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Devdas (2002)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238936/

Devdas (1955)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047990/

This film is a story of love and loss and the eternal connection between two people. It shows how one can fall but I think it remains a very spiritual film. Both are based on the same novel but the 1955 version starring Dilip Kumar has a much more real and earthly feel to it than the 2002 version which is more majestic and above ordinary life. I can't decide which version is better but each are worthwhile in their own way. This film may suffer from not being widely viewed--I do not know-- but I do think it should be considered. There are early versions but I have not seen them to comment.

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MOST (2003)

IMDb link

A&F Thread

Lensed in Czech Republic, it's a father-son story which ultimately presents a moral/relational conundrum that reminds me of DEKALOG. The root of the story is a story you've undoubtedly heard in a sermon illustration, one of those supposedly true "Christian urban myths" that probably aren't true but are definitely True. But the film makers go way beyond that mythic kernel, elaborating a multi-layered and evocative story that visits tragedy, suggests hope, communicates both agony and grace without ever descending to didacticism. For my money, an absolute exemplar of what Christians can accomplish with film. Real art, real life, real transcendence.

"Most" is Czech for "The Bridge"), a half-hour film written and directed by Bobby Garabedian, who is a Christian. Stunning. Sophisticated in its craft, extraordinary emotional impact, and deeply connected to the gospel. Nominated for a Best Short Film (Live Action) Academy Award, and even my Oscar-sceptical soul could amen that particular accolade.

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Death: A Love Story (1999)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181449/

http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=8797

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?moviei...kid=3485630_2_0

OK, I'll be honest. I have next to no hope that this will make the list, in large part because I expect I'm the only person who's seen it. (Note: It is now available on Netflix) A 64 minute doc following a film maker who was diagnosed with liver cancer. He and his wife decide to chronicle the journey on film.

My comments about it at IMDB:

A very meaningful look through home video of the few months of treatment and eventual death of actor/director/teacher Mel Howard. He and is wife Michelle Le Brun (who write, directs, and produces this film) keep their home video running through the turmoil of Howard's battle with liver cancer. Here is an honest look at the dying process complete with fear and frustration, sorrow and the joy of life.

Edited by Darrel Manson

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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A question: Did we ever set a minimum age of films for eligibility on the list?


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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I skimmed over that part. ::blushing::


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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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."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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In Your Hands / Forbrydelser (2004)

Perhaps the most accessible of the Dogme films, Anette Olsen's 'In Your Hands' probes faith, guilt and complicity with honesty and intelligence. Anna, a recently graduated seminarian, works as a prison chaplain. Her attempts to build relationships with the prisoners founder on one prisoner, Kate, who is known throughout the prison as a miracle-worker. When Kate and Anna finally begin to overcome their mutual suspicion, Anna's own secret threatens to blow their relationship apart.

Think Graham Greene meets 'American History X'.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347016/

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Oo...good call timbeau. We need a thread on that one sometime.

Walkabout

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067959/

http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=8825&st=


"...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)

Filmwell | Twitter

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

I was surprised to see this film hadn't been nominated yet, but I don't think it needs a capsule review... in my opinion the film is an excellent portrayal of the 2nd most important Biblical event (1st being the life of Christ and Resurrection). Annually stayed up late as a kid to watch this one 'til the end, and it's still in my all-time top 25.

http://artsandfaith.com/t100/2005/entry.php?film=374

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One of my very favorites, with excellent acting and a wonderful story that serves as a reminder to us all. The core theme is about what we can do for our fellow man, and what one person can do to change the world. What impressed me most was the powerful theme of sacrifice.

Pay It Forward:

http://artsandfaith.com/t100/2005/entry.php?film=288

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Yahoo! groups for the movie The Gospel of John and lead actor Henry Ian Cusick:

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/GoJo

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HenryIanCusick_Group

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Too much topical stuff, not enough transcendent metaphor on this list!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

http://imdb.com/title/tt0075860

As scientists and government officials race to decipher them, visitations and visions from otherworldly entities consume ordinary citizens, most specifically working-man

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Black Narcissus 1947

http://imdb.com/title/tt0039192

This Powell-Pressburger film stars the great Deborah Kerr. A group of nuns establish a school in the Himalayas. The battle between spirit and flesh is powerfully depicted through masterful use of cinematography, editing, and music. A great caution against replacing the flesh with religious zeal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Narcissus

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004XQN4

http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=264...black+narcissus

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=60002699

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I would like to nominate Donnie Darko. I don't care that Richard Kelly regards it as a work of science fiction, I find this movie to be deeply spiritual (in its original cut, at least) and I feel closer to God whenever I watch it.

