Spring Film Series: Biopics

March 16, 2015

The Friends of the Library Spring Film Series kicks off on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. This film series will feature a selection of biopics. Some of Hollywood's best and most beloved films fall into the category of "biopics," a genre broadly defined as the story of someone's life told with more or less accuracy. Biopics can also overlap with other genres, including musicals, war movies, and dramas.

The films, which feature well known directors and award-winning actors, will be introduced each evening by Charles Vahlkamp, professor emeritus at Centre College. There is no charge for admission, and free popcorn will be available. The film series will run on most Thursday evenings through May 7, 2015.

Due to licensing restrictions, the use of the film titles is prohibited outside of the Library. However, the descriptions of the films are listed below, and inquiring minds can find out what movies will be shown by either visiting or calling the Library. 

Thursday, March 19
This 1937 biopic takes us back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to one of the epic struggles for freedom of expression as seen in the infamous Dreyfuss affair.

Thursday, April 2
Often touted as the greatest film of all time, this 1941 film is based on the life of one of the nation’s greatest newspaper publishers.

Thursday, April 16
This 1942 film depicts the life of a renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer.

Thursday, April 23
This 1951 film was quite controversial when it first appeared, telling the story of the final years of a World War II German general.


Thursday, April 30
The political career of one of the South’s most ruthless demagogues is covered in this 1949 film.

Thursday, May 7
This 1980 biopic tells the story of a Kentucky mountain girl who rose from poverty to fame as a country and western singer.