The Plaza is teaming up with local libraries to bring you The Cineaste: From Book to Screen. This adapted version of The Cineaste will bring you an exciting variety of American classics and modern stories. First, pick up the book at your local library. Then after reading, you’ll have a chance to watch the film adaptation followed by a discussion about the differences between the two and the process of adapting a novel into a screenplay. Discussions will be co-facilitated by faculty and alumni from the St. Joseph’s College film studies program and librarians from participating local libraries.

Inquire at the Brookhaven Free Library about how to get involved in their book discussions.

If you’re interested in joining a book discussion at the Patchogue-Medford Library click here.

Book & Film Discussions

Saturday, February 18 (Guest speaker, Jennifer Gagliardi)
10:00 - 10:30 A - Book discussion at the Patchogue-Medford Library
10:30 - 10:45 A - Book club participants walk to The Plaza
10:45 - 1:30 P - Screening at The Plaza
1:30 - 2:15 P - Film discussion at The Plaza

Thursday, February 23 (Guest Speaker, Peter Mascuch, PhD)
6:15 - 6:45 P - Book discussion at the Patchogue-Medford Library
6:45 - 7:00 P - Book club participants walk to The Plaza
7:00 - 9:45 P - Screening at The Plaza
9:45 - 10:30 P - Film discussion at The Plaza

The Color Purple (PG-13) Since winning the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1983, THE COLOR PURPLEhas remained an iconic epistolary novel with many further adaptations. The novel traces the life of Celie, an African-American woman growing up in rural Georgia. She survives incredible amounts of abuse and bigotry throughout her struggle to gain equality in the first half of the twentieth century. As the novel progresses Celie is separated from her sister Nettie, who tries to escape the life of submission that the girls seem doomed to. Celie stays behind, and her story branches off to include the lives that she cares for and is affected by. Throughout the novel Celie grapples with her own faith in God as she deals with unspeakable tragedies and abuses. Themes of racism are contrasted with the underlying concept of sisterhood that holds the characters in the novel together. The book was later adapted into an Oscar Nominated film starring Whoopi Goldberg as Celie and including Oprah Winfrey’s film debut as Sofia. Directed by Stephen Spielberg, the film was widely critically acclaimed for its powerful message and brave story.

Book Written by Alice Walker
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery Rae, Dawn Chong,
Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey


Thurs, Feb 23 - 7:00 P

Slumdog Millionaire (R) The protagonist of the book Q&A is Ram Mohammad Thomas, a young waiter who, upon winning a local game show, becomes the biggest quiz show winner in Indian history. Higher ups in the country immediately assume he cheated and send him to jail with no evidential information. Ram spends the book telling his lawyer stories about his life that explain how each question was answered correctly. The book was widely praised and loosely adapted into the 2008 film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, in which the character Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) wins a quiz show and is brought up on the same accusations. Throughout the film Jamal’s stories are told as the viewer is taken on a visual journey through flashbacks.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won seven Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Played December 2016

Book Written by Vikas Swarup
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor

The Girl on the Train (R) Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel.

Played November 2016

Book Written by Paula Hawkins
Directed by Tate Taylor
Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett