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Melody Chang - June 19, 2020

​News on SEC Roughriders Member Spotlights: Our resident in-club film historian Max Alvarez has a new book designed to guide us to better film choices to help occupy our claustrophobic hours at home – The Cinéphile’s Guide to the Great Age of Cinema ( 

There are viewing and reading recommendations for iconic film directors (from Hitchcock to Chaplin) and colorful overviews of such key genres as film noir thrillers and musicals. Max even did the illustrations! (Hey, how many more Netflix and Hulu “originals” can you endure?!) 

Moreover, there is a "virtual" book-signing event Max will be doing this Sunday June 21st as a fundraiser for the New Plaza Cinema group in NYC. 

Join a conversation with film historian Max Alvarez as he discusses his new book, The Cinéphile's Guide to the Great Age of Cinema.

About this Event: This is a special event for New Plaza Cinema. We appreciate your continued support.

All Attendees will receive a signed copy of the book. We will ship the book after the discussion.

The Cinéphile's Guide to the Great Age of Cinema is an ideal starting point for movie lovers eager to expand their film literacy. In this compact celebration of 20th-century movies made during an era when the seventh art dominated public cultural discourse throughout the world, film historian Max Alvarez examines the brilliant careers of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, John Huston, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, and François Truffaut. Each chapter in the book's "Legends in the Director's Chair" provides historical data on the lives of the filmmakers and their essential contributions to the world of cinema, highlighting key films and narratives along with recommended viewings and readings.

In addition, the section "Themes and Genres" features three vital chapters: "Night and the Cities: The Suspense-driven World of Film Noir," "The Great Age of Hollywood Musicals," and "Early Hollywood Censorship & 'Pre-Code' Movies." The final chapter, "21st Century Tips for Cinéphiles," provides readers with an overview of film technology and tips on obtaining the finest quality viewing copies of the highlighted films - and the best ways to screen them.

Published June 1, 2020.

Max Alvarez is an author, film historian, and public speaker who has been lecturing on world cinema culture for over two decades. A former visiting scholar and guest lecturer for The Smithsonian Institution and film curator at National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Alvarez’s presentation partnerships to broaden understanding of the cultural impact of film have included The Museum of the Moving Image, The New York Public Library System, 92Y, Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, the American Film Institute, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Gallery of Art, and numerous embassies and cultural offices.

Alvarez currently is a film history instructor for the Jewish Association Serving the Aging’s Sundays at JASA continuing education program at John Jay College in Manhattan. He has also written The Crime Films of Anthony Mann for University Press of Mississippi, and was a major contributor to the Northwestern University Press anthology Thornton Wilder/New Perspectives.

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