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20% off of meditations for Advent, titles that explore the life of Mary and her apparition to her children at Guadalupe!
"Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope...It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope." — Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), from his book Seek That Which Is Above: Meditations on Major Feasts
“This should be our first Advent light: to understand everything, all that happens to us and all that threatens us, from the perspective of life's character of waiting. We must endure all the blessedness and un-blessedness of waiting because we are underway... 'Those who really wait for Him will not be disappointed.'” — Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J.
Advent of the Heart Alfred Delp Accused of conspiring against the Nazi government, Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J., a heroic german Jesuit priest, was arrested in 1944, tortured, imprisoned, and executed on Feb 2, 1945. While in prison, Fr. Delp was able to write a few meditations found in this book, which also includes his powerful reflections from prison during the Advent season about the profound spiritual meaning and lessons of Advent, as well as his sermons he gave on the season of Advent at his parish in Munich. These meditations were smuggled out of Berlin and read by friends and parishioners of St. Georg in Munich.
His approach to Advent, the season that prepares us for Christmas, is what Fr. Delp called an "Advent of the heart." More than just preparing us for Christmas, it is a spiritual program, a way of life. He proclaimed that our personal, social and historical circumstances, even suffering, offer us entry into the true Advent, our personal journey toward a meeting and dialogue with God. Indeed, his own life, and great sufferings, illustrated the true Advent he preached and wrote about.
From his very prison cell he presented a timeless spiritual message, and in an extreme situation, his deep faith gave him the courage to draw closer to God, and to witness to the truth even at the cost of his own life. These meditations will challenge and inspire all Christians to embark upon that same spiritual journey toward union with God, a journey that will transform our lives. Also available as an e-book. Regular price: $14.95, sale price: $11.96
Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. These Advent reflections by the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, an accomplished spiritual writer, focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. There is a double movement to this coming; both our active preparation to be ready for him and our patient waiting for the Lord to arrive in his own good time. There is also an art to this simultaneous preparation and waiting, and no one knows better than the beloved Mother Mary Francis how to encourage us in our attempts to master this art.
Meditating on passages from Scripture about the coming of the Messiah into the world and our hearts, Mother challenges us to persevere in overcoming our faults and keeping our eyes on the Lord who has called us to himself-for it is he, through the gifts of his grace, who will complete in us the work of sanctification which he has begun.
Though written for Advent, the wisdom of Mother Mary Francis collected by her sisters is profitable at any time because a Christian life is one of constant growth into the very likeness of God. Also available as an audio download and e-book. Regular price: $15.95, sale price: $12.76
The Immaculate Conception
"Preparing for the advent of the year 2000, the great memorial of Christ's birth, is a fundamental concern of the encyclical [Mary God's Yes to Man]. In the liturgy, Advent is a Marian time: the time when Mary made room in her womb for the Savior of the world and bore within her humanity's hope and expectation. Celebrating Advent means becoming Marian, imitating Mary's unconditional Yes which is ever anew the place of God's birth, the 'fullness of time'" — Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Mary: God's Yes to Man Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II's only encyclical on our Blessed Mother, with introduction by the Cardinal Prefect of the congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and commentary by one of the world's leading Catholic theologians, Hans Urs von Balthasar. The Church's supreme magisterium and representative of the Church's most penetrating theological reflection combine to provide for all the faithful a rich and concise compendium of the Mother of the Redeemer.
The development of traditional Marian dogma in the light of the present day bears the Pope's unmistakable personal stamp. The three parts of the encyclical ("Mary in the Mystery of Christ", "The Mother of God in the Midst of the Pilgrim Church" and "Motherly Mediation") draw predominantly from two sources: Sacred Scripture and the central documents of the Second Vatican Council. There is a particular emphasis on ecumenism. What binds all Christians to Mary becomes ever clearer: she is the model of their faith. Regular price: $10.95, sale price: $8.76
The World's First Love (2nd edition) Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen With his characteristic eloquence and brilliance, Fulton J. Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary that combines deep spirituality with history, philosophy and theology. All the major aspects and events of Mary's life are lovingly portrayed in this word portrait that is a never failing source of information, consolation and inspiration. Sheen also gives profound insights into all the Marian beliefs ranging from the Immaculate Conception to the Assumption to the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.
While considering the different phases of Mary's life, Bishop Sheen discusses various problems common to mankind of every age and reveals clearly that every problem can be resolved. He emphasizes the unique dignity, strength and gifts of women and their ability to help heal the world's problems. Sheen stresses mankind's need of the Mother of God and her burning love for all her children. The great resurgence of devotion to Mary is God's way of emphasizing the worth and dignity of every person against the false doctrines that have so confused the modern world. Also available as an audio download and e-book (first edition). Regular price: $16.95, sale price: $13.56
Footprints of God: Mary This second film in the the Footprints of God series follows Mary on her extraordinary journey on location in Turkey, Israel and Greece with popular Catholic author and speaker Stephen Ray as guide. Down-to-earth teaching on subjects like Mary’s Immaculate Conception, Assumption into Heaven, and her role of intercessor, and more are offered in an energized, high-impact style that combines the best elements of a travel documentary, biography, Bible study, apologetics course, and church history review. Regular price: $24.95, sale price: $19.96
What Every Catholic Needs to Know About Mary Now, you'll be empowered with the truth about such important Marian topics as her Divine Maternity, Perpetual Virginity, Immaculate Conception, and Bodily Assumption into Heaven. Plus, you will learn the crucial role that the Church's Traditional Biblical interpretation regarding the Blessed Virgin plays in understanding her role in the Church today. Perfect for adult inquiry classes, RCIA, Confirmation and Catholic Bible study groups. With this inspiring and enlightening presentation, you'll have a powerful and "painless" way to share the essential truths about the Blessed Virgin Mary. With Matthew Arnold, Scott Hahn, Michael Barber, Brant Pitre, Jesse Romero, and Tim Staples. Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Our Lady of Guadalupe
“Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the Fountain of Life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” — Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego on December 12, 1531
Maria of Guadalupe: Shaper of History, Shaper of Hearts Paul Badde Mexico, December 9, 1531. Ten years after the Spaniards conquered this land, on a hill on the outskirts of the capital, something inconceivable happens to Juan Diego, a native of the area. At dawn a heavenly figure comes to meet him, revealing herself as “Mary, mother of all men”. To confirm the first vision, the Lady not only entrusts him with several messages. But, also, in the final vision, leaves her portrait mysteriously present on his tilma. It is the portrait of a young woman looking downward. She is clothed in a dress figured with roses and a mantle spangled with stars.
