This Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event explores the film work of celebrated American novelist, journalist, and poet Alfred Hayes, who co-wrote several Italian neorealist and Hollywood classics.
Born in London, Hayes moved to New York at the age of three and developed his voice as a journalist and poet during his college years. After being assigned to a special services unit in Italy during World War II, he stayed on in Rome, where he worked as a writer on Roberto Rossellini's Paisan and Vittorio DeSica's Bicycle Thieves. Upon his return to the US, his screenwriting continued in Hollywood, where he wrote Clash by Night, A Hatful of Rain, and Fritz Lang's Human Desire, among others.
This series is co-curated with N1FR, n+1’s film review, and NYRB Classics, the publisher of Hayes’s novels In Love and My Face for the World to See. Both films screen in 35mm.
The second film in Rossellini’s War Trilogy is a landmark of neorealism.
Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame star in one of Fritz Lang’s best films from the 1950s.