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

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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.

January Theme: DYNAMIC DUOS

Curated By NYPL Staff

CharadeCharade (1963)

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.

Why we picked the film: When you say “dynamic duo,” many think of the classics: Batman and Robin, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, etc. But one of the most iconic duos to grace the silver screen was a man and woman: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Charade, a romantic caper filled with action and suspense, deftly shows Hepburn and Grant’s ability to play off one another, imparting humor and drama to each scene. The result is a spectacular film.

Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/charade

Two Men in ManhattanTwo Men in Manhattan (1959)

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.

Why we picked the film: Film noir is often a single man’s game: A lone wolf detective searches for clues in a city filled with suspicious characters. With Two Men in Manhattan Jean-Pierre Melville turns this convention on its head, offering a story of two journalists on a mission to track down a French UN dignitary.

Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/two-men-manhattan-deux-hommes-dans-manhattan

SummertimeSummertime (1955)

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.

Why we picked the film: David Lean’s Summertime reveals how love can appear in the most unexpected forms. Journeying to Venice later in life, the film’s heroine spends much of her time exploring the city alone. After meeting a debonair antiques salesman, she realizes that some love affairs aren’t meant to last. The true duo of the film is Jane Hudson, the heroine, and the city that changes her life.

Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/summertime

Bicycle ThievesBicycle Thieves (1948)

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.

Why we picked the film: Not all dynamic duos are caped crusaders. In Bicycle Thieves, a man and his son search post-war Rome for a stolen bicycle which the man must use to get to his new job. Their journey, filled with pitfalls, shows the essence of the human spirit: connection and resilience.

Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/bicycle-thieves

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