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Colin Higgins
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
I was propping up the bar at a work Christmas party a few years ago when a colleague from the College maintenance team introduced me to his wife. 'It must be nice to get paid to read all day long,' she said. I clenched my teeth and walked away silently. I d...

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Z for Zachariah (2015)
In cinema, we're accustomed to imagining the post-apocalypse world as one of chaos, darkness, noise. Is it ever daytime in Terminator ? Does the sun ever stop blaring down in Mad Max ? Few filmmakers have wondered about the tranquillity of a world that lack...

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The Final Countdown (1980)
How many books should a library have? An endlessly expanding library is neither possible nor desirable. Look, for example, how sensible the ' allowance list ' is for US Navy ships' libraries during World War II. Destroyers were to have 600 books, submarines...

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I'm a doctor, Jim, not a librarian! (Star Trek Into Darkness (2013))
What's it about? Kirk and Spock battle a genetically-modified Rip van Winkle, a Starfleet conspiracy, and their own sublimated homoerotic desire. A library, with spaceships What's it got to do with libraries? The Library of Alexandria probably wasn't burned...

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Some thoughts on The Final countdown (1980)
How many books should a library have? I've often wondered whether this question can be answered, and have come to the conclusion that it's possible, and sometimes desirable, to limit a collection to a particular size. Look, for example, at the ' allowance l...

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Oblivion
Thomas Babington Macaulay, historian and Liberal imperialist, was a trustee of the British Museum and a founder of the London Library. He is one of the nineteen men of letters whose names adorn the windows of the Museum's Round Reading Room, and until the l...

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Libraries at the Movies: Star Trek Into Darkness

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