This year’s Lenten film series will feature the acclaimed religious trilogy directed by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Each Sunday evening we will begin with a soup supper at 5:30pm This event is open to all.
February 17, 5:30pm soup, and 6:30pm movie. The first film will be Through a Glass Darkly. Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign language Film with an astonishing performance by Harriet Andersson. This story deals with a family’s disintegration and spiritual abandonment. The climactic ending that “God is love; love is Good” brings a ray of hope in an angst ridden world. Following the movie, Peter Chase will talk on Bergman’s religious influence.
February 24, The semi-biographical film Winter Light will be presented with a discussion led by Bill McAndrew. Bill has written film reviews and hosted a radio talk show on cinema. Winter Light is Bergman’s exploration of The Lutheran Church in rural Sweden. Some critics place it on the top ten list of films. The movie is highly symbolic with rich imagery for discussion.
March 2, Those going to El Salvador from St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s in Natick will be preparing soup and the movie. Romero is a docudrama on the life of Cardinal Romero of El Salvador.
March 9, will conclude the trilogy with The Silence, a stark and disturbing vision of emotional isolation appropriate for the penitential season of Lent. Following the film there will be a discussion on redemption and grace by Peter Chase and Bill McAndrew.