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Where classic-film fans gather in Delray Beach

Race, Bogie and the Duke are themes of upcoming gatherings for Cinema Talk at the Crest series, presented by WLRN radio’s Caroline Breder-Watts  and the Palm Beach International Film Festival  at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

Hosted by Breder-Watts,  who created a template for these conversations last summer with the weekly Art Cinema at the Crest screenings, a new lineup for this monthly series opens on Wednesday, Feb. 12,  with “Race in Cinema.” Highlighted by a clips from a variety of movies, the evening will examine racial and ethnic stereotypes in film,  with contributions from Barbara Cheives,   president and CEO of the race-relations consulting firm Converge & Associates, and Palm Beach Post writer Leslie Gay Streeter.

The evening will be divided into segments focusing on different groups, Breder-Watts says.

"It goes as far back as the silent era and 'Birth of a Nation,' and includes clips from 'Crash,'  'Slumdog Millionaire,' 'West Side Story' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' Lots of clips and a great panel discussion," she says.

On March 12, the talk turns to Humphrey Bogart, with the evening hosted by the actor’s son,  Stephen,  host of WXEL’s “Bogart on Movies.” Bogart will speak after a screening of a Bogie classic TBD.  Key Largo is the home of the evening’s presenting partner,  the Bogart Film Festival (May 1-14). Just saying.

John Ford’ s brilliant and influential western “The Searchers,” arguably John Wayne’s finest performance,  will be screened on April 9, an evening that includes a book-signing by Scott Eyman, author of a new biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend.”

Cinema Talk at the Crest is at 7:30 p.m. in the Crest Theatre on Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets $10 general; members free. Call 561-243-7922, or go to

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