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 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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Memento

Wednesday, September 9, 4:00 pm
Location: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC Rehoboth),19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth Beach (map)
Admission: $4 for RBFS Members (current card must be presented) and $6 for future members.

In this off beat thriller, Leonard is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal murder of his wife. But Leonard was severely beaten during the encounter and is unable to actually remember the crime. He’s also suffered persistent short term memory loss which renders him incapable of retaining new information. As he sets out to find the man responsible, Leonard must come up with ingenious ways to keep track of what happens to him on a daily basis. Adapted from the short story, Memento Mori, by Jonathan Nolan, the film was nominated for two Oscars®. Film critic Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says, “Like the best filmmakers at Sundance 2001, Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it.” [2000, US, Runtime: 113 min, Rated R]

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The Time Machine

Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 pm
Location: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC Rehoboth),19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth Beach (map)
Admission: $4 for RBFS Members (current card must be presented) and $6 for future members.

This 1960 science fiction film takes place in Victorian England and stars Rod Taylor as George, a young scientist who invents a time machine that allows him to travel to the distant future. Hoping to alter events of the past, he ends up in 802,701 AD where he discovers a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humanoid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks who feed on them. Based on the 1895 short story of the same name by H. G. Wells, this cult classic received an Oscar® for its spectacular time-lapse photography. Writer Gregory Weinkauf of the New Times (L.A.) said, "The Time Machine delivers a thoughtful what-if for the heart as well as the mind.” [1960, US, Runtime: 106 min, Rated G]

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Stagecoach

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00 pm
Location: To be determined
Admission: $4 for RBFS Members (current card must be presented) and $6 for future members.

Based on the short story The Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox, this smash hit by renowned director John Ford revolutionized the western as we know it today. Starring John Wayne in his breakthrough role as The Ringo Kid, the film follows a group of strangers, on a stagecoach as they travel west through dangerous Apache territory. Filled with spectacular scenery and detailed character sketches, Stagecoach has been lauded as one of the best westerns ever made. In his 2003 review, Roger Ebert said, “John Ford has swept aside ten years of artifice and talkie compromise and has made a motion picture that sings a song of camera.” [US, 1939, Runtime: 96 min, Not Rated]

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