Adam Feinstein

We are thrilled that Adam Feinstein is coming to Keswick. He is an acclaimed British writer, film critic, broadcaster, poet and translator. His much-praised biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, was re-issued in an updated edition by Bloomsbury in 2013. He is also an internationally recognised authority on autism. His book, A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers, was lauded worldwide.

The 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca is too good an opportunity to miss and this timeless film will be given even more resonance by Adam's insight into the works of Director, Michael Curtiz and the making of Casablanca itself. It is testament to the remarkable talent of Michael Curtiz that he also made Yankee Doodle Dandy and Captains of the Clouds in that same year, 1942.

Adam's presentation on Sunday 19th February will first trace Curtiz's fascinating life: his mysterious beginnings in Budapest; the early, formative silents in Europe; his arrival in Hollywood and his tangled emotional life. Feinstein will go on to identify several little-acknowledged, but crucial, themes and styles in Curtiz's cinema, with illustrative sequences from some of his classic films.

Adam will also introduce Neruda at the Festival having been a consultant on the film and he has many insights from Director Pablo Larraín himself, as well as from the two male stars of the movie, Gael García Bernal and Luis Gnecco.

If that is not already enough, he will introduce Life, Animated, the powerful and engaging documentary about an American boy, Owen Suskind, whose love of Disney animations has helped him overcome barriers in life that his autism might have otherwise rendered insurmountable.

Adam will be giving his talk on Sunday 19th February at 1.00pm. The Michael Curtiz films screening over the Festival weekend are

Adam will also be introducing:

Adam Feinstein with Julie Christie
Adam with Julie Christie at a reading of Neruda's work

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