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WMRA Books & Brews: Glenn Frankel
Pale Fire Brewing Co.
Harrisonburg, VA
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WMRA Books & Brews: Glenn Frankel
On April 11th, 2017, the second Tuesday of the month, we welcome author Glenn Frankel to Pale Fire Brewing Company for the next Books & Brews, a series of book talks in collaboration with WMRA Public Radio.

Glenn Frankel will be discussing, "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic." The book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Due to the overwhelming success of our Books and Brews series, we are now issuing free tickets to listeners so they will have a space at the event. Tickets will be available two weeks before the event.

These tickets will be honored at Pale Fire Brewing Company before 6:15pm on the night of the event. In other words, if someone arrives before 6:15 and presents their ticket, they will definitely get in. After 6:15pm, Pale Fire will open the event to anyone and tickets will no longer guarantee a spot.

And as always, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

This month's Books & Brews is co-sponsored by Massanutten Regional Library, who will be showing the film "High Noon" in the meeting room on the ground floor of their downtown Harrisonburg branch. The screenings are free and open to the public, and will be:

Wednesday, April 5th at 3pm and 6:30pm
Saturday, April 8th at 1pm
Monday, April 10th at 3pm and 6:30pm.


From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Searchers, the revelatory story behind the classic movie High Noon and the toxic political climate in which it was created.

It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper. And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude.

Yet what has been often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Refusing to name names, he was eventually blacklisted and fled the United States. (His co-authored screenplay for another classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, went uncredited in 1957.) Examined in light of Foreman's testimony, High Noon's emphasis on courage and loyalty takes on deeper meaning and importance.

In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of the making of a great American Western, exploring how Carl Foreman's concept of High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight. Both the classic film and its turbulent political times emerge newly illuminated.



Pale Fire Brewing Co. (View)
217 S. Liberty St. Ste 105
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

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Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Pale Fire Brewing Co
On BPT Since: Jan 23, 2016
Pale Fire Brewing Co.


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