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Meet Author Quentin Falk

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By , August 25, 2014 9:10 am

QSF3 300British film critic, Quentin Falk, will be coming stateside to promote his book, Travels in Greeneland. There will be two chances for you to meet him and get your book signed!

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm at the Decatur Book Festival, UGA Press Booth, in Decatur, GA.

Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Starbucks lounge in Dahlonega, GA.

Quentin Falk, British author, critic, broadcaster and film journalist, has written acclaimed biographies of Anthony Hopkins, Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Finney, Lord Lew Grade and the Rank Organisation following his first book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene in 1984, which was short-listed for the Mobil/British Film Institute Book of the Year Award. A former editor of the European trade paper, Screen International, and Academy, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts’ (BAFTA) magazine, he has also been a movie reviewer for the Daily MailDaily TelegraphSunday Mirror, and Catholic Herald. In 2013, he was the First Visiting Author at the University of North Georgia.

Travels in Greeneland Cover.fwGraham Greene is one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, and his work has been translated to the cinema more than any other major contemporary novelist. Author and film critic, Quentin Falk examines all aspects of Greene’s involvement in the world of film, including his stint as a movie critic in the 1930s in his book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene. Contrasts are made between the work that Greene himself adapted for the screen such as The Third Man and Our Man in Havana, and the work that has been adapted by others, like The Heart of the Matter and The Honorary Consul. This gorgeous new edition contains a new chapter which includes two of the newest Graham Greene movie adaptations: 2002’s The Quiet American and 2010’s Brighton Rock.

Copies of Travels in Greeneland will be available at both signing locations for purchase.

Coming Soon: Travels in Greeneland

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By , August 18, 2014 9:15 am

Releasing September 2, 2014:
Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene
by Quentin Falk

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Graham Greene is one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, and his work has been translated to the cinema more than any other major contemporary novelist. Author and film critic, Quentin Falk examines all aspects of Greene’s involvement in the world of film, including his stint as a movie critic in the 1930s. Contrasts are made between the work that Greene himself adapted for the screen such as The Third Man and Our Man in Havana, and the work that has been adapted by others, like The Heart of the Matter and The Honorary Consul. This gorgeous new edition contains a new chapter which includes two of the newest Graham Greene movie adaptations: 2002’s The Quiet American and 2010’s Brighton Rock.

“A thorough, fluently written survey. To borrow Greene’s terminology, an entertainment.” – Sunday Telegraph

“A real contribution to the canons of film criticism and an indispensable handbook to travelers in Greeneland.” – Catholic Herald

Download a free preview of Travels in Greeneland

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Coming Soon: The Quiet Soldier

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By , August 11, 2014 9:35 am

Releasing September 2, 2014: The Quiet Soldier: Phuong’s Story by Creina Mansfield.

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Provoked by Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, this novel tells the story of Phuong, from her childhood in the Vietnamese district of Cu Chi to her return there as a guerrilla fighter. Phuong’s unmentioned past, subdued personality, and lack of political expression are the subjects of the novel, which begins during the Vietnam war. From the tunnels of Cu Chi, Phuong fights outside a village near her birthplace. There, she recalls her upbringing, her journey to Saigon, and the years she spent there as a spy for the Vietminh. Under orders from the communist committee, Phuong ensnared Thomas Fowler, a British journalist, because he was a rich source of information. Later, Phuong was ordered to become the mistress of Alden Pyle, a newly arrived American whom she realized was, like her, a covert operator.

Read a preview of Chapter One

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Visiting Author: Quentin Falk Film Screening

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By , April 16, 2013 3:31 pm

Wednesday, April 10, Quentin Falk concluded his three day Visiting Authors tour with the University of North Georgia. He held a screening of the 1948 film The Fallen Idol, which is an adaptation of Graham Greene’s short story, “The Basement Room.”

The film is shot from the perspective of the French diplomat’s son, Phillipe, who witnesses the death of the butler’s wife. Phillipe idolizes the butler, Baines, but gets caught up in the lies and secrets of everyone. From Baines affair with Julie to Mrs. Baines plan to catch Baines in the act. However after an altercation between Baines and Mrs. Baines, she falls to her death from the window. Phillipe, believing Baines killed her, tries to protect him through lying. However Baines is eventually found not guilty when they find evidence that supports that Mrs. Baines death was upon her own accord.

Following the screening of the film, Falk discussed how the short story was adapted and the differences between the two. According to Falk, Graham Greene believed short stories were better to turn into films because it gave the story room to grow and to be created into something more. He also mentioned that the film had a profound affect because it was shot in black and white which allowed for the director to play with the shadows in the room. He also discussed that the entire success of the film depended solely on the acting of a boy who looked the part, but who had no experience in acting. Because of this, they gave him few lines and most takes are of Bobby Henrey, who plays Phillipe, by himself. Without giving the original story way, Falk stated that the main difference is that the film has a happier ending so that it was more accessible to the audience.

Following his analysis of the film, Falk held a brief Q&A followed by closing comments by Dr. Joyce Stavick, who awarded Quentin Falk with a t-shirt for him and his wife as well as a plaque.

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UNG students during the meet and greet with Quentin Falk

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