Grand Valley State University will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Sidney Lumet’s ground-breaking drama, The Pawnbroker, with a free screening and a lecture by film historian Annette Insdorf of Columbia University.
Based on Edward Lewis Wallant’s 1961 novel, The Pawnbroker (1964) is the story of Sol Nazerman, a concentration camp survivor whose traumatic memories are often triggered by the desperate people who come to his Harlem pawn shop. Starring Rod Steiger in an Academy-Award-nominated performance, The Pawnbroker is the first Hollywood film to examine the Holocaust from a survivor’s perspective.
The author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust, which remains the foundational text in the field, Annette Insdorf has also written books on Francois Truffaut, Polish cinema, and most recently a study of Phillip Kaufman. Her wide-ranging work includes television appearances, audio commentary on dvds, jury work at important film festivals, and, since 1983, hosting “Reel Pieces” at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, a program which has attracted such guests as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, and Al Pacino.
Professor Rob Franciosi, 616-331-3069, email@example.com.