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April 09, 2009

Films for Holy Week

PassionJoanOfArc There are a lot of movies out there that have become Easter traditions -- The Greatest Story Ever Told, King of Kings, even The Ten Commandments -- but here, Thomas Hibbs suggests a couple of lesser known classics that make good Easter viewing as well.

Pairing the two films is especially fitting this week, since they capture the dramatically contrasting moments of Holy Week, the experience of tragic desolation and apparent divine abandonment of Good Friday and the joy of resurrection and reconciliation — an anticipation of the heavenly banquet.

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Diane Singer

Thanks for the link, Gina. I've read Babette's Feast, and I've had the DVD on my shelf for a while, though I've never gotten around to watching it. Sounds like this would be a good time.

I'd also recommend watching St. John in Exile (Dean Jones tour-de-force one man show) and (if you don't mind a musical approach to Jesus' story) The Cotton Patch Gospels. Lee and I watched the CPG two nights ago and laughed and cried our way through it.

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