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Oct. 18, 2005

Film Series Examines Librarians in Pop Culture

The University of Iowa Libraries will examine how librarians are portrayed in pop culture when it hosts a film series with movies that prominently feature librarians as characters.

"Beyond the Bun: The Film Series" is part of the Libraries' sesquicentennial celebration. The films will be shown Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28 through 30 at 8 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Oct. 28

DESK SET (1957). One of the classic films starring Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn. Hepburn is the head of a network news division's research library fighting off attempts by Tracy's operations consultant, who wants to automate the function. High jinks ensue.

Oct. 29

PARTY GIRL (1995). Parker Posey is Mary, a 23-year-old party girl evicted from her apartment and forced to accept financial and career help from her godmother, including a job in the New York Public Library system.

Oct. 30

BLACK MASK (1996).  A Hong Kong action movie starring Jet Li as a mild-mannered librarian who becomes a superhero fighting top-secret near-invincible bionic superwarriors taking over the drug trade in Hong Kong.

LISSO, the student organization of the School of Library and Information Science, and the Bijou Theater are co-sponsors of the series. This program is paid for in part by a Coca-Cola grant.

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