... a monthly viewing of movies based on books
August 9, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.
Swept from the Sea is a 1997 film based on Joseph Conrad's short story. Amy Foster. Amy (Rachel Weisz), a maid in the house of wealthy Miss Swaffer (Kathy Bates), falls for a Russian stranger named Yanko (Vincent Perez) after his boat mistakenly washes up in the seaside village where she lives. Despite the villagers' wariness of Yanko, Amy cultivates a relationship with him, while Miss Swaffer's doctor, James (Ian McKellen), teaches him English. When Amy marries Yanko, despite the objections of James -- who secretly pines for the sailor -- tragedy lurks around the corner. (115 min.)
September 13, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.
The Last Picture Show is a 1971 film adapted from a Larry McMurtry's 1966 novel. Set in a small, dying town in Texas in the 50's, it's the coming of age story of Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and his friend Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges). The two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. The all-star cast includes Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, and Randy Quaid. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress, with Johnson and Leachman winning. (118 min.)
October 11, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.
The Prince and the Pauper is a 1937 adaptation of the book by Mark Twain. Ttwo boys are born on the same day: the pauper Tom and prince Edward, son of Henry VII of England.. As a boy, Tom sneaks into the palace garden and meets the prince, to discover that they could pass as twins. As a prank, they exchange clothes, but the guards discover them and throw out the prince. Nobody believes either of them when they try to tell the truth. Claude Rains stars as the Earl of Hertford, who plots to kill the prince after the king dies, and Errol Flynn as Miles Hendon, a soldier who comes to the aid of the prince. (118 min.)