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'Hotels' Theme for Library's Next Film Series

Four films, from 1932 to 2012, will be shown for free Wednesdays starting Jan. 30.

Want a little pampering? A chance to get away? Maybe stay at a nice hotel? Can't?

Then, just head to the Morristown and Morris Township Library starting Wednesday and throughout February.

The library continues its film series, now in its 10th year, on Jan. 30 with "hotels" as its latest theme. The four-film series begins at 6:45 p.m. with the 1932 film Grand Hotel, starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and John Barrymore.

The series will continue through the decades with three other films: 1958's Separate Tables on Feb. 6, the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho on Feb. 13 and the most current film, 2012's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Feb. 20.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

Tim Lynch, head of media for the library, said they have tried to combine movies from all eras throughout the series' existence, "from early silents to the 1930's, '50's, '80's, up to very current films," he said. Each series has centered around a theme, such as famous writers, musicians, spies, actors, magicians, lawyers, Abraham Lincoln and the Revolutionary War. 

"Often we try to anchor a series around a recent popular film," Lynch said. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a popular art house hit from last year. So why not do some films about other hotels?"

Lynch called Grand Hotel was "a golden oldie," while Separate Tables won an Oscar. "And for another classic that describes another aspect of the hotel/motel experience, there's always 'Psycho,'" he said.

Each showing includes handouts with historical backgrounds of the films and biographies of the cast. If time allows, the film will be discussed after the screening.

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