First Reformed


In a recent interview, Paul Schrader said he was lucky with Taxi Driver because he “caught the zeitgeist.” He may have done so again with First Reformed (2017), a film that reflects the age of extremism in which we now live. Join us for a long conversation about a person who might be called the “green Travis Bickle” and who trades in one religion for another, only to find that he can’t give his new set of beliefs as much as he thought he could.

Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke) is an admirer of Thomas Merton; his renowned The Seven Story Mountain (1948) tells the story of his entering Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky.

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