45 Important Movies as Chosen by the Vatican
|In 1995, to commemorate 100 years of film-making, the Vatican made a list of what it called "Some Important Films." The list was divided into three areas--Religion, Values and Art. I've been gradually acquiring them and watching them. What I particularly like about the list are the international titles. |
Here's the list with a few comments of my own thrown in:
Babette's Feast - I really enjoyed this slow-moving but tender film.
Ben-Hur - The four-disc edition also includes the original silent film--an excellent dvd set.
The Flowers of St. Francis
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
La Passion de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ
A Man for All Seasons
The Mission - I love the music in this film.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Au Revoir Les Enfants
The Bicycle Thief
The Burmese Harp
Chariots of Fire - Show this movie to all the athletes in your family.
It's a Wonderful Life
On the Waterfront - One of my favorite movies of all time--Brando and Malden are brilliant.
The Seventh Seal
Tree of Wooden Clogs
Citizen Kane - Another one of my favorites.
The Lavender Hill Mob
Metropolis - I can't believe how powerful this movie remains after all these years.
Modern Times - My family's favorite Chaplin movie--hilarious and touching.
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Wizard of Oz
For more information, see Steven Greydanus' excellent article, "The Vatican Film List: Ten Years Later," and reviews of all the films on the US Bishops' web site.
posted by Nick Senger at 5:19 AM