Library Moments: Movies based on Novels from 1965 #hcpl50

Bessie Sullivan: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

As of January 1st, 2015 Haliburton County Public Library was fifty years old.  There are four municipalities that make up Haliburton County, all of which have a history of libraries older than fifty years, but in 1964 county council made the decision to amalgamate the four municipal library systems into one.

So far this year we have told you about books on the banned list in 1965, popular children’s books from 1965, movies that won academy awards in 1965, as well as popular non-fiction and fiction from 1965.

This week on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each tell you about a movie based on a work of fiction that was published in 1965, the movies, on the other hand, range in release dates from 1967-1984.

cool hand lukeSherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in the symbolic prison drama Cool Hand Luke which was released in 1967. Luke Jackson, played by  Newman, is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he’s arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. While the stated ambition of the captain is for each prisoner to “get their mind right,” it soon becomes obvious that Luke is not about to kowtow to anybody. When challenged to a fistfight by fellow inmate Dragline, played by  Kennedy, Luke simply refuses to give up, though he’s brutally beaten. Luke knows how to win at poker, even with bad cards, by using his smarts and playing it cool. Luke also figures out a way for the men to get their work done in half the usual time, giving them the afternoon off. Finally, when Luke finds out his mother has died, he plots his escape; when he’s caught, he simply escapes again. Soon, Luke becomes a symbol of hope and resilience to the other men in the prison camp – and a symbol of rebelliousness that must be stamped out to the guards and the captain. Cool Hand Luke is based on a novel of the same name, written by Donn Pearce and published in 1965. An interesting bit of trivia – the phrase “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”, spoken in Cool Hand Luke first by the captain and later, slightly differently, by Luke, is listed by the American Film Institute as one of the top most memorable movie lines ever.

man with the golden gun posterErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: When MI-6 is sends a golden bullet etched with 007, they know it could only be the infamous assassin Francisco Scaramanga threatening to execute their top spy. M pulls James Bond off the case, but since when has that stopped the secret agent? In the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun – loosely based on the 1965 Ian Fleming Novel of the same name – Bond is off to the far east to hunt Scaramanga. Scaramanga is after the Solex Agitator, a key component of a solar power station that will save the world which is gripped in an energy crisis – but the Solex Agitator can also be weaponized and Scaramanga aims to sell the technology to the highest bidder. The Man with the Golden Gun was the 9th bond film and the second to star Roger Moore as 007. Christopher Lee, who incidentally was Fleming’s step-cousin, drew accolades for his performance as the assassin Scaramanga. The film’s plot deviates from Fleming’s original narrative, taking advantage of the martial arts movies craze of the 1970’s, and incorporating the energy crisis of 1973. The James Bond series remains popular with audiences with the most recent film, Spectre, released this year starring Daniel Craig, and with the films grossing in the billions of dollars at the box office since Dr. No in 1962.

dune 1984Bessie: In 1984 the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 publication Dune was released.  It featured many of the cultural heavy hitters at the time, starring the directing/acting duo of David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan as well as pop icon Sting and a soundtrack provided by the mega popular band Toto.   

In the year 10,191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul , Leto’s son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. The film got mediocre ratings but for those of us who were teens of the 80’s it was magic.

Besides featuring popular collections from 1965, we have had many activities throughout this past year in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.  Our final event takes place at Baked and Battered on December 6th at 6:30pm.  It is an evening with Robertson Davies and will feature a three course meal, live entertainment, and a surprise guest all for $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at the library administration office or by calling 705-457-2241. Thank you for listening to Library Moments here on 100.9 CanoeFm.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM November 15 – 21st, 2015.

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