how it does or does not reflect societal reality and how it influences society. (image from


Educating Peter

Follows Peter Gwasdauskis, a child with Down’s Syndrome who has always attended special schools, through his first year in a regular classroom. (image from


Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Profiles six couples with marital issues. With the advice and help from John Gray the couples are better able to understand how men and women can fulfill each other’s needs. (image from

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Also new this week:

Here. Us. Now.

Bandit Queen

Yiddle with his Fiddle

Vanity Fair

A Better Tomorrow

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