A six-day exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in films. Presented in collaboration with Facets Multimedia.
Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993): with Daniel A. Arnold, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions
This six-day series runs from January 28 to February 2, 2018. After each screening, Gretchen Helfrich – a member of both the Facets Board and the Martin Center Advisory Board – will talk with a Divinity School faculty member to explore the religious content of each fllm, deepening the audience's engagement with the material.
All screenings are at Facets, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue in Chicago at 6:30pm (note: Elmer Gantry on Sunday January 28th will screen at 6pm). No registration is required. This event is open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 can be offered at the door.
Directed by former Facets Board Member Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day is one of the most beloved - and hilarious - American comedies of the last 25 years. It has also been called “an underground Buddhist classic.” Bill Murray, as TV weatherman Phil Connors, is forced to relive the same day over and over, giving us a depiction of the Buddhist concept of “Samsara" - the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth into a world of suffering. What does Phil learn from his multiple reincarnations? How does he escape the cycle, and where does the escape take him?
Dan Arnold, a scholar of Indian Buddhism at the University of Chicago Divinity School, joins Gretchen Helfrich for a post-screening conversation about the film’s engagement with Buddhism, rebirth, and Phil’s journey out of the cycle.
Directed by Harold Ramis, USA,1993, 101 mins.