Sept. 4th free 6 p.m. Film/ Discussion: The Wind and the Lion at St. Peter's, 11 White St. Rockland

St. Peter's, 11 White St., Rockland
Mary Alice Bird
Sep 06, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

September 4th Film Discussion: The Wind and the Lion


Wednesday, September 4th from 6 – 9 p.m., the public is invited to a free film and discussion of The Wind and the Lion at St. Peter’s Church, Rockland.  This 1975 adventure film written and directed by John Milius, stars Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith and John Huston and is loosely based on the real-life Perdicaris incident of 1904. The film blends historic facts into a violent fictional adventure in which an American woman, Eden Pedecaris (played by Bergen), and her two children are kidnapped by Berber brigand Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli (Connery), prompting U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (Keith) to send an armed invasion and rescue mission to Morocco. (The real Perdicaris incident involved the kidnapping of a middle-aged man and his stepson.)

A main theme of the film centers on America's emergence as a world power and introduces moral questions about the political use of power on a global scale.  The film appears to be an intentionally romantic, nostalgic ode to American imperialism at the turn of the century – a view that contrasts with many anti-imperialistic, anti-nationalist films of the 70’s.  It is reminiscent of earlier, romantic adventure films of Hollywood.  One reviewer comments that there is a “sense of vision, a layering of action, and an attention to detail that imbues a comic-book action structure with a sense of reflection and an ideological eloquence. Related more to The Sea Hawk or Captain Blood than any political tract, cinematically, The Wind and the Lion owes much to the work of David Lean and Akira Kurosawa.”  In Milius' world, action is a viable moral alternative, and through action, sometimes violent, one can reach a moment of integrity.

The film thus introduces critical moral questions about the legitimate or illegitimate use of power and violence in seeking stability and justice – issues that resonate with many of the global situations the contemporary world faces, most particularly obvious in the current Middle East.

The film is part of a monthly film discussion series St. Peter’s Epsicopal Church offers the community.  Participants are encouraged to bring a snack of light supper to eat during the film.  Coffee will be available.  St. Peter’s is the red shingled church at 11 White Street, adjacent to the Rockland Public Library and the Rec Center (just off Route I south, which is also Union Street).