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DVDs: Dramas, Comedies, Musicals

DVDs can be found on our DVD shelves in numeric order.

Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out. DVD 340

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime-- and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. DVD 455

In this modern adaptation of Molière’s comedy "The Misanthrope," ageless themes of misguided love are comically retold, set in the music industry of twenty-first-century Los Angeles. DVD 642

Xavier is a strait-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party. DVD 339

A comedy drama set on the eve of World War II. It contrasts the affairs of the French aristocracy and the working class at a weekend house party. Masters and their servants are involved in an immoral erotic charade that builds to a shattering climax. DVD 341

House party: A teenager has to deal with punks, an over-protective father, and best friends who want him to choose between them. House party 2: Two college students get into trouble when they stage the mother of all pajama parties. House party 3: Best friends find their friendship tested when one of them plans to get married. House party 4: While housesitting for his uncle, Jon Jon plans a party to end all parties. DVD 505

The story of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, her rise to stardom from vaudeville and her volatile relationship with her ambitious mother. DVD 434

Two squabbling, 20th-century ex-marrieds are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical version of The taming of the shrew. On stage they fight it out and backstage they continue to clash. DVD 435

Wild style tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who put on a large outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents: graffiti, hip hop, and break dancing. The plot concerns the tension between graffiti artist Zoro’s passion for his art, and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow graffiti artist, Rose. DVD 508

Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people’s traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof. DVD 31

A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father’s business partner. DVD 18

Two friends in Nazi Germany must choose between their individual freedom or loyalty to the murderous Third Reich. DVD 1

Harry Stoner is caught in a violent collision with his past and present life. He believes there is nothing significant in his life except survival, and that instinct pushes him beyond moral conduct. DVD 586

Walter Vale is a widower who teaches economics at a Connecticut university. He lives alone and is no longer motivated by his work. In New York to present a paper at a conference, he goes to the apartment that he has not visited in some time, but has kept since his wife was alive, only to discover a young couple living there. Despite their great cultural differences, Walter befriends Tarek, a Syrian citizen and drummer, and gradually builds a friendship with Esi, his girlfriend. DVD 590

The dramatized story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, leaders of the suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. They broke from the mainstream women’s rights movement to create a more activist wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women’s voting rights in 1920. DVD 588

Three prestigious Las Vegas casinos. More than $160 million. Danny Ocean and his 10-man handpicked team of grifters and conmen are ready to carry out the most elaborate casino heist in history, and they just might get away with it. DVD 550

Queen Elizabeth I must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head. DVD 556