Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flick Picks 9/9/14: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Homeland season 3

New on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT: Captain America is just getting used to life in the 21st century but trouble cannot seem to leave him alone! Luckily Black Widow, Nick Fury and Falcon are there to help him learn the identity of the mysterious assassin winter soldier. And hey, it's got Robert Redford too! Captain America; Winter Soldier is available in DVD and Blu-ray. Also this week, the casting of Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are two prep school teachers who become involved with each other is enough to ensure that you will want to see Words and Pictures.

Based on the darkly humorous Nick Hornby book, A Long Way Down brings together four suicidal strangers who meet on the roof of a high rise on New Year's Eve. The four, who include Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, form a loose-knit family trying to find reasons to keep on living. Renaissance man James Franco's story collection Palo Alto, about troubled California teens, comes to life onscreen in a film starring Emma Roberts, with direction by the newest Coppola director, Gia. Finally, John Turturro and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman star in the black comedy/drama God's Pocket, set in the mean streets of Philadelphia. Directed by Mad Men's John Slattery, the film involves a dead body that just can't be buried and the people who want to know the truth behind it.

SERIES: If you can't get enough of that superhero fun then you should check out season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which follows Captain American and Iron Man's support staff. The eagerly awaited season 3 of Showtime's Homeland also arrives this week as does season 4 of Tom Selleck's cop drama Blue Bloods.

DOCUMENTARIES: The producer of An Inconvenient Truth brings us Fed Up, which takes a look at what it considers the food industry's war on nutrition. A follow-up to the intense Restrepo, Korengal takes an honest look at the Afghan War's effect on its soldiers. Finally, Teenage is a fun look at the invention of the concept of teenager.

You can find all of our new and upcoming DVDs on Enterprise!

Monday Night at the Movies
Our next Monday Night at the Movies film is Belle, a work of fiction imagined from the real life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of an English nobleman. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as the young woman born in the West Indies and raised by her father’s uncle and wife in London’s Kenwood House. The film runs 105 minutes and is rated PG. All of our Monday Night at the Movies films are open to everyone and free of charge.

Back to School
Can you believe that the kids are heading back to school already? Neither can we! Whether you are sad or excited about getting the kids out of the house, we've got a high school movie that you'll love!
  • Mean Girls is the set-in-Chicago modern classic of the high school comedies, and while you've probably seen it already there's no reason not to enjoy it again!
  • Jack Black runs a loud and unorthodox classroom in School of Rock.
  • The charming Emma Stone had her breakout role in Easy A, a modern take on The Scarlet Letter.
  • The importance of football in a Texas high school is the focus of Friday Night Lights, which went on to become a successful tv series.
  • Glee's Chris Coifer wrote and starred in Struck by Lightning, about a boy and his friends as he attempts to take down the popular kids.
  • The remake of 21 Jump Street was a surprise hysterical hit and its sequel 22 Jump Street will be here soon!
  • If you haven't seen the John Hughes clique classics The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles recently then come grab 'em!
  • Also on the north shore, Tom Cruise comes up with a business plan that just might get him into Harvard in Risky Business.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Flick Picks 9/2/14: Draft Day, Moms' Night Out, Night Moves

New on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT: Just in time for football season, Kevin Costner's Draft Day follows a team's general manager as he trades for the first draft pick in an attempt to bring a championship football team to Cleveland. Ivan Reitman directed the film, which is a must-see for any fantasy football lovers or anyone else interested in the ins and outs of the NFL. The top notch cast is rounded out by Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burnstyn and Frank Langella. Maybe while dad is enjoying Draft Day in his man cave mom can catch the comedy Moms' Night Out, in which Patricia Heaton and friends attempt to find bliss in an evening's entertainment while their husbands manage the homestead.

Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard are three radical environmentalists from different backgrounds who must come to terms with the consequences of their motivations in Night MovesThey Came Together is a takeoff on the romantic comedy genre, with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler portraying a couple facing various challenges on the road to true love. Finally, our indie pick this week is the Coen Brothers-esque Canadian film Whitewash, which follows the consequences when a snowplow operator (Thomas Hayden Church) accidentally kills a man while driving drunk.

SERIES: It's a big week for new episodes of your faves, with Grey's Anatomy hitting season 10, season 3 of both Person of Interest and New Girl, season 2 of Chicago Fire and the British police drama Line of Duty and the brand new Chicago P.D., the Chicago Fire spinoff.