From the time of its occurance this event has moved people. However, because of the fascination with the image itself, doubts have been raised, causing some to reject it altogether. This image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, along with the Shroud of Jesus in Turin, have possibly become the most mysterious images on earth. The more studies are made of the image and of the cloth, the more mysterious it all becomes, for believers and scientists alike.
In a hands-on investigation, Paul Badde has been delving into this mystery from a historian’s point of view, but also with the growing wonder of a journalist who has stumbled across a fabulous treasure.
In this heartfelt report, Paul Badde tells the fantastic story of the apparition that changed the history of the world. Only in light of this mysterious event, can one explain why the inhabitants of Central and South American entered the Church so quickly. Mary of Guadalupe was the person who inserted a whole continent into Western Culture. Regular price: $16.95, sale price: $13.56
A Handbook on Guadalupe Brother Francis Mary, F.F.I., Editor This is the most authoritative, complete and up-to-date book on all the facts, history and devotion of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It includes the latest research and contributions from numerous Guadalupe experts including Fr. Christopher Rengers, Dr. Charles Wahlig, Janet Barber, Fr. Martinus Cawley and many others. Articles on over 35 topics, both scholarly and popular, include the historical roots of Guadalupe, scientific studies of the tilma, miracles and conversions, and much more. It offers the most in-depth treatment available of the biblical, liturgical, sociological, historical and scientific evidence on the Image and Our Lady's message for today. Includes many color photos. Regular price: $12.95, sale price: $10.36
Our Lady of Guadalupe A stirring documentary that tells the story in complete detail of the history of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531. It urges us to heed the message of the Pope to promote Our Lady to end abortion and to evangelize America. It tells of miracles and conversions through the presence of Our Lady's image. Experts include Warren Carroll, Dan Lynch, and more. Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Guadalupe: A Living Image When the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531 to give him a message for the Bishop, she left a miraculous image of herself on his tilma. Centuries later, the results of scientific analysis of the image on the tilma are amazing. In the Virgin's eyes the 13 figures who witnessed the miracle are visible. The stars on her cloak are positioned exactly as they were on the day of the miracle in 1531. The painting technique used is unknown. The colors are vibrant and intact; the cloth itself uncorrupted by time. An extraordinary discovery reveals the Spanish origin (from Extremadura, Spain) of the name of Guadalupe and its incredible connection with the Evangelist St. Luke. Regular price: $24.95, sale price: $19.96
The Beautiful Lady Pat Mora Every December, Grandma Lupita tells Rose the true story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As they make paper flowers to put around her statue, Grandma begins: Long ago, in the year 1531, on a cold December morning near what is now Mexico City, a man named Juan Diego put on his cloak and started down the road to church . . . On his way, Juan Diego sees a beautiful Lady at the top of a hill. She tells Juan Diego to go to the Bishop and ask him to build a special church for her. There she will hear all the prayers and needs of her children. But the Bishop doesn't believe that Juan Diego has seen the Lady; he asks for a sign. Again the Lady sends Juan Diego, and again the Bishop asks for a sign. Until finally, she provides an amazing, miraculous sign: her beautiful image on Juan Diego's cloak for everyone to see.
The Bishop realized Juan was telling the truth, and built a great Church in her honor. Today in Mexico City the big Shrine still stands in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where millions of pilgrims visit every year to show their love for Our Lady. And the same cloak that Juan Diego wore, on which the beautiful image of Our Lady was printed, still hangs in the Shrine. Regular price: $16.95, sale price: $13.56
Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Pop-Up Book Francisco Serrano Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious icon in the Americas. This lavish, colorful pop-up book tells her story and that of Juan Diego, the humble Mexican peasant to whom she appeared on Tepeyac hill in Mexico. The Virgin tells Juan Diego that Tepeyac is where she would like her sacred house built, that she will love and help all who seek her there, and that he must relay this to the Bishop. At first Juan Diego is not believed, and the bishop asks that he return with proof. Vivid pop-ups convey the anticipation when the Virgin tells him to fill his cloak with flowers and the thrill as Juan Diego presents the flowers to the bishop, revealing a beautiful image of the Virgin on his cloak. Regular price: $22.95, sale price: $18.36
A recently released letter by Benedict XVI confronts and challenges several faulty premises of militant atheism. “Distinguished Professor, my critique of your book [Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You (2011)], is, in part, tough. However, frankness is a part of dialogue. Only thus can knowledge grow. You have been very frank and so you will accept that I am, too. In any case, however, I consider it very positive that you, in confronting my Introduction to Christianity, have sought such an open dialogue with the faith of the Catholic Church and that, despite its contrasts, at the centre of it all, convergences are not completely lacking. — Benedict XVI, “Letter to an Atheist” (National Catholic Register, November 26, 2013)
In September, the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, published a letter of Pope Benedict to Professor Piergiorgio Odifreddi. The whole of this letter was finally published in English in the National Catholic Register on November 27. In 2011, Odifreddi had published a book in the form of an open letter to the Pope about his understanding of the Pope’s position on various basic issues. Obviously...Homiletic & Pastoral ReviewFaith in the Year of Faith: The Early Proposal of Joseph Ratzinger By Father Pablo Sarto
…It is only when we exercise obedience and the expression of our own personality at the same time that we have real faith. Faith is born from the union of the two freedoms: God’s and ours. In his Introduction to Christianity, written while he was living in a revolutionary Tübingen, Professor Ratzinger examined the problem of faith in contemporary society. He was writing in the famous year of 1968, surrounded by the student riots, and in a context of polemic and skepticism that is almost ancient history today. The three Ms—Mao, Marx, and Marcuse—were put up against Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Barth, names that were already gathering rust. The question addressed in the book was how to understand faith in that turbulent world. Ratzinger turned to a story once told by Kierkegaard...
