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GEOFF DYER discusses his film book 'BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY': WATCHING 'WHERE EAGLES DARE' with JONATHAN LETHEM

'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' (Pantheon Books)

From a writer of “derelict luminosity” (David Mitchell), a scene-by-scene exploration of Where Eagles Dare, one of cinema’s most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood. It is both a thrillingly realized Alpine World War II adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, reducing the central disaster in Europe’s modern history to a series of huge explosions and peopled by campy SS officers.

As he did in Zona–which took on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker–in Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene reaction to and reading of the film. And perhaps as only he can, the author both extols and denigrates–lovingly and entertainingly no matter which way he falls–this acme of the late ’60s action movie.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction. The author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Photo by Matt Stuart

Jonathan Lethem is the author of eleven novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Girl In Landscape. His fifth, Motherless Brooklyn, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and a film adaptation is being released in Fall 2019. His newest, The Feral Detective, was named one of the books of the year by Oprah Magazine and The Atlantic. His stories and essays have been gathered in six collections, and his writing has been translated into over thirty languages. A 2005 Fellow of the Macarthur Foundation, he holds the Disney Chair in Creative Writing at Pomona College, and lives in Los Angeles and Maine.

Photo by Adrian Cook

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
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