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September 2019

Film: “Le Brio”

Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This French film features Neïla Salah, who dreams of becoming a lawyer and registers at the great Parisian university of Assas. In order to redeem himself after he publicly humiliates her, Neïla’s professor, Pierre Mazard, agrees to prepare her for a prestigious speech. NR. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Co-presented with Alliance Française de Princeton.

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Friday Feature Film: “Amazing Grace”

Friday, September 27, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 concert film features Aretha Franklin recording her best-selling gospel album of the same name at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. G. 1 hour, 27 minutes.

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October 2019

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Princeton International Cinema Series: “Photograph”

Thursday, October 3, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In this Indian coming-of-age romantic drama, a struggling street photographer convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancee because his grandmother  is pressuring him to get married. The two  soon develop an unexpected bond that transforms them  both in ways they could not have imagined. 1 hour, 50 minutes. The Princeton International Cinema series is a collaboration of the library, the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis International Center and the Princeton Garden Theatre. Tickets ($11 general…

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Film and Discussion: “Mary Shelley”

Monday, October 7, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Following a screening of the 2017 romantic period drama about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's first love and relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, Princeton University Professor of English Susan Wolfson shares her perspective on the film and her knowledge of the writer. Wolfson is co-editor of the award-winning "The Annotated Frankenstein." A Q&A will follow. "Mary Shelley" is being presented as a companion film to Lookingglass Theatre Company's production of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" at McCarter Theatre Center Oct. 15 to Nov. 13.…

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Film: “The Lavender Scare”

Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This documentary chronicles the little-known story of how homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government beginning in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian.…

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Film: “Dakota 38”

Monday, October 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2012 documentary follows a group of Native Americans, many direct descendants of 38 Dakota men who were hanged on Dec. 26, 1862, on a 330-mile journey on horseback to the site of the execution. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln following the Dakota War of 1862, the event was the largest mass-execution in United States History. The film is the story of the journey, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed the riders along the way, and the…

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From Revolution to Solutions: Informed Cinema and Conversations About Newark

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The complex and rich history of Newark is explored through clips from three award-winning documentaries by filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. The films, "Revolution ’67" (about the 1967 Newark Riots/Rebellion), "The Rule" (examining urban school reform using the model of St. Benedict’s Prep), and "Rust" (an investigation of solutions to intergenerational poverty including prisoner reentry) allow a look at the past, present, and future of Newark. Participants will be able to learn about and discuss the opportunities and challenges of…

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Friday Feature Film: “Rocketman”

Friday, October 25, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 biographical musical film, based on the life of musician Elton John, follows the artist's transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar. R. 2 hours.  

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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon 1”

Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

A misfit Viking teen befriends a dragon, despite his tribe's beliefs and history of dragon slaying, in this 2010 Dreamworks Animation adaptation of the children's fantasy book by Cressida Cowell. Rated PG. 1 hour, 38 minutes.

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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Wednesday, October 30, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Hiccup and Toothless must save the day when the villainous Drago plots a massive invasion. Meanwhile, Hiccup meets a dragon who shows him the world from a different point of view. PG. 1 hour, 45 minutes. 2014.

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November 2019

Fall Matinee Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets”

Thursday, November 7, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Two mismatched mutts get lost in New York City and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity. PG. 1 hour, 30 minutes. 2016.

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Princeton International Cinema Series: “Birds of Passage”

Thursday, November 7, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The film chronicles the origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake. 2 hours, 2 minutes. The Princeton International Cinema series is a collaboration of the library, the International Employees Group at Princeton University, the Davis…

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Fall Matinee Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Friday, November 8, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. His owner is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which elevate Max’s anxiety. PG. 1 hour, 26 minutes. 2019.

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Friday Feature Film: “Yesterday”

Friday, November 15, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This 2019 British romantic comedy is the story of  a struggling musician who, finding himself the only person who remembers The Beatles, becomes famous after taking credit for writing and performing their songs. PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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Fall Movie Matinee: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Friday, November 29, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The citizens of Berk face a dragon trafficker who threatens their peace, dragons and friendships in the final installment of the fantasy trilogy. PG. 1 hour, 50 minutes. 2019.

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