Bring the epic filmMary of Nazareth to a theater near you!
And be sure not to miss the theatrical screenings of the new epic film, Mary of Nazareth that are coming to your area. For specific locations, dates, and times, and to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.maryfilm.com/showtimes
The Unbearable Frightness of Being | Patrick Coffin | CWR
The Exorcist turns 40.
The shaking bed. The frantic mother. The faithless priest duking it out with the demon upstairs—and oh, that spinning head. These and other iconic images from The Exorcist(1973) are burned into our collective movie-going consciousness.
The film is reckoned invariably as the scariest film ever made and the first of the horror genre to be nominated for Best Picture. Directed by William Friedkin based on William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own hair-raising novel, The Exorcist:
• Opened the day after Christmas 1973 to mixed reviews and long, snaking queues to became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, hauling in over $441 million worldwide.
• Laid intelligence into a genre that, with the possible exception ofRosemary’s Baby (1968), had drifted into the campier territory of Britain’s Hammer Films and low budget American sci-fi B movies.
• Kick started the Evil Kid sub-genre, typified by The Omen(s), the Child’s Play/Chucky franchise, Children of the Corn(s), Pet Sematary, and Orphan.
There have been many subsequent attempts at imitation, but none really compares toThe Exorcist, the Platonic ideal of them all. How to account for the enduring popularity of a film that features blasphemy, profanity, and scenes that still shock viewers 40 years later?
Ignatius Press announces release of highly anticipated movie on St. Augustine
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11, 2013 – The wait is over. Ignatius Press will release RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of Augustine, the first full-length feature film on beloved St. Augustine, as a two-disc collector’s edition DVD Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The highly anticipated DVD features the 133-minute theatrical-length film and a 203-minute extended version of the film, and a 24-page illustrated companion booklet.
Filmed in Europe, RESTLESS HEART uses a historic backdrop to tell the story of one of the Church’s most beloved and well-known saints. Its message of sin, conversion and redemption is as timely today as it was in the fifth century of Augustine. It is the story of a gifted man who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass — and the dramatic changes that occur in his soul when challenging events lead him to see the light of truth. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe. With Augustine, the stories of two other great saints, Monica and Ambrose, are also portrayed.
“The release on DVD of RESTLESS HEART is a major event for Ignatius Press, as this epic film is the biggest movie project we have been involved with to date,” said Ignatius Press Director of Marketing Anthony Ryan. “For the first time ever, with this film IP did a three-stage release process: an eight-month sponsored-theatrical release, then a five-month parish screening program release, and now the third and final stage, releasing it on DVD in a special two-disc Collector's Edition. The positive response of the public to this powerful film on St. Augustine has been overwhelming, and we are very excited to now release it on DVD, just in time for the Christmas season.”
RESTLESS HEART is directed by Christian Duguay (“Joan of Arc,” “Pius XII”). The cast includes Allesandro Presiosi, Monica Guerritore, Johannes Brandrup, Serena Rossi and Franco Nero.
Ignatius Press originally obtained the North American distribution rights to the movie and made it available via a screening program that was immensely successful; it resulted in over 1,000 screenings in over 200 cities in North America, with large crowds frequently attending each show.
For more information on the DVD, or to schedule an interview with Anthony Ryan, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or email KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.
Here is an exclusive, extended trailer of the film:
Universal Truths: A Review of "12 Years a Slave" | Nick Olszyk | Catholic World Report
Although legal slavery has long been abolished in the U.S., we are still dealing with violations of universal truths
MPAA Rating, R USCCB Rating, NA Reel Rating: (4 Reels out of 5)
Oppression and unjust suffering are universal experiences of the world of sin that represents this fallen age, but it is a universal truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights.” 12 Years a Slave demonstrates how imperfectly the United States has, unfortunately, implemented this truth throughout its history. This oppression breeds hate and sin that permeate even the purest of men. Yet despite generations of seemingly endless persecution, hope and salvation always come, sometimes in sudden and serendipitous ways. 12 Years is one of the best films about American slavery because it is helmed by Steve McQueen, who has the uncanny ability to portray the reality of sin in graphical detail without losing human dignity or glorifying evil. It is a harrowing experience that reminds us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is an average family man living in middle-class New York. The troubles of 1840s America seem far, far away until he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He is brutally tortured until he accepts not only his unjust situation but a new identity as Platt Hamilton, a slave born and raised in the deep South. He is first bought by William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch, in one of six performances this year alone), who is as good a man as a plantation owner could be, even protecting Northup when he fights back against a malicious overseer (Paul Dano).
Northup survives but is sold to the ruthless Edwin Epps (McQueen favorite Michael Fassbender) who makes the lives of his slaves a perpetual nightmare.
If you are dreaming of ways to keep Christ in Christmas this year, we have a great program for you! "I’M DREAMING OF A CATHOLIC CHRISTMAS" is the Christmas version of our very popular IGNATIUS PRESS CATHOLIC BOOK & FILM FAIR
And who wouldn’t love to give or receive these fantastic, entertaining, educational, spiritual, thought-provoking Catholic products this Christmas?
We want to help make this dream come true along with raising funds for your parish, school, youth group or special project. By partnering with Ignatius Press, one of the world’s leading Catholic publishers and suppliers of quality Catholic materials, you can offer these wonderful products right in your own church or school, after Masses and at special events or social gatherings.
