Shooting Dogs / Beyond the Gates
Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:43 PM
Well, we might as well start one now, since Variety reports that an American distribution deal has finally been struck ... and the film comes to American theatres March 9 ... and they have changed the title to Beyond the Gates, to make the film seem less cynical, less urban-liberal, more spiritual, more Christian-heartland. (The main character is a Catholic priest played by John Hurt.) They have also added opening and closing quotes -- one a Buddhist proverb (which appears to be connected directly to the new title), and the other a quote from Elie Wiesel.
As I say at my blog, it will be interesting to see how this marketing approach works. They want to play up the film's selling points for American Christians ... so they give it a new title that would seem to be directly tied to a newly-added Buddhist proverb?
Personally, I didn't find the original title "cynical" at all. When you get to the scene where the shooting of dogs comes up, you realize that the title is actually an expression of outrage, of righteous anger. But I guess outrage doesn't necessarily sell, either.
Oh, and as I also mention at my blog, this movie has one selling point now that it didn't have before: One of the main supporting characters -- a pupil at the Catholic school -- is played by Claire-Hope Ashitey, who now plays the miraculously pregnant refugee in Children of Men.
Links to similar Rwanda-genocide-themed films: Hotel Rwanda (2004); Shake Hands with the Devil (2007); we don't seem to have a thread for the Quebecois film Un dimance a Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali (2006).
Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:41 PM
Posted 28 February 2007 - 11:00 PM
Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:14 PM
I agree that this is the spiritual/Christian side of the holocaust of 1994 in Rwanda. Interestingly it is written/directed as a tragedy. where as Hotel Rwanda was written/directed as a comedy - speaking only in their literary genre. The spiritual film is able to look the tragedy in the eye - and keep it there, just as we do when we put the cross at the center of our worship spaces.
I agree with Peter that the title originally given is not cynical and I would vote for it. The title reminds me of the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, though the subject matter is very different. The fact that
There are so many great quotes in the film which I didn't add in my review - but it would be a great film for a class in moral theology.
Edited by Denny Wayman, 09 March 2007 - 02:09 AM.
Posted 09 March 2007 - 11:14 AM
Canadian politics. PQ candidate gets in hot water over his view of the genocide