- Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 29 Dec 1932, p. 12
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How library and theater can cooperate to increase the educational value of motion pictures, was suggested in a plan presented at the last monthly meeting of the Wilmette Better Films group, held Monday, December 19, at the home of Mrs. Robert Halliwell, 1133 Lake Ave.
The suggestion at this session, featured by an approximately 100 percent attendance, was that Miss Anne Whitmack, local librarian, cooperate with the Better Film group by having for easy access, books pertaining to or enlarging on the subjects that are to be the theme of current movies.
Plan Proves Success
This plan is well worked out in Cleveland and would have the hearty support and cooperation of the Wilmette Better Film group, states the secretary, Mrs. H. G. Dalton.
Historical films readily lend themselves to the application of this plan, the Better Film group points out. For example, during the week that the picture, "Alexander Hamilton," would be shown, Miss Whitmack at the library would feature books on Hamilton's life, times and general environment. This procedure, it is stated, would add greatly to the educational value of the film.
"Inability of the movie directors to find suitable subjects to film," was stressed by a report covering the talk given at the general council by Ex-Governor Milliken of Maine, secretary of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. "Audiences are cbecoming most discriminating now, and the movie must be well worthwhile from one standpoint or another before the movie house can hope to draw a crowd," the report continued.
Another report was given regarding a pre-view attended at the Palace theater.
Mrs. Robert Elson, state chairman of the Federated Women's Clubs, was a guest at the Better Film meeting Monday evening. She remarked that the pictures billed by the two local theaters for January constituted an excellent list.
Joins Wilmette Group
Mrs. Leonard Cowan of the Glencoe Library board was welcomed to membership in the Wilmette Better Films group. She contributed to the discussion of the evening by declaring that while the Better Film groups took much time in finding proper features, the short films--shown after the feature pictures--were completely uncensored. She stated that some of the "short" were most lurid and unworthy. However, the Wilmette Better Film group assured her that Wilmette always has an approved list of "shorts."
A highlight of the meeting was a report on a pre-view of Williamson's "Beneath the Sea." The member who had attended the showing recommended the film as "thrilling, instructive and most unusual" in its manner of depicting facts about life at the bottom of the sea.
Mrs. Halliwell, who had a letter from the National Board of Review, asking the WIlmette group to join them, expresses pleasure at the progres the Wilmette Better Film group is making. She states that theinterest shown at each meeting indicates that the Better Film group is taking its place definitely with the many constructive organizations of the village. THe list of pictures approved by the group will be found from week to week in Wilmette Life
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