SUBTITLED: A young Palestinian boy in a Jordanian refugee camp decides to escape its confines with a similarly minded group of people in When I Saw You. Finally, Grigris brings us a dancer with a bum leg in Chad who hooks up with a prostitute with whom he finds himself on the run.

DOCUMENTARIES: The Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously, which picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, features celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger as it tackles the challenges of climate change. The financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees on 9/11 and Out of the Clear Blue Sky tells the story of this disaster as well as their attempts to rebuild in the years following. Who is Dayani Cristal? tries to find out the identity of an immigrant found dead in the Arizona desert, creatively interjecting dramatic reenactments starring Gael Garcia Bernal with documentary footage.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found on Bibliocommons.

Download Movies With Hoopla
We are excited to offer a new service that will allow you to download up to 10 movies and tv shows per month (as well as music and audiobooks). Visit the Hoopla site and sign up for an account and check out their great selection of videos that can be checked out for 3 days. You can view them on your computer or mobile device (using the Hoopla app). If you have questions please contact the library or attend our September 16 Technology Tuesday class at 1:00 on Hoopla and other online video services and devices.

Talking Pictures
We will be screening Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Disney's attempt to adapt Mary Poppins to film, on Thursday, September 4th at 1:00. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson costar in this film that runs 120 minutes and is rated PG-13. Susan Benjamin will lead a discussion following the screening, which takes place in the Hammond Room of the library. All of our film screenings are free and open to everyone.

Labor Day Films
It's sometimes easy to forget the reason that Labor Day exists while we are enjoying our barbecues and last days of beautiful summer weather. Take a look at these films that focus on the working man and woman, some of which are more lighthearted than others!
  • Marlon Brando fights the corrupt union leaders and confronts his brudda Charlie in the classic On the Waterfront.
  • Who knew that the hilarious Office Space would end up a modern classic, in its tale of a man and his TPS Reports.
  • The Little Tramp rages against the industrialization of society in the nearly silent Modern Times.
  • Steinbeck's migration worker classic The Grapes of Wrath received its ultimate realization in its Henry Fonda-starring adaptation.
  • Set on the holiday weekend of its title, Labor Day features Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who hooks up with mother Kate Winslet.
  • Erin Brockovich is the true story of a woman who fought a large energy corporation.
  • Pursuit of Happyness follows a homeless salesman as he attempts to provide for his son.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flick Picks 8/26/14: Blended, The Double, The Normal Heart

What's new on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT You say that you want more of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore after watching The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates for the 1000th time? Your wish has come true! In Blended, Sandler and Barrymore play single parents who coincidentally find themselves on the same African safari after a disastrous blind date. Will they find true love? Can their kids coexist without murdering each other? Will comic mayhem ensue? Watch and find out! Next, The Double takes a modern Dostoyevskian look at a downtrodden worker (Jesse Eisenberg) whose charismatic lookalike (also played by Eisenberg) becomes a coworker and begins to take over his life.

HBO's production of The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer's 1985 play, features a cast jam-packed with stars like Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina and Taylor Kitsch as it tells the story of the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It won an Emmy Monday night so it will be in demand! Finally, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson are a divorced pair who scheme to steal a diamond from the wealthy financier who was responsible for the loss of their retirement nest egg in The Love Punch.

SERIES There are a few new treats for British TV lovers starting with the BBC's new take on everyone's favorite skilled French 17th century fencers in The Musketeers. Also from England is Breathless, a doctor drama set in the early 1960s and season 2 of the P.G. Wodehouse series Blandings.

We've also got a couple of new Italian police shows this week. Donna Detective follows the title character as she leads an investigative squad in Rome while dealing with family issues. Seasons 1 and 2 of Inspector Manara give us a cop who makes a fresh start in a small Tuscan town only to find that an old girlfriend from the police academy is also on the force.

Back on this side of the pond there's not shortage of new series this week as we get season 2 of the modern take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, season 3 of the, um, revenge drama Revenge and more zombies with season 4 of The Walking Dead.

SUBTITLED: Based on a book by Jo Nesbo, Jackpot is a darkly comic bloody tale of Christmas tree factory supervisor who wakes up surrounded by a pile of corpses. In Young and Beautiful, acclaimed French director Francois Ozon gives us the portrait of a young woman who becomes a call girl.

