Contact: Debbie Carton
Berkeley Public Library invites you to participate in an examination of “The French Connection”, an award-winning 1971 film inspired by Robin Moore’s 1969 book of the same name. Director William Friedkin’s film won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Film Editing. We’ll compare the gritty film, featuring one of the most famous car chase sequences in film history, with the written account of NYC detectives who uncovered the source of a major drug smuggling operation. Discussion group participants will read the book at home and then gather at 1:30 on Sunday, September 9, 2012 in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street to view the film together. After viewing the film, participants will discuss the book, the movie and the adaptation process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library (http://www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org), this free Book into Film program at the Central Library takes place every other month and offers adult and teen patrons the opportunity to discuss books, films and the art of adaptation. Participation is limited and registration is required. Please call (510) 981-6236 to register for this program. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
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