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Interesting that people pick up on the "spirituality and film" angle when that is not even how many of us voted.

Most of those Commonweal commenters would have loved the last list.

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"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

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Conversant Life via Moviefone.

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
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"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Yeah, Moviefone feeds a lot of sites. TV Guide, Hollywood Life, etc...


"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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Interesting that people pick up on the "spirituality and film" angle when that is not even how many of us voted.

Most of those Commonweal commenters would have loved the last list.

But wasn't this very phenomenon that Greg Wolfe argued--that the "Arts & Faith" moniker delivered all the necessary context of "spirituality" the list needed, at least outside the boundaries of this forum? Kudos to him and his team!

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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But wasn't this very phenomenon that Greg Wolfe argued--that the "Arts & Faith" moniker delivered all the necessary context of "spirituality" the list needed, at least outside the boundaries of this forum? Kudos to him and his team!

Precisely. And this will change voting next year for sure, seeing the expectation actually play out in the list reception.


"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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But wasn't this very phenomenon that Greg Wolfe argued--that the "Arts & Faith" moniker delivered all the necessary context of "spirituality" the list needed, at least outside the boundaries of this forum? Kudos to him and his team!

Precisely. And this will change voting next year for sure, seeing the expectation actually play out in the list reception.

I agree; I know *I* would have voted slightly differently if I knew that this is the angle the media was going to take on the project. I wouldn't have given Punch-Drunk Love the 5 I did, that's for sure.

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A blog (in which we are taken to task for overlooking As it is in Heaven and includes a downloadable PDF version of our list).

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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An interesting discussion of the list is taking place over on the Auteurs forum.


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Darryl A. Armstrong wrote:

: An interesting discussion of the list is taking place over on the Auteurs forum.

One of the earlier commenters writes: "the dismissal of Balkan and Baltic European lands is glaring since parts of Christian religion are similar to the Orthodox Russians". As an Orthodox Christian whose church has ties to the Russian community, I am, uh, not sure what to make of this statement.


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I like that discussion though. It is interesting to see what people are bringing to the list in terms of expectations.

And the insistence that we include Yeelen is rough. I included it on my religion and film list, but I think about 20 people have actually seen that movie.


"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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: Star Tribune, perchance?

Hmmm. From the article:

Rounding out the top five are: "The Decalogue" (Polish), "Babette's Feast" (Danish), "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (French) and "The Son" (French). Notice a pattern? Other than "Sunrise," a 1927 silent film that finished No. 7, "A Serious Man" is the top American-made movie on the list.

Technically, isn't The Son Belgian, rather than French? Though I suppose "French" is accurate if you're going by language rather than nationality. (Me, I'd prefer to say "Belgian" if only because it makes the Top 5 look just that much more diverse.)

Similarly, The Passion of Joan of Arc might be French because France is the country that produced it (at least according to the IMDb), but the director was Danish (which would mean THREE of the Top 5 films were directed by Danes), and the movie itself was technically silent and could have had intertitles in ANY language.


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A blog (N.W. Douglas).

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A blog.

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Along the same lines...

Alissa Wilkinson pitched me an easy one during the Q&A after my lecture at the IAM Encounter in NYC: Where can we get started in finding richer, more rewarding movies?

I launched into a rave about the A&F Top 100. I told people how to find it, and cautioned them that some of the films there might not be what they're used to.

God bless Alissa. She had a very knowing smile, even before I began answering the question.


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On May 10, Dick Staub's program/podcast "The Kindlings Muse" will do a program on the top 5 films of the Top 100. It will be held here in Seattle at Hale's Ales.

Along the same lines...

Alissa Wilkinson pitched me an easy one during the Q&A after my lecture at the IAM Encounter in NYC: Where can we get started in finding richer, more rewarding movies?

I launched into a rave about the A&F Top 100. I told people how to find it, and cautioned them that some of the films there might not be what they're used to.

God bless Alissa. She had a very knowing smile, even before I began answering the question.

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Yep. I proposed that to Staub and Co. a few weeks ago, and the team liked the idea. I can't wait. We'll probably talk about the top five in detail (although the Kindlings have already covered Babette's Feast in detail, and The Decalogue too. So we can focus on Ordet, Joan of Arc, and The Son. Maybe we can make room for Balthazar and Sunrise too (which would mean I need to get around to seeing Sunrise soon).


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And over at Filmwell, I'm going to try a sort of layman's stumble through the A&F 100. Don't know how far I'll get, but Balthazar is up and I'm working on Three Colors and Wild Strawberries, so...

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A blog (mostly about Ordet).

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A blog (in which M. Leary appears to have commented... and then failed to mention here).

A blog (the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri).

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Just a general announcement: I've put in links to the Top 20 on both Wikipedia and IMDB. The links on Wikipedia show up immediately, and I've also erased past links there. IMDB usually takes a week or so, and there was only one film I found -- Sunrise -- that was already linked. It looked like it was linked somehow to the right page, so I left it alone.


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