I’m doing faith and doubt in English just attempting to think of an appropriate film. So far can only think of a serious man. Also, faith dos’nt have to be a religious faith but can be faith in a person, in humanity, in a plan, etc. Any suggestions?
Mo’fuckin’ Carl Dreyer’s Ordet.
Bergman’s Winter Light
I’d second the recommendation of Ordet, but would also add the following:
Breaking the Waves
Lady in the Water
It’s A Wonderful LIfe
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Pocketful of Miracles
try dardenne’s le fils (the son)
Killer of Sheep
We are talking English language films right?
The Gospel According to St. MatthewDiary of a Country Priest
Less obvious films with the theme of faith vs. doubt:
Peter Pan (clap your hands if you believe). The Music Man (the thinkology method of music education)Invasion of the Body Snatchers (pod people taking over the earth? are you crazy?)Rear Window (is it a murder if you don’t see it happen?)The World of Henry Orient (how does the faith we develop in innocence hold up to experience?)
GREAT answers so far.
The Seventh Seal
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
The Passion of Joan of Arc comes to mind immediately.
I second The Apostle.
Cool these are great. Also just thought of Dogtooth and we are actually doing doubt later in the year. If not that I might do Ordet or Stalker.
Boring answers so far, we’ve already seen the most of them in another thread about religion and I’m quite bored myself to browse and find it right now (I’ve found enough on my list for fruitful discussions), however….the OP can easily locate it thanks to our search engine and comfortably pick anything he / she needs from there.
Well what do you know, here it is:
Favorite religious movies
By the way, my thread-link contains several examples of multiple religions BESIDES CHRISTIANITY and some variations of it instead of all this Catholic-Protestant majority of films this thread will slowly increase into.
Oh, Hannah and Her Sisters is a fun one, too.
A lot of 80’s Woody Allen films deal with that sort of question. In Crimes and Misdemeanors, there’s that one scene, “History is written by the victors. If Germany had won the war, we’d have a very different understanding of the holocaust.”
All the obvious ones have been mentioned. Ordet, Diary Of A Country Priest. For ‘Faith in humanity’ themes, Nights of Cabiria.
Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture
Bill Paxton’s Frailty
John Swanbeck’s The Big Kahuna
Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men
Antonia Bird’s Priest
Danny Boyle’s Millions
Some time ago, I programmed a few “Faith and Film” series for the Episcopal church I attend in St. Louis, Missouri. The periodic screenings, which took place at the apartment of one of our priests, seated about 10 people. Over the course of three years or so, here is what I showed:
The Night of the Hunter – Charles LaughtonSullivan’s Travels – Preston SturgesBlack Narcissus – Michael PowellHeaven Can Wait – Ernst LubitschBabette’s Feast – Gabriel AxelDiary of a Country Priest – Robert BressonCrimes and Misdemeanors – Woody AllenThe Gospel According to St. Matthew – Pier Paolo PasoliniOrdet – Carl Theodor DreyerHeavens Above! – John and Roy BoultingLove and Death – Woody AllenThe Flowers of St. Francis – Roberto RosselliniHannah and Her Sisters – Woody AllenMillions – Danny BoyleThe Passion of Joan of Arc – Carl Theodor DreyerDay of Wrath – Carl Theodor DreyerThe Seventh Seal – Ingmar BergmanJesus of Montreal – Denys ArcandQuiz Show – Robert RedfordBecket – Peter GlenvilleAu revoir les enfants – Louis MalleForbidden Games – René ClémentWinter Light – Ingmar Bergman49 Up – Michael AptedUshpizin – Gidi Dar
Should I ever revive the series, there are so many other films I would love to show, including Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie) and The Namesake (Mira Nair).
First of all, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Intolerance (Griffith /1916), L’idée (Berthold Bartosch /1932). Marketa Lazarova (Frantisek Vlácil /1967)
Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont /2009)
Shahada (Burhan Qurbani /2010)
Antichrist (Lars Von Trier /2009).
Das Weisse Band (Michael Haneke /2009)
Also, faith dos’nt have to be a religious faith but can be faith in a person, in humanity, in a plan, etc.
Faith in a Plan:
Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Worlds Fastest Indian
Glengarry Gen Ross
Faith in a System:
Le Samourai, or any Melville noir
The Hawk is Dying
Into the Wild
O Lucky Man
To Sleep with Anger
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Faith in a Person:
This is England
To Sleep with Anger
2001 also a lot to say about faith and religion