The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film enthusiasts to critique literary and cinematic storytelling. Every month Read a Movie participants will read in advance a little-known short story that provided the basis for a very well-known film. Then, on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning at 4:00 pm, participants will meet at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library to screen the film and share thoughts about how well—or not so well—the story was expanded to the big screen.

 

 

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The Woman in Green

Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 pm
Location: Upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

This film is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Empty House.” The Woman in Green is the 11th Sherlock Holmes film that Basil Rathbone (Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson) made together. In this film we find Holmes and Watson trying to solve the case of the “Finger Murders.” When four women are found slain with their forefingers severed, Scotland Yard calls on the always clever Holmes for help. The police are prepared to write off the killings as the work of a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a very sane yet twisted plot. The trail leads the detective to a beautiful hypnotist, in league with an old nemesis. The movie comes to a nerve-racking conclusion as a hypnotized Holmes roams along the edge of a penthouse! [US, 1945, Runtime: 68 min, Rated: G]

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The Minority Report

Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 pm
Location: Upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

The Minority Report is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story of the same name. Directed by Steven Spielberg and set in Washington D.C., this science fiction-whodunit stars Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a detective in the year 2054 where Pre-crime, a specialized police department, arrests criminals before they actually commit a crime. They do this based on the visions of three psychics or Pre-cogs who drift in a flotation tank, their brain waves tapped by computers, and whose prophecies of future events are never wrong. When Anderton realizes he has been identified as the future killer of someone he’s never met, the hunter becomes the hunted as he tries to determine the identity of the victim-to-be. He begins to formulate a theory about a possible “frame up” in his own department, and starts to doubt the motto, “That which keeps us safe also keeps us free.” Can free will really exist if the future is known in advance?

Also starring Colin Firth and Samantha Morton, The Minority Report received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing and 11 Saturn Award nominations. “Rogerebert.com” says “This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill. The Minority Report’ reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.” [US, 2002, Runtime:140 min, Rated PG 13]

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Away from Her

Wednesday, December 10, 4:00 pm
Location: Upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

This film is based on Alice Monro’s 1999 short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” Fiona and Grant (Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent) have been married for almost 50 years, most of them happy ones. We see their everyday commitment to each other broken only by a few references to the past, giving us the sense that their marriage hasn’t always been perfect. Their easy retirement is shattered by Fiona’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and when she becomes a risk to herself, she checks into a nearby nursing home. Now Grant must not only cope with his loneliness but the fact that Fiona no longer remembers him and has transferred her affections to another nursing home patient.  

This film debuted at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Says “New York Times” film critic A.O. Scott, “I can't remember the last time the movies yielded up a love story so painful, so tender and so true.” [Canada, 2006, Runtime: 110 min, Rated: PG-13]

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Eat at Dos LocosAfter each session, have dinner at the nearby Dos Locos restaurant where Read A Movie participants will receive a 15 percent discount (excluding already discounted items/specials).