February 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 inspired by the movies.
February Theme: Battle of the Sexes
Curated By NYPL Staff
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Why Alison picked the film: In this battle of the sexes, Hollywood gems Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell team for a screwball comedy that pays tribute to the field of journalism and equity for women in the workplace. His Girl Friday is fast paced, witty, and filled with punchlines.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/his-girl-friday.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Why Claudine picked the film: "I chose this film for the passionate and tormented male-female interaction depicted on screen by stars Anita Bjork and Ulf Palme. With the beautiful backdrop of a Swedish country estate, the film captures the essence of class issues among the central characters that is still relevant today."
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/miss-julie.
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Why Claudine picked the film: In her debut role, Judy Davis delivers a wonderful performance as the young heroine who refuses to follow the rules and convention, and instead takes authority of her own life. The theme of Judy Davis’ character Sybylla longing for independence while following her dreams will resonate with many.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/my-brilliant-career-0.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
Why Alison picked the film: It was a gamble when Joan Crawford asked Warner Brothers for a release from her contract—Crawford would sign with RKO and star in Sudden Fear, based on the novel by Edith Sherry. For her performance in this deeply dark psychological thriller, Crawford was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Also available to stream free with your library card at nypl.kanopy.com/video/sudden-fear.
If you enjoy these films, try one of these dynamic reads!
- Margaret Atwood, Good Bones and Simple Murders
- Lee Child, Matchup
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
- August Strindberg, Miss Julie
- William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
- Günter Grass, The Flounder
- Diana Gabaldon, Voyager
- Kate Shoup, Billie Jean King: The Battle of the Sexes and Title IX
- John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
- Barbara and Allan Pease, Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps: How We’re Different and What to Do About It
- George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?