You’ll be able to choose from more than500 books, DVDs, CDs, and other religious materials. You’ll select the products and the quantity of each product you want to offer at your Fair and we’ll even pay the shipping to send everything to you!
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The tireless author, apologist, and filmmaker, Stephen Ray, is one of the hosts—along with Mark Brumley (president of Ignatius Press) and Fr. Mark Mary (EWTN "Life on the Rock")—of the Year of Faith Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise that is embarking this week and will run through October 27th.
Steve plans to upload videos of the talks and other events to his website:
I will be making daily YouTube videos of our pilgrimage-cruise and uploading them to my blog. I will also be posting the talks and homilies on my blog at www.CatholicConvert.com.
If you want your followers and family and friends to follow the pilgrimage-cruise please give them this link and they can all join us virtually - watch videos every day of the pilgrimage, of Ignatius Press and Fr. Mark and listen to the homilies and talks.
A Luminous Mary | Gibbons J. Cooney | Catholic World Report
Alissa Jung overwhelms in the new film “Mary of Nazareth”
On October 11, at the Metreon Theater
in San Francisco, Ignatius Press sponsored a premiere screening of the film Mary of Nazareth. Originally released in
2012 as a two-part, 200-minute production for Italian TV, the film has been
edited down to 153 minutes for theatrical release. Mary of Nazareth was directed by the Italian Giacomo Campiotti,
whose other religious movies include Bakhita
about St. Josephine Bakhita, and St.
Giuseppe Moscati, about the Physician Saint of Naples. It was written
by the Italian Francesco Arlanch, author of the screenplay for Restless
Heart (about St. Augustine), Pius XII,
and Pope John Paul II. Actors include the Germans Alissa Jung as
Mary and Andreas Pietschmann as Jesus, and the Italian Luca Marinelli as
The movie chronicles the life of Mary
from just before the time of her Presentation at the Temple until the
Resurrection. Much of Mary of Nazareth
can be seen as a modern version of the “pious legends” of the Middle Ages. Like
the pious legends, nothing in the movie contradicts Scripture, but it does
contain scenes that are not in Scripture—things that a reasonable person realizes
must have happened even if there is no record.
Such things include the wedding of Mary and Joseph, Jesus as a boy
falling and hurting himself, the death of Joseph, etc. Luca Marinelli is splendid as Joseph: young,
masculine, kind, and, of course, just. When he requests permission from St.
Joachim to speak to Mary for the first time, and meets with the familiar fatherly
suspicion on Joachim’s part, we laugh, because we know the outcome, but we feel
for the nervous young man at the same time.
Joseph’s character grows the most in the movie, as he accepts, then
loves, and finally, in his humility, even develops a sense of humor about his
unprecedented situation. A seminarian who was in attendance at the premiere said,
“That’s masculinity, right there!” Andreas Pietschmann is good as Jesus, strong
and steady in an almost impossible role. Paz Vega is properly intense and
passionate as Mary Magdalene. But this movie is all about Alissa Jung’s Mary.
Ms. Jung’s performance is radiant—like
nothing I can remember seeing.
Space For Awe and Gratitude: A Review of "Gravity" | Nick Olszyk | CWR
Alfonso Cuarón’s "Gravity" has moments of profound beauty, intense fear, and transcendent awareness
MPAA Rating, PG-13
USCCB Rating, A-III
(5 Reels out of 5)
[Editor's note: Alert!
Space is empty, void of matter, energy, heat,
and any chance of survival for the smallest bacteria, much less a
human being. It is a testament to human ingenuity that, since 1961,
explorers have been entering and even living in this vast and silent
wasteland. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is a soaring
witness to these feats, an excellent thriller that revels in the
ferocity of nature, the power of prayer, and the triumph of man as
image of the Creator. In an Icarian age, Gravity is an
important reminder that despite centuries of technology, all are
still in the hands of God, and that is a good thing they are the
hands of a loving Father.
In classic Cuarón style,
the first fifteen minutes of Gravity is a single,
uninterrupted take that weaves seamlessly between engineer Dr. Ryan
Stone (Sandra Bullock) and NASA astronaut Matt Kowalski (George
Clooney) as they repair the Hubble telescope 600km above the surface
of the Earth. It’s a breathtaking sequence that rivals any in
cinematic history as the audience sees the immensity of the planet
and outer space juxtaposed with close-ups of the scientists chatting
casually like car mechanics.
This is Stone’s first
trip, and she is nervous and undisciplined. Kowalski is just hours
from breaking the record for spacewalk duration and moves around
easily, as if he was trimming his own backyard. Suddenly, debris from
a satellite crash rips through their shuttle leaving them stranded in
space. It is violent and terrifying, especially since it happens
without any sound save for the heightened pace of Stone gasping for
air and the nerve-racking radio communications between her and
Miraculously, the two
survive, but their shuttle is destroyed. They must maneuver over to
the International Space Station's damaged escape pod, not to escape
but use it to reach the Chinese station, which does have a functional
New Titles from Ignatius Press, plus the San Francisco Premiere of Mary of Nazareth!
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Don't miss the San Francisco Mary of Nazareth premiere,
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Dear Friends of Ignatius Press,
We are thrilled to announce that the premiere of MARY OF NAZARETH will be in San Francisco on Friday, October 11, 2013. MARY OF NAZARETH is Ignatius Press’ newest feature film on the life of Mary, Mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. The film is being released this month in a sponsored theatrical screening program similar to Restless Heart.
To launch these screenings, which will take place across North America, we invite you to the premiere of the film at the AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco on October 11. Tickets must be pre-purchased online.
Fr. Donald Calloway and actress Alissa Jung, who plays Mary in the film, will be present at this event.
Join us for the premiere of MARY OF NAZARETH on Friday, October 11. Click here to purchase tickets.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:00 p.m. after a brief introduction from Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. After the movie, there will be a Q & A and an opportunity to take pictures with Fr. Calloway and German actress Alissa Jung.