Donnie Darko at Arts and Faith

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We are part of the generation in which the image has triumphed over the word, when the visual is dominant over the verbal and where entertainment drowns out exposition. We may go so far as to claim that we live in an age of the image which is also the age of anti-word and potentially is the age of the lie. ~ Os Guiness

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17)

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The Man Who Planted Trees (L'Homme qui plantait des arbres, 1987)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0093488

An Oscar-winning, beautifully hand-drawn parable about a humble man who transforms an arid landscape. A classic for all ages.

http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=6682&hl=

http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=135...o+planted+trees

http://www.awn.com/gallery/back/index.html' target="_blank">The work of Fr

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A Home at the End of the World, 2004

Wonderful theme of knowing that home is where your heart is...that it is the people in your life that make your home. Touches lightly on AIDS, deals with an avante garde approach to living together. Heterosexual and homosexual themes that ultimately demonstrate love is love, no matter who is loving you.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0359423

http://wip.warnerbros.com/ahome/

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.d.../407300307/1023

http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=105...nd+of+the+world

Sorry, couldn't easily find any discussions, and didn't see it listed.

Edited by a70eezchild

Yahoo! groups for the movie The Gospel of John and lead actor Henry Ian Cusick:

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/GoJo

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HenryIanCusick_Group

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The Blood of Jesus (1941)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0033406/

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?moviei...id=22127009_0_0 (The film is included as an extra on this disc.)

This classic "race film" of early independent African American cinema, directed by Amos & Andy's Spencer Williams, depicts a highly entertaining religious quest; it's filled with rich cultural authenticity and wall-to-wall gospel music. I challenge you to watch it and not sing along. You can watch it online, here:

http://www.archive.org/details/blood_of_jesus

Edited by Doug C

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Uzak/Distant, 2002

http://imdb.com/title/tt0346094/

From IMDB:

Mahmut, a 40 year old independent photographer, is a "village boy made good" at least professionally in the big city - Istanbul in this case. After his wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. Then comes his cousin Yusuf, who left his native village after a local factory closed down, effectively unemploying over half the local men. He looks to Istanbul for salvation: a job on board a ship sailing abroad, at once exciting and crucial to supporting his family in the desperately poor village. The distance between the two men is apparent at once, and becomes increasingly pronounced. Whereas Mahmut is adusted to big city life and suffers from many of its neuroses, Yusuf is a lonely, excentric country worker with annoying nervous and hygienic habits, and a sick mother back home he must somehow support. This intimate drama was filmed in the director's apartment in Istanbul, using all his furniture, appliances, rooms, car and so on as the film's props. The actor playing Yusuf is actually the director's real-life cousin, and the actor playing Mahmut is an actual friend, a non-professional actor.

Edited by Christian

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I didn't see this one listed on the automatically eligible, but it came it at 102 last year.

After Life (aka Wandafuru raifu) 1998

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165078/

http://artsandfaith.com/t100/2005/entry.php?film=171

A brief stop at a waystation where those who have recently died pick a memory to keep for eternity.

Edited by Darrel Manson

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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Christian, raw URL, please.

Fixed.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Use of metaphors if you will...

Superman

http://imdb.com/title/tt0078346/

God (read: Jor-El) sends His only son into the world to save it.

(1978)

Being There

http://imdb.com/title/tt0078841/

The Christ (Christ figure, Chance Gardner, played by Peter Sellers) is not of this world, doesn't speak this world's language, and pierces the world's perceptions while He is investigated and doubted by the Pharisees (read: the politicians and the media).

(1979)

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I Am David

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327919/

This is an adaptation of Anne Holm's novel North to Freedom. It is a powerful story of a boy figuring out his past, his identity, and how to trust, love, and have hope for the future. There are themes of love, sacrifice, and redemption. The acting is spectacular, with James Caviezel, Ben Tibber, and Joan Plowright leading the way. It had a limited release in 2003.

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