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Reel Talks with Scott Adlerberg

Word for Word's cinema series returns on Monday, July 7.

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Big Apple film aficionados have come to know that for lively, informative chats about movies, no one does it better than Scott Adlerberg. As host of Bryant Park Reading Room’s Word for Word series Reel Talks, Scott is matched with film experts and authors in presenting a treasure trove of film lore and insight with fast-paced conversations that include Q&A at the end.        

This year’s Reel Talks includes three sessions in which Scott will discuss a much-praised book about film with the book’s author, plus three sessions devoted to important film topics. The first Reel Talks is on Monday, July 7, when Scott teams with author and scholar Foster Hirsh to discuss The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, Mr. Hirsch’s book of the same name. This one promises to be an interesting discussion: Scott is a passionate fan of this most American of film genres, and Mr. Hirsch’s book is a classic text on the subject.

Also to be discussed this season is Dave Itzkoff’s Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in the Movies, and The Empty Glass, Jim Baker’s fictional thriller centered on the death of Marilyn Monroe.

The other topics in this season’s series include ‘Journalism in Film’ with author Wallace Stroby, ‘Paranoia in Film’ with Dave Tafoya, and ‘Cannes: 1960, 1968, the Seminal Years in Film’ with Mr. Tafoya.    

Reel Talks is hosted at Bryant Park Reading Room each Monday, 12:30-1:45pm, July 7 through July 28, and 6:30-7:30pm on August 4 and 11.

The Bryant Park Reading Room is sponsored by HSBC.

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