For every Wednesday in July except the first, movies will be shown in the Kingsley Room of the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library. The three Wednesday afternoon films being shown this month at Southbury Public Library present a realistic war drama, a romantic comedy, and a movie version of a 1960s real-life political scandal.
The July 11th film is set in the trenches in France toward the end of World War I, which had been raging for 4 years. The story focuses on a group of British soldiers, especially their mentally disintegrating young officer, as they await a German onslaught and possible death. This is the latest cinematic version of a play that premiered in 1928 and is concerned with humanity, not the horrors of war.
In the romantic comedy showing on July 18th, a highly judgmental middle-class woman, played by British actress Imelda Staunton, discovers on the eve of retirement that her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. When she goes to live with her bohemian sister on an impoverished inner-city council estate, she finds there is life and love after divorce. The cast includes Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall.
The film showing on July 25th concerns the incident and subsequent scandal involving Ted Kennedy in 1969 when the car he was driving went off a bridge, resulting in the death of a young campaign aide, Mary Jo Kopechne. Jason Clarke plays the 39-year-old Kennedy.
Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list titles of the films. Offered free to the public, they are sponsored by Friends of the Southbury Public Library. They begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley meeting room surround sound theater, with infrared listening system available and closed captioning. For further information, call the Library at 203-262-0626 or visit the library’s website at southburylibrary.org/adult-services/Wednesday-movies/.