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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books


Murder on the Orient Express

November 15, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. **

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 film based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie.

The film features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), who is asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The suspects are portrayed by an all-star cast, including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Wendy Hiller.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Bergman won the award. (131 min.)

** Moved ahead one week because of the November 8 election

A Christmas Story

December 13, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd. Set in Indiana in the 1940s, the story revolves around nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out."  Peter Billingsley stars as Ralphie Parker, Melinda Dillon as Mrs. Parker, and Darren McGavin as Mr. Parker (The Old Man). (93 min.)