Mark Schenker’s “How to Read a Film” series concludes with “Inglourious Basterds” Sun., Oct. 31, at 2 PM

Mark Schenker’s tenth installment of his popular “How to Read a Film” series culminates with the examination of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” on Sun., Oct. 31, at 2 PM. Admission is $7.

Schenker explored the screwball comedy “Bringing Up Baby” as the first film in this series, the second was the noir “Criss Cross,” and he delved into John Ford’s western “The Searchers” on Oct. 24.

In previous installments of “How to Read A Film,” Schenker has zeroed in on a specific director’s oeuvre or focused on four films in a particular genre, like film noir. For this series, he will “focus more broadly on genre, and how a consideration of three great genres of American film can yield a greater understanding of one of Quentin Tarantino’s masterpieces, “Inglourious Basterds,” which audaciously combines aspects of screwball comedy, film noir, and western.”

This will be an indoors event with the following covid protocols in place:
• 30 attendees max
• proof of vaccination required
• masks required (they can be lowered to take drinks or eat popcorn but should be raised back up when done)

From Roger Ebert’s 2009 review of “Inglourious Basterds”:

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he’s the real thing, a director of quixotic delights. For starters (and at this late stage after the premiere in May at Cannes, I don’t believe I’m spoiling anything), he provides World War II with a much-needed alternative ending. For once the basterds get what’s coming to them.

Mark Schenker’s lectures are accompanied by screenings of the films to illustrate the points he is making—it’s like a live commentary track! His previous lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Billy Wilder (among others) and the historical context in which the TV series “Downton Abbey” took place were erudite and entertaining.