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New Titles from Ignatius Press, plus the San Francisco Premiere of Mary of Nazareth!
20% off New Fall Titles!
Don't miss the San Francisco Mary of Nazareth premiere,
and a chance to meet the star of the film, Alissa Young,
and Ignatius Press author, Father Calloway!
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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20% off Great New Titles from Ignatius Press!
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.
Based on Vatican documents and personal testimonies used for the
beatification of Pope Pius XII, this epic film stars acclaimed actor James Cromwell
in a powerful movie about the great, often hidden struggle waged by the
Pope and many others with him to save the Jews from the Nazis during
WWII. After the Nazi's take over Rome in 1943, Hitler's plan to kidnap
the Pope is revealed as the Nazis make an all-out attempt to silence the
one authority figure in Italy standing strong against them. Everything
comes together with great intensity in this dramatic story that retraces
history from the documents and the testimonies of witnesses that was
not fully known til now.
Hitler and the Pope - on one side the man who catapulted the whole world
into war and, on the other, the man who, more than any other, fought
for peace. Despite all his efforts, Pius XII is not able to prevent some
of the horrors that take place in Rome when over a thousand victims are
deported to Auschwitz. But history testifies that over 10,000 Jews were
saved, hidden in churches and convents in Rome - more saved than in
any other occupied city.
Even among the Nazi officers were those who opposed such savagery and,
thus, under the Roman sky, both the saved and the lost, the victims and
the executioners, shout the Pope's cry with their lives: Nothing is lost
with peace. Everything may be lost by war. Starring James Cromwell, Alessandra Mastronardi, Marco Froschi, Ettore Bassi, and directed by Christian Duguay (Restless Heart, Joan of Arc).
DVD includes a deluxe 16 page companion Collector's booklet.
This Film is Not Rated
This DVD contains the following language options: English with English and Spanish subtitles.
This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).
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Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture Teresa Tomeo
Popular radio host Teresa Tomeo knows from experience that the
self-image of American women is being distorted by pop culture. With
its emphasis on youth, physical beauty, and sexuality, the secular
media is encouraging women--and girls--to see themselves primarily as
sex objects. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also
powerful personal testimonies, Extreme Makeover shows that it
is not the slogans of the sexual revolution and the women's
liberation movement that free and dignify women, but the beautiful
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The Eternal Woman: The Timeless Meaning of the Feminine Gertrud von le Fort
Taking Mary, Virgin and Mother, as her model, von le Fort
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Confessions of An Ex-Feminist Teresa Tomeo Confessions is the honest and heart-rending account of
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Despite the obvious contradiction between feminist teachings and her
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Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God Pope Benedict XVI
This glorious volume is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table
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Splendors of the Rosary: A Celebration of the Mysteries of The Rosary through Art and Meditation
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Hallowed Be This House Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home Thomas Howard
Thomas Howard shows us that every room of your house-the living
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Saint Gianna Molla Wife, Mother, Doctor Pietro Molla This is the inspiring story of a canonized
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta A Personal Portrait: 50 Inspiring Stories Never Before Told Leo Maasburg
Fr. Leo Maasburg was Mother Teresa's close companion for many
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Fatima for Today The Urgent Marian Message of Hope Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.
Because of the prophetic nature of her messages, Our Lady of
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The Jeweler's Shop Karol Wojtyla
Love is "one of the greatest dramas of human existence," writes
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The Jeweller's Shop
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The 13th Day
In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3
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Famous as the patron of hopeless situations, St. Rita of Cascia
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Love is a Choice: Life of St. Gianna Molla
This video documents the heroic life of St. Gianna Molla
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Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful
feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty
years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life,
with co-author and life-long friend, Richard DeNeut.
Dolores was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut with Elvis Presley in Paramount's 1957 Loving You.
She acted in nine more movies with other big stars such as Montgomery
Clift, Anthony Quinn and Myrna Loy. She also gave a Tony-nominated
performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in television shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90. An important chapter in her life occurred while playing Saint Clare in the movie Francis of Assisi, which was filmed on location in Italy.
Born Dolores Hicks to a complicated and colorful Chicago family, Mother
Dolores has travelled a charmed yet challenging road in her journey
toward God, serenity and, yes, love. She entered the Abbey of Regina
Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, at the peak of her career, not in
order to leave the glamorous world of acting she had dreamed of since
childhood, but in order to answer a mysterious call she heard with the
"ear of the heart". While contracted for another film and engaged to be
married, she abandoned everything to become a bride of Christ.
Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., is prioress of the Abbey
of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. A former actress, she
remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts &
Richard DeNeut was the West Coast bureau chief for the
photo agency and syndicate Globe Photos, which covered Hollywood for
national and international publications. He has written for television
and co-authored actress Patricia Neal's autobiography, As I Am. He compiled and edited Inside Hollywood: 60 Years of Globe Photos.
“I have used the analogy of falling from a 20 story building because
that’s what I felt like the first night after I entered,” Mother Hart
told CNA May 6.
When she was approached by her life-long friend Richard DeNeut some 10
years ago about the possibility of writing a memoir, she feared that she
would have neither the time nor the memory to write all “the wonderful
things that happened” into a book.
