The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, the Rehoboth Beach Public Library and the Lewes 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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SWEPT FROM THE SEA

Wednesday, February 10, 3:00 pm (note time change)
Location: MCC Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth Beach (map)
Admission: $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

This historical drama, set in 19th century rural England, is based on the short story Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. The film tells the mesmerizing story of star crossed lovers. When Ukrainian adventurer Yanko (Vincent Perez) is shipwrecked off the Cornish coast and found babbling in a foreign tongue, the provincial villagers imprison him in a small woodshed. Only Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz) has pity on the stranger, bringing him food and cleaning his wounds. The star studded cast, including Ian McKellen and Kathy Bates, provides the audience with stellar performances. Says Elinor Cackett of The Silver Petticoat Review, “. . . this film will appeal to anyone who has ever felt different and been made to feel that difference. It has a well-acted and beautiful love story, a well-developed cast of side characters and a wonderful soundtrack.” [1997, USA, Runtime: 115 minutes, Rated PG-13]

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 pm
Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes (map)
Admission: $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

Ben Stiller stars in this romantic comedy as Life magazine employee Walter Mitty, who spends day after day developing photos in a darkroom. To escape the incredible tedium of his work, he inhabits a world of daydreams. When his job is threatened, Walter takes action in the real world, embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, and Sean Penn also star. The National Board of Review nominated the film as one of their Top Ten Films of 2013. Critic Mark Hughes of Forbes says, “provides fun and laughs, but also meaningful thoughts on life and how we choose to live it, along with a touching lead performance you’ll want to root for.” [2013, USA, Runtime: 114 minutes, Raged PG]

Watch the trailer.

 

Read a Movie attendees can continue after-film discussions at The Crooked Hammock and enjoy a 15% discount on food.