“Revenge,” new film series, starts Mon., Oct. 7

Secret_in_their_Eyes_DVDIn the tradition of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” and “Can We All Get Along? Culture Clash in Great Films,” “Revenge: Will the Cycle Be Unbroken?” will present six films over six successive Monday nights at 7 PM in the Best Video Performance Space, beginning on Oct. 7. Members of Best Video’s staff will 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.

Reservations are highly recommended for these screenings; in previous series, most of the showings have been sold out or near capacity. Admission is $25 for the entire series or $5 per film.

The schedule:

October 7: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(2009, Argentina, Oscar for Best Foreign Film) A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior—both of which still haunt him decades later.

October 14: PARADISE NOW (Presenter: Michael Wheatley)

(2005, Palestine/Israel) Said and Khaled, two young Palestinian men who live in Nablus on the West Bank, have volunteered to be suicide bombers. A temporary postponement of their deadly mission opens up the possibility for a reassessment of what they are about to do.

October 21: FURY (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(1936, USA) “Fury,” directed by Fritz Lang, is a searing drama about an attempted lynching. At the time of the movie’s release in 1936, lynching was an an outrageously common occurrence in the United States—an estimated 6,000 lynchings had taken place in the previous five decades. Spencer Tracy stars in this indictment of mob action as the lynching survivor who burns with a desire for revenge.

October 28: CAPE FEAR (Presenter: Rob Harmon)

(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.

November 4: IN THE BEDROOM (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(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?

November 11: THE SEARCHERS (Presenter: Hank Paper)

(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.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 2. ACOUSTIC BLUES: CORNBREAD

• Thursday, Oct. 3. PARKER’S TANGENT: ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 7. FILM SCREENING: “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES”

• Wednesday, Oct. 9. ACOUSTIC ROCK: HENRY SIDLE

• Thursday, Oct. 10. GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 14. FILM SCREENING: “PARADISE NOW”

• Wednesday, Oct. 16. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Thursday, Oct. 17. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Monday, Oct. 21. FILM SCREENING: “FURY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 23. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & ALEXANDER SMITH

• Thursday, Oct. 24. INDIE ROCK: THE STREAMS

• Monday, Oct. 28. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original version)

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION