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On This Day: May 8

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Roma, Citta Aperta (Rome, Open City) On this day in 1906, Roberto Rossellini was born. Rossellini was an important director in the Italian neorealism movement in the years after World War II; neorealist movies generally focused on the poor and the working class, and were filmed on location, often using non-professional actors. His 1945 film Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City), a story of life in German-occupied Rome, is one of the masterpieces of the era. Roma città aperta is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Miyoshi Umeki On this day in 1929, Miyoshi Umeki was born. Umeki was an actress and singer who had a large impact in a relatively brief career. Umeki won an Academy Award for her first major film role, in the 1957 film Sayonara; she is still the only Asian actress to win the award. She would go on to star in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song on Broadway, and in the film adaptation. Umeki retired from acting in 1972, after three seasons in the TV sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Umeki's best work as a singer of popular standards is gathered in The Ultimate Collection, which is available for streaming or download at Freegal.
Keith Jarrett: Restoration Ruin And on this day in 1945, Keith Jarrett was born. Jarrett is a pianist and composer who works in both jazz and classical music. His most popular recordings include a series of live solo concerts which are entirely improvised. His classical recordings have been mostly of music by Bach and Mozart, but have also included more contemporary composers such as Alan Hovhaness and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Several of Jarrett's recordings are available for streaming at Hoopla.

 


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