Frankel’s The Searchers was an illuminating look at John Ford’s classic film and its complex role in the nation’s self-image. His new book takes another cinematic icon, the 1952 Academy Award-winning High Noon, and shows us how to see it in new ways. Frankel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Washington Post reporter, chronicles both the actual filming and the screenwriter’s evolving conception of the story. Carl Foreman began with an idea for a Western, one that would celebrate courage and loyalty. By the time the film was released, it had become a political allegory for Foreman himself, who was forced to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about his past affiliation with communism. Refusing to name names, he fled the country.
High Noon will be screened at the back of the store from 4.30 p.m., concluding after the author event.