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OFG Presents Its Halloween Feature: “The Wicker Man” 10/27/14

20 October 2014

The film group returns (finally!) with its Halloween offering, the British cult film The Wicker Man. The 1973 feature has weathered rocky distribution, the release of versions of varied lengths, and an misbegotten 2006 remake to have established itself as a eccentric classic. The Wicker Man has inspired documentaries, novels, websites, fanzines, a music festival in Scotland, a Burning Man-type event in Pennsylvania, and the occasional sing-along. Dubbed the “Citizen Kane of horror” (Cinefantastique), The Wicker Man was ranked by The Guardian as the fourth best horror movie of all time.

Directed by Robin Hardy, the movie’s screenplay was by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy). Edward Woodward stars as a straight-arrow police officer who travels to a remote Scottish island to search for a missing girl. There, he’s disturbed to find a community still tied to ancient pagan ways. Also starring Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, and…Christopher Lee.

This is the short (88 minute) version. Rated R.

The film screens at 6 pm, Monday, October 27 in the Oswego Public Library’s Community Room (120 East 2nd Street). As always, free and open to all. A discussion follows the screening.


The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929

6 December 2013
Clara Bow in "Ladies of the Mob" (1928). None of the four features Bow made in '28 are known to have survived.

Clara Bow in “Ladies of the Mob” (1928). None of the four features Bow made in ’28 are known to have survived.

The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929

Report from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress, September 2013.


Update on Available NCLS DVDs

20 September 2013

Keeping you up-to-date on notable additions to the North Country Library System DVD collection…here are some 2013 releases now available: Ginger and Rosa  / Mud / To the Wonder / What Maisie Knew / White Elephant

From 2012:

Arbitrage / Amour / Beasts of the Southern Wild / Bernie / The Central Park Five / Certified Copy / Chico & Rita / 5 Broken Cameras / How to Survive a Plague / Hysteria / Jeff, Who Lives at Home / A Late Quartet / Margaret / The Master / Monsieur Lazhar / Moonrise Kingdom / Neighbouring Sounds / Never Stand Still / Not Fade Away / On the Ice / The Place Beyond the Pines / The Queen of Versailles / Rampart / A Royal Affair / Ruby Sparks / Safety Not Guaranteed / Salmon Fishing in the Yemen / Searching for Sugar Man  / The Secret World of Arrietty / A Separation / Sleepwalk With Me / Take This Waltz / We Need to Talk About Kevin / Your Sister’s Sister


Holiday Movie 2012: “Remember the Night”

3 December 2012

Okay, so we’re taking a break from the offbeat holiday fare for a look back at an little-seen gem from director Mitchell Leisen and writer Preston Sturges: Remember the Night. The 1940 romantic comedy/drama paired Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray (so memorably seen starring together in Double Indemnity). Stanwyck is a “hardboiled shoplifter faced with staying in jail over Christmas, but given bail by prosecuting attorney MacMurray and taken to visit his family for the holiday. Playing superbly on the personae of his leads, Leisen creates a movie of warmth and immense style” (Time Out Film Guide). The free screening is Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East 2nd Street). The black & white film runs 94 minutes and a discussion will follow the screening.

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in "Remember the Night"

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in “Remember the Night”


(Yet Again) Update of Library DVDs (Fall 2012)

25 September 2012

DVDs you can order through the North Country Library System:*

From 2012: Friends With Kids; Jeff, Who Lives at Home; Margaret; Never Stand Still (doc); Rampart; Salmon Fishing in Yemen; The Secret World of Arrietty; We Need to Talk About Kevin

From 2011: The Artist; Being Elmo (doc); A Better Life; Carnage; Coriolanus; A Dangerous Method; The Elephant in the Room (doc); Everything Must Go; Hell and Back Again (doc); If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (doc); Into the Abyss (doc); The Last Mountain (doc); Martha Marcy May Marlene; Melancholia; My Week With Marilyn; Project Nim (doc); Rejoice and Shout (doc); The Skin I Live In; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Trollhunter; The Way; Young Adult

*Includes the Oswego Public Library


On Screen/In Person 2012-13 Series Begins 9/25/12

25 September 2012

The On Screen/In Person film series is returning to Oswego for a new season. The first event is the screening of Gen Silent on Tuesday, September 25, featuring a discussion with director Stu Maddux after the film. The documentary asks six seniors in the LGBT community about the discrimination they face as they navigate the health/senior care system. How do they face the fear, isolation and bullying they face? Bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell said, “Every single person should see this film…. It deserves an Oscar.” Please visit the film’s website:

The screening is at 7 p.m. at the Oswego Cinema (138 West 2nd Street). Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3.50 for students. Tickets for the entire series of six films are also available: $30 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets are available at the Oswego Cinema box office of online at


On Screen/In Person Continues: “Milking the Rhino” 4/17/12

10 April 2012

On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 pm, the On Screen/In Person documentary wraps up for this season with Milking the Rhino. Director David E. Simpson will be in attendance and lead a question and answer session after the screening at the Oswego Cinema 7 (138 West 2nd Street).

The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba, two of the oldest cattle cultures, are in the midst of upheaval. Emerging from a century of ‘white man conservation’ that turned their land  into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, they are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie. Charting the collision of ancient ways and Western expectations, the film tells intimate, hopeful, and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.

Tickets are $7 (adults), $5 (seniors), and $3.50 (students)–available online at or at the theatre box office.