DOCUMENTARIES: If you are interested in the people who are leading the push for green energy technology then you will want to check out the Discovery Channel special Earth: The Sequel.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found in Bibliocommons.

2014 Emmy Awards
Monday night brought us another great crop of Emmy winners. Here are the big ones!

American Horror Story (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Jessica Lange; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Kathy Bates)
The Big Bang Theory (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons)
Breaking Bad (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul; Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Drama Series)
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Series)
The Good Wife (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies; Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Dylan Baker)
JFK (American Experience) (Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special)
Louie (Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series)
Masters of Sex (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney)
Modern Family (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell; Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Outstanding Comedy Series)
The Normal Heart (Outstanding Television Movie)
Orange is the New Black (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Laverne Cox)
Sherlock (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch; Outstanding Guest Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Martin Freeman; Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special)
True Detective (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series)
Veep (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flick Picks 8/19/14: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fading Gigolo

New on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT: The rebooted Spidey returns to face not one, not two, but THREE villains in the blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Emma Stone plays the girlfriend while Green Goblin (Dane DeHaas), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) threaten to be formidable adversaries for Andrew Garfield's webhead. Will they defeat him? Find out by picking up the DVD or Blu-ray! Next, a rare acting-only turn by Woody Allen is just one of the reasons to see John Turturro's Fading Gigolo. Turturro wrote and directed this film while casting himself as a male prostitute who signs up with Woody Allen's "manager" in an attempt to pay the bills. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are perfectly cast as a pair of vampire lovers in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, a stylishly unique take on the supernatural genre.

SERIES: It's a good week to get caught up on some of your favorites as HBO's crime drama Boardwalk Empire hits season 4, while addictive legal drama The Good Wife is up to season 5. The always hilarious and meme-tastic Parks and Recreation is at season 6, Parenthood reaches season 5 and The Mindy Project offers up a sophomore season.

SUBTITLED: The Empty Hours brings us the 17-year-old manager of a small Mexican motel who becomes intimately involved with one of its customers who spends her time waiting for a lover.

DOCUMENTARIES: The slow-paced but hypnotizing Manakamana follows a series of rides in a cable car over a Nepalese jungle, focusing on both the landscape and the passengers.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found in Bibliocommons.

The Legacies of Two Greats
The loss of Robin Williams last week was shocking and offers us a chance to assess a career in which he was able to do what very few comic actors are able to do, by transitioning into becoming a successful dramatic actor. Lauren Bacall's death was perhaps not as shocking and also lets us look back at the stunning quality of work that she produced.

Robin Williams
  • Perhaps Williams's greatest dramatic role, Good Will Hunting features him as the professor who encourages Matt Damon's working class characters to succeed.
  • You'd have to be a fool to fall for Robin Williams as an elderly housekeeper but as a comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire delivers the goods.
  • Williams and Nathan Lane are the gay couple who must play it straight for a wedding in The Birdcage.
  • Aladdin shows just how important voice casting can be, as Williams makes the genie his own creation.
  • Jumanji is crazy fun for the whole family, offering Williams where he belongs - in the center of chaos.
  • Williams made a number of thrillers including The Night Listener, in which he plays a radio talk show host who begins to question the identity of one of his callers.
  • The recent The Butler offers up some interesting stung casting in Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Lauren Bacall
  • Bacall will always be associated with Humphrey Bogart, to whom she was married for more than 10 years. To Have and Have Not, an adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel, was their first pairing. Bacall was 19 and Bogie was 44.
  • The Raymond Chandler adaptation The Big Sleep followed and was actually pulled from post-production so that new scenes with Bacall and Bogie could be added, as their chemistry was so visible.
  • Dark Passage and Key Largo were their third and fourth collaborations and are also worth seeing.
  • Oil company geologist Rock Hudson is secretly in love with Bacall, who happens to be married to his brother, in the melodrama Written on the Wind.
  • Bacall enters into a difficult relationship with jazz musician Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn.
  • If you're interested in seeing Bacall do comedy, try Designing Woman, in which she marries sportswriter Gregory Peck.
  • Also worth checking out is Bacall's 2005 memoir By Myself and Then Some

Monday, August 11, 2014

Flick Picks 8/12/14: Muppets Most Wanted, The Railway Man, Locke, Hateship Loveship

New on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT: Continuing their massive comeback, America's favorite movie star puppets find themselves embroiled in an international crime caper in Muppets Most Wanted. Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ray Liotta take second billing behind Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the team. Based on the lead character's autobiography, The Railway Man tells the story of a man imprisoned and tortured by the Japanese during World War II. Years later, he and his lover (Nicole Kidman) discover that the lead tormenter is still alive and set out to confront him. The intense Locke is literally a one-man show that follows Tom Hardy during a single car ride during which he attempts to make potentially life-changing decisions about work and family.

