The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library in partnership with the Monterey Park Historical Society will present a film screening and discussion of actor James Dean’s groundbreaking 1950s film drama that explored teen life and conflicts between generations on Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Room. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Sal Mineo, Best Supporting Actress for Natalie Wood and Best Writing of a Motion Picture story for Nicholas Ray.
Professor Foster Hirsch, a Mark Keppel High School alumnus, will introduce the film classic with Dean starring as the rebellious Jim Stark. The film was the only time during Dean’s lifetime where he received top billing. The audience is invited to participate in discussion and questions and answers with Hirsch after the film screening.
Hirsch is the author of sixteen books on theatre and movies. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and holds M.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Hirsch currently teaches at Brooklyn College. A collection of his books are available at the library.
Due to copyright restrictions the library is prohibited from naming the title of the film in this release. For more information about the film and title please contact the library at 626-307-1368. The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is the city’s public library located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Library hours are Sundays 1-5 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays 12-9 p.m; Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more City of Monterey Park news and information, follow the library on Twitter @MontereyParkLib or visit the city website at www.MontereyPark.ca.gov.
Cindy Costales, Senior Librarian Adult and Teen Services