Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bend It Like Beckham at the Carson City Library !

"Who wants to cook chapattis when you can bend a ball like Beckham?

If you're 18, love Beckham and can bend a ball like him the world's your oyster, right? Wrong. If you're Jess Bhamra  - 18, Indian and a girl - forget it. Do you think your marriage-obsessed folks will let you play a man's game?"

In conjunction with Goal 2010!, CCAI's exhibition of World Cup fine art posters at its Courthouse Gallery, the CCAI Blog! is delighted to feature related media at the Carson City Library and CLAN Cooperative Libraries Automated Network.

With this post, we  spotlight Bend It Like Beckham, a film directed and co-written by by  Gurinder Chadha. A DVD of the film is available through CLAN.

The film, a serious, thoughtful and hilarious comedy, lovingly depicts  the cultural challenges common to England's first and second generation immigrants  - and the more universal coming-of-age clashes well known to all parents and teens. And of course it's about a passion for soccer.

The 2003 film  stars Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, at the time relatively unknown actors. The former went on to play Dr. Neela Rasgotra on televisions long running situation drama "E.R." for no less than 129 episodes. The latter, now on Hollywood's A List, has wowed audiences in Pirates of the Carribean, Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.

The film received a PG-13 MPAA  rating for adult situations and language.

The Carson City Library and CLAN collections have an impressive number of tomes devoted to the 'beautiful game. You can browse all the library's soccer holdings by visiting the library -- or by visiting the library's online catalog. A library card will give you premium access.

[Graphic and opening quote from Cinematic Intelligence Agency web page for 'Bend It Like Beckham.']  

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