The ability of images to profoundly move the soul is not a concept
exclusive to Christianity. Plato knew well the psychology behind
the effective use of imagery. But does the content of
many contemporary movies that we pour into our minds concern us? Do
we care that many filmmakers play to our emotional sympathies as they
challenge, even mock, our convictions? Perhaps the "right" to be
entertained is one of our most cherished convictions. Current
mainstream movie screens are filled with explicit scenes of
extramarital sex, meaningless violence and cultic ritual draped in
postmodern trappings. The ready acceptance of these disturbing
elements should tell us something about our society and ourselves.
The Moral World of the "English Patient"
First Things, Correspondence (October 1997)
Two readers of David Aaron Murray's review of "The English Patient"
respond to his harsh critique of the film. This article includes
Murray's reply to each of them.
The 2001 Principle
Mordechai Steinman and Gershon Robinson
In the annals of motion picture history, the film "2001: A Space Odyssey"
holds a special place. Though outwardly science fiction, the film speaks
about life, the universe, and reality in general, and the
message seems to be one of enormous consequence. But that message
may not be what you think.
The World View of "Jurassic Park"
Dr. Ray Bohlin
The book and movie "Jurassic Park"
were more than just great
entertainment. There was a specific
attempt to alter the way you think about
Nature, its use and potential abuse.
Why the Main Character of "Braveheart"
Is Not William Wallace
Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" won five academy awards, including Best Picture and
Best Director. Most people would assume that Gibson's character, William
Wallace, about whom the movie was named, was the movie's central character.
Was he? If not, who was? And how does this character's life speak to our own
Lost in the Movies
Contemporary films are replete with scenes and innuendos of
casual sex. When such movies are explicit
and degrading, we may find ourselves
repulsed. But there are many times when
the message is more subtle and perhaps
just as dangerous.
Movies and Morals
This article provides warnings and guidelines for movie watching.
Friday Night at the Movies
Dr. Walter Bradley
"Friday Night at the Movies" is an outreach program to students
that takes the form of an Open House with food (pizza, popcorn, dessert,
etc.) and soft drinks, but most importantly a thought-provoking movie that
raises one of the "big questions" regarding life, meaning, purpose, etc.
John P. Sisk
Book review of "Sin and Censorship: The Catholic Church and the
Motion Picture Industry" by Frank Walsh.
The reviewer is John P. Sisk. The author
describes the relationship of Catholicism
and Hollyood with particular attention
paid to the now defunct Legion of Decency.
This influential organization of Catholics
would instigate powerful boycotts of
movies that were deemed morally
Redemptive Sex at the Met
Michael R. Linton
The New York Metropolitan Opera under conductor James
Levine has only premiered two works:
Phillip Glass's "The Voyage" and John
Corigliano's "The Ghost of Versailles." In
both operas the plot centers around
non-marital sex. Unlike classic opera,
however, neither treats this theme with
The Craft of Acting, the Art of Acting and Their Relationship
to the World of the Work
This 41 page paper explores the essence of acting and its
relationship to God, Satan, communication,
and dramatic art. The relationships which
are discussed provide some general
principles which are freeing for the
Christian who is a dramatic artist, while
providing a basis on which the artist can
grow in discernment and accountability.
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