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Metrograph Film Book Fair

Metrograph will hold its first book fair with an assortment of thousands of rare, vintage, and out of print books, films, monographs, periodicals, scripts, ephemera, etcetera.

In addition to screenings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Sunset Boulevard, You Only Live Twice and The Prisoner of Shark Island, Darryl Pinckney will introduce Warren Beatty’s Reds with a reading from the Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick.

“Now, in 1981,” wrote Elizabeth Hardwick, “[John Reed] has been revivified in Warren Beatty’s film, Reds, an expensive, ambitious, romantic celebration of American radicalism, a celebration of love, vitality, and bohemianism. “Who were they? Were they socialists?” Adela Rogers St. John asks about Reed and his wife Louise Bryant. She does not remember them and yet she is, we must say, on the right track. Had the film been made in her earlier days Mrs. St. John, a Hearst reporter very knowledgeable about Hollywood, would indeed have remembered. Pictorial, synoptic, imagistic history, united with the extraordinary grip of the visage of screen actors on the memory, last a generation at least, and often longer.

Reds—the candid title, connected in the mind with “a bunch of”—sets the good-natured tone of this representation of a bloody, suffering, unbearably complex historical period, the period that ended for Reed with the Russian Revolution. For radical Americans in love like John Reed and Louise Bryant the catastrophic time of war and devastation of the past of Europe was washed in a silvery light, the light of “when we were young and believed in something.”

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