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Celebrate World Laughter Day, May 6
Use the Five College Library Catalog to find your own favorites in the Smith Library collections.
See Find DVDs & Videos for more information about finding and borrowing videos.
Browse a list of recent DVDs added to Neilson Library.
Annotations below are from the Internet Movie Database.
I ♥ Huckabees, Neilson DVD PN1997 .I236 2005 (Matt Durand, Hillyer Art Library)
2004. Kindhearted but confused activist Andrew Markovski hires a pair of eccentric "existential detectives" to help him find the meaning of life. All the while, a sexy French author is trying to throw a wrench in their plan by seducing Andrew's mind and body.
The Station Agent, Neilson DVD PN1997 .S7373 2004 (Sika Berger, Neilson Library)
2004. A young man inherits a train station in rural New Jersey and moves there for a life of quiet solitude. He soon finds friendships and a sense of belonging that he never expected, and never thought he wanted.
Shaolin Soccer, Neilson DVD PN1997 .S5118 2004 (Matt Durand)
2001. A Shaolin Kung Fu expert unites with a washed up soccer star to build the ultimate team, combining sportsmanship with martial arts.
Amélie, Neilson DVD PN1997 .A537 2002 (Susan Barker, Special Collections)
2001. Impish gamine Amélie lives alone and works in a café. When she finds a trove of toys hidden for 40 years behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts.
Best in Show, Neilson DVD PN1997 .B3597 2001 (Marlene Wong, Josten Library)
2000. Best in Show traverses the galloping neuroses that surround one highly competitive dog show.
Cold Comfort Farm, Neilson Video PN1997 .C6544 1996 (Joe Bialek, Neilson Library)
1995. Recently orphaned, Flora ignores the sage advice of Mrs. Smiley and moves to the country to live on a decrepit farm with her eccentric relatives, where she finds ample material for the novel she wishes to write.
Il Postino, Neilson Video PN1997 .P659 1995a (Pam Skinner, Neilson Library)
1994. The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice.
Groundhog Day, Neilson Video PN1997 .G836 1993 (Molly Twarog, Library Systems)
1993. A romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp where it is Groundhog Day again and again and again. First he uses this to his advantage, but then he realizes that he might be doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people, and doing the same thing every day.
Much Ado About Nothing, Neilson DVD PN1997 .M84 1998 (Pam Skinner)
1993. Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing."
1970s & 1980s
A Fish Called Wanda, Neilson DVD (Molly Twarog)
1988. Sexy American diamond-lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George, not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer, Archie Leach.
Moonstruck, Neilson Video PN1997 .M6648 1988 (Rebecca Pappert, Young Science Library)
1987. Slice-of-life comedy about the Italian-American denizens of a Brooklyn neighborhood. An independent-minded widow falls in love with a one-handed, misfit baker, much to the chagrin of her betrothed.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Neilson Video PN1997 .F427 1992 (Cindy Rucci)
1986. A chronicle of the events in the day of a rather magical 17-year-old who has an overwhelming urge to cut school one spring day and head for downtown Chicago with his girl and best friend to see the sights and experience a day of freedom.
Stranger Than Paradise, Neilson DVD PN1997 .S8576 2000 (Barbara Polowy, Hillyer Art Library)
1984. Eddie and Willie's inert lifestyle is suddenly intruded upon by Willie's Hungarian cousin. At first she's a drag, but the cousin has a few surprises for her American friends.
Melvin and Howard, Neilson DVD PN1997 .M44 1999 (Barbara Polowy)
1980. Based on a true story, hard-luck milkman Melvin Dummar picks up a bum in the Nevada desert. The old man claims to be Howard Hughes, and eight years later Dummar finds himself a beneficiary in the Hughes will. Dummar becomes an instant celebrity while trying to cash in on the fortune.
Monty Python's Life of Brian, Neilson DVD PN1997 .M664 1999 (Tara Zidonik, Neilson Library)
1979. The Pythons satirize religion, capital punishment, revolutionary politics, terrorism, graffiti, science fiction, and a host of other topics through the story of Brian, a first-century Judean.
Young Frankenstein, Amherst DVD PN1997 .Y687 / Hampshire Video PN1997 .Y687 (Bruce Sajdak, Neilson Library)
1974. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Neilson DVD N1997 .M6637 1998 (Sika Berger)
1974. The quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in the inimitable Python fashion.
Classics (1950s & 1960s)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Neilson DVD PN1997 .F87 2000 (Pam Skinner)
1966. Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can't be that simple as everything begins to go wrong.
Dr. Strangelove, Neilson DVD PN1997 .D72 2004 (Sika Berger)
1964. In this dark comedy, chaos erupts when a general orders an attack on the Russians, which subsequently will trigger the Russian "Doomsday Device." The President and his aides struggle to find a way to stop the impending doom.
The Pink Panther, Neilson DVD PN1997.A1 P57 2004 (Tara Zidonik)
1963. Arriving at a posh resort with her precious "Panther" -- a large, priceless diamond with the image of a leaping feline inside -- sexy princess Dala meets the debonair Sir Charles, who happens to be a professional thief. Enter the ever-incompetent Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers), the clumsiest inspector ever to trip over a case. Can he stop Charles's attempts to relieve the princess of her diamond?
One, Two, Three, Neilson Video PN1997 .O535 1991 (Matt Durand)
1961. A comedy about an American executive stationed in West Berlin, who tries to break up the marriage of his boss' daughter to a young Communist, or risk losing his chance for advancement.
Desk Set, Neilson Video PN1997 .D389 1990 (Chris Hannon, Neilson Library)
1957. Librarians and computers - what could be funnier? Bunny Watson is a reference librarian whose tepid long-term relationship with television executive Mike Cutler is fizzling. Enter Richard Sumner, a no-nonsense computer genius who's created a new product named Miss Emmy to automate the work of Bunny and her co-workers.
Classics (1930s & 1940s)
The Man Who Came to Dinner, Neilson Video PN1997 .M3496 1990 (Cindy Rucci)
1942. While on a lecture tour in the midwest, an acid-tongued radio celebrity and his secretary accept a dinner invitation from an ordinary, all-American family. Unfortunately, he breaks his hip and must move in to recuperate -- bringing his eccentric lifestyle and oddball friends into their well-ordered lives.
The Lady Eve, Neilson DVD PN1997 .L333 2001 (Barbara Polowy)
1941. A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune-- a wealthy but naïve snake enthusiast -- and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart.
The Philadelphia Story, Neilson DVD PN1997 .P545 2000 (Tara Zidonik)
1940. A sophisticated romantic comedy about a rich, spoiled socialite who learns some things about who she is and what she really wants on the eve of her second marriage.
His Girl Friday, Neilson DVD PN1997 .H58 1999 (Barbara Polowy)
1940. An unscrupulous newspaper editor uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from retiring and remarrying in this twist on The Front Page.
My Man Godfrey, Neilson DVD PN1997 .M95 2001 (Cindy Rucci)
1936. A high-society scavenger hunt leads to levity when scatterbrained socialite Irene Bullock stumbles upon an erudite vagabond named Godfrey living in the city dump and offers him a position as the Bullocks' butler. As it happens, the seemingly bankrupt bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.
Duck Soup, Neilson DVD PN1997.A1 M48 2004 (Sika Berger)
1933. To rescue the small country of Freedonia from bankruptcy, Mrs. Teasdale agrees to donate 20 million dollars if Rufus T. Firefly is appointed its new president.