Geoff Dyer with Don George - Broadsword Calling Danny Boy (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

From a writer of “derelict luminosity” (David Mitchell) comes Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, a scene-by-scene exploration of Where Eagles Dare, one of cinema’s most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood. It is both a thrillingly realized Alpine World War II adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, reducing the central disaster in Europe’s modern history to a series of huge explosions and peopled by campy SS officers. As he did in Zona–which took on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker–here Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene reaction to and reading of the film. And perhaps as only he can, the author both extols and denigrates–lovingly and entertainingly no matter which way he falls–this acme of the late ’60s action movie.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction. The author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781524747572
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Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 2019

Geoff Dyer's earlier book on film, Zona, was about Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should next devote his unique critical and stylistic energies to Brian G. Hutton's Where Eagles Dare.