This feature film shot in English and High Definition was filmed in Europe in authentic locales with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score. Actress Alissa Jung gives a compelling and inspired portrayal of Mary. The film vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah.
Fr. Donald Calloway says, “MARY OF NAZARETHis an absolute theological and Mariological masterpiece! It will make you want to love her more than ever. Mary’s beauty is pure and ageless and her divine motherhood is both tender and captivating. Without a doubt, this is the most stunning portrayal of the Virgin Mary on film!”
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How to Share Your Faith with Anyone A Practical Manual of Catholic Evangelization Terry Barber
Recent popes have challenged all Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization. But most Catholics feel ill-equipped to take up the challenge. Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications, has written a practical guide that takes much of the pain and uncertainty out of sharing one's faith. Based on Barber's decades of personal experience as an effective evangelist and masterful communicator, and drawing on the perceptions, examples, and lessons of other great evangelists and apologists, How to Share Your Faith with Anyone informs, entertains, and inspires would-be, as well as, seasoned evangelists and teachers. Also available as an e-book. Regular price: $14.95, sale price: $11.96
"Terry Barber has long been one of the Church's finest evangelists. His excellent book shows us how the new evangelization requires new apologetics - a new way to explain why the Church's teachings are true and why Jesus is the answer to the deep desires of the human heart." - Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
Bountiful Goodness Spiritual Meditations for a Deeper Union with Christ Thomas à Kempis
The Imitation of Christ, also by Thomas À Kempis, is the most famous and beloved Christian devotional ever written. The simplicity, piety and wisdom that readers have found in that classic will also be discovered in these new modern-English translations of A Little Garden of Roses and The Valley of Lilies. The aim of these works is to draw the reader to a closer union with Jesus. While Imitation sets forth the principles of discipleship, the two works in this volume offer more practical advice. They treat of the virtues needed to advance toward God. Also available as an e-book. Regular price: $14.95, sale price: $11.96
Pope John Paul I: The Smile of God This movie captures not only the significance of his John Paul I's papacy, but also tells the story of his whole life leading up to his papacy, a life marked by deep faith and heroic charity. It shows how his life of great dedication to the church and the needs of all his flock prepared him well for his election to the papacy. It reveals that he was a protégé of Pope John XXIII, who saw greatness and genuine holiness in him, and made Luciani an Archbishop and the Patriarch of Venice. He was a man of peasant origins, a devoted parish priest with a great love for orphans, the poor and outcasts, a priest who had a reluctant rise to become a prince of the Church.Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Catholicism: The New Evangelization This new documentary series from Fr. Robert Barron continues the story of his major Catholicism series and explores the Church's mission and the challenges of contemporary culture. With the original Catholicism series, Fr. Barron took us on a journey around the world deep into the Faith. Now, experience this Faith in action in Catholicism: The New Evangelization. This film tells us what the "New Evangelization" is and then takes us on a fascinating tour to witness examples of new ardor, new expressions and new methods of evangelization in action.Regular price: $59.95, sale price: $47.96
Crescendo In this multi-award-winning short film, we look into the soul of a German woman whose life in the 18th Century is filled with discordant notes and driven by domestic hardships. Based on an amazing true story, told with beautiful poignancy, "Crescendo" is packed with powerful performances, exquisite imagery and brilliant music. A life-affirming short film by the makers of Bella, with a special introduction by Pattie Mallette, mother of Justin Bieber. Regular price: $14.95, sale price: $11.96
Saint Maria Goretti: Fourteen Flowers of Pardon
Shot on location in Italy, this moving account takes you on a historic and poignant journey through the life, martyrdom and canonization of the Roman Catholic Church's youngest saint, Maria Goretti. Maria's life and martyrdom in Italy's Pontine swamps at the beginning of this century comes to life through historic photographs, interviews with the saint s mother and never seen before film footage of the canonization ceremony.Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Seelos: Tireless Intercessor Seelos: Tireless Intercessor is the true story that chronicles the heroic and miraculous life of a young immigrant priest, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (1819-1867). This Redemptorist missionary was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000.
Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious, and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Seelos was a spiritual Father to tens of thousands. Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by the Civil War, could not stop him.Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Solanus Casey: Priest, Porter, Prophet This extraordinary film explores the heroic life of a remarkable, modernday mystic, Father Solanus Casey, who was relegated to doing little more than being a simple doorman in his monastery. But God would transform the role his superiors assigned him, appointing it a far greater significance to be continued even beyond his earthly life, that of prophet, healer, and intercessor.
A gripping story of this priest's simple and unshakable faith in God's goodness unfolds through interviews with his friends, colleagues, eyewitnesses, biographers, and those direct recipients of his healing and prophecy. Rare, never-before-seen film footage and historical photographs are included with actual footage from the exhumation of this exemplary Servant of God. Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
Ocean of Mercy At the dawn of the 20th century, three voices rose up from Poland to proclaim an urgent message, a message powerful enough to alter the course of an age plunging into spiritual darkness.
Filmed on location in more than 20 cities across Poland and the United States, this true story examines and chronicles the phenomenal lives and spiritual legacy of Saint Faustina Kowalksa, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, and Blessed John Paul II, modern day "Apostles of Mercy".
Through never before seen film footage, rare photographs, and extensive interviews with friends, biographers, and family members, this story journeys across a dramatic visual landscape to document their heroic struggle and herald the message of Divine Mercy to all mankind.Regular price: $19.95, sale price: $15.96
The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe
This 2-CD set features two hours of some of the most beloved classical pieces of all time, music to help soothe the soul amidst today's hectic culture. It offers 30 timeless pieces by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Debussey and more, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Air on a G String, Ave Maria, Moonlight Sonata, The Four Seasons and much more! Regular price: $16.95, sale price: $13.56
Terry Barber talks about evangelization, the purpose of life, and why many Catholics live as if God doesn't exist.
