They show a film relating to something scientific and then have a lecture/Q+A session following, or show a Hollywood classic and then give a tie-in lecture. The one we attended was the latter; we watched one of my favorites, Key Largo, and then talked about hurricanes!!
Have you seen Key Largo? Have you been to the Florida Keys or experienced a hurricane?
Released in 1948, Bogart plays a character that is the shadow of Rick in Casablanca--the disillusioned yet moral individual. There is even a line in Largo that is the same as Rick's infamous "I stick my neck out for nobody!" He got a bit typecast I'd say, but it is glorious nonetheless. Though I would argue that Edward Robinson's Johnny Rocco steals the show, tediously bullying everyone else through the windy, wet night.
Lionel Barrymore's old man Temple, the crippled but scrappy geezer, seems like a hackneyed role but I absolutely adore him in it and I think he helped established that character mold.
This was the last film of 4 made between married luminaries Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
John Huston, oh my beloved John Huston who directed several of Bogey's films and starred in many others, took a loosely sketched play and turned it into this wonder.
It put the archipelago of Key Largo on the map and basically created the tourist industry there, ex nihilo.
This is film noir at its best--black and white tension, WWII context, guns and whispers, men being men and women appreciating them for it.
Claire Trevor's abused lush gangster's moll role is sensational. It is no wonder she claimed the Oscar for it!
And the hotel is exactly what a spic-and-span but off-the-beaten-path 1940s deep sea fishing hotel on the coast should be. That decor!! It made me want to decorate my entire house like that (inspiration post to come!!).
Eli had never seen it before and he absolutely loved it. As he put it, it is one of the few old movies that he could follow all the way through, whereas others are such low quality/confusing dialogue/slow pacing that he loses interest or doesn't grasp the significance. I get it. A lot of old movies can be dull, especially when we're accustomed to random explosions in our modern theaters.
Afterward a severe storm expert from the University of Utah spoke about that true and false representations of hurricanes in the movie and taught us a few things about hurricanes in general.
Then we were bustled out of the library because it was closed.
I love this library. Especially the glass ceiling. It feels like a modern version of Alexandria or ancient Rome or something, with those proud stone arcades. It feels almost open to the elements. This is the second time I'd been there at night after closing (the first time I dind't take any pictures). I love being in the library after closing. It feels like that episode of Arthur where they are locked in the library, and reminds me of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler (remember that book, when that brother and sister are living in the Met??).
Sorry for the low-quality pics, it was dark (obviously) and I had to lighten these.
The hanging sculpture in the center is a human head created out of butterfly-like open texts.