Film Scholar and Historian to visit GVSU Campus

Annette Insdorf of Columbia University
Annette Insdorf of Columbia University

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Sidney’s Lumet’s ground-breaking drama, The Pawnbroker, Annette Insdorf will host a free screening and lecture March 18 and 19 (see below for entire schedule). The Pawnbroker (1964) is the story of a concentration camp survivor whose traumatic memories are often triggered by the desperate people who visit his Harlem pawnshop.

Insdorf, of Columbia University, is a film scholar and historian and has written books on Francois Truffaut, Polish cinema, and a study of Philip Kaufman. She also wrote  Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaustwhich remains the foundational text in the field. She has had various television appearances, participated in various jury work at film festivals across the country, and since 1983 she has hosted “Reel Pieces” which has attracted guests such as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and many others.

In addition to the public events, Insdorf will visit Dr. Perrine’s World Cinema class on Wednesday, March 19 from 1:00 to 2:45 in LSH 154. All interested faculty and students are welcome to join. The main subject will be a film called Debajo del Mundo (Under the Earth; Feijoo, 1987, Argentina-Czechoslovakia).

The event sponsored by the Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Frederik Meijer Honors College, and the School of Communications. All events are free and open to the public. Contact Professor Rob Franciosi at (616) 331-3069 with any questions.

“The Pawnbroker” (film introduced by Professor Insdorf)
March 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
102 Loutit Hall, Allendale Campus

The Pawnbroker: A Cinematic Language to Represent the Holocaust
March 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
102 Loutit Hall, Allendale Campus 


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