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Film: An Enemy of the People

  • Congregation Kol Ami 1008 W Water St Elmira, NY 14905 USA (map)

You’ve probably heard the phrase “enemy of the people” recently, but it has a long history, dating back to Roman times. In the twentieth century it was used especially by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

Our January film is an adaptation by Arthur Miller of the 1882 play of that title, by Henrik Ibsen. Produced in 1978 but never widely distributed, it stars Steve McQueen, playing against type, in his only film appearance in a stage classic.

McQueen plays an idealistic, small-town doctor in Norway who has discovered that the town’s economic mainstay, a therapeutic hot spring, is contaminated by tannery waste.  When he fights for an expensive decontamination plan, the town turns against him and takes reprisals.

An Enemy of the People co-stars Bibi Andersson, Charles Durning, and Richard Dysart. We’ll see it on Sunday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. in the Braunstein Community Room.


Later Event: February 9
Evolution Shabbat Ruach