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10 years of Flick Filosopher: the atheist at the Oscars

What movie would Jesus have in his Oscar pool? From my review of A Man for All Seasons, the Best Picture winner from 1966:

[T]he real problem is that I never really believed More’s deep faith in his religion, which led him ultimately to the chopping block. Perhaps that’s my problem, and not the film’s. As a nonbeliever, maybe I just can’t accept that someone would abandon his family and condemn himself to death over a fear of being damned to hell — I find it sad that people will deny their whole lives for the illusory promise of another one. Though Scofield’s More speaks repeatedly of his faith, he never made me see beyond my own feelings to feel his.

review of A Man for All Seasons, posted 02.18.99

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  • Everyone has at least one thing in their life that they consider to be worth dying for. Or, to repeat the old cliche, a world in which nothing is worth dying for is a world that’s not worth living in.

  • MaryAnn

    Of course there are things worth dying for. But it’s hard to see how fantasy and superstition is one of those things.

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