PASSOVER, LAST SUPPER AND EUCHARIST
The choice of the final meal contains a curious paradox: why mark the end of a life Studiofeast, an invitation-only supper club in New York City, hosts an annual set against America's already fraught relationship with food, supersized or slow, As Barry Lee Fairchild, who was executed by the state of Arkansas in Ending / spoiler for The Last Supper (), plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. That said, this review is of the film, The Last Supper directed by Marc and Luke end up convincing the group that Zack was an evil.
That is also a dark, satirical, comparatively low budget film, so I looked up what else Rosen did. In brief, The Last Supper is about a bunch of liberal post-graduate students who invite people over for dinner and discussion.
One night they encounter Zach Bill Paxtona military veteran who gives one of the housemates — Pete — a lift home after his car breaks down. They invite Zach in for dinner and he spouts off a bunch of Nazi apologist nonsense and they end up killing him. They murder nearly a dozen people, while the relationships in the house fall apart and the police start to suspect them.
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In the background of this story are two key plot points — 1 a missing girl who is presumed kidnapped and murdered. And 2 The character of Norman Arbuthnot, played by Ron Perlman, a right wing talking head based loosely on Rush Limbaugh, but these days has echoes of the likes of Jordan Peterson and Milo Yiannopoulos. In the first full scene of the film four of the housemates are sitting around eating their hummus and chopped carrots and watching Arbuthnot on the TV. He says a bunch of inflammatory but meaningless stuff, they get pissed off, and one of them switches it off.
This is a great set up for two of the major themes in The Last Supper — the problems of echo chambers, and liberal hypocrisy. This becomes clear in the first dinner and murder scene, when Pete turns up in a thunderstorm with Zach, who has rescued him from the rain. After all, with so much of history we go on the basis of diaries, letters, photographs and other partial, first-hand evidence like eye-witnesses.
But instead of any of that, we get this: He starts a recurring conversation about whether it would be right to kill Hitler in and prevent all those deaths. Luke poisons the dessert wine with arsenic, and they bring over a reverend, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a young woman who is suing her school because of their mandatory sex education policies, another who believes in bombing abortion clinics.
They end up killing all of them and burying them in the back garden. Before we move onto the political dimensions of all this, I do want to highlight how all kinds of mystery school ideas find their way into the script.
More on that in a forthcoming episode.
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Also, that they are a cult or secret society with a predetermined membership, and that they all have to agree that someone has it coming to them before they murder the dinner guest.
While Luke is effectively the leader and founder of the cult, there is no hierarchy, there is only the initiated five housemates and the uninitiated. Then there is the ritual nature of what they do.
The guest comes in and sits down at the table and they ask the guest if they want to say grace something Zach insists on in the first dinner-murder scene.
This is a kind of code and test, to see how extreme their views are, before they begin the discussion and debate. The notion that the guest and victim is a willing fool, taking part in a sacrifice ceremony, is laid on pretty obviously throughout these scenes.
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When they bury the bodies in the vegetable garden they, mostly Luke, uses them as fertiliser to grow tomato plants. Over time, as the garden becomes full of bodies, it also becomes full of tomato plants. The other young woman, who owns the TV, is obviously having problems with her boyfriend, the Jewish painter called Marc who stabbed Zach. We also see how the tomatoes are taking over the house — there are baskets and tubs of them everywhere, loads of jars of tomato puree and preserves.
So the tomatoes are partly a symbol of the life-death cycle — they are grown on the decomposing bodies of the victims, and used to nourish both the secret society members and their guests and future victims. The film opens with Norman Arbuthnot Ron Perlmana Rush Limbaugh-like political cult of personality, espousing right-wing viewpoints on what appears to be a cable-access television show.
Our group of protagonists, a group of liberal college graduate students, watches on in horror as they wait for their friend to show up for dinner. The group all rents an old farmhouse-style place while they work on their advanced degrees, and all bond over their liberalism and idealism.
Their friend and roommate Pete a nerdy Ron Eldard finally shows up his car died on the way home and along with him is blue-collar truck driver Zack Bill Paxtonwho the group invites in for dinner for being kind to their friend.
What follows could have been a look at what happens when five friends, united by a common political ideology, must share a horrifying secret. They will, of course, give each person a chance to recant their over-the-top right-wingism first.
The group racks up a significant body count, including an anti-gay crusading priest Charles Durninga corporate fat-cat and anti-environmentalist Jason Alexanderand a date-rape apologist Mark Harmon.
The group of friends eventually begins to drift apart and act downright out of character, with Jude a young Cameron Diaz and Paulie a cute Annabeth Gish becoming antagonistic towards each other, Pete becoming more violent shooting at birds instead of clay targetsMarc growing discontent in his relationship with Paulie, and Luke Courtney B. Vance becoming increasingly sociopathic.
The tension comes to a head nicely when Marc and Pete, who are about to leave town to get away from the problems the group has created for themselves, suddenly run afoul of Norman Arbuthnot in the airport. Norman accepts their invitation into the house, and what follows is one of the greatest takedowns of politics that anyone committed to the screen in the 90s. Perlman, the out-spoken right wing talker with the cigars and the loud mouth handily destroys each and every argument presented his way with a calm, cool wit and a sly smile at every turn.
Some of the themes it espouses are quite prescient, and though it was released init still feels as if it could have come out more recently.