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The Art of Adaptation: Books to Movies -- "A Midnight Clear"

The Art of Adaptation is a unique monthly book/film discussion series exploring movie adaptations of books (details below).

DECEMBER ZOOM SESSION (December 8): A Midnight Clear by William Wharton (book 1982, film 1992).

Set in the final days of World War II, the story focuses on a small American intelligence unit that encounters a German platoon in the Ardennes Forest.  A truce is forged allowing both sides to celebrate Christmas together, but the tides of war soon change.  Wharton’s novel was adapted for the screen and directed by Keith Gordon and stars Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Ayre Gross, Ethan Hawke, and Gary Sinise.

[ Check out ebook on Hoopla | Stream Movie on Hoopla ]

Discussion on Zoom begins at 7:00 p.m. on December 8.  After signing up (below) you will be emailed the Zoom link.


ABOUT THE SERIES:

Each month, participants read a designated book and then watch the movie version.  On the second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m., we gather by Zoom for an informal discussion, exploring how the adaptation stacked up, and the strengths and weaknesses of different storytelling media.  The diverse books cover the period 1939 to 2010, and the movie versions encompass a variety of genres, including drama, musical, horror, and works based on true stories.

The books and movies are available to borrow free from Gates Public Library, or to download/stream from the library’s OverDrive and Hoopla services (details below).

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HOW TO BORROW THE BOOKS AND MOVIES:

Copies of the books will be available for checkout at Gates Public Library one month prior to the discussion date.  To borrow, you’ll need a library card from Gates or another public library in Monroe County (how to get a card).  Most titles (as indicated in the description) are available in e-book and e-audiobook formats from OverDrive, though the number of e-copies is generally low.

The movies can be watched either by streaming them from Hoopla using the links above, or borrowing DVD and/or Blu-ray copies from Gates Public Library.  To use Hoopla, you must have a Gates Public Library card, or a card from another subscribing MCLS library (Chili, Fairport, Greece, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Rochester Public Library).

Date:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Campus:
Gates Public Library
Audience:
  Adults     Seniors  
Categories:
  Movie     Streamed Event  

Registration is required. There are 25 seats available.

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