I can confirm hand-clapping when I recently came across the “YouTube and Librarians (Movies)” list online. This YouTube channel compiles various reel librarian film clips, and therefore, I was able to add several new titles added to my Master List! Of course, this means more homework for me… but as a daughter of two teachers, I’m obviously ok with that! 🙂
The Age of Stupid (2009):
In this cinematic mix of a fiction and documentary, Pete Postlethwaite plays The Archivist, who reviews archival footage relating to humans’ inability to address climate change.
Be Kind Rewind (2008):
This looks to include a short scene parodying the opening library scene in Ghostbusters.
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008):
Harold kisses a girl in the library stacks. Not sure if there’s a librarian in the movie — doesn’t look to be one in this clip — so I’ll have to watch the entire movie to make sure.
Late Afternoon of the Living Dead (2007):
It looks like this is a low-budget parody of zombie horror films, featuring a librarian as the main character, Chris. Sounds like a Liberated Librarian storyline…
The Librarians (aka Strike Force, 2003):
I think the “librarians” in this title are in name only, as the movie’s about a team of mercenaries on the hunt for a kidnapped girl. Not sure why the reference to librarians, but that just means I’ve got to watch it to find out.
Racing Daylight (2007):
Watching this clip, I was thinking, “Where’s the librarian?” Looking up the plot in IMDb, it turns out the main character (played by Melissa Leo) is a librarian! Leo plays a dual role as a modern-day woman and her Civil War-era ancestor.
It seems Ernest Borgnine plays some kind of archivist or record keeper. I’ve been wanting to watch this (Helen Mirren fan!), so extra reason now to do so.
Red Roses and Petrol (2003):
The main character (played by Malcolm McDowell) is a librarian, a family patriarch whose dysfunctional family gathers together after his death.
Shelf Life (2005):
A library-centric plot in this indie film that seems to be some kind of mashup of Party Girl (1995) and Election (1999).
Here’s the plot write-up from a Cinequest film review:
Who knew a library could be grounds for such wicked office politics? It all starts when a fresh-out-of-rehab goth slacker Nikki Reynolds (Betsy Brandt) takes a job at the local library. Strict, by-the-book head librarian Betty Bonhauser (Elisa Bocanegra) is quick to remind everyone using a flip chart of her family’s successful librarian lineage.
The Ten (2007):
A film that includes 10 sketches parodying the “Ten Commandments.” One segment, “Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord’s Name in Vain” (a parody of Y tu mama también) features Gretchen Mol as a librarian who travels to Mexico for a fling.
Vault of Darkness (2009):
A horror anthology film comprised of four stories. story segments. One segment, “It’s Hour Come Round,” features a young librarian (Christina Cupo).
- BoondyAlBoondy. YouTube and Librarians (Movies) playlist. Last updated 17 Nov. 2014.