Spring Fever via Movies

Springtime….it’s here. You can smell it in the air. The blooming flowers and budding trees relay nature's message that we've made it to the end of the winter months. Parents anticipate the longer days of sunlight, getting their kids outside to partake in organized outdoor activities or to play in the fresh air in the backyard. Baseball fanatics can hardly contain themselves as they follow their team of choice through its spring training. Families are dusting off their swim gear for their spring break excursions that are just around the corner.

Of course, spring also brings those rainy days, creating ideal conditions to hunker down and catch a movie. The Mercer County Library's collection, which includes feature films, documentaries, and foreign films, contains over 100 baseball productions alone! If you can’t get outside to enjoy the weather, take a look at what our branches have to offer. You can easily experience green gardens, spring break, baseball, and lovely spring-like weather through the magic of film!
Spring Movies 1
Bad News Bears (1976)
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Available on DVD
A former baseball minor-leaguer coaches a team of tough kids. His star pitcher is a girl.

Bambi (1942)
Directed by David Hand
Available on DVD
Bambi is a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, in particular a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. He learns the skills needed to survive, and he even finds love. One day, however, the human hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety.

Easter Parade (1948)
Directed by Charles Walters
Available on Blu-Ray and DVD
If you can't join 'em, beat 'em. When his longtime dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies, Don Hewes decides to show who's who what's what by choosing any girl out of a chorus line and transforming her into a star. So he makes his choice and takes his chances.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Directed by John Hughes
Available on Blu-Ray and DVD
A high school student is determined to get a day off with his friends by outwitting his principal.

Late Spring (1949)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
Japanese; Available on Blu-Ray and DVD
A widowed father forces his adult daughter to begin her own life by fooling her into believing he will remarry.
Spring Movies 2
The Secret Garden (1993)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Available on DVD
A young orphan named Mary is sent to live at the dark and foreboding English estate of her widowed uncle. She discovers a secret garden which was abandoned after a tragic accident. With the help of her crippled cousin Colin, and Dickon the country boy, her spirit is gradually reawakened as they bring the garden back to life. [Note: Other adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden (e.g., the 1975 BBC television series via hoopla and the 1987 made-for-television movie on DVD), are available in the library’s collection.]

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen
Available on DVD
When the new bride of a roughneck Oregon pioneer finds she has to keep house for her husband's six rowdy brothers, she decides to groom them so that they can find brides of their own.

Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang
Chinese, Available on DVD
In South China, it's the spring of 1946, less than a year since the defeated Japanese withdrew from China. A young woman languishes on the bomb-damaged walls of the small town. The sound of a distant train whistle triggers thoughts of escape. [Note: Spring in a Small Town, Mu Fei’s 1948 original, is also available in the library’s collection.]

A Tale of Springtime (1990)
Directed by Éric Rohmer
French, Available on DVD
The well ordered life of Jeanne, a high school philosophy teacher, suddenly spins into disorder when a young stranger she meets at a party involves her in a devilish scheme.

Where the Boys Are (1960)
Directed by Henry Levin
Available on DVD
On the sunny beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, four college girls search for a wild and hopefully romantic spring break.

-Anna Van S.


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