Saturday, March 9, 2013

Memorable Movie Moments Set in Libraries

Libraries have been the backdrop for some of the best scenes in modern cinema. Can you imagine a Harry Potter film without the Hogwarts Library? How about All the President's Men sans that great aerial shot of the floor of the Library of Congress? These two memorable movie moments set in libraries and fourteen more are spotlighted in the BookRiot article "16 Great Library Scenes in Film."

"I really liked your computer trick": Andie is wooed in the school library in Pretty in Pink.

Naturally, there's that unforgettable scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's where Paul (played by George Peppard) loudly professes his love to Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) as they sit hunched in the New York Public Library. (I'm sure others would say that their favorite library scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's is the one that occurs earlier in the movie, when Holly leads Paul to the famous NYPL branch on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, where they find and sign a copy of Paul's book, to the obvious dismay of the librarian on duty.)

Then there's the suburban high school library in John Hughes' film The Breakfast Club, where five students from five different cliques are sent for a Saturday detention session. Who can forget the now notorious dance scene, where Allison (Ally Sheedy), Claire (Molly Ringwald), John (Judd Nelson), Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), and Andy (Emilio Estevez) stomp and twirl to the song "We Are Not Alone" that's blasted into the library?

My favorite library scene is from another John Hughes film, Pretty in Pink (which, surprisingly, is not even mentioned in the BookRiot article). It's when Andie (Molly Ringwald) is sitting at a row of computer terminals that are situated in the middle of her high school library. While working at the computer, she gets a mysterious message that is NOT from Duckie. Looking at the scene now, it's amusing to see the antiquated computers, but the sentiment of that scene still moves me.

For more great library scenes in movies, including Ghostbusters, The Shawshank Redemption, and Atonement, see BookRiot's article HERE.

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