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The neorealist movement began in Italy at the end of World War Two in response to social and political upheaval and the devastating economic fallout from the war. Filmmakers such as Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti took to the streets and made films on location that told the stories of everyday people dealing with real struggles.
In this two-part series, writer and Oakton Community College film teacher Francine J. Sanders will lead an exploration of this key cinematic movement and its importance to world cinema. She will screen and discuss two of the movement’s pioneering works made by director De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini. On January 20, enjoy Bicycle Thieves (1948) in which a working-class man’s bicycle is stolen and he and his son set out to recover it. On January 27, we’ll show Umberto D. (1952), about an elderly Roman man and his dog struggling to survive on a government pension.
Join us for a screening of the 2017 documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel about former U.S. vice president Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change and persuade world leaders to invest in renewable energy. After the film, you’re invited to stay for a moderated discussion. Cosponsored with the Village of Glencoe’s Sustainability Task Force.
Find out about the latest teen books and enjoy a cup of coffee or a treat on us! Michelle will give you the heads up on all the newest books you’ll want to read over spring break. Meet at the Readers’ Services desk by 4:00 p.m. and we’ll walk over to Starbucks together where we’ll enjoy conversation and coffee shop treats. One lucky coffee club member will receive a Starbucks gift card. This program is for those in 6th-12th grades only.