Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30PM “1984” John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton. Directed by Michael Radford.1984, 120mins, Color, Rated R. (Screened in high def digital.)
Filmed and premiered during its eponymous year — a pivotal moment that occurs in the novel on April 4 was actually filmed on April 4 — Michael Radford’s adaptation is generally considered to be the preeminent movie version of George Orwell’s landmark novel (the story was filmed once before, in 1956 in a British production). Roger Ebert, who called it a “brilliant film”, wrote: “What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell’s bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith.” The film’s stark gray settings effectively set the mood of a totalitarian state. Suzanna Hamilton as Julia brings some human warmth to the otherwise grim and desolate surroundings, which makes her fate all the more shattering . In the last performance before his death, Richard Burton conveys Inner Party member O’Brien with a strange fatherly compassion that makes his sadistic role all the more disturbing. In contrast to some films that have a flashy look and make a lot of use of special effects to portray a dystopian future, “1984” focuses on the plight of humans with an austere landscape, washed-out colors, and severe close-ups that signify the omnipresence of Big Brother. In all, this “1984” faithfully follows its literary source in story, character, and tone. “1984” is certainly not a ‘feel-good’ movie, but it is not supposed to be. It’s a cautionary tale intended to make you think – and also, frightened enough to want to avoid Orwell’s nightmare parable from coming true. (Description complied from various sources.)
The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation.
Come to the Jersey City Free Public Library, & Use Public Access Computers to Apply
JERSEY CITY, N.J. July 7, 2015 – The Jersey City Free Public Library wants to make it easier for those women and men – aged 18 to 35 – who want to apply to be a firefighter.
According to Library Network Administrator Victor Enriquez, he has created “an icon on both the publicaccess and allaccess profiles, entitled: N.J. Firefighter Online Application. Upon clicking the icon, it will automatically open to the Job Announcement listing on the NJ Civil Service Commission web page.”
Library staff at the Main Library and all nine branches and the Bookmobile will direct library patrons to this icon on all library Public Access and All Access computers should they come in to inquire how to access the New Jersey Firefighter Online Application.
The New Jersey Firefighter Online Application is available from July 1 to August 31, 2015. All applicants need to be between 18 and 35, and have a high school diploma (GED, or equivalent) and a valid N.J. driver’s license. Application is ONLINE ONLY.Continue reading Want to be a New Jersey Firefighter?→
The Main Library of the Jersey City Free Public Library was first built in 1899 and it opened in 1901. That makes this grand building on Jersey Avenue in downtown Jersey City historic yet antiquated.
The powers-that-be for the library are moving forward with raising $3 million to finance, in part, a much-needed three-part renovation of the building located in downtown Jersey City to bring it into the 21st century as well as allow it to retain much of its early 20th century charm. The renovation was in the spotlight at the “Wine, Renovations and Song” fundraiser held in the main branch on June 24.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 14, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the Main Library in Jersey City in the most lingering way: Receding waters in the basement left destruction in its wake amidst typical developing problems such as mold. Hence, the need for $1.4 million in repairs, according to Helena Ruman Associates, the architectural firm for the Jersey City Free Public Library. Continue reading Bookmobile to be In Front of Main Jersey City Library for 1 Hour→
SURROUNDED BY LOVE – Dignora Aquino sits at one of the tables in the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library, surrounded by the 27 books she has donated to the Children’s Room in loving memory of her son, Mathew Angelo Scarpa, who dies of SIDS on January 3, 2012, at the age of three months and four days.
Mathew Angelo Scarpa
JERSEY CITY, NJ May 16, 2012 – “In lieu of flowers and mass cards, Matthew’s family asks that you donate your favorite children’s book in Matthew’s memory to the Jersey City Free Public Library.”
It was a small gesture, lovingly placed in the obituary of their son, Matthew Angelo Scarpa, when he suddenly died on January 3, 2012. Born on September 29, 2011, and only three months, four days old when he passed, this infant made a difference in his parents’ lives, who have now shared that sunshine with others.
If you grew up in New Jersey it’s likely you knew somebody who had a friend whose second cousin had a brother-in-law whose uncle was connected to “the Mob.” Born in Jersey City and raised in Union City and then Secaucus, Jon D’Amore had family members who were “connected”. An accomplished musician and songwriter, D’Amore kept mental notes of a Las Vegas casino caper that went down back in the day and tells the fascinating and sometimes nail-biting story in his new book, “The Boss Always Sits in the Back.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Who am I?” It’s a question people have pondered since the dawn of time. And these days, it’s not enough to know how you fit in with your immediate family; people are now turning to websites like Ancestry.com to dig up the roots of their family’s tree. This trend is so popular, hit TV shows like “Finding your Roots” on PBS and “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC are attracting high ratings from viewers tuning in to watch stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe and Rosie O’Donnell discover the secrets of their family’s past.
In November 2010, the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library and its staff were featured in one of the episodes of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” when O’Donnell came to the New Jersey Room to do genealogy search into her Irish background. The show took O’Donnell on a journey that included a trip to Ireland, where she visited a workhouse where one of her relatives had lived. Both “Finding your Roots” and “Who Do You Think You Are” are filled with touching moments like these, and for viewers, the shows have helped a renewed interest in the past so that we might learn more about ourselves. Continue reading Back to the Future-Exploring Family Lineage and Filling in the Blanks→
Author’s Come Out to Talk About Their Books, Share Their Intelligence And Creativity
“A Tale of Our City” book festival offers authors, new and established, of all genres and ages, a venue where they can showcase their works and bring to the reading and buying public in a neutral inspiring setting.- Sonia Araujo/ Chair “A Tale of Our City.”
On a beautiful Saturday, September 18th the Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival was held in Van Vorst Park. The first author we met was
Al Sullivan who works for the Hudson County Reporter papers-Bayonne CommunityNews. Al is a Senior Saff Writer, who reports the news and exhorts about Hudson County politics in his weekly column.
Al was at the Book Festival to promote and read from his first book ” Everyday People: Profiles of the Garden State- published by Rutgers Press, 2001. As Mr. Sullivan will tell you about his book “That every life has a story ripe for the telling.”
A WELL-RESPECTED MAN – Board Chairman Michael A. Ryan for the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. received deserved smiles from partiers as he passed by at the Hot Times at the Fiesta fundraiser because Mike’s efforts at making sure everyone had tasty tacos from Michael Anthony’s restaurant and in keeping his guests happy made this event the success that it was!
FESTIVE AT THE FIESTA – With Treasurer John Mehos of the Jersey City Library Board of Trustees (2nd from left) being accompanied by his sister-in-law Elain, who retired from the Jersey City Free Public Library several years ago, and friends Bill La Rosa (2nd from right), director of the Hudson County Division of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, with his wife, Suzanne Clare. All proceeds from the June 10th Hot Times at the Fiesta fundraiser are dedicated to the purchase and installation of security cameras throughout the library system. Cameras have already been installed at the Five Corners, Greenville and Miller branches, and the Main Library.
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