Colm Toibin brings “House of Names” to Live Talks!

Monday, May 22, 2017 8pm

An Evening with Colm Tóibín discussing the writing life and his upcoming novel, House of Names

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS: LiveTalksLA.org

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York. He previously appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles to discuss James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes’ story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother’s lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands. “I have been acquainted with the smell of death.” So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal—his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child.

Get Experienced w/ “The Oliver Stone Experience” at the AERO!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 • 6:30 pm book signing/ 7:30 pm introduction & film – Oliver Stone In Person!

AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

UNCONVENTIONAL NARRATIVE: FILMS OF OLIVER STONE

In 2012, it was a thrill to host Oliver Stone at the AERO for the release of the book & the series, “The Untold History of the United States”. Now, I am thrilled to announce his return to the AERO for 3 great nights of his films, introduced by the man himself  & one night where he will graciously join me to sign, “The Oliver Stone Experience”.

Join us at 6:30 pm, Thursday , May 18th to get a signed copy of this wonderful retrospective on the life & career of one of our most dynamic & interesting directors. Then, he will introduce the film, “Nixon”.

NIXON 1995, Buena Vista Pictures, 192 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone This ambitious biopic of our 37th president earned four Oscar nominations, including nods for Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the title role and Joan Allen’s supporting work as wife Pat Nixon. A nuanced portrait of Richard Nixon from his days as a young boy to his downfall in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, the film underlines how lonely and treacherous the halls of power can become. With James Woods, Ed Harris and Paul Sorvino.

More about the book :

Stone himself serves as guide to this no-holds-barred retrospective—an extremely candid and comprehensive monograph of the renowned and controversial writer, director, and cinematic historian in interview form. Over the course of five years, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (Midnight Express, Scarface, Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Snowden) and New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz (The Wes Anderson Collection) discussed, debated, and deconstructed the arc of Stone’s outspoken, controversial life and career with extraordinary candor. This book collects those conversations for the first time, including anecdotes about Stone’s childhood, Vietnam, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his continual struggle to reinvent himself as an artist. Their dialogue is illustrated by hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and documents from Stone’s personal archive, dating back to Stone’s birth: personal snapshots, private correspondence, annotated script pages and storyboards, behind-the-scenes photography, and production files from all of his films to date—through 2016’s Snowden, and including Stone’s epic Showtime mini-series Untold HIstory of the United States. Critical commentary from Seitz on each of Stone’s films is joined by original essays from filmmaker Ramin Bahrani; writer, editor, and educator Kiese Laymon; writer and actor Jim Beaver; and film critics Walter Chaw, Michael Guarnieri, Kim Morgan, and Alissa Wilkinson. At once a complex analysis of a master director’s vision and a painfully honest critical biography in widescreen technicolor, The Oliver Stone Experience is as daring, intense, and provocative as Stone’s films—it’s an Oliver Stone movie about Oliver Stone, in the form of a book. Both this book and Stone’s highly anticipated film, Snowden, will be released in September 2016 to coincide with Stone’s seventieth birthday (September 15, 1946).

PRAISE “…it’s the must-have movie book of the fall…It’s a film school in book form – enlightening, entertaining, and essential.” — Flavorwire

“. . . a lavish coffee-table book full of images and introspection. . .” — Parade online

“…definitive…everything you could possibly want to know about the filmmaker.” — AM New York

“. . . this lavish, beautiful book is as much a piece of serious criticism as it is an expression of pure movie love.” — The Miami Herald

“Jammed with lengthy Q&As with two-time Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, as well as news clippings, scripts, rare photos, and memos, Matt Zoller Seitz’s 480-page book is, like the filmmaker and his movies, obsessive and captivating.” — Variety online

“Seitz’s auteurist biography is kaleidoscopic in its dispensing of intimate photographs, archival images and pop culture iconography. Just as Stone’s own kinetic editing explodes in his films, so does the book conflate dynamic interviews and critical analyses with taut narrative urgency.” — MovieMaker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- Matt Zoller Seitz is the television critic for New York magazine and the editor in chief of RogerEbert.com. He is the author of The Wes Anderson Collection and The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel. He lives in Brooklyn. 

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