“Religion & Society” movie series starts Mon., Nov. 3, at 7 PM

All_6_movies_WebA rabbi, a priest and a minister walk into Best Video Performance Space…

Wait, it’s no joke! The next film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom begins Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 PM. “A Rabbi, A Priest and A Minister Walk Into Best Video Performance Space” will feature powerful films with the theme of religion and society. As has been our practice, each screening will begin with a short, context-setting introduction and by followed by an optional discussion.

Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are encouraged.

This is the schedule:

Mon., Nov. 3: “The Jewish Cardinal”

The Jewish Cardinal tells the true and provocative story of Jean Marie Lustiger who, while retaining his Jewish identity, converts to Catholicism at age 14 and becomes a priest. Quickly rising through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop, and Cardinal to become personal advisor to Pope John Paul II, he withstands pressure from Jews and Catholics alike as well as his own family while viewing himself as a symbol of religious reconciliation. This human and even-handed portrait of a man both fused and torn raises questions about faith, heritage and identity that is guaranteed to provoke some lively discussions.

Mon., Nov. 10: “A Price Above Rubies”

This passionate, acclaimed film, starring Renee Zellweger and Julianna Margulies, portrays the intense drama of a young wife and mother in a Brooklyn Hasidic community who—struggling against a patriarchal world she finds isolating, lonely and oppressive—seeks to establish for herself a life of independence and artistic fulfillment beyond her community’s religious and personal strictures while attempting to overcome a terrible secret that could shatter both her and it.

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.