Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Absence of Malice
November 17, 2019
Presented on a Love Offering Basis
Absence of Malice is a 1981 film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Paul Newman and Sally Field. It takes a tough look at the media in this country. Instead of being the hero as they were in “All the President’s Men,” they are portrayed here as the agitators that don’t seem to care about flimsy accusations and exposing very personal secrets. In particular, the movie shows the lengths the media will go to for a story, the lack of caring for the truth or anyone they harm in the process.
Megan (Sally Field), a newspaper reporter, is leaked information by the local DA’s office that Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman), the nephew of a mob boss, is being investigated for the disappearance of a senior union organizer. After some token checks, she prints the story. This has significantly adverse effects on Gallagher’s business and life. Desperate to clear his name, he starts to play them at their own game.
Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.
Unity Goes to the Movies was begun by Rod Kennedy in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is also hosted by Rod who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.
Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.