Is the summer heat wiping you out? Do you just need something fun to watch at the end of the day? Baltimore is well-known for its campy humor, probably best characterized in the films of John Waters. So, when in Baltimore, do as the Baltimoreans and camp it up!
In addition to Waters’ films, the Eisenhower Library has many DVDs of films and television shows with a kooky flair. How about classic early TV, like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan’s Island, My Three Sons? We’ve got ‘em! A little bit newer TV, like Soap and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? We have that, too. We also have really recent things like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey! Fun stuff, isn’t it?
And, the feature films we have are almost too numerous to mention – but, here are some arbitrary favorites to get you started:
Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety and Blazing Saddles, Woody Allen’s early classics Sleeper and Zelig, Mars Attacks!, Fantastic Voyage, Mommie Dearest, Pillow Talk, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ed Wood, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Strictly Ballroom, the Addams Family (TV series and the movies), Muriel’s Wedding, La Cage aux Folles, Kiss of the Spider Woman,… shall I go on?
If you need help identifying more film and television classics that you want to watch this summer, be sure to use the resources on the Film & Media Studies Research Guide. And, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please remember to ask a librarian!