Split Reel’s Double Feature Theatre : The Seven Deadly Sins

Marc from Go, See, Talk! sent me the following blog-a-thon theme a few weeks back

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.

American Beauty (1999)
Straw Dogs (1971)

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.

Delicatessen (1991)
Spirited Away (2001)

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.

A Simple Plan (1998)
Casino (1995)

Thursday : Sloth

The modern view goes further, regarding laziness and indifference as the sin at the heart of the matter.

Happiness (1998)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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.

Mystic River (2003)
Romper Stomper (1992)

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.

Andrei Rublev (1966)
Volver (2006)

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.

Se7en (1995)
Serpico (1975)
The Wrestler (2008)

All quotes regarding the Seven deadly sins are from Wikipedia.


25 responses to “Split Reel’s Double Feature Theatre : The Seven Deadly Sins

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  2. nice theme and great picks. i’d have to skip friday through sunday though. these are clearly the hardest sins to watch for me. but the other 8 movies i could watch again and again and again.

  3. This is amazing. Such an interesting and imaginative way to structure the week! I haven’t seen all of these films but I really like your pairings in general. And I am so in for Tuesday’s double feature!

  4. Brilliant work Anna, this is such an inventive way to theme these features. I especially love Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Andrei Rublev is amazing! I would have a busy week at your cinema if you lined these up!

  5. Whew. I’m almost exhausted reading that list. Not that these aren’t great films, because they are, but because I’m imagining watching all these films over the course of a week. Intense. Really nice concept, though.

    You like Straw Dogs? I guess I respected it from a technical standpoint but that movie just made me feel like crap. It’s why I won’t watch that upcoming remake because I swore I’d never watch it again. I already feel bad for Kate Bosworth.

    • I only feel bad for Bosworth because she might just be the worst young actress (and she for some reason really is consider one) out there ..

      I think Straw Dogs is thematically very interesting. It’s great from a psychological point of view. Not pleasent though. But I rarely look for pleasent from a film!

  6. Wow…I love your chosen theme. The best theme ever!!

    I haven’t seen most of them yet…but sure is glad to see Spirited Away there. Se7en is the only movie I love with Brad Pitt in it, if I ever made top-5 serial killer movie, se7en is in the list.

    • Oh yeah, Se7en is unbeliavably brilliant. I hate that they haven’t really been able to make a similar one out of a real serial killer. Zodiac comes close but it doesn’t really focus on the actual killer. Many serialkiller films are often B-Grade and a bit too horror-like imo.

  7. Great selections Anna. I was just listening to an old Kermode podcast when he was interviewing Russell Crowe about Robin Hood. In it Crowe referred to an old interview with a paper Kermode worked for in which they talked about Romper Stomper. I had the pleasure of seeing this several years ago. It was a rather unsettling piece but good none the less.

  8. I love looking at the different themes people have come up with for their week, and yours is definitely one of my favourites. And I love the selections. Others you could consider – for lust, “Lolita” and for greed basically any film by the Coen Brothers, but especially “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men”

    • Thanks a lot Tom! Lolita came to mind definitely.
      No Country would’ve been perfect, A Simple Plan is actually very similar to Fargo now that I think about it. I thought I’d give my Coen love a rest for at least one post.. ha!

  9. What a cracking idea Anna. I saw the double feature blogathon email but unfortunately didn’t have the time to take part. I wish I had now. Yours is pretty awesome!!

    I love all the films on the list. Great job

    • Thanks C! I thought this was a great idea for a blogathon; so many film geeks dream about their own theatre. Especially now when Finland’s movie scene has become so goddamn monopolized.

  10. Here’s another week-long theme that I’m kicking myself for not thinking of. Some very nice choices here, and you surprised me that neither of your Greed options were Wall Street or American Psycho, since they play so well in to that.

  11. Super-duper week of double features Anna. I particularly liked your choices for Greed – A Simple Plan doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

    I am interested to know if you chose that image from Straw Dogs specifically because it shows Susan George at the moment when some believe she begins to enjoy the assault. It is made even more interesting that you show Susan George’s face under the category of lust! Perhaps I’m reading too much into that…?

    • Well the thing with Straw Dogs is that I wanted to hint to a very different side to lust than just something like Basic Instinct or Fatal Attraction. What makes SD even more interesting in regards to that theme is the complexity of _that_ scene. Whether or not I wanted to make a comment on the speculation I’d rather not say.

  12. Wow, what an awesome interpretation of this blogathon. I really like some of your pairings, especially Tuesday. Now that’s a great double feature!

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