March 2017

“Play it again, Sam.”


A favourite classic movie of many is Casablanca, made in 1942 and staring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything out of the ordinary. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run.
However, Casablanca went on to win three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay– and gradually its reputation grew. Its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.

Following our recent “new” tradition of a Lent Course based on a movie, this year it is Casablanca, and a lent course prepared by Paul Karensa and Zoe Young, called ‘A Beautiful Friendship’. This was Premier Christian Radio's recommended Lent Course for 2015 “Casablanca is the classic movie and provides a great basis for discussion of themes of sacrifice, repentance, suffering, loss and hope at Lent. Its wartime setting provides additional poignancy for study at a time of continued armed conflict around the world as well as the centenary remembrance of the first world war. Miranda and Not Going Out writer Paul Kerensa makes an intriguing departure from his comedy writing, preparing this moving book in the style of DLT's classic movie-based Lent Courses. A Beautiful Friendship is written with his wife, Zoe Young.

The film will be shown in full at Rayleigh Methodist Church on Tuesday 28th at 7:30pm and at Christ Church URC on Sunday 5th March 6:30pm and goes for about 100 mins. The 5 week course is on consecutive Tuesdays at 10am at Christ Church and 7:30pm at The Methodist Church starting on 7th March, and of course you can attend either venue depending on your diary.

The study books are now available for £5 (cover price £5.99) for those who can afford them. It is not compulsory to buy a book, but most people like to follow along with the questions, and there is additional reading available.
Do come and join us at any of the venues and share in this Lent Study Course.


March 2017