Wednesday, December 22, 2004

LIBRARIANS IN THE MOVIESAn Annotated Filmography. This is by Martin Raish at BYU - Idaho. I enjoyed browsing it a great deal. I had no idea that librarians were so well represented in films. This list is also current. I found many movies from the last several years on the "A" list.

From the site:

The "librarian stereotype" has long been the focus of articles, letters, workshops, conversations, and possibly even dreams and nightmares, but analyses have usually been based on limited personal experience with a small number of examples, whether books, television programs, or in this case, commercial motion pictures.

Is the meek spinster with her hair in a bun (such as Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life or Hilda Plowright in Philadelphia Story) more or less common than the young, innocent blonde (such as Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own or Goldie Hawn in Foul Play)? Are male librarians more often like the surly John Rothman in Sophie's Choice, the reclusive Jason Robards in Something Wicked This Way Comes, or the lecherous Peter Sellers in Only Two Can Play?

Questions such as these cannot be answered with confidence until we have a better grasp of the overall picture (so to speak...). This filmography is an ongoing attempt to expand our collective memory, to find a more comprehensive and defensible basis for our acceptance or rejection of the "typical movie librarian" – whatever we think he or she is. It lists about 550 Hollywood (and a few foreign) productions that in some significant or memorable way include a library or librarian.

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