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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Tell Tale

Rescheduled to Wednesday, January 21, 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 2009 thriller stars Josh Lucas as Terry Bernard, a single father raising a daughter with a rare degenerative disease. With health issues of his own, Terry undergoes heart transplant surgery and almost immediately begins having memory flashes of the murdered donor’s final moments. When his new ticker recognizes one of the donors’ killers, Terry follows him and the vengeful heart begins to take control of his mind and body. His new heart wants revenge and if necessary, will take control to get it. Phillip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says, “…a modern updating of Poe’s canonical short story, Tell Tale is an ingenious step up from the usual genre suspects…Possibly Josh Lucas’s best performance to date.”

Bob Ackerman will facilitate the post-film discussion. [2009, US, Runtime: 93 min, Rated R]

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In the Bedroom

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 4:00 pm
Location: Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

Expertly crafted, this film stars Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson as happily married couple – Ruth and Matt – whose golden son, Frank, has come home for the summer. When Frank begins dating an older woman, Natalie (Marisa Tomei), with two young children and an abusive ex-husband, his parents become worried. What starts as a summer romance ends in tragedy and we witness how even the most perfect revenge can be far from sweet.

Based on the short story, Killings by Andre Dubus, this portrayal of grief, rage, and jealousy won Sissy Spacek a Golden Globe and an AFI Award for her outstanding performance. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says, “With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it’s a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.” [2001, USA, Runtime: 131 min, Rated R]

Dawn Zimmerman will facilitate the post-film discussion.

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Guys and Dolls

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.

Great songs, stellar performances and a star studded cast make this 1955 musical, a time honored classic. With indestructible numbers like, “If I Were a Bell,”“A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Luck be a Lady,” it’s just as vibrant today as it was then. Guys and Dolls is the saga of incurable gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, who involve each other in a plot to maintain The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York. Nominated for countless film awards, it won Jean Simmons a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical Comedy and is considered, by many, to be the best musical ever performed. John Cavanagh of Insidepulse.com says, “The jokes are still funny and the love stories are still touching, the film just has that universal story that everyone can enjoy with lovable characters with real emotions.” [1955, USA, Runtime: 150 min, Not Rated]

A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Diane Comolli.

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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).