Welcome to the Movies Section!
The library collects a wide range of movies to appeal to every taste. If there is anything that you would like to suggest for the collection, or you would like a recommendation from one of our movie experts, please contact us.
The movie collection is broadly divided according to fiction or non-fiction designation. Movie subcategories include: Arts, Blu-Ray, Documentary, Foreign Films, Health & Fitness, Instructional, Travel, TV Series
A selection of recommended titles can be found on the right side of the page.
For more information on how to find movies, click here.
If you couldn't make your usual trip to Cannes this year, or your plans for the Toronto International Film Festival fell through, you are in luck. This October brings us the Chicago International Film Festival showcasing 127 feature films, 21 documentaries and 50 shorts from more than 55 countries. This is your chance to see many of the year's most anticipated movies months before their release, including new films from the Coen Brothers, Steve McQueen and Jason Reitman. So, go ahead and catch a restored classic like Medium Cool, sample contemporary African cinema or even test your luck with the annual surprise screening. The fest runs until Octber 24th but if you can't make it here are some past festival award winners you can find at the library:
Banned Books Week is a national event celebrating the importance of reading and the freedom of the First Amendment. Here are some of the most popular banned books celebrated during Banned Books Week and their corresponding movies:
1984 by George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ulysses by James Joyce
Mark your calendars for September 15, October 13, November 24 and December 14, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus College of Lake County, presents a series of four films that focus on different aspects of the world of classical music, including child prodigies, castrati, famous musical instruments and competitions. For more information, please call the A-V Department at 847-681-7033. The series is presented with the Highland Park Senior Center and sponsored by Right at Home.
To whet your appetite, you may want to explore some of these titles from the Library’s collection:
All the Mornings of the World (French)
The Great Caruso
Hilary and Jackie
The Page Turner (French)
The Piano Teacher (French)
The Red Violin
Song for Martin (Swedish)
A Song to Remember
Song without End
Iconoclast filmmaker, Werner Herzog, released his latest film today; a short documentary about the consequences of driving and texting entitled, "From One Second to the Next." It is available to watch for free on Youtube. (link)
We have some of Werner Herzog's other films at the library for you to view. Here is a list of them.
If you've watched the news today, you've probably heard that Jeff Bezos purchased the Washingtion Post for $250 million dollars.
Jeff Bezos is the CEO of Amazon.com, in case you were wondering. This comes days after it was announced that the Boston Globe was sold for $70 million dollars to the owner of the Boston Red Sox, John Henry. Chicago is not immune to this recent activity. Within the last year, the Chicago Sun-Times sold for $20 million dollars. Clearly, this has been a whirlwind time for print journalism.
Inspired by these recent events, we've curated a sample list of films that we own in the collection for you to watch about journalism.
Summer has arrived and along with that, summer vacations. The world is such a large and vibrant place full of excitement, wonder, and mystery. Where will you go this summer? What adventures will you embark upon? The library is here to help.
Are you thinking of going scuba diving in New Zealand? Do you find yourself fantasizing about riding around Europe on a Vespa? How about an Anthony Bourdain-inspired culinary tour of Asia? The library has an extensive collection of travelogues to help you research your getaway, all of which are free for you to use.
The following is a sampling of destinations for some of the travel videos that the library owns.
We also have travel films for places such as Mexico, Toronto, New York City, the Middle East, and many other destinations. Please ask if you’re interested in travelling somewhere and don't see something about that place. We will do our best to help.
The library also owns access to several travel research databases which are free for Highland Park residents to use.
- Quick digestible bursts of information about countries throughout the world. This is a good starting place to get a general idea of the culture of somewhere you may visit.
- National Geographic Magazine Archive (1888-now)
- Self-explanatory. This is a digitized archive of National Geographic’s entire print run starting from 1888 going to the present.
The library also owns an extensive amount of travel books. The new travel books are located in the front lobby in a special shelf near the checkout desk. The other travel books are located in the non-fiction collection inside of Adult Services. Contact a reference librarian if you need assistance acquiring travel books.
The library is proud to announce the next event of our ongoing evening film series. We will be hosting a discussion of the Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." This is happening May 22nd at 7pm in the library's auditorium.
"The Master" is the story of a man named Freddie Quell who finds himself struggling to adjust to the normalcy of modern life after serving in the military during World War 2. He meets the charistmatic leader of a religious movement known as "The Cause" who takes him under his wing. The two men begin travelling around the country to spread the teachings of "The Cause." The film features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix agmonst others.
Below is a list of the filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson, all of which the library owns.
A lawyer by profession, Dick Adler has spoken at literature and film seminars at various locations within the Chicagoland area. Film Discussions With Dick Adler are sponsered by the Friends of the Library.
The library is proud to annouce the next event of our ongoing Sunday afternoon film series. We will be hosting a screening and discussion of the Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris". This is happening this Sunday, April 28th, at 2pm in the library's auditorium.
Bob Coscarelli, professor emeritus at the College of Lake County, will introduce the film and lead a discussion once the movie ends. "Midnight in Paris" is about a man who is forced to examine the shortcomings of his relationship and finds himself transported back in time to Paris in the 1920's. The film features Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, and Adrien Brody agmost others.
Below is a list of some of the Woody Allen films that the library owns.
- Annie Hall
- Anything Else
- Bullets Over Broadway
- Cassandra’s Dream
- Crimes and Misdemeanors
- Deconstructing Harry
- Everyone Says I Love You
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- Hollywood Ending
- Husbands and Wives
- Love and Death
- Manhattan Murder Mystery
- Match Point
- Melinda and Melinda
- Midnight in Paris
- Mighty Aphrodite
- Play It Again, Sam
- Purple Rose of Cairo
- Radio Days
- Small Time Crooks
- Sweet and Lowdown
- To Rome With Love
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona
- What’s New Pussycat
- Woody Allen: A Documentary
- You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
The Sunday Film Series With Bob Coscarelli is presented with the Highland Park Senior Center and sponsered by CJE SeniorLife: The Weinberg Community for Senior Living.
Roger Ebert lost his battle with cancer on April 4th, 2013.
He was a screenwriter who wrote several celebrated films. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic who raised the standards of journalism and criticsim to new heights. He will be missed.
Beneath is a brief sampling of some of his favorite films. The library has these films within our collection for you to enjoy. See the complete list here.
- 12 Angry Men
- 400 Blows
- 2001: A Space Odyessy
- Aguirre, the Wrath of God
- Annie Hall
- The Battleship Potemkin
- Bicycle Thief
- Un Chien Andalou
- Citizen Kane
- The Godfather
- Hoop Dreams
- LA Confidential
- Pan's Labyrinth
- The Shining
- Taxi Driver
- El Topo
- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (co-wrote the screenplay)