Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shooting the Past

Shooting the Past

A library collection of over 10 million photographs will be destroyed unless a home can be found for it in under a week. Using the photographs to tell the story of their value, the staff pleads with the new owner to try to find a way to save the collection. Although eccentric and something of a misfit, librarian Oswald Bates (Timothy Spall) is resourceful and thoroughly knowledgeable about the collection. His boss (played by Lindsay Duncan) is just as passionate about the collection and it is she who must deal with the American businessman who has bought the library building -- unbeknownst to her. This started life as a British mini-series; of course, the wonderful and atmospheric photographs are the centerpiece of the film. -- recommended by Rianne S. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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