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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

House of Seven Gables

October 10, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.

The House of the Seven Gables is a 1940 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel. Brothers Jaffray (George Sanders) and Clifford Pyncheon (Vincent Price) live under a curse in a run-down home rumored to contain hidden treasure. Clifford, engaged to his cousin Hepzibah (Margaret Lindsay), is falsely accused by Jaffray of murdering their father, and is sent to jail. Upon his release twenty years later, he devises an elaborate scheme to avenge himself.  The film's musical score was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. (89 min.)

 

About Schmidt

November 14, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.

About Schmidt is a 2002 film loosely based on the 1996 novel by Louis Begley. Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has led a safe, predictable life working as an actuary with Woodmen of the World.  After he retires, he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver, where he meets her future mother-in-law Roberta (Kathy Bates). Both Nicholson and Bates were nominated for their performances as Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film won two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. (124 min.)

 

 

The Jungle Book

December 12, 2107 - 6:30 p.m.

The Jungle Book is a 2016 film based on the works of Rudyard Kipling and the animated Disney film.  The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned “man cub” who is rescued by Baheera, a black panther, and raised by a pack of wolves. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken. It won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and a Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film. (106 min.)

 

Age of Innocence

January 9, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

The Age of Innocence is a 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name.  Set in New York City during the Gilded Age, the movie tells the story of Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), who is engaged to marry the respectable young May Welland (Winona Ryder) and then meets her cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). The Age of Innocence won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Winona Ryder), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction. (139 min.)