Microfilm in the Movies: Part Two

In a previous blog post, Microfilm in the Movies:  Part One , we highlighted the role that microfilm has played in movies since the early 1950’s.  The Academy Honorary Award (previously called the Special Award), was instituted in 1948 for the 21st Academy Awards.  It is given by the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards.  Walt Disney received an Honorary Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse; Judy Garland received a miniature statuette for her “outstanding performance as a screen juvenile”; Bob Hope was awarded a plaque for “recognition of his unselfish services to the Motion Picture Industry.”

As we approach the 85th year of Academy Awards (in 2013), Tarheel Imaging & Microfilming, Inc. http://www.tarheelimaging.com/ respectfully proposes an Honorary Award for microfilm.  We have already submitted a list of candidates for Best Performance of Microfilm in a Supporting Role from 1951-1989.  Now, we present our nominees for Best Performance of Microfilm in a Supporting Role from 1990-Present:

Arlington Road (1999): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137363/ A college professor, accused of being a terrorist, uses the campus library and lots of microfilm as he attempts to disprove the conspiracy against him.  .

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182000/ A man uses a microfilm reader to research newspaper articles about a photographer.

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109439/ Treasure hunters search through old newspapers on microfilm.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0270288/ In this movie, directed by George Clooney, a paranoid con artist uses mayonnaise as a lubricant to inventively hide microfilm in a most unusual place!  Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Sam Rockwell star in the film.

Deceived (1991): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101694/ A woman, played by Goldie Hawn, suspects her husband of leading a double life.  She uses the library to read old newspapers and her husband’s old school records on microfilm.

Forever Young (1992): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104291/ Mel Gibson plays a pilot who was frozen in an experiment in 1939 and wakes up in 1992.  He learns how to use a microfilm reader to get caught up on a half-century of world history.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1991): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104389/ A friend of the unfortunate mother uses newspapers on microfilm in the public library to unearth the origins of the evil nanny.

The Manchurian Candidate (2004): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368008/ An army officer researches a politically powerful and corrupt international corporation. Using the Internet, microfilm, and the copy machine at the New York Public Library, he compiles damning evidence against the company.

The Rock (1996): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117500/ Sean Connery plays Federal prisoner John Mason, a former MI6 Agent and SAS Captain who was detained at Alcatraz for decades because he allegedly stole a microfilm of the United States’ most closely guarded secrets, including the Roswell UFO incident and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The Seventh Coin (1993): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105361/ While looking for clues to solve some old murders, a rookie police officer uses newspapers on microfilm.

Silence of the Lambs (1991): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/ Clarice uses microfilm to access old newspapers so she can learn more about Hannibal Lecter’s nefarious past.

Sliver (1993): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108162/ A woman conducts research in the library, using microfiche.

Special thanks to Martin Raish http://emp.byui.edu/RAISHM/films/introduction.html , whose annotated filmography, Librarians in the Movies, was a primary source for this article.