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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

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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

Visiting Authors: Quentin Falk Talk

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By , April 10, 2013 7:27 pm

photo (2)Tuesday, April 9, UK film critic Quentin Falk gave a talk entitled “Cinema, Celebrity, and the Courtroom,” in Shott Auditorium. After a brief introduction by Dr. Austin Reide, Falk began by discussing the different celebrities, both British and American, that he has interviewed throughout his career; celebrities such as Britney Spears, Barbara Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Madonna, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood. Many of the American movie stars he met were in England promoting a recent film or shooting a current one.

 He then discussed some of his books including Biography of Anthony Hopkins: The Biography, Mr. Hitchcock, and Travels in Greeneland. He noted that he is the only person to ever write books about both Anthony Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock; especially after the recent movie, Hitchcock, in which Hopkins played the title character.

 He then discussed his most recent book, The Musical Milkman Murders which is about a murder that occurred in his family cottage in thephoto(2) 1920s. George Bailey, a milkman, murdered his wife and sent his daughter to live with his sister. Although he claimed that he simply assisted her with her own suicide, he was found guilty and sentenced to death via hanging. Years later the judge, head prosecutor, and a star witness all committed suicide, which seemed like an odd coincidence to Falk. In the late 1960s after finding out the truth about her parents, Molly, the daughter, returned to the cottage in search of answers. Falk discussed that through speaking with her he became interested in writing the story about the murder. He also mentioned that his two favorite trail movies are To Kill a Mockingbird and A Few Good Men.

photo(4)After the talk, Falk answered questions from the audience. His favorite current movie is Argo directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and his favorite interview was with someone he has enjoy watching in the films for years, Tom Hanks. He ended the talk with the quote, “Celebrity is a mask that eats the face.”

Wednesday, April 10, he will be giving a talk about the film The Fallen Idol, which is an adaptation of Graham Greene’s “The Basement Room,” in the Special Collections room in the UNG Library Technology Center at 7:00 PM.

Visiting Author: Quentin Falk

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By , April 4, 2013 1:46 pm

As a part of the University of North Georgia’s Visiting Authors program, British film critic, Quentin Falk, will be giving a talk and film screening. On fallen_idolTuesday, April 9, Falk will be presenting “From True Lives to True Crime: Cinema, Celebrity & the Courtroom” in Shott Auditorium at 7:30 PM. On Wednesday, April 10, Falk will be hosting a screening and talk of the film The Fallen Idol, which is an adaptation of Graham Greene’s “The Basement Room.” The screening will be held at 7:00 PM in the Library of Technology David L. Potter Special Collections Room, 382. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

QSF3 300Quentin Falk is a film critic and biographer and is considered one of Britain’s leading authorities on film and television. Previously, he was editor of the British Academy of Film and Television Art’s magazine Academy, and has written critical film reviews for the Daily and Mail and Sunday Mirror. His authorized biographies include Anthony Hopkins Biography: The Biography (Virgin Books) and Albert Finney: In Character (Robson Books Ltd). His book Travels in Greeneland (Reynolds and Hearn Ltd) provides a broad examination of the many Graham Greene novels. His book Mr. Hitchcock (Life &The-Musical-Milkman-Murder-Falk-Quentin-9781857828078 Times) (Haus Publishing) offers a mixture of film criticism and biography as he analyzes how Hitchcock’s life and personality influenced his films. He is a co-author of the Strangest Series (Robson Books Ltd) with his son Ben Falk, Cinema’s Strangest Moments and Television’s Strangest Moments. His most recent book, which is the topic of is talk, The Musical Milkman Murder (John Blake Publishing Ltd), is a true crime thriller that investigates a murder that Falk discovered had occurred in his South Bucks cottage in 1920, after World War I.

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