However, DeNeut insisted saying that her memoir would be “very good” and “very important” for others to read.
The friends began speaking for about an hour each day over the phone and
Skype to get her story on paper and eventually they had enough material
for a book.
However, they ran into difficulty when many publishers wanted to start
the book with her role in “Loving You,” the 1957 film where she gave
Elvis Presley his first on-screen kiss – which would have left out
details of her turbulent upbringing and childhood conversion to
Eventually the pair turned to Ignatius Press, the California-based
Catholic publisher because they “promised they would stay honest” to her
story, Mother Hart said.
“We didn’t do it because they were a Catholic publisher,” she said, “mainly because they made that promise.”
What did you find as your biggest challenge in the abbey?
The biggest challenge for me was learning Latin. I still don’t know it,
and I still have to go back and read it and say, "This is what it
means." I can’t pick up a Psalm and read through it like some of the
novices can. I just never, never could get over the hump. I failed Latin
in school, too! [She chuckles.] ...
What’s important for our readers to know that you’re rarely asked about?
The one thing is the Gregorian chant, and what a gift it is to be able
to sing and to pray at the same time. I think that I would hate to see
people lose that part of the Tradition of the Church, because the chant
goes back over a thousand years.
People come to the chapel, to this church, sometimes to just hear the
chant sung [the nuns chant the Mass and full Divine Office eight times
every day in Latin, as prescribed by St. Benedict].
I think that’s a very beautiful and wonderful gift for someone: to be
able to sing their prayer. It changes something inside of you in a way I
can’t describe. But I think it’s deeply prayerful. … And you have to
believe in what you sing.
MOTHER DOLORES: Well, actually, I had been sent to
Catholic school by my grandparents because they didn’t want me to cross
the streetcar tracks. So, they sent me to the local Catholic school…We
had the custom in those days where you had to fast from midnight and I
was so jealous of the kids that got the sweet rolls and chocolate milk. I
had to eat at home a breakfast beforehand. So, one day I said to the
teacher “I really would love to take the bread with the children.” And
she said “Really?!”, thinking what I meant was that I wanted the
Eucharist. So, she told the priest “I think the little girl would like
to be a Catholic.” (Then) she said “Well, if you want the bread with
the children, you have to take the course and until you understand the
faith.” So, I went home and said to Granny “If I take the Catholic
course I can have the sweet rolls!” ...
JWK: What do you say to people who view Hollywood as anti-religion? Do you subscribe to that view?
think it’s the government or whoever (that wants) God not be mentioned
in schools. I think Hollywood reflects what’s going on in the people and
I think this is a very dark period in our country and in faith. And I’m
not saying faith to be a Catholic but faith in God…When you teach
children in school not to refer to God, the next thing you know an evil
spirit’s going to come in those schools and say “I can take over better
than God now.” And that’s what’s happened. ...
JWK: What would you like people to take from your story?
MOTHER DOLORES: I
would hope people would in reading this one story of one life, and a
life that went through all the different possibilities in life, that
they would see that out of loving one another you can find faith in God
because the Lord said this is the way that you know him — is to love one
another. So, you’re not gonna have a vision of God coming down. I don’t
believe that’s the way it works. I think the way it works is that when
you see someone else, you get to know them and you love them and serve
their life, that to me is what brings you to the reality of Jesus
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Francis: Pope of a New World Andrea Tornielli
In the words, the ideas, and the personal recollections of Pope
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Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week
Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, and no myth, revolutionary,
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The True Icon Paul Badde
In this lavishly illustrated book, best-selling author Paul Badde
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The Spear Louis de Wohl
This panoramic novel of the last days of Christ ranges from the
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On the Passion of Christ Thomas a Kempis
in this wonderful meditation book, perfect for Lent, or any time
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Behold the Pierced One Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
In this profound and illuminating work, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
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Life Out Of Death Hans Urs von Balthasar
Death and dying are inseparably linked with life. They are
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Dr. Purtill shared his thoughts on the several recent movies based on the works of Tolkien and Lewis.
Steve Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies proved very
popular, as has the first of the three Hobbit films. But aren’t
they being released backwards? Wasn’t the Hobbit written
There’s nothing wrong with writing a prequel to an existing book,
or in this case, a movie. That’s the back story to something. There
are various reasons for writing a prequel. Sometimes you write
something interesting and you say, how did this situation evolve? Or
it may be that your first book wasn’t successful, but your second
was, so it’s released first. There’s nothing wrong with it in
principle. It may be that you encounter the Hobbit first, as
many of us did. Or, you may read The Lord of the Rings first,
and then you want to read something about Bilbo Baggins, and read his
story in The Hobbit.
Do you think seeing the movies will make people want to read the
books. Do they have the same audience?
Purtill: Not necessarily. There are a lot of things in the movies that are
expansions of things that aren’t all that important in the books.
It’s hard to say. It’s probably an individual judgement. Some
people might like the movies. Other people may say, oh this isn’t
like the book, I don’t like it.
If someone were new to reading Tolkien, would you suggest starting
with The Hobbit?
