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GBH/HCH Lunch and a Movie: "General Della Rovere" March 10 at Noon

Our March 2013 Lunch and Meeting will feature a classic film viewing! Sunday, MARCH 10 at Noon at Phillips Brooks House off Harvard Yard we'll have a joint meeting with the Humanist Community at Harvard, to have lunch and watch a film which raises classic Humanist issues. It's an opportunity to discuss values and morality with other humanists, and to share in our free buffet lunch in a genial environment.

Lunch will start at Noon and the movie presentation will start at 12:15 (eating during the film is OK but we encourage you to arrive at noon or earlier to grab your favorite items from the buffet provided).

"Il Generale Della Rovere" is a magnificant Italian movie from 1959 directed by Roberto Rosselini, with actors Vittorio de Sica and Hannes Messemer. The movie won the Lion of Venice and multiple awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival including the Golden Gate award for best actor for Hannes Messemer. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The movie is based on a true story in which a petty con man is coerced by the Gestapo into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer, and raises a number of important existential issues, and deals with the possibility of Humanist redemption. It will be followed by a moderated discussion.

LOCATION: Phillips Brooks House is in Harvard Yard near the Science Center.

FREE PARKING in the Littauer Lot, between the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Science Center. Enter the Dworkin Science Quadrangle from Oxford St. and proceed to the end of the road to the parking area near the Science Center behind Littauer Library.

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  • Mary

    This was a deeply moving, important, and mesmerizing movie that raised just the kinds of issues I hoped to discuss in a group like this. It was my first time attending this group, and I thank whoever planned this meeting, set up the movie and led the discussion. I did not hear the word "psychopath," but did hear the protagonist described as having a pathology, a neutral word meaning a disease, which a gambling addiction is. I believe several people expressed the idea that the protagonist was not entirely"evil," and was not depicted in black and white terms. I also totally support the idea that people should raise their hands and be called on by a moderator,when you have a large group. That is the only way to assure that everyone gets heard (assuming the moderator does a good job). If not, the people who are assertive and are willing to interrupt others tend to dominate. Overall, a very rewarding meeting.

    March 19, 2013

    • cathy m.

      oh, don't get me wrong, mary, we both thought the discussion was a good one and understand the need for a moderator but the outburst from another person about "personal dialogue" was unnecessary and hurtful. and yes, the word psychopath was used many times. certainly we would have loved to stay and discuss longer but they only have the room for 3 hours so perhaps next time a shorter movie so we can have a longer discussion! but again, we did come away with an overall sense of what seemed to us like a western ethical point of view emphasising the individual more than considering the extenuating circumstances that we had never anticipated. conclusion...a great learning experience and it doesn't stop here!!! to be continued!!!

      March 19, 2013

  • cathy m.

    movie was very good, slow paced by today's standards. my husband and i were shocked though, at how folks were so critical of the main character especially given the circumstances he was living in. just because someone has an addiction doesn't make them a psychopath; it was totally disappointing how often that term was thrown around indicating that even educated liberal minded folk have such strident views on addiction. we also wondered if the conversation had involved more people from east asia if it would have been any different as the black and white notions of good and evil (and granted, we ourselves feel that evil is a medieval notion) were emanating from an unacknowledged judeo-christian background!!! we also did not like the fact that no one could comment without raising their hand..and even more so that a new couple was there and after the wife spoke, her husband had something relevant to contribute but then was chided for not waiting his turn. is that then really a discussion??

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I find that I'd have to leave by 1:30....sorry to miss this.

    March 9, 2013

  • cathy m.

    looking forward to it!

    March 9, 2013

  • Mathew C.

    me, myself and I

    February 22, 2013

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