New film series—”5 Great Directors, 5 Great Moral Dilemmas”—begins Mon., July 11

Directors_Dilemmas_flyer_WebThe next Best Video Film & Cultural Center film series begins Monday, July 11, with a screening of Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s recent thriller “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer. The series, presented in concert with Temple Beth Sholom’s Adult Education program, features five films by great directors that eal with pressing moral dilemmas. The series runs on consecutive Mondays from July 11 through August 8. Each screening starts at 7:15 PM and admission is $7. (Temple Beth Sholom members get in for free.)

Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic from Temple Beth Sholom will introduce the movie and lead the discussion for “Remember” and “Magnificent Obsession;” Best Video founder Hank Paper will do the same for “Lifeboat,” “Ace in the Hole,” and “The Train.”

The schedule:

July 11: Atom Egoyan’s “REMEMBER” • A resident with dementia, played by Christopher Plummer, escapes from his nursing home to track down and assassinate the former Auschwitz guard who killed his family during World War II. Martin Landau is his fellow resident and plotter who aids his search across the country in this suspenseful, twisty tale from the director of The Sweet Hereafter.

July 18: Alfred Hitchcock’s “LIFEBOAT” • Nothing stretches the boundaries of morality and suspense like people in a lifeboat. In this masterpiece of twists and ongoing perilous decisions, Tallulah Bankhead gives a career-defining performance in the good company of Hume Cronyn, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, and Henry Hull. But Hitchcock’s artistry is the true star.

July 25: Billy Wilder’s “ACE IN THE HOLE” • A scrabbling and ambitious journalist exploits the sufferings of the victims of a coal mine disaster in order to jump-start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. This brilliant un-Hollywood film, with white hot acting by Kirk Douglas, was way ahead of its time in 1951. In an era of social networking and the 24 hour news cycle, this film’s time is now.

August 1: John Frankenheimer’s “THE TRAIN” • What is worth more: a masterpiece of art or a human life? Like “The Swimmer,” this Burt Lancaster film is unforgettable. A stationmaster and resistance leader is asked to stop — at any cost — a heavily guarded Nazi train filled with France’s best paintings. Non-stop suspense, ingenious plotting and a philosophic context keep this film on track as a celluloid masterpiece. With Jeanne Moreau and Paul Scofield as the equally determined, art connoisseur commandant of the titular train.

August 8: Douglas Sirk’s “MAGINIFICENT OBSESSION” • When a rich, self-absorbed playboy crashes his speedboat on a lake, the only ambulance in town saves his life rather than tending to a stricken self-sacrificing doctor. When the doctor dies, it sets in motion a journey of unexpected twists and turns leading to a higher power, including a torrid and forbidden love.