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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Religious Films: Go or No Go?

After the massive success of The Passion, Hollywood has been percolating with ideas about how to cash in on the whole religion thing. The current film, The Nativity Story, is an example of this.

First, has anyone seen the Nativity movie and what did you think of it?

Secondly, here is an interesting article explaining how Hollywood can truly turn the religious faith of millions of Americans into box office success.

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Chaz said...

Go. It's a great film. Take Julie and your son. You'll all have a blast.

VirginiaLutherans said...

I wonder- how accurate is it? Unfortunately it didn't get much of the press's attention, so I really don't know how they "reconstructed" the nativity. I am skeptical of anything "religious" out of Hollywood- even on the "Passion."

Carl said...

Well, given the sparse account in the gospels, I think the producers
did an excellent job of presenting
the story. Of course, there is always going to be extras (dramatic
license) in films like this, but it
did not take away from the beauty of the story. A Christian will leave the theater knowing that a presentation of God's plan of salvation in Christ has been presented. A non-Christian might well be curious and ask what was this all about. Hopefully a Christian will be able to tell him it's about the Savior of the world!

Anonymous said...

There are a number of what could be termed "inaccuracies" based on what I have read online-- not overly serious, but sufficient. One would be the visit of the Magi taking place at the actual location of the Nativity, which perpetuates one of the most common errors. So much for scholarship. Whispering voices instead of angels, no heavenly host, no Presentation in the Temple. Plus a painful birth for Mary, which contradicts one of the more traditional views. It sounds harmless, but I wouldn't use it for catechesis. Poor reviews in Entertainment Weekly, as well.


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