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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

A Christmas Story

December 13, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd. Set in Indiana in the 1940s, the story revolves around nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out."  Peter Billingsley stars as Ralphie Parker, Melinda Dillon as Mrs. Parker, and Darren McGavin as Mr. Parker (The Old Man). (93 min.)

 

Winter's Tale

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

Winter's Tale is a 2014 film based on Mark Helprin's 1983 novel of the same name. This romantic fantasy begins in 1895, when an immigrant couple, refused entry into Manhattan, places their baby into a model sailboat named "Justice." This fairy tale plot includes a supernatural demon (Russel Crowe), a flying white horse, a beautiful woman who needs a miracle (Jessica Brown Findlay), and the devil (Will Smith). Colin Farrell stars as the man who was placed in the sailboat and wanders through time to fulfill his destiny. (118 min.)