by Jim Ridley
As if the Belcourt and Sarratt weren't already making this a boom year for local cinephiles, here comes the Downtown Presbyterian Church's annual Lenten Film Series to serve even more viewing options--and with them a light meal. Did we mention that they're free?
Every year the church offers a series of screenings organized around a loose theme. This year's is the concept of embodiment. The series kicked off last week with John Carpenter's The Thing--your first clue that this is not your typical church film series--and continues every Thursday night through April 9.
Tonight's feature is Rene Clement's 1952 antiwar fable Forbidden Games, in which a girl orphaned by the Nazis and a farmer's child enact macabre rituals together. Of the film, Andre Bazin wrote, "If...we like to view childhood as if it were a mirror reflecting an image of us that is purged of all sin, cleansed of our adult stains, restored to innocence, then Forbidden Games refuses to play along--not out of cruelty or pessimism, but out of a desire to tell the truth. As such, it is the first example of its kind on the screen."
Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the movie at 7. Both are free and open to the public. The Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 Fifth Avenue N., is located at the corner of Fifth and Church.