It’s no joke! The current film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom continues next Tuesday with the Alfred Hitchcock-directed “I Confess,” starring Montgomery Clift. “A Rabbi, A Priest and A Minister Walk Into Best Video Performance Space” features powerful films with the theme of religion and society. As has been our practice, each screening begins with a short, context-setting introduction and is followed by an optional discussion.
Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are highly encouraged. The first two screening attracted capacity audiences.
This is the upcoming schedule:
Mon., Nov. 17: “I Confess”
In this unique drama stunningly filmed in Quebec, a murderer confesses his heinous crime to Father Michael Logan, a local priest who, because of the sanctity of the confessional, cannot reveal the confession, not even when he himself becomes the leading suspect! This model piece of film-making directed by Alfred Hitchcock features haunting location shots, mounting suspense and, as Father Logan, a charismatic Montgomery Clift whose face you will not be able to take your eyes from. In a film that will have you hooked all the way, you will discover that, while confession may be good for the soul, it also may be deadly to your life.
Mon., Nov. 24: “Babette’s Feast”
In this simple yet sumptuous Oscar winning film, adapted from an Isak Dinesen short story, two beautiful daughters of a devout, self-denying clergyman carry on his austere teachings by sacrificing their youth and passion to faith and duty. Like their entire hamlet, their lives are lived in self-denial. That is, until the arrival of Babette, a mysterious refugee from France’s civil war. As a servant to the daughters for fourteen years, Babette suddenly reveals her own passion and artistry that moves toward a tumultuous transformation of the town’s inhabitants. This film will raise issues of art and duty, self-indulgence and self-denial, asking the question: can or should there be a balance?
Mon., Dec. 1: “Doubt”
Sister Aloysius Beauvier, played by Meryl Streep, is the rigid and fearsome principal of a Bronx Catholic high school who has an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest, Father Flynn, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, she believes she has uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy. But there is no clear proof; the only thing certain is doubt. Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play and nominated for 5 Academy Awards, there is little doubt this is one of the most honored films of recent times. Also starring Amy Adams and Viola Davis, the superbly acted, spellbindingly suspenseful film raises questions about whether doubt should interfere with action when safety is at issue, even when that issue might be personal.
Mon., Dec. 8: “The End of the Affair”
During the London blitz, a married Londoner, played by Julianne Moore, suddenly breaks off a passionate five-year affair with writer, Maurice Bendrix, portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, who suspects another love. When, years later, Fiennes accidentally meets with her dull, civil servant husband, played by Stephen Rea, and then hires a detective to follow Moore, what he discovers becomes a blitz of the soul. This intense adult drama, adapted from a Graham Greene novel and directed by Oscar winner Neal Jordan, poses questions about love, faith and betrayal that will have you searching your own soul long after the movie is done.
• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE
• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER
• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”
• Wednesday, Nov. 19. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, LAURA JOY
• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”
• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)
• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”
• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG
• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”
• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT
• Friday, Dec. 5. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS
• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”
• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER
• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”
• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING
• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY
• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS
• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS