Another Mini-Film Festival
Because a number of our members
enjoyed our fall "mini-festival" of movies, followed
by a pizza dinner and discussion, we're
going to try a one-per-month-for-three-months
Winter Festival of Movie Matinees.
We'll meet in the Conference Room at 2:00
p.m. on a Saturday, watch the movie on the
(sort-of) big screen, eat Pizza, and talk about the Christian symbolism in the
movies. The movies and dates are:
- January 8: "The Fisher King," starring Robin Williams, Jeff
Bridges and Mercedes Ruehl. This is a modern-day retelling of the story of
the journey of the Wise Men, set in modern day New York, using the vehicle
of the Quest for the "Holy Grail." This is an "R" rated movie, for
both violence and profanity, though it is one of the sweetest stories of
people finding faith in the movies of the last 20 years.
- February 12: "The Straight Story," starring Richard Farnsworth
and Sissy Spacek, is a "G" rated story about a man, Alvin Straight,
who sets out to reconcile with his brother, with whom he has not spoken
for a decade. On the way, he meets and helps change a number of people,
and in the process is himself changed. This is a movie about reconciliation
- March 12: "The Mighty," starring Kieren Culkin, Sharon Stone,
Gina Rowlands and Gillian Anderson, is a PG-13 version of the young
adult novel, "Freak, the Mighty." It is a story that uses modern imagery to
reflect Jesus talking about he is the vine and we are the branches. Fair
warning: bring a box of tissues---you'll need it!
The movies are free and we ask a $5 donation per person, or $10/family for the Pizza Dinner.
- Despite the fact that the film is set during Christmas, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck insisted
that it be released in May because he argued that more people went to the movies during
the summer. So the studio began scrambling to promote it while keeping the fact that it was
a Christmas movie a secret.
- The Dutch girl spoke true Dutch, but with a heavy American accent.
- In the untranslated dialogue with the Dutch girl, Santa Claus asks the child what she wants
for Christmas the girl says she wants nothing, telling Santa she got her gift by being adopted
by her new mother.
- 2006: Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
- When Dr. Pierce explains Kris' belief that he is Santa Claus, he offers for comparative purposes a Hollywood
restaurant owner who believes himself to be a Russian prince despite evidence to the contrary, but rather
conveniently fails to recall the man's name. This was a reference to Michael Romanoff, owner of Romanoff's in
Hollywood, a popular hangout for movie stars at the time.
- Maureen O'Hara was ultimately forced into her role against her will, as she had just returned to Ireland before
being called back to America for the film. However, she immediately changed her sentiments upon reading the
- There are 21 mail bags carried into the courtroom at the end of Kris's hearing.
- Natalie Wood was eight years old when she made this film.
- Received a 'B' rating (morally objectionable in part) from the highly influential Legion of Decency because
Maureen O'Hara played a divorcée.
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