University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Lit Flicks Summer Movie Series

Lit Flicks

See how great books can turn into film classics!

Prior to each film, enjoy some popcorn and kick back for a short conversation by film and literary experts. This will be facilitated by Tod Goldberg, director of UCR Palm Desert's low-residency MFA program.

After each film, there will be a brief discussion to talk about the adaptation, what worked, what didn't and what the director left out. We also encourage everyone to read the books that inspired these great films.

Lit Flicks: Dark Secrets, Real Lives

The theme for our third season is "Dark Secrets, Real Lives," featuring three films about secrets, all based on true events. The final film in this series is:

5:30 p.m. Aug. 27: "Philomena" (2013)

The story of a mother's 50-year search for her son, who was conceived out of wedlock and given away for adoption in the United States. The film, nominated for four Academy Awards, is based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by journalist Martin Sixsmith. RSVP now!


Previously screened:

5:30 p.m. July 23: All the President's Men" (1976)

Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation. The film is a classic political thriller, based on the 1974 nonfiction book of the same name by Woodward and Bernstein.

5:30 p.m. June 25: "Quiz Show" (1994)

A film about the "Twenty One" quiz show scandals of the 1950s, the rise and fall of popular contestant Charles Van Doren and the subsequent congressional investigation. Based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir, "Remembering America."

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