Based on the appropriately named book by Irvine Welsh, Filth's James McAvoy portrays a corrupt, drug-addicted policeman who sets his colleagues against each other in order to pursue his own ambitions. Kristen Wiig takes a different kind of role in the drama Hateship Loveship, in which she plays a shy woman who is hired by Nick Nolte as a housekeeper. The household's granddaughter attempts to manipulate their relationship with unforeseen conequences. Fans of picturesque British soaps such as Downton Abbey won't want to miss Summer in February, about lovers in a pre-war art colony on England's coast. Finally, Felicity Jones is an exchange student who moves stays (and becomes romantically involved) with Guy Pearce in Breathe In.

SERIES: James Spader's new series The Blacklist arrives this week and it's a good one. Spader is a criminal on the FBI's Most Wanted list who turns himself in in order to partner with a profiler on terrorist cases.

DOCUMENTARIES: Dancing in Jaffa introduces us to a ballroom dancing instructor who moves back to the city of his birth in order to teach Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli students his art.

You can find all of our new and upcoming documentaries in Bibliocommons.

Monday Night at the Movies
DUE TO THE DEMOLITION OF THE WOMEN'S LIBRARY CLUB BUILDING, ALL MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES FILMS WILL NOW SCREEN IN THE HAMMOND ROOM OF THE LIBRARY. Finding Vivian Maier, which we will screen on Monday, August 18th at 1:00 and 7:00,  is a portrait of the long-time nanny whose posthumous reputation continues to move her towards consideration among the best American street photographers of the 20th century. "More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly. The film runs 84 minutes and is not rated.

Quirky Lives, Interesting Documentaries
Some of our favorite documentaries focus on fascinating, quirky people who you may have not heard of. Give one of these a shot and you may find that truth is stranger (and sometimes more interesting) than fiction!
  • The Queen of Versailles looks at the changes that a billionaire family must go through following the popping of the real estate bubble.
  • A man builds a miniature World War II town and is accepted into the world of artists in Marwencol.
  • Stanley Kubrick's The Shining has spawned all kinds of crazy theories. Learn about a number of them in Room 237.
  • I'm Carolyn Parker tells the story of a woman who was the last to leave her Hurricane Katrina-threatened New Orleans neighborhood, as well as the first to return.
  • If you're not familiar with eccentric Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker takes a look at his career and inspired lunacy.
  • Errol Morris's Tabloid tells the strange story of the crazy world of a woman who pursued her man around the world and became a newspaper headline.
  • Learn about five bizarre homes and the people who inhabit them in Home Movie.
  • The Woodmans looks at artist Francesca's Woodman's whose photographs live on despite her tragic young death.
  • The various denizens of Southern California's Salton Sea are the profile of the dreamlike Bombay Beach.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Flick Picks 8/5/14: Divergent, Need for Speed

New This Week on DVD at the Library
ENTERTAINMENT: A futuristic Chicago is the setting for the film version of Veronica Roth sci-fi novel Divergent. In Divergent, newcomer Shailene Woodley portrays a young woman who discovers that she doesn't belong to any of the factions that the human race is divided into. This ends up being an issue when she finds that she is being targeted for assassination. What is it about her uniqueness that makes her so dangerous? Find out by taking out the DVD or Blu-ray! Kate Winslet costars and The Illusionist and Limitless director Neil Burger is at the helm. Also this week, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul gets a starring role in the video game adaptation Need for Speed. Paul plays a street racer who drives in a cross country race in a quest for revenge. Lots of cars move fast and get smashed.

SERIES: Season two of the charming Last Tango in Halifax, which follows the relationship between two elderly widowers, arrives this week. Also out are season five of wacky Community and season seven of David Duchovny's Californication

SUBTITLED: Two competitive actor pals bicker while trying to launch a production of The Misanthrope in the French comedy Bicycling With Moliere.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found in Bibliocommons.

Movies on the Green
The hit Lego Movie is the next and final film in the Movies on the Green series. The film will screen at dusk on Friday, August 8th on Wyman Green. In case of inclement weather, the movie will move into the Council Chambers at Village Hall.

