Our Film Dicussion Group meets the last Tuesday of the Month upstairs at Paganini Ristorante.

The County Theater invites you to join us once a month for great conversation. Held upstairs at Paganini Ristorante, a beautiful view of town, and the option of excellent food and drink.

We are excited to have teamed up with The Doylestown Bookshop and their "Reel Books Group" to add an extra element to the discussion - a companion book. Whether the book is the source material (novel or play) the film has been adapted from, or a new analysis of the film or its topics, this added element provides a greater exploration into the movies selected for discussion.

We will be announcing the titles of the films and their printed counterparts in advance to allow plenty of reading time. Titles will also be chosen with the hope that the film will have been in the theater for a couple weeks, allowing time to catch a viewing. If, however, a film's release is delayed, we will still have the book -- and speculation about the movie -- to discuss.

Upcoming Discussion Titles and Dates

The Great Dictator

Tues, July 26, 2011

A special discussion of Chaplin's classic about a Hitler-like dictator and a comic Jewish barber. Yes, the film is funny and filled with gags and pratfalls. But it is also one of Chaplin’s more serious works, with deep strains of sadness and tragedy. There are also wonderful moments of Chaplin pantomime: as he shaves a customer in time to classical music, and when he dances with the world globe as dictator.

Local Chaplin scholar Joe Truitt will provide an introduction and Q&A for the screening of the film, which plays for one screening only at 7pm on Tuesday, July 26th.


We will be taking the month of August off, but discussions will return in September!

One Day

Tues, July 26, 2011 Rescheduled Date TBA

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are revisited each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Companion Book:
One Day - David Nicholls novel is the basis for the film adaptation. "[An] instant classic. . . . One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you’ll ever encounter." (People)


Moderators

Nathan Halter, Assistant Manager, Doylestown Bookshop
I've worked at the Doylestown Bookshop for over six years and have come to believe that you can tell all you need to know about somebody by what they read. With that in mind, some of my favorite books are: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and anything by Bill Watterson. Also, in my life, I've come to three definitive conclusions: 1) excluding the following two things, I'm not certain of anything 2) though everybody thinks their own dog is the best, my dog Milo is the actual best dog in the world and 3) my fellow moderator Chris Collier was completely wrong in his assessment of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City.

Christopher Collier, Director of Special Programs, Renew Theaters
Has worked for the County and Ambler Theaters for over three years, but has programmed and hosted regular film club nights for the past ten. After reading Nathan's bio, Chris has started to worry about what people think of him based on his reading choices (a blend of David Foster Wallace, Sherlock Holmes, and Batman comics). He also knows that Nathan is gravely mistaken about Chronic City, but does not hold that against him.