I’ve written more than once about the Singapore library system – there is the mobile library, the central lending library, the many regional libraries… then there are the specialist libraries, such as the library at the Esplanade.
Oh and movies. This library loans DVDs of movies, popular films, indie films, foreign language films, you might find them there. I like how they had both versions of the Great Gatsby (I moved the slots around to get that shot… for arts sake no?)
It was certainly a lot more flamboyant than the earlier 1974 version, maybe because Leonardo de Caprio is part of it (he was a really convincing, depraved, lost and sick prick as Jordan Belfort in the Wolf of Wall street).
I won’t get into the plot here, this post isn’t about either movie, but it’s worth watching if you can find the time.
I went there looking for another movie. A friend had introduced me to the director Ingmar Bergman and I went there to check out some of his movies. Bergman was a Swedish film director active from 1944 to 2005. He is considered the father of Swedish films and was brilliant at making films that peered into the human soul. Although that makes some of his works that little bit dark.
Surprisingly, you can find them in the library.
You can also find some of his work on youtube, such as Wild Strawberries (1957).
It’s a great place to be if you want to find another way to discover art. Go down and check it out.
How to get there