Israel and Palestine
The relationship between Israelis and Palestinians has been the subject of many enjoyable and moving films. Take a look at some of these movies which attempt to explore the complexity of the situation and the humanity of those involved.
  • Based on a true story, The Lemon Tree explores the relationship between a Palestinian woman and an Israeli defense minister who moves next door and insists that the woman's lemon grove be destroyed in the name of security.
  • A Palestinian woman refuses to believe that war is the answer and slips a message of peace into a bottle that is retrieved by a recent immigrant to Israel in A Bottle in the Gaza Sea.
  • The thoughts of two young Palestinian suicide bombers are explored in Paradise Now.
  • Strangers follows a love affair between an Israeli man and Palestinian woman who meet in Berlin.
  • An Israeli-Palestinian finds out that his wife was a suicide bomber in The Attack.
  • Inch'allah follows a Canadian doctor who lives in Jerusalem and works in Ramallah.
  • Ajami is a religiously mixed community in Tel Aviv and the film of the same name follows various characters who attempt to coexist.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flick Picks 7/29/14: Noah, The Other Woman, Dom Hemingway, Cuban Fury

New on DVD at the Library This Week
ENTERTAINMENT: If you think this has been a rainy spring and summer, at least you haven't had to build a boat and fill it with animals. In Darren Aronofsky's Noah Russell Crowe plays the man with the plan, Jennifer Connelly is his wife and Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson fill out the cast in a retelling of the biblical story of the flood that wiped out (most of) humanity. Aronofsky's films are both visually and intellectually stunning and you should expect no different from this one. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Cameron Diaz seems to be popping up everywhere these days, and in The Other Woman she shares the screen with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in the comedic story of three women who team up to plot revenge on their cheating man.

Jude Law is the rude and crude title character in Dom Hemingway, about a criminal who is released from prison and reenters the criminal world he knows best, while trying to reconnect with his daughter. Cuban Fury pairs the hilarious Nick Frost and Chris O'Dowd in the story of an out-of-shape former salsa dancer who decides to reenter the dance floor and win the love of his beautiful boss. Robert Duvall fans will want to catch A Night in Old Mexico, which follows a rancher who heads for Mexico for one last thrill before he retires to a trailer park. Finally, the charismatic pair of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton star in an adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel about a love affair during the Nigerian-Biafran War during the late 1960s.

SERIES Gabriel Byrne plays the British Deputy Prime Minister who tries to discover the truth behind the connection between and industrial accident and the plane crash of the Prime Minister in the conspiracy-laden miniseries Secret State. The Danish series The Eagle follows a half-Icelandic half-Danish police officer charged with investigating international crimes. Finally, another week, another Midsomer Murders, bringing us up to set 24.

SUBTITLED: The Amazing Catfish is the debut film by a Mexican author-director about two women who bond while they are in the hospital. One woman moves in with the other's family and becomes a surrogate mother when the other one becomes more ill. The absurd and crazy world of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs as he breaks in a new speechwriter is hilariously portrayed in The French Minister.

All of our new and upcoming releases can be found in Bibliocommons.

Talking Pictures
Susan Benjamin hosts a screening of The Jewish Cardinal on Monday, August 4th at 1:00 p.m. The Jewish Cardinal tells the true story of the son of Jewish immigrants who converted to Catholicism while still maintaining elements of his Jewish identity. Eventually he became involved with a controversy involving Carmelite nuns who desired to build a convent within the walls of Auschwitz. The film runs 90 minutes and is free and open to everyone.

Bible Films
Noah is just the latest epic film based on the Bible to hit the big screen. Should you want to see more, the library will not let you down!
  • Charlton Heston carries the tablets and demands his people's freedom in The Ten Commandments.
  • Gregory Peck's King David enters into an affair with Susan Hayward's Bathsheba with tragic results in David and Bathsheba.
  • Director Mel Gibson takes on the final hours of Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ.
  • Though perhaps a little more melodic than the original story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes a fun and unique look at Joseph.
  • If you want the best of the Bible, The Bible: The Epic Miniseries, made for The History Channel, is a good bet.
  • Though not based on the Bible itself, the epic Ben-Hur tells of the life of a Jewish merchant turned slave during the time of Jesus.
  • The conflict between early Christians and the Roman Empire form the story of Quo Vadis.