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The Modern School of Film, a smart screening series, hosts Salman Rushdie and more
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Joshua Rothkopf

Film scholar, director and educator Robert Milazzo is an elegant conversationalist—I should know, having enjoyed several post-screening chats with him over the years. (A former assistant to David Mamet, Milazzo's got the gift of gab.) He's also the founder of the Modern School of Film, a stem-to-stern program covering the basics. Anyone, from beginners to experts, can benefit from it.

In a recent coup, Milazzo will be hosting revered novelist Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children) for an 8pm discussion on Saturday 9th at the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St). Titled "In: Pictures. One Life. Three Films," Milazzo's series invites a guest to discuss three movies that left a personal mark. Rushdie's impeccable selections are Satyajit Ray's minimalist masterpiece Pather Panchali, Star Wars and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Clips will be shown, interspersed with Q&A.

Tickets are still available here. And you'll want to bookmark that page: More events are forthcoming. May 28 brings Jackson Publick, creator of TV's animated The Venture Brothers, who will defend The Empire Strikes Back, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (we're sensing a trend here) and No Country for Old Men. You will no doubt leave inspired, stimulated and thinking about your own three faves.

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