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GF film series to feature cult classic

The classic cult film "The Blues Brothers," starring Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, will be shown at 7 tonight in Empire Arts Center as part of the Arts & Democracy movie series.

The classic cult film "The Blues Brothers," starring Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, will be shown at 7 tonight in Empire Arts Center as part of the Arts & Democracy movie series.

The film holds a special place in the psyche of people of his generation and younger, said Jack Russell Weinstein, associate professor for the UND Department of Philosophy and Religion and founder of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

"The Blues Brothers" blends comedy, music and political satire in a package that proved to be tremendously influential to filmmakers, Weinstein said in a release.

In the film, Elwood and Jake (Belushi and Ackroyd) are on a "mission from God" because they seek to raise money for their old Catholic school. Weinstein said that raises the question: How does one know that one is acting according to God's will?

"If we focus on the artistic elements of the film, we also ask about how we can have satirical views about religion, and how far is too far?"

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The songs in "The Blues Brothers" are mostly by black performers, yet Elwood and Jake are both white. Weinstein asks does that matter? Should it matter?

The event is free and open to the public. It will be hosted by Michael Beltz, a UND lecturer, who will interview Evan Nelson. Nelson earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UND and now works as a recruitment specialist for the UND Graduate School.

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