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A Lot of Good This Daylight's Gonna Do Us - Cult Cinema from 1968 to 1988: Three Directors is on display in  Baker-Berry Library, Berry Main Street: January 5 - March 11, 2016. This exhibit examines the work of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and George Romero within their larger cultural context. Curator Wesley Benash explains his long-standing interest in the subject:

Cult Film exhibit poster"When I was six years old, by father let me rent Brian De Palma’s film Carrie from the video store.  It scared the hell out of me, but it also spawned a lifelong fascination with the shadowy, macabre underbelly of the cinema.  As a young boy and teenager, I was interested in these films for their sensational elements –violence, gore, and sex.  As I grew up, I began to appreciate them for their sociopolitical elements instead, and I came to understand how less reputable forms of cinema, such as the horror film and exploitation film, frequently had much to say about the societies in which they were produced.  As a student, I have parlayed this interest in cult film into scholarship; the admiration and appreciation I have for these films serves as the backbone of the thesis I am writing in Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

"The films on display, and others like them, tend to function as cinema’s id, forcing us to acknowledge the ugliness within society and within ourselves; it is for this reason that they repulse so many viewers.  But for those who are willing to open their minds to these films, they are equally audacious and enlightening.

"I obsessively watched the works of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and George Romero as a boy and teenager.  I think they are great artists and that their best work stands up to the finest products of Hollywood, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, or any other period in cinema history.  It is my hope that upon viewing their work, you will feel the same."

Exhibit curated by Wesley Benash; design by Dennis Grady, Library Education and Outreach.

Film Map
Film Map: The History of Popular Film Set to the Art of Cartography

I'm often asked "What's your favorite map?" The problem is I don't have one. My favorite map is the one in front of me. But we just received a new map that got me to thinking about imaginary places on maps. We just got Film Map: The History of Popular Film Set to the Art of Cartography. All of the cartographic elements on this map are movie titles! But wait a minute. There is no place like that. That is what makes this a map of an imaginary place. The map is real but shows "places" that aren't. We have a couple of other maps like that including Atlantis-Dekapotamia and Atlanto-Karelia or Dekapotamia. We also have a couple of atlases such as The Atlas of Middle Earth and An Atlas of Fantasy.

Atlantis-Dekapotamia
Atlantis-Dekapotamia