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Spiritual film discussion group! CINEMA NUMINA! ~ The Razor's Edge

Jon Jackson: Friday, November 30th 7PM ~ "The Razor's Edge" (1946).

The Razor's Edge follows the spiritual and physical journey of Larry Darrell, a sensitive, intelligent young man who cannot conform to the prevailing social norms of post-World War I America - to a great extent the result of his experiences at the front in WWI. Instead of marrying a rich, pretty Chicago girl, he goes to Paris to search for answers to questions about man, God and the meaning of life. Larry spends the next ten years traveling through Europe, working in a mining community in northern France, at a farm in Germany, then Spain, and finally studying under a Yogi in India. In India, he finds answers to some of his questions. He experiences a spiritual awakening while watching a sunrise at a mountain lake. While Larry travels and searches, his former fiance, Isabel, marries for money instead of love, and she must then face the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. She and Larry meet again in Paris, completely different people. Larry has found peace. Isabel, still a socialite, moves back to Chicago, to live a prosperous, but spiritually shallow life. W. Somerset Maugham is both author and character, provoking the conversations that drive the narrative of both the novel and the film. Spiritual serenity is contrasted with raw human passion. Maugham's elitist friend Elliott, opportunistic French artist Suzanne Rouviernch, and Sophie, the tragic addict, all play significant roles.

Devi Mathieu: Saturday, August 25th 7PM ~ Hildegard's "Ordo Virtutum" (BBC) (2003)
Terry Ebinger: Saturday, October 13th 7PM ~ "The Spirit of the Beehive" (1973)
Jon Jackson: Friday, November 30th 7PM ~ "The Razor's Edge" (1946)

All films will be shown in the sanctuary of the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Suggested donation is $10.

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  • wendy s.

    I was really bummed that I couldn't make it due to an active flu bug that nested in my sinuses.
    I "came of age" during early sixties, just caught the end of the bohemes and have followed the trend myself of protagonists (real or imagined) leaving the known box to find ?? Hope you are continuing to hold these. Wendy

    December 3, 2012

  • Gerri P.

    I really enjoyed the movie and the keen observations that were shared afterwards...

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • Jon J.

    Hello Everybody!

    Cinema Numina's "The Razor's Edge" is coming up in two weeks! All you need to do is show up for it. But, if you'd like to add another dimension to the film and the discussion...consider reading Maugham's original novel before you come. If you like audio, there is an excellent recording by Frank Muller done for Recorded Books.

    I look forward to seeing you on the 30th!

    Jon Jackson
    Chair, Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts

    November 16, 2012

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