Flops Into Classics: “The Sweet Smell of Success” with movie critic Richard Alleva

sweet smell of success

Film Critic Richard Alleva returns this fall with his series “Flops Into Classics: How 3 Box Office Failures Became Cherished Movies.” The first movie, The Sweet Smell of Success, will be shown on Wednesday, September 10 at 1:00 pm in the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room. With this first film, who could resist the New York of this noir classic with prowling squad cars, conniving agents, and vulnerable showgirls? Well, the audiences of 1957 could. The movie stars Burt Lancaster as a Broadway gossip columnist, and Tony Curtis as an ingratiating black mailing press agent.

The second film, Vertigo, will be shown on Wednesday, October 8 at 1:00 pm.

The third film, It’s a Wonderful Life, will be shown on Wednesday, November 12 at 1:00 pm.

This program is cosponsored by the Castle Craig Adult Learning Center. All are welcome to this free program. To reserve a seat, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email comsvc@hotmail.com or visit www.meridenlibrary.org and sign up through the adult calendar.


“Lucky Joe” A Wartime History of Joseph Borriello by Neil Offen – September 6

Sgt Joe

The World War II experiences of Meriden native, Joseph Borriello, are the subject of an audio-visual presentation at the Meriden Public Library on Saturday, September 6, 2014, starting at 2:00 pm in the Griffin Room. Borriello served as a radio operator with the 3rd Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy (including Anzio), France, Germany, and Austria. After the war, Borriello was employed by the Meriden School System as a teacher, and later a school principal. He has touched the lives of many. The interview was conducted by retired broadcaster, Neil Offen, also a Meriden native. Their voices are supplemented by photos and other audio and visual effects.

All are welcome to this free program.

Thursday Night Movies at 6:00

August 28 – Casablanca
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II:
in American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Movie Night summer 2014

History of Baseball with Aaron Krerowicz

History of baseball


Print History of baseball PDF

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