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February 29, 2012

La Salle Film Professor and Critic Bill Wine, Named Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, Will Present “Based on the Book: Best-Seller Cinema”

La Salle University Communication professor and KYW Newsradio film critic Bill Wine and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council are teaming up to present a lecture, Based on the Book: Best-Seller Cinema, throughout the region for the next two years. Using books and their film versions, such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Jaws, Wine will give his thoughts on the difference between watching a film and reading a book.

“The basic thing is that you can’t compare books and movies to one another because they are such different experiences…it’s reminding people of that,” says Wine, who has taught film classes at La Salle for more than 30 years.

In this presentation, Wine discusses the psychological differences between the reading and viewing experience. He also analyzes the way novels have been adapted into films. Books/films he’ll discuss include The Grapes of Wrath, Schindler’s List, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Graduate, A Clockwork Orange, The Silence of the Lambs, The Maltese Falcon, The Godfather, The Da Vinci Code, and more.

Wine admits, “I won’t read a book twice, but I will watch the same movie over and over again. I never get tired of watching movies.”

At the end of each presentation, there is a Q and A session. “I really enjoy the question and answers. I like the back and forth with the audience,” says Wine.

For more than twenty years, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council contracted artists, educators, and scholars from around the state to provide quality presentations on a variety of topics including music, folk and traditional arts, and American history. The 2012-13 Pennsylvania Humanities Council lineup features more than 50 Speakers—selected for their demonstrated expertise and their ability to engage an audience. While Pennsylvania Humanities presentations are incredibly diverse in terms of topic and format, they share a common feature—the opportunity for audiences to come together and learn from each other. Many presentations encourage audience participation or target family audiences and cater to popular interests.

For the past 11 years, Wine has been the film critic for Philadelphia radio station KYW and also appears on WIP’s morning show.  For 12 years, he was movie critic for Fox Television (Channel 29) in Philadelphia, earning eight Emmy nominations and three Emmy Awards.

Wine earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Drexel University. He soon realized  math was not his passion, and returned to school for a Master’s in Mass Communication at Temple University. One of Wine’s first assignments at Temple was to write a film review. His professor suggested that he try to get it published, and when Wine saw his name in print, he realized that he wanted to make a career out of it. “Work doesn’t have to be drudgery,” says Wine.