Terry Barber, 56, grew up in the Los Angeles area, and enjoyed a successful career in real estate. In fact, by age 25, he’d acquired enough property to comfortably retire. So, he decided he’d focus on a new career: working with other Catholic apologists to win souls for Christ.
He founded a variety of Catholic evangelization apostolates, including St. Joseph Communications and the Catholic Resource Center, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Media. He is also the co-host of The Jesse & Terry Show, a Catholic apologetics radio program he does with Jesse Romero and which airs on 300 radio stations nationwide ...
Francis has made this strategy the most visible difference in the lifestyle he has adopted as Bishop of Rome … rejecting … the “riches and honors” that, over the centuries, have attached themselves to the papal office like barnacles to an unkempt ship.
The word “Jesuit” does not reassure. Its second dictionary meaning is “a crafty schemer, cunning dissembler, casuist … who deliberately uses words to deceive others.”
In fairness, “Jesuit” should stand for persons or practices that follow the principles of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit order in 1534. What are those principles, and what is their relevance for the Church today, now that a Jesuit is Bishop of Rome? Especially, as Pope Francis has said, “I feel like I’m still a Jesuit in terms of my spirituality, what I have in my heart. … Also, I think like a Jesuit” (airplane interview returning from Rio de Janeiro, 2013)...
Ignatius Press brings stunning film on Mary exclusively to North America
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2013 – Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ is revered throughout the world. However, her amazing life has not been featured on the big screen — until now.
Ignatius Press will release MARY OF NAZARETH, a major motion picture on the life of Our Blessed Mother, for sponsored theatrical screenings across the country beginning in October. The North American premiere will take place in San Francisco on October 11 featuring the stunning actress who portrayed Mary in the film, Alissa Jung, and well-known Marian expert Father Donald Calloway, MIC.
“Ignatius Press is very excited to bring to the silver screen this incredible new epic feature film on Our Lady, MARY OF NAZARETH,” said Ignatius Press Director of Sales and Marketing Anthony Ryan. “Produced by the same European studios who have made such other high-quality films with profound spiritual depth like Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine, Pope John Paul II, Bakhita: From Slave to Saint and Padre Pio: Miracle Man, this powerful film on the life of Mary will provide deep inspiration for all who see it on the big screen. Ignatius is very happy to follow in the wake of the theatrical sponsored screening success of Restless Heart to work with faith-filled movie fans everywhere to bring this amazing film on Mary to theaters in their neighborhoods, providing a unique opportunity for inspiring entertainment, strong evangelization and significant fundraising.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI screened the movie in the Apostolic Palace in 2012, and was touched by the portrayal of Mary so movingly revealed on film. He commented that “it is not easy to characterize the figure of any mother, because the riches of the maternal life are difficult to describe, but this is even more challenging when it comes to the Mary of Nazareth, who is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God made man.”
Unlike many faith-based films that open in limited release around the country and often don’t make it to cities and towns with significant interest, MARY OF NAZARETH is available for showing anywhere in North America. Individuals, parishes, church groups or other organizations can arrange to bring this epic film to their towns immediately. There are currently close to 250 screenings in various stages of planning. Interested groups and individuals work with local theaters and other venues to rent a screen, and Ignatius provides a copy of the film with a complete promotional kit for an affordable fee.
An exclusive trailer of the film is available online now at www.MaryFilm.com. For more information or interviews, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com).
To bring MARY OF NAZARETH to a theater in your area beginning Oct. 1, please inquire via email through Carmel Communications at screenings@carmelcommunications.
Ignatius Press will host the MARY OF NAZARETH premiere at 7 p.m. PT Friday, Oct. 11 at the AMC Metreon 16, 135 4th St #3000, San Francisco, CA 94103. Alissa Jung, the German actress who stars as Mary in the film, and Fr. Donald Calloway, author of UNDER THE MANTLE: Marian Thoughts From a 21st Century, who has endorsed the film, will attend the premiere, and be available for a Q-and-A following a screening of the movie.
About the Film
MARY OF NAZARETH vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. This movie underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she endured in union with his passion and death, as well as her serene joy at his Resurrection.
Filmed in Europe, this major new epic film on the life of Mary is the first full-length feature movie on the story of this incredible woman to be shown in theaters. It was shot in English in high definition.
MARY OF NAZARETH is directed by acclaimed European film director Giacomo Campiotti (BAKHITA, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, ST. GIUSEPPE MOSCATI) and written by Francesco Arlanch (RESTLESS HEART, PIUS XII, POPE JOHN PAUL II). The original music score was written by Guy Farley.
We are very excited to announce Mary of Nazareth,
a major new epic feature film on the life of Our Blessed Mother, is
available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the country after
October 1, 2013.
MARY OF NAZARETH vividly captures the essence of Mary’s profound faith
and trust in God amidst the great mysteries she lived as the Mother of
the Messiah. It shows her compassionate humanity and concern for others,
and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another. This film
also underscores her special role in God’s plan for our redemption, her
unique relationship with Christ, and the tremendous suffering that she
endured in union with his passion and death, as well as her serene joy
at his Resurrection.
Father Donald Calloway, MIC, author of the recently released Under Her Mantle,
praised the film, saying, “Without a doubt, this is the most stunning
portrayal of the Virgin Mary on film! It will make you want to love her
more than ever. An absolute masterpiece!”
Visit the website www.maryfilm.com to see
the two sneak peak clips we will be unlocking each week up to the
film's release giving you a one minute taste of this powerful film!
To learn more about the process of hosting a theatrical screening,
email screenings@carmelcommunications or call 1-770-591-0045 to begin
the process TODAY!
