Library staff recommendation: Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)

Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) Director: Marcel Carné

Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)

Greenfield DVD GD170 Discs 1 & 2


After being recommended to me by a friend, I watched Children of Paradise and fell in love with it.  It is a truly beautiful film made in 1945 during the Nazi occupation of France and tells the story of Garance (played by Arletty) and the four men who love her.  Jean-Louis Barrault brings one of her suitors to life as the mime Baptiste Deburau. This Criterion edition also includes a booklet of curious facts, cast biographies, and excerpts from an interview with director Marcel Carné. Not only a love story, Children of Paradise is a film of pure poetry that will stay with you.


You may also be interested in these items:

Memories for Tomorrow: the Memoirs of Jean-Louis Barrault

Greenfield Open Stacks 792.92 B27

Children of Paradise: a Film by Marcel Carné.

Greenfield Vault 791.437 C437

Recommended by Casey Murphy, Greenfield Library Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Assistant.

Casey Murphy

Digital Library of the Week: Women’s History Month

To start off the celebration of women during the month of March, let’s look at some general resources on the history of women. First up is the National Women’s History Museum. Currently, there is no physical location for the museum – check out the section Building the Museum to learn about the process of developing the first national museum dedicated exclusively to the history of women. There are terrific online exhibits; the latest addition is Women in Early Film. The website also offers women’s biographies and notable quotes by women, plus even more!

Women Athlete Swimmers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives
Women Athlete Swimmers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives

Another great digital resource is Discovering American Women’s History Online, provided by the Walker Library of Middle Tennessee State University. This database catalogs primary sources such as diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and interviews, from hundreds of online collections focused on historical life in the United States for women.

Finally, Encyclopedia Britannica has created 300 Women Who Changed the World. This is the place to find excellent biographies on women from Saint Joan of Arc to Madonna! They also have a timeline and plenty of videos.

As always, don’t forget the UArts Libraries! The Greenfield Library Reference collection has many introductory resources on women’s history including Women in the World: An International Atlas and Herstory: Women Who Changed the World. Stop by the Greenfield Library to see these texts, and more from our Reference collection, on display throughout the month of March.

Library staff recommendation: Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics

Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics

Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics


738.09051 B74h Greenfield Open Stacks


Breaking the Mould explores a wide range of new perspectives in the field of ceramics where the vessel is just a very small part of the works presented here.

“Different” and “unusual” definitely come to mind when looking at the porcelain lighting installations of Margaret O’Rorke, the deconstructed household objects of Kjell Rylander, smashed vessels of Hans Stofer, architectural puzzles of David Jones, and the abstracted essence of vessels by Ken Eastman, among many others.

This is a good overview of a field that is building upon and breaking with its roots.

Recommended by Barb Danin, Greenfield Library Acquisitions and Administrative Coordinator.

Barb Danin

Digital Library of the Week: Black History Month Resources

This week, we’ll focus on African American resources right here in Philadelphia.

The African American Museum is now in its 35th year of exhibiting the history and culture of African Americans. Located at 7th and Arch Streets, pay only $8 with your current student ID. Visit the exhibitions section of the website to learn what’s currently on display.

Want a more current view of African Americans in this city? Check out the Philadelphia Tribune, a newspaper that considers itself “main stream news for African Americans in the greater Philadelphia region.” Established in 1884 by Christopher J. Perry, the award-winning newspaper is the nation’s oldest black newspaper.

Also visit the website for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can view work by searching the collection for African American Art. For music lovers, sign up for SoundAboutPhilly, which describes itself as a “free customizable sound-seeing tours told by ‘real’ Philadelphians. The stories are accompanied by dynamic mapping, audio, text and vivid photography that provide a more intimate illustration of Philadelphia and can help you find your way around once you arrive.” Check out Philly Noir to tune in to the African American vibe right around you on South Broad Street.

As always, the University Libraries has plenty of resources on African Americans with a Philadelphia link. Search the catalog for the keywords “African American” and Philadelphia to discover a variety of books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, and more, or browse through our subject guide, African American History.

Digital Library of the Week: Black History Month Resources

This week, let’s look at some terrific digital collections that focus on African Americans in the visual and literary arts.

Many Moons by El Anatsui at the Museum of African Art
Many Moons by El Anatsui at the Museum of African Art

If you are interested in African arts, the first place to explore is the National Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The website has a lot of resources on traditional and contemporary African art and artists. You can read about work currently on view and virtually browse their galleries.

There are also two excellent university art collections that focus on African and African American art. Howard University, also in Washington, D.C., has Selections from American Art from the Howard University Collection. View works by prominent African American artists including Aaron Douglas, Isaac Hathaway, and Faith Ringgold.

Another university collection comes from just south of us – The University of Delaware’s Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art. View artists’ works including Romare Bearden, David Hammons, and Henry O. Tanner.

author Alice Walker
author Alice Walker

There are also great digital collections of African American writing. African American Women Writers of the 19th Century, provided by the New York Public Library, is a full-text database of 19th and early 20th century literary works that give us “access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women” during that era (Introduction). Choose to read fiction, poetry, biographies, or essays.

Also check out the University of Minnesota’s Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers and Artists of Color. You’ll find work by Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, Bell Hooks, and many more. There are also interviews with the writers and academic reviews of their work.

To learn more about African American artists and writers, search the University Libraries’ catalog for subjects such as African American Art, African American Artists, or American Literature African American Authors, and check out our online subject guide on African American History.

Next week, we’ll wrap up Black History Month with some wonderful online resources created right here in Philadelphia.

Digital Library of the Week: Black History Month Resources

This week, let’s look at some terrific digital collections that focus on African Americans in the performing arts.

First we have Selected Clips from the Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project from the New York Public Library. Watch interviews with musicians such as Jimmy Heath (sax and flute), Warren Smith (percussion), and Jon Faddis (trumpet).

If you are interested in music, you might also want to check out the Library of Congress American Memory collection African-American Sheet Music. There are over 1,000 pieces of music from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

A playbill from the Douglass Theater
A playbill from the Douglass Theater

PBS has an excellent website to accompany its program, Free to Dance. The website and video document the contributions of African-American choreographers and dancers to American performing arts. Read the biographies of different dancers and check out their links to other online resources for the modern dancer. Don’t want to watch it online? The Greenfield Library has “Free to Dance” on videocassette. If you don’t have access to a VCR, we have several in the library.

Like theater? The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen will introduce you to African American entrepreneur Charles Douglass, who founded the Douglass Theater in Georgia, providing diverse entertainment for the state’s African Americans. Or, browse Zora Neale Hurston Plays (another Library of Congress American Memory collection). Her plays focus on her life experiences and her research about African Americans in the nation’s South.

Don’t forget the UArts Libraries! We have created a few Subject Guides to help you get started in your research. There are African American History, African American Theater, and Jazz Reference Sources to name just a few, AND we have some great streaming audio and video databases that include African American performing arts and artists.