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Cold War Cinema

Join us every Monday at 2:00 beginning on September 8 as we view some of the classics of Cold War cinema.


The American and Soviet struggle during the 20th century was waged as much culturally as it was politically, and Hollywood made a number of films with Cold War themes—some overt, and some subtle. As the decades grew on, attitudes shifted, which is reflected in the cinematic works of the 1980s and beyond.



Our public performance license prohibits us from advertising film titles outside of the library. You can pick up a flyer at Bosler with the film titles for the series, or you can watch our website and facebook for hints about upcoming offerings. Reservations are not necessary. Click here for more information or call (717) 243-4642 ext 3224. Screenings will be held in our Community Room. Snack and beverage machines are located adjacent to the Community Room for your convenience.


Movie titles will be displayed in the library, but here are some clues for this series' showings:


Monday | September 8 | 2:00 pm

A young stevedore (Marlon Brando) takes on the mobster who rules the docks. Directed by Elia Kazan. (1954), not rated, 108 minutes.


Monday | September 15 | 2:00 pm

A salesman (Alec Guiness)  in Cuba takes up spying to support his spendthrift daughter. Written by Graham Greene. (1959), not rated, 120 minutes.


Monday | September 22 | 2:00 pm

A librarian (Bette Davis) fights to keep a controversial book on the shelves. (1956), not rated, 85 minutes.


Monday | September 29 | 2:00 pm

A Coca-Cola executive (James Cagney) in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist. Directed by Billy Wilder. (1961), not rated, 115 minutes.


Monday | October 6 | 2:00 pm

A Korean War hero doesn't realize he's been programmed to kill by the enemy. Starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury. (1962), not rated, 126 minutes.


Monday | October 13 | 2:00 pm

Agent 007 (Sean Connery) is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond's killing of Dr. No. (1963), not rated, 115 minutes.


Monday | October 20 | 2:00 pm

A mad United States General orders an air strike against Russia. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (1964), not rated, 95 minutes.


Monday | October 27 | 2:00 pm

A failure in the U.S. defense system threatens to start World War III. Directed by Sidney Lumet. (1964), not rated, 111 minutes.


Monday | November 3 | 2:00 pm

An American military officer discovers his superiors are planning a military coup. (1964), not rated, 118 minutes.


Monday | November 10 | 2:00 pm

A U.S. scientist (Paul Newman) pretends to defect to follow his mentor behind the Iron Curtain. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (1966), not rated, 125 minutes.


Monday | November 17 | 2:00 pm

In search of the ultimate game, a young man accidentally hacks into the government''s top military computer. (1983), rated PG, 113 minutes.


Monday | November 24 | 2:00 pm

When the Soviet Union and Cuba invade the United States and paratroop into a small mid-western town, a group of teens band together to fight off their occupiers. (1984), rated PG-13, 100 minutes.


Monday | December 1 | 2:00 pm

Based on the true story of Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill (Ryan Philipe), who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall. (2007), rated PG-13, 110 minutes.


Monday | December 8 | 2:00 pm

The true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Directed by Mike Nichols. (2007), rated R, 101 minutes.


Monday | December 15 | 2:00 pm

Portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Directed by George Clooney. (2005), rated PG, 93 minutes.










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August 1, 2014

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