A review of World War Z,
a movie about zombies that is not interested in zombies. | Nick Olszyk | Catholic World Report
MPAA Rating, PG-13 USCCB Rating, A-III Reel Rating, (2 out of five)
Zombies are among the
greatest MacGuffins in contemporary literature and cinema. Any
thoughtful examination of the subject of the living dead leads
nowhere, but zombies can be a stand-in for any number of important
social issues including immigration, natural disasters, and even
romantic tension (see Warm Bodies).
Zombie movies generally fall
into two categories: scary thrillers only interested in seeing
screaming teenagers killed in horrific ways or thoughtful
examinations about society and human nature. World War Z wants
to be in the second category but tries to also placate those who like
the first. As a result, neither is fully realized. Its attempt to say
something productive about life and death is compromised by the
repetitive need to show millions of CGI zombies attacking people.
World War Z makes zombies boring.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a
modern day Cincinnatus who once fought third-world conflicts for the
United Nations and now makes pancakes every day for his kids while
his loving wife brings home the bacon. Then the zombie apocalypse
breaks out in terrifying fashion. Gerry’s training comes in handy
as his family fights its way through Philadelphia until they are
rescued and brought to safety on aircraft carrier in the Atlantic (it
is usually assumed that zombies cannot swim).
His family’s lodging comes
at a price; Gerry must travel around the world looking for the origin
of the outbreak in order to make a vaccine. As Gerry chases down
answers from South Korea to Israel to Wales, he is continually
pursued and attacked by zombies. The amount of actual time taken to
move the plot forward is minuscule and many interesting facets of
this story are overlooked in the service of pure, adrenaline-laced
action. The film ends with a discovery that provides humanity with a
sliver of hope but does not solve the seemingly endless problem.
For most of a person’s
life, he assumes that tomorrow will come; safety is the rule, not the
exception. Yet for those who have experienced a serious illness or
been in a significant car accident, an understanding comes of the
truth: death is a possibility at every moment and eternity is much
longer than our lifespan. Jesus explained this by saying, “there
will be two men in a field. One will be taken, the other left.”
World War Z does a good job of demonstrating this sobering
fact. The scientist Dr. Fassbach states that “mother nature is a
serial killer” and explains that the Spanish flu killed nearly 3%
of the world’s population in two years.
Yet all of these
apocalyptic scenarios never ultimately come true.
Man of Steel and Cross of Wood | Nick Olszyk | CWR
Man of Steel is the superhero movie Catholics were waiting for, and it was worth the wait.
MPAA Rating, PG-13 USCCB Rating, A-III (Adults) Reel Rating, (5 Reels out of 5)
Among the great Christ figures of world literature, Superman is our country’s best such figure by, literally, leaps and bounds. And Man of Steel is his best depiction yet, a towering achievement of both entertainment excellence and theological inspiration. It demonstrates how to make a Christological story the right way, complete with a villain that is both disturbing and appropriate for our post-modern age.
It is the end of the world, for Krypton at least. This world is dying in exactly the same fashion as ours: overdependence on science, disrespect for the human person, and unrepentant pride. Krypton is a haunting view of the secular revolution brought to its climax. The scientist Jor-El has a secret hope that will save at least one of his people: he and his wife have a son, the first natural birth in hundreds of years. The villainous General Zod calls this an act of “heresy,” because on Krypton children are bred for specific, socially conditioned lives and harvested only for the good of the state.
Fortunately for Earth, Jor-El’s son makes it to our planet and is adopted by a loving family in Kansas, taking the name Clark Kent. His supernatural abilities of flight, strength, and x-ray vision come from alien DNA but his dignity, goodness, and sacrificial love from human parents. Aware of his uniqueness, he patiently waits for years, learning to be human and helping people quietly. His decision to reveal himself comes in a conversation with a Catholic priest, a scene that is beautifully reminiscent of the Baptism in the Jordan and the Wedding Feast of Cana.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star in a scene from the movie "Star Trek Into Darkness."
Star Trek: There and Back Again | Nick Olszyk | Catholic World Report
A Review of Star
Trek Into Darkness
MPAA Rating, PG-13 USCCB Rating,
Reel Rating: (3 Reels out of 5)
you’re not in on the joke, Star Trek Into Darkness is a lot of fun. If you’re in on the joke, it’s even
more. The film’s greatest strength lies in the fact that it’s essentially a flashy
remake of a classic episode from the original series but with clever twists and
turns that throws the story in a new and exciting direction. Yet even apart
from its predecessors, this is a thrilling popcorn film designed to enthrall
audiences with 3D special effects, witty dialogue, and poorly researched
scientific explosions in space all with a cast of overly attractive actors.
However, if you reach beneath the popcorn kernels at the bottom of the bucket,
you will find that Into Darkness
has remembered the central moral principles that made Gene Roddenberry’s
original vision compelling: life is an objective good, love requires sacrifice,
and the law was made for man, not man for the law.
story begins in a volcano, which is always a good place to start. Spock is
attempting to deactivate it from the inside to save a primate civilization
without being seen by the natives. When the plan goes awry, Kirk and the
Enterprise swoop in to save him, breaking their cover in spectacular fashion.
This whole adventure is a direct violation Starfleet’s Prime Directive, the
guiding principle of non-intervention. Kirk would never hesitate to break the
rules to rescue a friend; Spock would have gladly died to preserve order. This
moral dynamic is at the center of the Star Trek universe. For Kirk, life is a universal moral that supersedes
artificial laws, even if this means discomfort to the larger group. For Spock,
the “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
the film progresses, these philosophies are tested beyond what either of them
could have dreamed. An act of terrorism sends the Enterprise deep into Klingon
space where they are commanded to
disobey the law by executing remotely rather than capturing the fugitive John
Harrison. Now motivated by personal revenge, Kirk is more than willing to
comply, even firing one of his closest friends who dares to challenge the
mission’s motives. The audience suspects that not everything is what it seems; the
clever Star Trek fan will begin
to pick up clues the moment Kirk is given exactly seventy-two secret torpedoes.
When the fugitive is finally confronted and revealed, well…it’s difficult to
describe, but let’s say it left a big grin on my face for the rest of the movie.
