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Film Focus: The Power of The Dog (Online)

April 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Notice: This session has been moved online-only and rescheduled for 2:00pm.

Don’t turn away! Forget John Ford and John Wayne. This film is like no other American Western you have seen; one you will not forget. The Power of the Dog deconstructs the mythic cowboy film genre in a gripping, propulsive drama directed by the fearless Jane Campion, who creates a gorgeous, powerful, sweeping, touching, tricky, and finally redemptive masterpiece.

The first important ethical question in the film is posed at the very beginning in a voiceover, and should neither be missed nor forgotten. As the story unfolds, other issues about masculinity, sexuality, misogyny, self-reliance, cruelty masking self-hatred, and more are explored, symbolized and/or resolved.

Every element is outstanding. Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are superb. The musical score’s nervous rhythms, the breathtaking cinematography, and most of all, Campion’s script and direction provide a huge emotional and thoughtful experience.

Watch the film beforehand and then join our lively online discussion about its themes. Marge Burman leads. Janet Rose moderates.

Click to join at start | Zoom ID 838 1778 1084 | Passcode 675527

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April 17, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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