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With Greenwich Library and other libraries celebrating Batman Day this Saturday, July 26th (click here for details), it's time to take a look back at how the Caped Crusader (as he was called in the pre-"Dark Knight" days) first burst out of comics into the public limelight. 

 

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1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  It'll be shown on August 14th beginning at 6:00 PM in the library's meeting room.  Details here. I wrote about the film here some time back.

More to follow.

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The Student Leaders and I will be overseeing the MakerBot demo at Greenwich Library on Saturday, July 19th at 2:00pm in the second floor meeting room.  Full details here

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QMOVIE.pngOn July 17th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the second floor meeting room, Greenwich Library Cult Films will present Quadrophenia.  This 1979 British film, based on the Who's classic 1973 rock opera (the band also produced the movie) and directed by Franc Roddham (The Lords of Discipline; The Bride), is a powerful portrait of teenage angst.

Here's a trailer for the film:


Set in mid-sixties England, Quadrophenia focuses on Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenaged Mod still living with his parents and working a dead end job.  Like the protagonist of 1960's  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and other classic British working class films of the late 50s/early 60s, Jimmy works off his frustration by joining other Mods (including Ace, played by Sting!) in doing drugs, partying, listening to the Who, and getting into rumbles with the rival  Rockers gang. 

But after a confrontation with the Rockers in Brighton, things  start going way out of control for Jimmy. Unable to cope, Jimmy ultimately commits a drastic act that will impact his life forever....

The title was devised by Who guitarist & main songwriter Pete Townshend, who combined the various different personalities of himself and the other band members to form the character of Jimmy.  Jimmy fancies himself as a tough guy (like Who lead singer Roger Daltrey), a romantic (bassist John Entwistle), a "bloody lunatic" (legendary manic drummer Keith Moon), and a "beggar/hypocrite" (Townshend).  With all those personality traits, it's not hard to see Jimmy's dilemma in dealing with life around him.

The film features tracks from the Who's original album (played in the background rather effectively; especially with the "5:15" sequence), terrific supporting performances by a mostly unknown cast, and runs about 2 hours.  Hence the early starting time on Thursday night.  Oh, and it's rated  R for violence, language and some (male and female) nudity.  But don't let that stop you from enjoying this very timeless look at the pains and joys of life from a teen age perspective.

You can reserve the original album from us on CD here.  And see what's coming up from Cult Films next month by going to our webpage here

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The FingerReader,developed by scientists at MIT, who created a prototype using a 3-D printer, can give visually impaired people access to printed words.

As noted in this article:

"The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office." 

There's still more work to be done on the device before it can go on the market.  For more information, click here.

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They're finally putting out the 1966-68 Batman TV series on DVD and Blu Ray this November!  Here's the promotional clip via "Legions of Gotham":


Did I mention that Greenwich Library will be celebrating 75 years of the Caped Crusader on July 26th? Details on "Batman Day" can be found here. Watch this space (and the Teen Central Blog) for more Bat-related updates in the coming weeks.

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kniefinwater.pngGreenwich Library Cult Films returns Thursday night, June 12th, at 7:00 pm,with a screening of director Roman Polanski's first full length movie, 1962's Knife In The Water . This is a compelling and sexually provocative thriller which will stay in your thoughts long after the movie ends.

The plot concerns a married couple, Andrzej (Leon Niemezyk) and his much younger wife Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka),  who invite a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz) to join them on a sailing trip.  What could go wrong?

Tensions build up between Andrzej and the younger man over Krystyna. And when Andrzej loses the hitchhiker's  favorite pocket knife, that's when you-know-what really hits the fan!

Filmed in black and white and in Polish with English subtitles, Knife benefits from not only good performances from the three leads, but also some stunning cinematography by Jerzy Lipman and a very cool Jazz musical soundtrack from Krzysztof T. Komeda.  Polanski also co-wrote the script Jerzy Skolimowski and Jakub Goldberg.

Interested? Come by the Meeting Room on June 12th. You'll be very happy you did. And find out what films we'll be showing in the coming months here.

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The latest collaboration of the late Mickey Spillane and the still living (whew!) Max Allan Collins,  King of the Weeds, the "penultimate" Mike Hammer novel,  is out now. 

 
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Here's some great news my colleague WG sent: 

(WASHINGTON-AFP) - U.S. regulators on Friday approved for market a new kind of prosthetic arm that allows a person to flex certain muscles in order to perform complex tasks.

The development of the DEKA Arm System -- nicknamed the "Luke" arm after Luke Skywalker in Star Wars -- was funded by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

To read more, click here.

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