On July 30th I’m doing something called Double Feature Theater – blog-a-thon. The idea here is that we all get to imagine ourselves as bona fide Theater owners. As such we set up (in one post) our schedule for a week’s worth of Double Features Mo-Su. The criteria is completely up to you to pair the movies be it actors, directors, a common theme, original/remake, you name it. Nothing is wrong and everything goes as it’s your theater. Start your post beginning what you’d show on Monday, a sentence or two of why or how they’re related and so on for the rest of your fictitious week. Only change is that on Sunday make it a Triple Feature. Be as creative or simple as you want. Just remember this is one post, not a weeks worth of posts.
Staying true to my nature I might have come up with the darkest theme for a movie theatre ever (yes I like to toot my own horn). Inspired by Se7en, one of my faovurite films that I watched for the umpth time last week, I give to you Split Reel Theatre’s Double Feature Week – The Seven Deadly Sins. Some more literal, some methaphorical (but by now means far fetched) the films hold in their thematic at least aspects of the particular day’s sin; lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy or pride.
Monday : Lust
In Dante’s Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings. In Dante’s “Inferno”, unforgiven souls of the sin of lust are blown about in restless hurricane-like winds symbolic of their own lack of self control to their lustful passions in earthly life.
Tuesday : Gluttony
Praepropere – eating too soon.
Laute – eating too expensively.
Nimis – eating too much.
Ardenter – eating too eagerly.
Studiose – eating too daintily.
Forente – eating wildly.
Wednesday : Greed
As defined outside of Christian writings, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth.
Thursday : Sloth
The modern view goes further, regarding laziness and indifference as the sin at the heart of the matter.
Friday : Wrath
Wrath (Latin, ira), also known as “rage”, may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries. Wrath may persist long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of anger can manifest in different ways, including impatience, revenge, and vigilantism.
Saturday : Envy
Like greed, Envy (Latin, invidia) may be characterized by an insatiable desire; they differ, however, for two main reasons:
First, greed is largely associated with material goods, whereas envy may apply more generally.
Second, those who commit the sin of envy resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it.
Sunday : Pride
Dante’s definition was “love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbour.” In Jacob Bidermann’s medieval miracle play, Cenodoxus, pride is the deadliest of all the sins and leads directly to the damnation of the titulary famed Parisian doctor. In perhaps the best-known example, the story of Lucifer, pride (his desire to compete with God) was what caused his fall from Heaven, and his resultant transformation into Satan. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the penitents were forced to walk with stone slabs bearing down on their backs to induce feelings of humility.
All quotes regarding the Seven deadly sins are from Wikipedia.