So Many Great Movie Scenes in Libraries

The Guardian has put together a composite of library scenes from a variety of movies here, including The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters, The Squid and The Whale.

There are many reasons we need to save our libraries, not least because of their cinematic history. From thrillers to epic romances to teen comedies, the library is cinema's go-to location when it wants somewhere with history, gravitas and a glass door that can shatter when you scream. They're sacred places, spooky places – they're downright sexy places. Characters can find the meaning of life and death in them, clues to help solve cases in them, or just have a big old sing song in them. With such a rich history, one does wonder what would happen if writers and directors no longer felt the need to use them in films. What would they use instead? The internet can never compete visually – who wants to see their leading man/lady finding out facts on Wikipedia? Discovering the murderer on an app? Searching the shelves of … Amazon? It just won't do.

So sign every petition you can, borrow as many books as possible, keep libraries alive and open, on our high streets and in our cinemas. In other words, don't ssssh.

Comments

from the movie, VHF!

Is there a link to this collection?

Its in the first sentence. Takes you to Clip joint: libraries

I loved when they used the library as a meeting place between Hal and a whistle blower while Hal was under house arrest and his ankle bracelet transponder was hidden outside the library's front door.

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