Film Discussion Series
Wednesday December 14 @ 7:30 PM
Discussion Leader: Joel Riff
1969 – Comedy/Drama Based on a novella by Philip Roth
Neil Klugman (Richard Benjamin, who studied theater at Northwestern), a young librarian in New Jersey, has eyes for Brenda Patimkin (Ali MacGraw, who was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award the following year for “Love Story”), a beautiful Radcliffe student. Although they are both Jewish, Brenda's family is much wealthier and more conservative than Neil's. As their relationship matures, their differing cultural backgrounds cause Brenda's mother (Nan Martin) to have trepidations about the couple. As their disparate ideas about sex and birth control come to the fore, their feelings for each other are tested.
Philip Roth, know for his sometimes-controversial explorations of Jewish-American identity, is one of the most award-winning U.S. authors of his generation. Two films currently based on his novels are currently in distribution: “Indignation” and “American Pastoral”.
Space is limited - Reservations are required