MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Rob Goldstone, known as Westchester County's 'Movie Man,' maintains that nickname by being the man behind Larchmont Public Library's monthly 'Book And The Movie' program.
Utilizing his love for Hollywood's 'Golden Age' – films produced between 1939 and 1960 – Goldstone created the program by not only screening classic films, but also discussing the source material, often from the page.
One of Goldstone's favorite examples is "Gone With The Wind."
“First, you have a magnificent book; a classic by Margaret Mitchell. Incidentally, the fact that this is the only book she ever wrote and it is one of the greatest novels of all-time is something in and of itself. But to compare the book to the classic film is truly an apples to oranges comparison.”
“The film makes the characters larger than life, the fabulous cinematography, the beautiful costumes and one of the most memorable soundtracks in film history. One of the greatest books of all-time simply can’t compete with one of the greatest films of all-time.”
"But the experience of the book and of the movie is always best when they’re experienced together. And that’s what makes me so passionate about the 'Book and the Movie,'” Goldstone concludes.
The series has earned Goldstone recognition from former County Executive Andy Spano, State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer and other prominent local officials.
Goldstone is working on a book about his experience with the series, and growing up in New York City during the Golden Age.
The series typically takes place on the second Wednesday of the month, but it all depends on the month and availability of the room where films are shown.
For more information on the series, contact the library at 914-834-2281 or go online at www.larchmontlibrary.org .
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