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November Reel to Read: Free Saturday Movies at Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

The page meets the screen at REEL TO READ, a curated series of independent and classic cinema. These free screenings, hand-picked by local authors and film experts, include a Recommended Reads list based on the movie.

Family Drama

Curated By John Calhoun, Chief Reference Librarian at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Division

The HomecomingThe Homecoming (1973)

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.org/kanopy.

Why he chose the film: "Adapted from one of Harold Pinter's most acclaimed plays, this hilarious and excruciating spectacle of familial power dynamics and sexual role playing still packs quite the punch. A educated prodigal son returns with his wife to his working class home, a household that has been deprived of a feminine influence for quite some time. What the womanly touch means for various members of the family is open to interpretation, but Pinter places an emphasis on the transactional nature of family relationships."

DogtoothDogtooth (2009)

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.org/kanopy.

Why he chose the film: "What happens when the family unit is cut off entirely from interaction with the outside world? The patriarch in Yorgos Lanthimos's black comedy seems to be conducting a social experiment on his three teenagers, treating them as isolated lab rats under his complete control. With his wife's complicity, one of his methods involves drilling his children in an invented vocabulary that assigns new meanings to existing words (including the term that gives the film its title). While the movie's style is absurdist, its observations about family relations may strike an uncomfortable chord."

Antonia's LineAntonia's Line (1995)

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.org/kanopy.

Why he chose the film: "Men, though welcome, are something of an afterthought in Marleen Gorris's multi-generational pastoral drama. The nurturing matriarchal line of the title extends from Antonia and her daughter not only to their descendants but also to an entire community of souls. Antonia's ever-expanding dinner table becomes a powerful symbol of an idealized family embracing both biological and chosen members."

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