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Law Library Movies: Free Speech

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Law movies
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
Cast: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring. Directed by Francois Truffaut.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Politics  Free Speech

Law movies
Hipsters (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against Soviet conformity. In Russian with English subtitles.
Cast: Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Eugenia Khirivskaya, Maksim Matveyev, Igor Voynarovskiy, Ekaterina Vilkova, Konstantin Balakirev, Aleksandr Stefantsov, Georgiy Sivokhin, Olga Smirnova, Yanina Buiko. Directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy.
Categories:  Foreign  Free Speech  History

Law movies
Howl (2010)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  84 min. 
Plot: As Alan Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.
Cast: James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels. Directed by Rob Epstein.
Categories:  Domestic Relations  Censorship  Free Speech

Law movies
People vs. Larry Flynt, The (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover. Directed by Milos Forman.
Categories:  Free Speech  Censorship  Biography

Law movies
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  81 min. 
Plot: When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring a Canadian comedy pair, they are pronounced corrupted, and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mary Kay Bergman. Directed by Trey Parker.
Categories:  Censorship  Free Speech  Comedy

Law movies
Storm Center (1956)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. B&W
Plot: A small town librarian stands up to local pressure to remove a controversial book from the shelves.
Cast: Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, Joe Mantell, Kevin Coughlin. Directed by Daniel Taradash.
Categories:  Free Speech  Censorship  Women

Law movies
War On Whistleblowers (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  66 min. 
Plot: Highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.
Cast: . Directed by Robert Greenwald.
Categories:  Documentary  Free Speech  National Security

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.