altMonday, August 17, 6 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

In 1917, in Paris, the famous dancer Mata Hari has a double life as a German spy, obtaining secrets from French and Russian officers in bed. The chief of the French Secret Service Dubois is unsuccessfully in her tail trying to find proofs to incriminate Mata Hari. The Russian general Serge Shubin has a crush on Mata Hari, but when she meets the young Russian pilot lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff, she sleeps with him to photograph secret documents in his possession. But they fall in love for each other, and the jealousy of her lover Shubin provides the evidences to Dubois to arrest her.  Mata Hari. (DVD 2006)

Run Time: 89 minutes

Rated: Not Rated



altSunday, August 2, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.  All Quiet on the Western Front. (DVD 2007)

Run Time: 136 minutes

Rated: Not Rated 



altMonday, July 20, 6 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.  In Love and War (DVD 1999).

Run Time: 113 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (for graphic war injuries and some sensuality)



altSunday, July 12, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.  Sergeant York. (DVD 2006). 

Run Time: 34 minutes

Rated: Not Rated



titleWednesday, June 10, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

The novel set in 1914, in France, and details the vicissitudes of the First World War.  Due to their political differences, two families, both branches from the same family tree, face off.  After the death of patriarch Julio Madariaga, the Hartrotts leave Germany and the Desnoyers to France.  The families fight on opposing sides in WWI.  The novel travels through the Dantesque scenes of a Europe torn apart, where the onlything that survives is the desire to live.

Se trata de una novela ambientada en 1914, en Francia, y narra las vicisitudes de la Primera Guerra Mundial.  Debido a sus diferencias políticas, dos familias provenientes de un tronco común, se enfrentan. Tras la muerte del patriarca, Julio Madariaga, los Hartrott se marchan a Alemania y los Desnoyers a Francia. Ambas familias terminan combatiendo en bandos opuestos en la guerra. La novela discurre por los escenarios dantescos de una Europa rota, donde la única cosa que sobrevive es el deseo de vivir.

Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Spanish: Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog:




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