“Revenge” film series continues with “Cape Fear” (1962) on Mon., Oct. 28, at 7 PM

In the tradition of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” and “Can We All Get Along? Culture Clash in Great Films,” Best Video and Temple Beth Sholom have been presenting “Revenge: Will the Cycle Be Unbroken,” a six-film series that began on Oct. 7. Members of Best Video’s staff share with owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic of co-sponsors Temple Beth Sholom the duties of introducing the films and leading the post-screening discussions. All the screenings begin at 7 PM.

Reservations are highly recommended for these screenings; in previous series, most of the showings have been sold out or near capacity. Admission is $5 per film.

“Revenge: Will the Cycle be Unbroken” remaining schedule:

Mon., Oct. 28: “Cape Fear” (original, starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum; Rob Harmon presenting, 1962, USA) Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is out of jail and out to get revenge on the attorney who helped secure his conviction on rape and assault charge eight years before. Gregory Peck plays Sam Bowden, the former prosecutor who desperately tries to protect his family from Cady’s escalating campaign of vengeful terror. In 1962, New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “A cold-blooded, calculated build-up of sadistic menace and shivering dread is accomplished with frightening adroitness in J. Lee Thompson’s melodrama “Cape Fear,” which clubbed its way into the Victoria and the Trans-Lux Eighty-fifth Street yesterday. And the word on it is: don’t take the children. If you want to be horrified, that’s your business. But don’t expose the youngsters to the ordeal of watching this film.”

Mon., Nov. 4: “In the Bedroom” (Rabbi Scolnic presenting, 2001, USA) Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth Fowler’s (Sissy Spacek) son Frank, shortly to leave for college, gets involved with an older woman who is separated from her husband and seeking a divorce. After the estranged husband kills Frank in a jealous rage, the Fowlers painfully wait for the legal system to bring justice. But if the legal system fails, what then?

Mon., Nov. 11: “The Searchers” (Hank Paper presenting, 1956, USA) Named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American Western film of all time, “The Searchers”—starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford—plumbs themes of obsession, revenge and racism. In a foreshadowing of the revisionist Westerns of the 1970’s, Wayne plays a character marked by deep moral ambiguity. Filmed amid the glorious landscape of Monument Valley, “The Searchers” is itself a monument to American myth-making.

All screenings start at 7 PM.