Thursday, August 14, 2014

Case Study No. 1507: Staff of the New York Public Library (The Day After Tomorrow)

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Emmerich, Roland (Director). The Day After Tomorrow. United States: 20th Century Fox, 2004.

Starring:Jake Gyllenhaal (Sam Hall); Dennis Quaid (Jack Hall)
Story/Screenplay by: Emmerich, Roland. Movie Tie-in Novel: Strieber, Whitley. The Day After Tomorrow. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.

The actors playing staff members of the New York Public Library are uncredited as such but we see them scurry with the others trying to evade violent storms and a wall of icy ocean that engulfs much of the world in this special effects extravaganza. A bedraggled few end up huddled together on an upper floor. Books must be burned to generate heat, but one staffer (we will assume a librarian) cradles the Gutenberg Bible which he will not give up because it "represents the dawn of the age of reason ... mankind's greatest achievement." They debate whether Nietzsche should be cast upon the flames, and "there's a whole section of tax law we can burn." Later they need critical medical information and observe "books can be good for something besides burning." Young Sam Hall asks a reference librarian where the pay phones are although he nearly drowns getting to them on the mezzanine. This is an exciting film but wear a sweater even in a hot room. The library setting is essential to the survival of the people camped there: library as refuge big time.



ELSA: What've you got there?
JEREMY: The Guttenburg Bible... it was in the Rare Books Room.
ELSA: Think God's gonna' save you?
JEREMY: No... I don't believe in God.
ELSA: You're holding on to that bible pretty tight.
JEREMY: I'm protecting it.
[pause as Elsa glances at J.D. throwing library books into the fire to provide warmth]
JEREMY: This Bible... is the first book ever printed. It represents... the dawn of the Age of Reason. As far as I'm concerned, the written word is mankind's greatest achievement.
[Elsa gives a light snort]
JEREMY: You can laugh... but if Western Civilization is finished... I'm gonna' save at least one little piece of it.

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