Church Times films for Lent

by
15 February 2007

This Lent, starting in this issue, the Church Times is to run a weekly film course. In the six weeks until Easter, we will feature a selection of the best religious films.

STOP PRESS

Unforseen problems with distributors have meant that the Church House Bookshop is unable to supply these DVDs as hoped. Existing orders will be honoured. But because we chose films that are readily available, readers should be able to buy them without difficulty. Try websites such as www.play.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.hmv.com

There will be a weekly essay in the paper, and notes on how to run a discussion session based on that week’s film. The films can be watched by a group in someone’s home, or individually.

In an ideal world, everyone would be able to sit and watch the film right through before any group discussion. But, because religious films tend to be long (many last more than two hours) we will suggest short passages that can be shown, in order to leave time for discussion. We’ll also suggest some questions. We hope that people might be able to watch the complete film at home, either before or afterwards.

So, we’ll provide:

• introductory essay to each film

• suggested clips to help you put together an evening’s showing and group discussion that last less than two hours

• questions for discussion

Friday 23 February (for Lent 1)
This week's title: The Prince of Egypt
(Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells, 1998, U)
Click here for notes

Friday 2 March  (for Lent 2)
Babette’s Feast
(Gabriel Axel, 1987, U)

Friday 9 March (for Lent 3)
Ben Hur
(William Wyler, 1959, PG)

Friday 16 March (for Lent 4)
The Apostle
(Robert Duvall, 1997, 12)

Friday 23 March (for Lent 5)
The Mission
(Roland Joffé, 1986, PG)

Friday 30 March (for Holy Week)
The Gospel According to St Matthew
(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964, U)

Watch out for

In our Holy Week issue, on 5 April, we will feature the top 50 religious films of all time, chosen by our panel of experts — and by you. Details of how to vote coming soon.

STOP PRESS

Unforseen problems with distributors have meant that the Church House Bookshop is unable to supply these DVDs as hoped. Existing orders will be honoured. But because we chose films that are readily available, readers should be able to buy them without difficulty. Try websites such as www.play.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.hmv.com

 

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