Sign In Forgot Password

*Books & Biscotti (Movie Review) with Elaine Newton

Thursday, July 7, 2022 8 Tammuz 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMOnline

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to welcome Book & Movie Reviewer,
Elaine Newton to discuss 
The Power of the Dog 
Directed by Academy Award winner, Jane Campion

Registration is required. 
Please register below!

The Power of the Dog can be viewed in Canada on Netflix.

PLEASE NOTE: Temple Emanu-El book reviews are live and not recorded.
Free for Temple Members | $10 for guests
Zoom link and password will be emailed after you register

The Power of The Dog Directed by Jane Campion 

Film Introduction
The Power of the Dog is a 2021 Western Psychological drama film, written and directed by Jane Campion and based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Shot mostly across rural Otago, New Zealand, the film deals with themes such as love, grief, resentment, jealousy and sexuality. It has won many awards, has garnered 12 nominations at the 94 th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and was named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute. Most recently, the film’s Director, Jane Campion won the Academy Award for Best Director. 

Film Synopsis
Severe and handsome, Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land. The year is 1925 and Phil and his brother George are wealthy ranchers in Montana. On their way to market, they stop at the Red Mill restaurant where the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves cruelly driving both Rose and Peter to tears, revelling in their hurt and laughing with his fellow cowhands—except for George. George comforts Rose, returns to marry her, and brings her and Peter to live at the ranch. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes a heavy toll on her as does his overt mockery of her son. Phil torments them but later appears to take Peter under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed or a plot twisting further into menace?

Elaine Newton shares her love of lifelong learning and movies with us as Books & Biscotti introduces a mini series of movie reviews. Elaine has been reviewing movies for over 20 years for the acclaimed Four O’Clock at the Movies Series at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. The sessions are attended by a loyal sold out following of 600 people and Elaine selects the movies that she thinks will be nominated for Academy Awards. We are delighted to have Elaine bring her expertise, knowledge and love of film to our program.

Additional donations are welcome.
If you are paying $10 to register, please register below (at the bottom of this page) first and pay $10.
After you have completed your registration, if you would like to make an additional donation, click here.

[For donations (not registrations) - "Type": General Donation / Dedication: "In honour of" Books & Biscotti] 
$10 minimum donation


If you have any questions, please contact Carli at or leave a message at 416-449-3880 ext. 215; your call will be returned within one business day.

For Non-Members: please fill out the information below.
When you press "submit", it will continue to the payment page.


Share Print Save To My Calendar
Tue, June 28 2022 29 Sivan 5782