The Fifth Annual Savvies

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Wow, the fifth annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards are here!  To honor this milestone I have focused on comedies (with one romantic suspense movie).  This year’s Savvies go to:

For Overall Film:

The Associate (1996): Dir. Donald Petrie; Written by Jenaro Prieto (Book), Jean-Claude Carrière, René Gainville, & Nick Thiel (Screenplay); Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, & Eli Wallach.

Not taken seriously in business, an African-American woman invents a Caucasian male partner.  When she credits her ideas to this elusive partner, people suddenly want to meet “him.”  Information is perceived differently depending upon how it is packaged.  That packaging can include the body and identity of the creator (or the creator’s front).

Teahouse of the August Moon (1956): Dir. Daniel Mann; Written by John Patrick (Play & Screenplay) & Vern J. Sneider (Book); Starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, & Machiko Kyô.

In post-World War 2 Okinawa a U.S. Army captain is charged to build a schoolhouse, but the local villagers want a teahouse instead.  Thus the schoolhouse plans have different worth to the locals than they have to the Army.  The Association of College & Research Libraries Framework (2016) reminds us that information has value.  By using their local knowledge the villagers also show how authority is constructed and contextual (ACRL, 2016).

What’s Up, Doc? (1972): Dir. Peter Bogdanovich; Written by Buck Henry, David Newman, & Robert Benton (Screenplay) & Peter Bogdanovich (Story); Starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, & Austin Pendleton.

This movie is a personal favorite of mine.  An homage to screwball comedies it contains many references to other films.  Even the title comes from the Bugs Bunny cartoons.  This intertext forms a conversation of sorts among films.  Research, too, is a conversation (ACRL, 2016).

For Noteworthy Scene:

If Tomorrow Comes (1986): Dir. Jerry London; Written by Carmen Culver & Sidney Sheldon; Starring Madolyn Smith Osborne, Tom Berenger, Richard Kiley, & Liam Neeson.

A con artist interests investors in the Sucaba computer, the most energy-efficient and secure computer ever made.  When the investors receive this amazing machine, it turns out to be an abacus (Sucaba=abacus spelled backward).  Technically the con man is telling the truth but slanting the details for his own gain.  The Information has Value Frame (ACRL, 2016)applies here.

I thank the Internet Movie Database for providing me the credits.  I thank you for providing me the inspiration to keep this tradition going five years.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016).  Framework for information literacy for higher education.  Retrieved from ACRL website:



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