I would think so. If you say, this is an example of the work of
Tolkien, I think it would be a good idea. It’s a very good book and
How can The Hobbit be stretched out over three movies?
Purtill: That is a problem. I can see it doing two movies. You have the scene
at the end of the first movie with the eye of the dragon. The Hobbit
isn’t really a small book. It’s 317 pages in the old hardback
edition I have. It’s quite an interesting book, with lots of things
So we have two more Hobbit films over two more years. Is there any
more of Tolkien that could be filmed?
Purtill: Actually, I think you could make a rather interesting story, which
would be very unlike than The Lord of the Rings, out of “Leaf
By Niggle”. That’s a story that I talk about in my book, Lord
of the Elves and Eldils. It’s a story about a man who has to go
on a journey, and could be interpreted in three different ways. It
was published separately in a book called Tree and Leaf, but
the most convenient way of getting it is in The Tolkien Reader,
which contains that story and other works by Tolkien.
What about C.S. Lewis‘ Narnian films?
I think the first Narnian movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the
Wardrobe, was rather unsuccessful. They tried to add too much of
their own interpretation. The second one, Prince Caspian, was
better, and the third one, despite my initial negative reaction to
it, I’ve come to decide is a pretty good movie — The Voyage of
the Dawn Treader. They’re going to find it very difficult to do
the next one, The Horse and His Boy, because it takes place
completely in Narnia. Except for the kings and queens, who are
lightly mentioned, it’s really not a story about our world at all.
But the BBC also filmed the first three Narnian books some time back.
They did so on a somewhat lower budget. They’re sort of like filmed
plays. But they stick close to the books, and are very good.
Are there any other Lewis books one could film?
Purtill:I’d be interested in seeing somebody do Out of the Silent
Planet, which has a lot of good scenes in it. You could make a
very interesting movie out of it. The thing is, there are too many
scientific facts we know now about Mars, which are wrong in the book.
But you could get around that by saying that the eldils who rule Mars
(Malacandra) have decided they don’t want any truck with human
beings so they alter the instruments of our Mars probes to make Mars
look like a desert planet. You had the same situation with Edgar Rice
Burroughs‘ John Carter of Mars, which Disney just made into
a successful movie.
Q:Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of a trilogy,
Purtill: Yes. Perelandra is the second book, and they’d have to do
the same thing with that, because we know too much about Venus. That
Hideous Strength, the third book, I think would make a very good
movie. In fact, it might make two or three movies, as it’s a long
and complex work.
What do you think Tolkien would have thought of the films?
I think he would be against filming his books. I think he would say,
“What I’ve written I’ve written”. He didn’t like any
vulgarizations, as he called them. But he would probably also be
delighted to see how popular his books have become, and surprised to
see us analyzing them. I’m not sure what he’d think about my
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Spielberg’s Lincoln: Politics as Mathematics | Christopher S. Morrissey | Catholic World Report
Daniel Day-Lewis’ strong performance isn’t enough to save the philosophically deficient Lincoln.
The reason why Steven Spielberg’s
Lincoln is such a disappointment may
perhaps be evident to those who have studied philosophy. For example, Trinity
Western University professor Grant Havers, in his book Lincoln and the Politics of Christian Love, offers a philosophical
counterpoint to the vision of history found in Spielberg’s movie.
Havers argues against those who
“contend that Christianity is too exclusivist to live up to the truly universal
ideas of Lincoln.” Such people “portray Lincoln as the paragon defender of
natural rights while downplaying the religious particularity of his own
On the contrary, argues Havers,
“Lincoln’s ideas are most comprehensible to a people already steeped in
knowledge of the Bible. Lincoln honestly believed that the people of North and
South were capable of understanding the injustice of slavery, although such an
understanding rested on the Bible rather than mathematical reason. Even as the
President of a divided nation, Lincoln assumed that the people of the South
were good, and would eventually overthrow their usurping regime on their own;
unfortunately, this did not happen,” and Christian statesmanship was required. (2)
The debate over Lincoln is
important. On the one side, there are those who maintain “Christianity is far
too restrictive to be the foundation of a true universal politics.” Because
“self-evident truths cannot be exclusively Christian,” it would seem that only
self-evident truths, not Christian charity, should be at the basis of a just
On the other side, there is
Havers’ insistent counterpoint. His key thesis is that Lincoln “called for a
politics of charity.” He points out that although “the very language of
‘self-evident’ truths of liberty and equality in the Declaration [of
Independence]” seems to “suggest that acceptance of this kind of truth should
be immediately intelligible to all, Christian or non-Christian,” this was
definitely not Lincoln’s view and cannot explain Lincoln’s actions. (4)
Havers argues that Lincoln
instead “called for a politics of charity precisely because the truths of the
Declaration were not self-evident to
all.” Even if human reason is a universal fact rooted in human nature, “it
would not be enough to encourage the practice of self-evident truths.” (5)
The Spielberg movie gets this
philosophical point completely backwards. Instead, screenwriter Tony Kushner
portrays Lincoln’s pursuit of the Thirteenth Amendment as flowing, not from
Christian charity, but from mathematical reasoning analogous to the
abstractions Lincoln read about in Euclid’s Elements.
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