Bergman films at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater presents another in the Great Director Series. This time up: Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. To quote Bergman, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

The following films will be shown at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor: Wild Strawberries (1957) on January 14, Through a Glass Darkly (1961) on January 21, and Fanny & Alexander (1982) on January 29. See the theater’s website for film details and schedule. (The first film shown in the series, The Seventh Seal, was shown on January 7.)

Francophiles Delight!


Fans of French indie-pop artist Pauline Croze won't want to miss her brand new release, Un Bruit Qui Cour, and if you haven't yet, make sure and check out her self-titled debut album, Pauline Croze. Here's a clip of her performing live.

Why did Herr F. run amok?

Finally--I've been waiting years for the DVD release of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz, the 13-part series based on the novel by Alfred Doblin and the crowning achievement in Fassbinder's controversial career. (It's due for release on November 13 and currently on order for AADL--a Criterion edition, no less!) Meanwhile, we have several classic titles from German cinema's enfant terrible in our collection, including Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The Marriage of Maria Braun, and Why Does Herr R Run Amok? Watch one this weekend, then come to the discussion of Fassbinder's work at the Downtown library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, by UM's Malcolm Tulip and Hanna Worthen.

Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls is a wonderful film based on the life of Cuban writer and poet, Reinaldo Arenas. Arenas is played by the Oscar Nominated Javier Bardem. The movie spans the whole of Arenas' life. The film begins by showing us the Cuban village where Reinaldo Arenas was born. We bear witness to the intense poverty he lives in while growing up, and the unusually distant relationship he has with his mother. As he becomes a young man in the 1950's, he falls victim to the oppressive Cuban government. He is persecuted for his writing and for being homosexual. He remains courageous against the oppression, and continues writing even while he is imprisoned. The Cuban government finally releases him, and allows him to emigrate to New York City in 1980. There he lives and writes until he loses his battle with AIDS. Sean Penn has a cameo appearance in this movie as a peasant, and Johnny Depp adds a couple cameo appearances as well. He plays a military officer, and a drag queen. This is definitely a movie to add to your "must see" list! The official FFG rating of this film is a 9.

New Books in Spanish!

New on our shelves en Espanol for kids are books from the series Magic Tree House and lots of Junie B. Jones as well as beautiful picture books like Martina una Cucarachita muy Linda. Esplendido! For adults, look for the graphic novel series by Iranian author Marjane Satrapi Persepolis which was released last spring in theaters. Also on shelves now are translated to Spanish bestsellers like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray Love or Come, Reza, Ama.

New Arabic books for children!

Soon to be arriving at the branches, there will be many new Arabic books for children. Many of these books are especially good for children (or anyone) learning Arabic as they have the vowel marks (tashkeel) on every word to aid in recognition and understanding. There will be board books, dictionaries, picture books and kits which will contain a book and a CD or cassette. The selection varies from branch to branch so check out the youth foreign language collection in the youth department on the first floor of the downtown library or in the foreign language collection at any of the branches. Any questions, comments or suggestions about Arabic books or any other foreign languages, please e-mail

More new Italian fiction

More new Italian fiction:
"Il volo della farfalla" by Adriana Faranda
The story of a former member of the Marxist-Leninist Red Brigade terrorist group who paradoxically finds in prison, the freedom which she was deprived of for many years.
"Quattro giorni per non morire" by Marino Magliani
A thriller set between South America and the region of Liguria. A man who is doubly condemned, by illness and by prison, tries to escape.
"Fai di te la notte" by Giorgio Scianna
One evening after work, Clara decides not to come back home to her two children and husband as usual, but to change her path.
"Il mistero BonBon" by Sergio Staino
Philippe BonBon is a bon viveur, a man courted by women who belongs to the high class of French society. One day his wife and friends start to suspect him, maybe he has a double life, maybe he is a murderer

New Italian fiction for adults at the library

New at all library branches in the foreign language collection, there will soon be a selection of modern Italian popular fiction.

Here are some of the new titles:
"La scoperta dell'alba" by Walter Veltroni
Written by the mayor of Rome, a rising political star often mentioned as a future prime minister, this book is the sotry of Giovanni Astengo, who is in his 40s and works for the State archives where he classifies the lives of people. His career-driven wife and beautiful children aren't enough to heal his wounded heart so he undertakes a search for the father who abandoned him as a child.
"La dama che amò due principi" by Gabriella Magrini
Set in medieval Japan, this is the true story of Izumi Shikibu, an extraordinary beautiful woman poet who lived at the Imperial Japanese Court.
"L'amica americana" by Margherita Oggero

New Portugese books for adults at all branches

New at all library branches in the foreign language collection, there will soon be a selection of modern Portuguese popular fiction. Put a hold on the books through the library catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice or browse the shelves for new books. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments on Portuguese titles or any foreign language books, please e-mail

Here is a selection of some of the new titles:

"Ilhas Contadal" by Helena Marques
"Requiem para o navegador solitario" by Luis Cardoso
"Combateremos a sombra" by Lídia Jorge
"O paraíso é bem bacana" by André Sant'Anna
"O pescador de girassois" by Antonio Santos

New Youth Portuguese Collection at Downtown Branch

New at the downtown library in the Youth foreign language collection on the 1st floor in the Youth department, there will soon be a selection of children's Portuguese books including picture books and titles for older children. Put a hold on the books through the library catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice or browse the shelves downtown. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments on Portuguese titles or any foreign language books, please e-mail

A selection of the new titles:
A girafa que comia estrelas
O meu livro
Doze reis e a moca no labirinto do vento
O castelo verde
O cavalo da noite

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