Scarecrow Video Picks from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival Staff

by The Seattle Jewish Film Festival Staff

The 22nd annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Saturday, March 25 for a 9-day tour of the globe. Come take a trip with us!

If you can’t make all the destinations, or want to be even more prepared for the journey, here are some other great Jewish films to add to your itinerary, as chosen by the expert Seattle Jewish Film Festival staff. Check out these great pairings of what’s in this year’s festival alongside what you can find in the deep vaults of Scarecrow Video.

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NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: A Nightmarish Mother Goose Tale

by Norm Nielsen

Scarecrow Video’s March Crosscut theme is “March Badness,” and Robert Mitchum’s role as the child stalking, sexually repressed, gospel-spewing serial-killer Harry Powell in 1955’s The Night of the Hunter is one of the great cinematic portrayals of badness. Self-proclaimed preacher Harry Powell marries and murders widows for their money believing he is doing God’s work by eliminating women who arouse men’s carnal instincts. On the knuckles of his left hand is tattooed H-A-T-E on his right hand is L-O-V-E; given an opportunity Powell uses his clenched hands to demonstrate the Biblical struggle between love and hate. Two standout lines in the film characterize Powell: “Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15), and “It’s a hard world for little things.”

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by Evan J. Peterson

Last month, SHRIEK had our largest turnout yet to watch The Cabin in the Woods. This Sunday, join us at Naked City Brewery in Greenwood for the Blu-ray final cut of the original Wicker Man!

Tickets available here.


Stats on The Wicker Man (1973)


Country of origin: UK

Director: Robin Hardy

Writer: Anthony Shaffer, loosely based on David Pinner’s novel Ritual

Major actors: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Score: Paul Giovanni and Magnet

Nudity: abundant female nudity, no male

Sexual Assault: none

Gore: arguably none (a severed hand and a bandaged stump)

Protagonist: Male

Villain: ???

Does it pass the Bechdel-Wallace test? Yep!

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DIE HARD: Hans Gruber & the Fine Art of Villain Leadership

by John S.

When it comes to Cinematic Baddies, there are three distinct categories: Icons (the cream of the crop known by everyone), Honorable Mentions (good ones who stop just short of Icon status because not everyone knows them), and All The Rest (the vast population of villains, ranging from the okay down to the meh). Put simply, Die Hard’s Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) is most definitley an Icon. In the years following this flick you couldn’t toss a popcorn bucket without hitting at least three Die Hard clones with smooth, frosty antagonists trotting out second-rate Hans Gruber impersonations. That’s the sure mark of an Icon: the legions of imitators trying to one-up the original, but always falling short.

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Movie Postmortem #6: POSSESSION

by John S.

Movie Postmortem is a monthly series which reviews certain films that showed promise but misfired (critically and/or commercially) upon initial release. Join us in our attempt to find out exactly what the hell happened.

THE CASUALTY: Possession

THE CASE HISTORY: England, 1990. Novelist A.S. Byatt publishes a romantic mystery that quickly becomes a bestseller and ultimately wins the prestigious Booker Prize. The novel revolves around two modern British academics who discover overlooked love letters from the Victorian era which suggest two of the most famous poets of that period were romantically involved. As the two scholar-sleuths in the present follow the illicit trail of the secret lovers from the past, they find themselves repeating history and gradually falling in love themselves. In essence, they are “possessed” by the historical affair they are investigating. Hence, the book’s title: Possession.

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