New in VMR!
Want to watch a film from our collection? Don’t have a DVD drive in your laptop or computer? VMR is now circulating DVD drives for seven days at a time from the DVD circulation desk. Borrow one and make it a movie night!
New to the Collection
About the Collection
The Pratt Institute Libraries make available to faculty, students, and staff an extensive film and video collection of over 6,000 unique titles to support teaching and learning through the Visual and Multimedia Resources (VMR) department. The collection of DVDs, VHS tapes, 16mm films, and other assorted formats are available for circulation and viewing on the Lower Level of the Library. Screening rooms are also available through VMR. The collection can be searched in PrattCat, the Library's online catalog. The physical collection is supplemented by a streaming video subscriptions through Alexander Street Press and Kanopy.
Director's Month: Anderson On Streaming
Tokyo Story (by Yasujiro Ozu, 138 mins, 1953)
Wes Anderson’s use of careful wide angle shots and symmetric framing evokes the similar stylings of the Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. In his masterpiece Tokyo Story, Ozu depicts family anguish and loss with a touch similar to Anderson films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited.
Summary: A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director's customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director's recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema's mightiest masterpieces.
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Director's Month: Anderson on DVD
Director's Month: Anderson on 16mm
Les Mistons (By Francois Truffaut, 18 mins, 1957)
Wes Anderson has spoken on many occasions about the debt his cinematic style owes to the early French New Wave filmmakers like Francois Truffaut. In his first short film, Les Mistons, Truffaut tells the kind of story about adolescence and burgeoning sensuality that would find its way into Anderson films like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.
Summary: Reflects on the awakening of the sensuality, the innocent malice, the unpredictable jealousy, and the unknown desires of adolescence in a story about a gang of boys who decide to hate and torment and older girl because of her affection for her boyfriend.
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Suggest a Purchase
VMR collects films and videos relevant to the Pratt community’s academic needs, but also to promote the relaxation and intellectual and artistic development of the student body. Members of the Pratt community are encouraged to suggest new titles by emailing email@example.com or submitting a request through our online Material Request Form. Preference is given to titles that will be used regularly in classes.