New film series at Rockland Public Library

Jan 07, 2014
No fighting is allowed in the War Room of “Dr. Strangelove.”

Rockland — Rockland Public Library is kicking off a new movie lineup with a pair of cold-war thrillers this month. The films, hand-picked and hosted by local film enthusiast Erica Pfander, will start at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

In January, Pfander's film selections revisit the Cold War era. Fifty years ago, tensions between the United States and Russia ran high and the prospect of mutually assured destruction was real — which side was going to strike first? The two selected films were released in 1964, after the Washington-Moscow direct hotline was installed.

Screened Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. is "Seven Days in May." U.S. military leaders plot to overthrow the president because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. The film stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as is directed by John Frankenheimer.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., the series will screen  "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. This black comedy stars Peter Sellers in multiple roles, including the U.S. president (“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”), and George C. Scott as Gen. Buck Turgidson.

Patrons are advised to note the new start time; the library is transitioning to an earlier, 6 p.m. starting time for Thursday night library events. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 594-0310.

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