The Church meets pop culture for this podcast series of Advent reflections. Fr Peter Malone MSC relates 28 movies to the Gospel.
Following an Advent Calendar theme, one MP3 review is uploaded for each day of Advent.
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
"In the film, there's quite a lengthy sequence where Mary travels from Nazareth and she's greeted by Elizabeth. It's fairly literal - it uses the Gospel text - so it brings to life in a genial way, especially with the strength of the two actresses, a very famiiar story. For people who pray the Rosary, it's a contemplation of the Mystery of the Rosary the Visitation. So as we prepare for Christmas, it's very much an Advent story and enables us to move into the mind of Mary as she is pregnant and travels to Bethlehem to give birth."
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Fr Peter's review
Mary, Mother of Jesus - Review 39.50 kB
Background on the film can be found at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including Films and Values, Movie Christs and Antichrists, Cinema Down Under and the excellent Lights, Camera, Faith (Movie Lectionary) series.