November 4, 2011

Coen Brothers Film Under Focus in FRCC Philosophy Film Series

“A Serious Man,” a black comedy from the Coen Brothers, is the featured selection for the Philosophy Film Series Nov. 9 at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College, a community college in Colorado.

Michael Stuhlbarg earned a Golden Globe nomination as best actor in a musical or comedy for his portrayal of Larry Gopnik, a physics lecturer whose life unravels in the film.

The movie will be shown at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Community Room of the Classroom Building at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Catlyn Keenan, philosophy and women’s studies faculty, Marnia Pickens, philosophy instructor, and students in the Philosophy Club.

“The film was chosen by the Philosophy faculty because of the metaphysical and existential questions it asks about the meaning of life and the existence of God,” said Keenan. “Like most Coen films, it emphasizes the absurd in life while also being very funny. It’s about the search for meaning in a life that often seems vacuous and insignificant. “

Admission is free. Seating is limited, with FRCC students given first priority. The movie has an R rating.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.