The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film and literary enthusiasts to a special screening of the 1987 film “The Dead,” beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, upstairs at the library. The screening is part of the monthly Read a Movie club, in which members are invited to read a short story in advance of the screening, and then gather to watch the film version and engage in lively discussion about how the film compares to its original inspiration.
“The Dead,” it could be said, is a family affair. It was the last film directed by John Huston and was released posthumously. Huston’s daughter, Anjelica Huston, stars as Gretta, and his son, Tony, created the film adaptation of James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead.”
The film takes place in Dublin in 1904 at a festive holiday dinner held by two elderly sisters. The socially maladroit Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann) and his reserved wife, Gretta, are reflecting on their marriage when Greta tearfully reveals to her husband that her long-dead lover may well have died on her behalf. Huston masterfully bespeaks the sentiment that no matter how long in their graves, the dead will always influence the living.
The all-Irish cast and careful period detail give the piece richness and gravity, and Donal McCann and Anjelica Huston are unforgettable as the Conroys. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Costume Design and Writing Adapted Screenplay.
The popular Read a Movie club meets on the second Wednesday of every month. Members receive an email link to the short story in advance, and copies of the story are also available at the front desk of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. After the film is screened, members share thoughts about how well - or not so well - the story was expanded to the big screen. Membership in Read a Movie is free.
To sign up and receive the stories in advance, email Sue Early, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 302-227-8044.
The mission of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is to promote the art of film and, through outreach initiatives, to entertain, educate and enrich the cultural life of local and extended communities. The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, go to www.rehobothfilm.com or call 302-645-9095.