Library Haul, revisited

As promised, in order to illustrate just how useful UW’s library system is for the purposes of student cinephiles, whenever I find a truly worthwhile DVD at Memorial and/or College Library, I’ll report it here.

Yesterday afternoon I paid a visit to Memorial Library’s Media Center for the first time in about a week; I checked out two classics: Preston Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels (1941) and Otto Preminger’s adaptation of Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Carmen Jones (1954). The Media Center seems to have a fairly complete collection of Sturges’s screwball comedies of the 1940s, all of which are worth a look (and while you’re at it, read Manny Farber’s short yet potent essay on Sturges, which can be found in Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies). Thunderstorms look likely for this afternoon (but don’t quote me on that), so you’d better get going if you want to avoid getting caught in the rain and/or electrocuted.

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