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Vatican Best Films List

by Luis Eduardo Arenas Gómez
In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 “great films”. The 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and art. “Since the first public hearing in Paris saw the moving images prepared by the Lumière brothers in December 1895, the film industry has become a universal medium that exerts a profound influence on the development of people’s attitudes and choices and Has a remarkable ability to influence public opinion and culture across all social and political boundaries. The general judgment of the Church on this form of art, of all genuine art, is positive and hopeful.… Read more

In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 “great films”. The 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and art.

“Since the first public hearing in Paris saw the moving images prepared by the Lumière brothers in December 1895, the film industry has become a universal medium that exerts a profound influence on the development of people’s attitudes and choices and Has a remarkable ability to influence public opinion and culture across all social and political boundaries. The general judgment of the Church on this form of art, of all genuine art, is positive and hopeful. We have seen that masterpieces of the art of filmmaking can be moving challenges to the human spirit, capable of dealing in depth with themes of great significance and importance from an ethical and spiritual point of view. "- John Paul II.

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