Trek adventure is both new and old, forward
thinking and nostalgic.
• Sister Rose Pacatte’s “Sr. Rose at the Movies” blog on Patheos announced that "The Daughters of St. Paul in Culver City and Catholics in Media are sponsoring a book signing event with Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at their bookstore, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, 90230." Visit her blog for more details.
• The Christian Post included “The Ear of the Heart” on its Book Stop summer reading list, writing, "You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate how faith kept Hart from falling prey to the violence and alcohol addiction that plagued her home and led her to sacrifice future fame."
• Catholic News service posted a story, "For Mother Dolores Hart, it's time for her close-up -- again", on June 10th. Several Catholic newspapers ran the story, including Catholic Philly (Archdiocese of Philadelphia), The Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland), The Tablet (Diocese of Brooklyn), The Dialog (Diocese of Wilmington), and The Catholic Sun (Diocese of Phoenix).
• Business Wire reports that Mother Hart will be appearing at Elvis Week 2013 to be held at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., the week of August 10-17. She will be one of the guests interviewed for "Conversations on Elvis", "one of the most popular Elvis Week events," which will be held on Wednesday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the Elvis Week Main Stage. Following Conversations, Mother Dolores will be signing copies of her book, The Ear of the Heart.
The stirring, powerful true story of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, the courageous young priest martyr who became the chaplain and spiritual leader of the large trade
union in Poland, Solidarity, in the 1980s. At 37 yrs. old, Fr. Popiełuszko was brutally murdered by Communist agents for his outspoken defense of his people,
and proclaiming the teachings of the Church on human rights and the dignity of the human person.
An ordinary young priest in many ways, Fr. Jerzy had a dynamic personality, a deep prayer life, and a strong empathy for the persecution and sufferings of the workers
and trade unionists, especially when Martial Law was declared in 1981. He was a beacon of hope in those dark days and his message of truth was devoured by the
Polish people after 40 years of oppression. Thousands came from all over Poland to hear him speak and every month the crowds grew, bringing the Secret Police closer
to his door.
He was harassed, threatened, and imprisoned, but he would not be silenced. His friends suggested that he leave Poland for his own safety but he replied "my place is
with the people" and "I am ready for anything." On October 19, 1984, three Communist agents kidnapped Father Jerzy and he was viciously beaten, bound, and thrown
into the Vistula River. A priest greatly revered by the Polish nation, over 700,000 attended his funeral, and a national shrine at his grave in front of his parish church in Warsaw is
visited by a million people yearly. He was beatified in 2010.
• 16 page Companion Collector's Booklet
• "Behind the Scenes" film on making of movie (30 minutes)
• "Victors Never Die"- Special documentary on Fr. Popieluszko (50 minutes)
The Christian Filmmaker and Bringing Faith to the Big Screen | Jim Graves | CWR
Dean Wright, director of For Greater Glory, discusses being a Christian in Hollywood and his new project, Kingdom Come.
Dean Wright, director of the 2012 film For Greater Glory, made his first movie as a boy attending grammar school in Scottsdale, Arizona. He did it for a school project, and received an “A” for his efforts. He was immediately drawn to the process of telling stories on film, and knew that moviemaking would be his life’s work.
He attended film school at the University of Arizona and began his career making movies in the Tucson desert, typically Westerns. He re-located to southern California, and has since worked in visual effects on big budget Hollywood films such as Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He was also an executive in charge of special effects for Disney. While working on the third Lord of the Rings film,The Return of the King, he had the opportunity to do second unit directing (without principal actors). For Greater Glory, which told the story of Mexico’s Cristero War in the 1920s, was Wright’s debut as director.
In a recent interview with CWR, Wright reflected on the success of For Greater Glory, working as a Christian in Hollywood, and plans for Kingdom Come, a special effects film telling the story of the public ministry of Jesus Christ.
CWR: What is life like in the film industry? Is it stressful? Demanding?
Wright: Yes, it’s both on multiple levels. You have to find work and feed your family; sometimes you have jobs that take you away from home for a long time. And, there are many pressures when you’re working on projects. [Laughing] I think you have to be crazy to do it.
Most people can make a decent salary as a member of a film crew, but no one gets rich doing it. You also risk being out of work for two or three months at a time. People working in television, for example, have periods of down time and there is no guarantee that they’ll get work again. You get used to saving as much money as you can when you’re working to cover your expenses when you’re not. You may read stories about this or that Hollywood celebrity making lavish amounts of money and buying expensive homes and cars, but that’s not most of us. We’re hard-working people raising families.
CWR: How did you get the opportunity to direct For Greater Glory?
How Great is This Gatsby? | Thomas M. Doran | Catholic World Report
A review of Baz Luhrmann’s new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Ad Finem Fidelis…faithful to the
end. Well, not exactly. These words are inscribed on Gatsby’s mansion gate and are
laden with irony in relation to this film.
When a film is made of a great
book, I am willing to tolerate a fair amount of artistic license, character
elimination, and innovation, but messing with the principal themes of the book
is verboten. To Kill a Mockingbird
lost some characters and some scenes, and The
Lord of the Rings took some liberties with the plot, but I consider these
films to be faithful to the main themes of the Lee and Tolkien stories.
We have become so inured to
action, glitz, and sensory assault that making a big budget film without a
healthy dose of sensory stimuli is
practically unthinkable. When such directorial innovations are confined to,
say, a sledding Radagast the Brown in The
Hobbit, I groan and move on, but I draw the line when stimulation defines
the film, as it does with this new Gatsby,
especially as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story has so much to offer.
Having said this, there are aspects
of this film that are appealing and compelling, so stay tuned.
Everyone who has read The Great Gatsby, or who has seen
earlier films, knows about the title character’s obsession with Daisy, and the
way this obsession has changed, even defined, his life.
So far, so good. There’s a lot
more to the story than this.