Mark Larson Film Series: Treasures of the Public Domain

Mark Larson is back this fall with a new film series on Thursday evenings in October and November.  Even better, thanks to the Cupertino Bluelight Cinema5 making one of their theaters available to us, Mark can accommodate a larger audience for this series than we can comfortably host in the library story room. 

 Mark’s newest series is a combination of feature films, documentaries and shorter works, all of which are favorites of Mark’s from the public domain. Usually, someone somewhere, whether that’s the studio or the producer, holds the intellectual rights to a movie, governing where and when it can be shown. Sometimes however a movie will become part of the public domain when there is no clear owner of the intellectual property.  The series includes the following films.

  • Thursday October 8: His Girl Friday (1940)  Director: Howard Hawks
  • Thursday, October 15: Man With A Movie Camera (1929) Director: Dziga Vertov                                     
  • Thursday October 22:   Short Subjects! (1896 - 2014) Directors: Various 
  • Thursday October 29: Night of the Living Dead (1968) Director: George Romero  
​      (In honor of Halloween, feel free to come in costume.)
  • Thursday, November 5: The Southerner (1945) Director: Jean Renoir      
  • Thursday, November 12: The Brother from Another Planet (1984) Director: John Sayles

            The series starts Thursday October 8th with the witty, fast-paced, battle of the sexes, His Girl Friday (1940). Star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is not only surviving but excelling in the-then man’s world of a big city newspaper, but is also newly engaged, and thinking of ending her career. Her former husband and current boss Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is determined to stop the marriage of his ace reporter, and lures Hildy away from her fiancé with an important breaking news story.

All films in this series will start at 6:30 pm with viewing the movie, and end and 9:00 pm following a lively discussion. Admission is free with your reservation. To reserve your seats, please go to:  

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